It’s long past newsworthy when Michele Bachmann remains for another day in the low earth orbit to which we all have become accustomed, akin to the announcement that Ferdinand Franco, or perhaps Charlie Sheen’s Two and a Half Men character is still dead. Still, one can’t pass the opportunity to pay notice to an inopportune Bachmann moment without dutiful ridicule at her expense.
The Grand Dame of Government Doesn’t Create Jobs took her presidential carny act to an Iowa factory that specializes in the manufacture of traffic signals. She threw the usual wild pitches of soft marshmallows at the head of the current president, before spooling out the usual tiny government tis paradise fantasy, telling those unfortunate, assembled worker-props that the company would, “grow, grow, grow, grow, grow” once her Lilliputian vision is made real.
Of course, the company, OMJC Signal accrues approximately 80% of its revenue from government, according to its current CEO, Arlen Yost. This perhaps would not have come as shocking news to an average presidential candidate, given there is limited use in the home for traffic signals and their recreational use currently is confined to college campuses.
According to my hometown newspaper the Los Angeles Times, the scene unfolded thusly: “It is government projects primarily that use our products,” Yost told Bachmann after showing her how a crane on one of the orange trailers rises to display temporary traffic signals at road construction sites.
Yost likewise commented later in an interview that OMCJ had added handsomely to its company coffers as the result of infrastructure spending initiated by His Royal Lowness, President Barack Obama. Adding insult to ideological injury, the traffic signals Mr. Yost had showed off, were as it turned out, solar powered, clearly an affront to the sensibilities of this champion of the glories of dirty energy, nemesis of the awful environmentalists, and declaimer of the empty future of green jobs.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen of the American right, the United States is covered from one end to the other with roads and bridges, punctuated by the occasional traffic light, all government-commissioned, taxpayer-paid largesse, pouring billions into the private sector companies doing the building, design and manufacturing. Do lots of this at one time, and you have what is known as (cover your ears Republican children) stimulus. This makes the economy, “grow, grow, grow, grow, grow.”
While most candidates may not have such a glaringly revealing encounter with the facts of life, keeping the alternate ideological reality and accompanying sales malarkey well clear of expositional contradictory fact, the remainder of the Republican presidential field and the rest of official Republican Land is guilty of the same ideologically fanciful falsification, a staple of its set of otherworldly convictions, and diet of daily propaganda.
Team Bachmann, however, made a nice recovery from this precarious brush with Planet Earth, according to the reporter for the Times,:
Bachmann campaign spokesman Eric Woolson said he did not know whether any of the public works spending that Obama is pressing Congress to approve would benefit OMJC. But he cast the president’s overall agenda as damaging to the economy.
“The president’s healthcare package, excessive spending, government that’s saddling business and individuals with the higher cost of government, that’s not helpful to anybody,” he said.
Like ships in the night, indeed.