While presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann often touts her “federal tax litigation attorney” past, the WSJ digs a bit deeper: “Ms. Bachmann spent four years with the Internal Revenue Service district counsel office in St. Paul, Minn., from 1988 to 1992, and “worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases,” according to her congressional website. This part of her resume cuts two ways for Ms. Bachman, who ranks near the top of the GOP field in polls of New Hampshire and Iowa, where she campaigned over the weekend. She’s a favorite of the tea party, for whom the IRS personifies government overreach.
Oh, and this very relevant tidbit:
“Bachmann, who is rising in the Iowa polls, does in fact have a resume that’s absurdly thin for someone seeking the White House. Ponder its shortcomings: she has no foreign policy experience, no executive experience, has never sponsored or co-sponsored a bill that became law, has never chaired a committee or subcommittee, and cannot even claim notable success outside the public sector like Mitt Romney. Why this doesn’t bother her supporters? They’re choosing the person who’ll preside over the Armed Forces, negotiate with foreign leaders, manage the bureaucracy, shepherd legislation through Congress, execute the nation’s laws, and otherwise fulfill the many obligations of the presidency. What makes them think she’s qualified?”
This is what the mainstream Tea Party supports, an IRS attorney. Color me amused.
How about Ron Paul, who has a thirty year track record of fighting tax increases, and championing economic liberty!