Michelle Bachmann was quoted in a piece from NPR today. Speaking about the Tea Party, she said, “They believe that we are taxed enough already, that the federal government should not spend more money than it takes in, and that the Congress should act within the constitutional limitations as given to us by the Founding Fathers,” she said. “That is the banner that we believe in.”

Okay, let’s do the math piece by piece:

  1. “[W]e are taxed enough already.” No tax increases — check.
  2. “[T]he federal government should not spend more money than it takes in.” No budget deficits — check.
  3. The federal deficit is now running about $1.4 trillion annually — check.

So if we are not to increase taxes and we are not to incur deficits, and if the deficit is $1.4 trillion, then Michelle Bachmann needs to either (a) Present her plan for cutting $1.4 trillion in federal spending, or (b) Shut her pie hole.

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