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    redefine the term "earmark", it's hyperbolic to use this as an example of her batshit craziness. Yes, she's batshit insane, but the idea that a bridge (that's actually to somewhere) is different in substance than some clearly ridiculous pork barrel project is at least reasonable on the surface, though it breaks down under closer inspection. What seems like a substantial and worthwhile project to some will look like a frivolous waste to others-- money for unneeded military bases which do the country no good but provide jobs to soldiers and the communities surrounding the base; funding for scientific research projects on endangered species. The arguments can cut either way, so there's no way to redefine "earmark", because no one will then agree on what is an earmark and what isn't. So she's wrong. But to characterize it this way...

    Yep, there's a big difference between the earmarks that other members of Congress seek and the "transportation projects" Bachmann seeks. The former is the thing Bachmann thinks is wrong because Jesus died for our right to not pay taxes (or something like that), and the latter is just more evidence of precisely how batshit-crazy-out-of-her-ever-lovin'-mind Bachmann really is.
    is just hyperbolic. So even though, yes she's crazy, and yes she's wrong on this, this isn't an example of her insanity; it's just her being a politician.
    I liked your writing better when you were "Angry Mouse". I don't know if your writing was less over-the-top then or it was just easier to accept that style of writing from someone called "Angry Mouse". I come here for reality-based writing, not hyperbolic spin and outrage. You're a good writer; I just wish you'd tone it down a bit and save the strong emotional language for when it's really called for, so it keeps its potency. Thanks.

    Mitt Romney = Draco Malfoy

    by ubertar on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:03:29 AM PDT

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