(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann blasted President Obama's economic policies Friday and declared he is leading America into a state of "decline" during her 30-minute speech before conservative activists.
"I want to discuss a topic that's been on my heart a lot lately…decline in America," the Minnesota Republican told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "The concept that has been coming to me over the last few weeks is that the joy of being an American is that we get to choose…our destiny, whether it's decline or it's greatness."
Citing conservative writer Charles Krauthammer, Bachmann said the president has indicted "America for arrogance, decisiveness, divisiveness toward Europe, for maltreatment toward natives, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo Bay, for unilateralism, and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world."
"I think we are all going to need a self-esteem course or two after that litany and we can't blame anyone for feeling despondent in the midst of all that," Bachmann quipped. "Decline happens, even to a great nation."
Bachmann also took aim at Democratic efforts at health care reform and cap-and-trade policies designed to combat global warming during her red-meat speech, saying such measures will keep the country's economy on "an unsustainable path."
"We are looking at serious long-term damage to the economy and the well being of our people. We really need to sober up…the only people with the power to change this very bad diagnosis is President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Harry Reid," Bachmann said. "I wonder what the odds are in Vegas of that happening."
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FYI the act that allowed FDIC banks to buy shady loans from anyone with a pulse was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1999. Can't blame Bush for that one. Gramm-Leach-Bliley
This was a bipartisan screw up. Pushed by republicans, signed into law by Bill Clinton.
Obama has repeatedly bashed this. This is the reason the country is falling apart and it's a GOP and democrat screwup. Put the koolaid down and learn to think for yourselves.
@Franky, Land of Lincoln February 19th, 2010 4:23 pm ET
Obama is dumb, he is stupid. I bet Sarah Palin would be a better or as equal President as Obama is, he's a phony*****Ok Pea Brain ****
Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are SOOOO 2012*****
The decline began when Dick Cheney was in office and barking out orders to President Bush.
Okay....This is NOT a joke....These people are really crazy
This is what kill me about all these outspoken folks when bush was taking us into this mess no one could open there mouth we was losing jobs a long time ago before obamo took office and everything he trys to do its a problem i really wish he would let let yall keep running this place we call usa
You're in my crosshairs Bachman.......literally. Don't come to VA or you'll meet the same fate that Mr. Cantor will meet very soon.
She could be right. As long as people in Minnesota keep sending a total wacko ignoramus to Congress, we will be declining as a great country. If she and her idiot supporters have their way, the US of A will become a third world fascist power with the biggest military. Sort of like the mentality we had in Iraq. She, the ancient Texan and the guy from San Diego commenting below must have been asleep when the Chaney/Bush fiasco led us down an economic disaster started by Reagan. Deregulate and you have a crude Capitalist free for all with financial bankers getting huge rewards for failure. I find it incredible that the stench coming from this Republican party can't and is unwilling to remedy this embarrassment. But as long as the Bachmanns and Pawlentys and Romneys and Limbaughs keep getting their fanatical, almost Taliban like exposure, there will be lemmings to push us all over a cliff. The moral compass has to be reset again to what America truly stands for and we have been an embarrassment for the past 8 years. Chaney, the Anti-Christ is raising his snarling face and he has followers.
Bachmann, register as a foreign agent and be truthful for the FIRST TIME.
They all are leading us into a decline. Throw them all out.
There she is... Backmann the picture of an angry woman.. from the Tea Party...The man who flew the plane into the IRS was a Tea Party protestor... Great American huh?
Notice who GOP is all about "WIN ... WIN ... WIN!"?
Don't know about you but sounds more like the GOP are the ones trying to convince themselves that are on track.
I dare the GOP to invite Obama back for another "open discussion" again. So they can get another ass whoppin' in truth and civility!
You see one Tea Bag you have seen them all...right?
Where were these people from 2000 to 2008???