From the St. Cloud Times:
Letter: Does Bachmann know the district at all?
By Myrna Ohmann, Clearwater
Published: December 28. 2007 12:30AM
A news report in the Sunday St. Cloud Times quoted our congressional leaders on their opinions about the recent congressional session.
I found it interesting that Rep. Michele Bachmann claims that "Republicans kept a steady hand and we held together with the president" when she did exactly the opposite on the energy bill. While not as good as it could have been, the energy bill signed by President Bush does mandate increased fuel efficiency standards and more use of biofuels.
Republicans kept a steady hand in obstructing the entire legislative process this year. They have all but admitted that their only goal for being in the minority is to block anything and then blame Democrats. While it certainly could be said that Democrats goals were a little too lofty in a closely divided Congress or that they didn't fight nearly hard enough for that lofty agenda, it should also be noted that Republicans did everything in their power to stop even the most bipartisan of measures throughout the year. Michele Bachmann represents an even slimmer minority of her party that chose to vote NO on nearly every sensible bill that came before her.
Claiming that it is a "recipe for recession" and that there's "not one watt of new energy produced in this bill," Bachmann voted against it. Thankfully, she was in the minority, but it certainly makes one question her understanding of the energy situation in this country.
There is a candidate for the 6th District who has made it a priority to study alternative energy and its possibilities. He's businessman Bob Olson, and, according to his Web site, he wrote to Bachmann to share some very basic information with her before her vote.
Not only does Olson make it a priority to study alternative energy, he has even created an organization to be a leader in the field of alternative energy. The American Sustainable Energy Council, founded by Bob Olson, seeks to work with the business community to incorporate alternative energy sources. Here is a man working with businesses and in the business world that has essentially called out Bachmann on her empty rhetoric with regards to energy and we need him to continue to show how little Bachmann knows about the areas in which she claims authority.
However, she doesn't seem to want to look at new possibilities and would rather continue our dependence on foreign oil. It seems that bringing good jobs to this area while weaning us off foreign oil would be something folks in the 6th District would be interested in.
Bob Olson knows how to bring that possibility into a reality. Is Michele Bachmann really in tune with the people of her district?
Of course Bachmann would rather continue our dependence on foreign oil. When you receive upwards of $40,000 in contributions from the oil industry you don't bite the hand that feeds you.