Michele Bachmann Says If You Are Unemployed, You Should Starve

Author: November 8, 2011 7:52 am

Yesterday morning during a speech at the Family Research Council in Washington, Michele Bachmann bashed the unemployed in perhaps the most heartless way possible. After vowing to weaken social safety net programs such as Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, and unemployment benefits, Bachmann said that if you are currently not working, you should not be eating.

“Our nation needs to stop doing for people what they can and should do for themselves. Self reliance means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.”

Here’s the video:

Bachmann is saying that the unemployed should starve themselves and their families since they are out of work through no fault of their own. She might as well have added that the unemployed shouldn’t be allowed to have clothes or a roof over their head. This statement by Bachmann shows how much the Republican Party loathes the unemployed. They have zero compassion for anyone or anything. Even Jesus fed the needy. These Republicans have no Christian values at all, nor do they have humanity.


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  • Don’t call the bible “a 2000-year old tired piece of mistranslated retelling of a series of myths and children’s fables? ” – there is no fable in history! Life is a spiral! – we populate the earth, then overpopulate, then ravish it, denuding it of trees, creating erosion, global warming, loss of water, less agricultural land value, then food shortages, starvation, disease, greed, war and finally obliteration in a nuclear holocaust. This ‘warms’ the earth relative to frozen space (can get to about minus 270 degrees Centigrade), thus earth becomes like a glass terrarium, and condensation forms on the ‘glass’, then it ‘pours rain’ on the inside (the larger the temperature gradient, the ‘bigger’ the rain! Thus we get the ’40 days and 40 nights’ tale of rain, creating the deluge/ great flood etc, that raises the ocean levels, wipes the Pakistanis and Indians off the face of the earth, along with most peasant Africans, many islanders (especially those who can’t swim) and any survivors (are you building your ‘Noah’s Ark’ yet?) will eventually cling to the mountain tops (Mt Ararat isn’t the top of a mountain for nothing!). As the waters recede, the population (very small) has sexual urges to repopulate, including incest, then create communities, people argue, fight, separate to ‘over that river is mine’, and ‘behind that mountain is mine’ attitudes, creating new tribes. The survivors of the deluge relax at last, and say, “that was a shit flood!”, ” Why did we blow ourselves up?!”, and then “Better write down what we did wrong! Bill? you had sex with your brother’s wife didn’t you? and Fred, didn’t you kill the milkman?”. Out come the ‘Let’s not do those again’ books, but no paper, so let’s carve it on rocks, and tell the peasants who survived that GOD ordered this and carved it on a stone tablet!” (they won’t believe the survivors, but after 400 foot tidal waves etc they’ll believe a GOD). Then all the tales get combined into a bible. That there are survivors on all continents, and that each create their own version of the above “how to avoid total annihalation for dummies’ book and mention the Flood, proves this. So, don’t knock the bible, just knock the crap churches who claim it is all the work of GOD or the ‘words of God’. There was no God, just greed, lust, and the press of a few buttons! ps., with 7 billion population, we have gone past the population that would have been here before the last cycle, so get ready for one phenomenal water-slide ‘Great Flood’ super-ride! Coming soon!

  • She’s showing her true colors as a member of the tea party hypocits!

  • What our government need’s to do is stop supporting these other country’s and fighting they’re wars with our money then we’d have more then enough and then some to take care of our own.

    “It’s not that I don’t love my country it’s just that sometimes I don’t recognize it.”

  • Voodoomedicineman

    What she is saying has been taken out of context. The key word here is “will’ which is a matter of choice. She is talking about those who choose the government dole as a life style rather being WILLING to work. She never did say that the unempoyed shoud not eat. Grabbing at straws here folks.

  • I’m an atheist and I still go out and feed the needy. I have no obligation to Christian (or any religion’s) “values” yet I am more Christian than these fools lol.

  • Bachmann gets away with quotes like this because she’s telling her followers what they want to hear… no more, no less. The Republicult is running out of scapegoats, so they’re looking for more. In economic discussions, the options are (a) the brown people, (b) the poor, (c) the unemployed, (d) any two of the above, (e) all of the above. As long as she points at the “right” group, she can say anything she wants – reality is not relevant here.

  • Hannibal Smith

    Huh.. so does that mean the wives of her colleagues, new york socialites,hollywood wives,you know those women who spend their days shopping,getting hair and beauty treatments, ordering around servants, lying on their backs and down on their knees, occasionally pumping one out for the team shouldn’t get to eat either? Or do those things qualify as a job?


    Just wait until they are vulnerable. Just wait….

  • I’d like to add that most of us Christians do not know English well enough to interpret the English translations adequately let alone the original languages of the Bible. If we could read Hebrew, for example, we’d realize that even the first verse of the Bible has a missing word in it. For all of their effort, translators have been unable for centuries to fill ascertain even the implied meaning of the missing word.

    What’s more, even the most backwoods Christians view the scriptures through their modernized lenses. The result is that we cannot see even our English translations as inadequate as they are as the earliest Hebrews or Christians saw them. Consequently, we are incapable of interpreting the Bible without the possibility of profound error.

    Finally, the scriptures we have today are not the original autographs. Even the most fundamentalist Christian cannot claim that we have anything remotely similar to the original autographs. Instead, we have fallible translations that were all based on manuscripts that were copied hundreds of years after the fact. In only a small number of instances do we have fragments from the Second Century. The oldest one I recall seeing is a fragment of John 18 from A.D. 125. Most of our translations are based on extremely fallible copies of the originals, and the evidence of unintentional and intentional variations is rife.

    With this kind of uncertainty, how is it that someone like Michele Bachmann is allowed to quote scripture unchallenged? Those who make a life’s vocation of disecting the Bible should stand up to this woman and let her know that Paul did not have socialism in mind when he wrote those instructions to the Thessalonians if he wrote them at all. If anything, we all need to exercise a little more humility when it comes to quoting scripture to justify anything we think is sacred. That’s my extra two cents.

  • I’ve heard about 8 of Ms. Bachmann’s Speeches and I have three important points to make:
    1) If she’s not writing her own speeches she needs to fire her speech writer.
    2) She needs to go back to college and take a speech class or two.
    3) If she’s had the speech classes and has a kick ass speech writer like Obama during his campaign, then she is just a complete idiot.

    Nuff said.

  • The irony of her taking the most extreme Communist position while arguing against Socialism is staggering.

    So she’s all in favor of “an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work”? Her day’s ‘work’ consisted of standing around and talking. I imagine she’d have no problem explaining to a farm laborer why she’s paid a hundred times more than him.

  • Second Amendment Democrat

    Her group of right-wing terrorists shipped American jobs overseas. Now she wants to let them starve. I’m not sure what legal reference you use, but by my standards, this is at best, depraved indifference, and at worst, and more likely, sociopathic ranting.

    In Bachmann’s perfect world, American former union workers will be forced to attack her villa in order to steal food for their families from the only available source – the rich enclave’s larder – while she and her friends have canapes and watch her U.S. military-trained and equipped security guards shoot the desperate looters…

    She and her Koch-funded friends have declared war on America and the American middle and lower classes. And, in typical GOP contemptuous fashion, say that we are the ones declaring class war. Because we dare to fight back.

    We are going to fight back, aren’t we? Anybody? Anybody?

    Or are we to wait until Michelle’s dream comes true?

  • children should starve because of parental lay-off and there are no job openings…i think we should just get rid of those like her to control the population, not let innocent children (more) go hungry..what a bitch!

    • As you’ve said in another way, these people have stuck their big feet out and tripped half the country, and now they want us dead and out of the way because we’re injured and useless to them.Hell YES we’re going to fight! A lot of us at least. There are a lot of stubborn old vets and country boys like me around. I’m disabled and in constant pain, but not dead yet. They’re doing to same to the younger generation of vets, too. They get injured over there, so the VA tries to cut ’em loose. That’s as wrong as it gets!


  • It is a bible quote. It’s from 2 Thessalonians.

    It’s also a socialist motto and one of V. Lenin’s favorite quotes. Rock on with your bad socialist self, Bachmann!

    The quote has nothing to do with self-reliance whatsoever, might I add; it’s about living in a community that shares with one another, and if you REFUSE to work (especially, in 2 Thessalonians, because you think that the final coming of Christ is imminent and you shouldn’t have to work in light of that), then you ought not to take part in the fruits of that community.

    She gets one point for scriptural memory, but zero points for biblical scholarship.

  • I agree that she says enough stupid things. Either way I’m horrified that she could get into office

  • The sin is that most people will believe that her phrasing comes from the Bible; it does not. Neither does “God helps those who help themselves.” That was coined by Franklin. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/white-house-flubs-the-bible-_-along-with-everyone-else/2011/11/03/gIQAWArKjM_story.html?wprss=rss_on-faith. I can cite book, chapter, and verse for the exact opposite of what Bachmann pushes. To start:
    Luke 3:11
    John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
    Acts 2:44-45
    44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
    Acts 4:32-35
    that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
    Bachmann and others might counter that these point to private charity, but there are other verses charging the government to take care of the poor as well. 2 Samuel 12:1-5, Matthew 19:24, Matthew 5:1-11, Acts 4:32-35, Luke 7, Mark 10:17-23, Romans 13:6-7, 1 John 3:17, Leviticus 25:35, Isaiah 10: 1-2, Amos 8:4-8, James 5:1-5, James 3:14-18, James 2:1-9, James 1:9-11, Proverbs 22:16, 22-23, Isaiah 3 13-15 all either espouse charity, government taking care of the people, or they oppose greed.
    As far as the unemployed go, when there are 5 unemployed people for every job opening, one has better odds at musical chairs or even a casino. Many are unemployed through no choice of their own, but because their job was offshored or their company taken over by companies like Bain Capital. In the structure of this economy, the bullies in the board rooms are taking the lunch money from the nerds in the cubicles.

    • II Thessalonians 3:10 – If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
      Try to keep up.

      • Maggie Ahrens

        so one quote espousing greed counters all of Floyd’s excellent examples?

        here – try this
        Matthew 19:24 “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

        Greed is something we should be trained out of us as children. Ambition? YES -there’s nothing wrong with that. Greed? No.

        Some people are Christian because they feel that Jesus’ teachings are to be emulated. Others seem to need a way to “prove” they’re good.

        You do not need faith to do the right thing – absence or presence of faith has NO bearing on someone’s moral fiber.

        Bachmann is a heartless monster – who fakes being human fairly well.

        • And just for the record, and i am sure most of you had no clue, but when the bible says the eye of a needle it does not mean it literally. The rather small entrances to some cities were called the “eye of the needle” and for a camel to fit through them it would have to get down on it’s knees and inch forwards or crawl through. Now if your paying attention here folks the next thought you should have is that it is most likely that a rich man will not get down on his knees before God and ask for forgiveness. Thus it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And this concludes today’s history lesson.

          • No Mr Bob, You have no clue. The eye of the needle was a very thin passage (to prevent army invasion). When someone enters the city with their camel they have to take all their”luggage” off before he can fit through. Therefore, you would almost need to de-richify yourself (nice word) to enter the kingdom

      • >>II Thessalonians 3:10 – If anyone is not WILLING to work, let him not eat.
        Try to keep up.<<
        Emphasis mine, because so few actually point it out. If you QUIT your job, you don't qualify for unemployment. Anyone know what percentage of the unemployed QUIT, versus any of the various reasons for INVOLUNTARY (as in those who are WILLING to work a job that isn't there for at least 80% of them)unemployment and are collecting benefits? It's difficult to parse, but it's not very many of them. Those people deserve (if they didn't quit for the frequent reasons of harassment and oppression), and get, difficulty for that. Try to keep up.

    • Very well constructed response. While I may be more agnostic these days, the Bible I grew up reading, particularly the New Testament (and I did read it all over the course of a church program for girls) definitely espoused the points you made. In this situation, if you’re pulling from the Bible to back you up, it should be about taking care of the less fortunate and not being greedy, not no work, no food, blame the poor for they are that way due to laziness mentality. Some are, sure, most? No.

      Also, many without jobs DO work, they just don’t get paid for it. Unpaid work is still very valuable to society, no matter how much we look down our noses at it.

    • joe heinekein

      Read 2 Thessalonians 3:10

      • Second Amendment Democrat

        Why should ANYONE read a 2000-year old tired piece of mistranslated retelling of a series of myths and children’s fables? Discover the actual universe, (hint: it’s really older than 6000 years – and BTW, snakes don’t talk. No vocal cords.) Find a real, sustainable moral code based on the betterment of all being good for oneself – and get over the idea that some daddy-in-the-sky gives a shit about your miserable life. “God” does NOT have a plan for you beyond your experience: you experience birth, you experience life, you experience death. Your PREACHER has a plan for you: donate generously…

        Decide to learn to think for yourself. Question, analyze, learn the truth that is already inside you. Be free of the dogmas of those whose interest is best served by keeping you compliant and cowed. It is not easy to throw off the bonds of religious conditioning, but if you suspect there is more to life than Jesus, give it a try. He ain’t all right with me, too much pain and suffering have been inflicted in his purloined name. At least get the NAME right, for Horus’s sake!

        Put the poor old outdated book away. Grow up and accept responsibility for your own actions. Don’t “give it to God,” fix it yourself. You broke it, you fix it. When God breaks it, THEN give it to God to fix. Otherwise (2nd hint: it’s ALL otherwise…), it’s YOUR responsibility to fix what you caused.

    • David Mastrogiovanni

      Deuteronomy 15:10, “Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”
      Proverbs 14:21, “He who despises his neighbor sins, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.”
      Proverbs 19:17 [KJV], “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”
      Proverbs 29:7, “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”
      Psalm 82:3-4, “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
      Job 24:4, “They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.”
      Ezekiel 18:16, ” He does not oppress anyone or require a pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked.”
      Daniel 4:27, “Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.”
      …and my personal favorite…as it has been demonstrated and so affirmed to myself, to my faith and acts, as by my personal tribulations…is Psalm 41:1-3 [KJV], “Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.”

      • Lordy, lordy, what a bunch of nice words! I don’t know what to say about such historic passages except that they’ve been read a million times and the folks in charge say that they have morals and it only goes that far, end of monologue….And this bs about the lord preserving me, ah us, such drivel. Give me one example of ‘him’ showing up for anything.

    • My husband dumped me for a girl our daughter’s age, after 30 years of marriage, careing for our children and giving up my career (for which my degree and training are now obsolete). I deserve to go hungry?!!

  • It’s funny how many of the people who criticize her clain to be atheists.

    • It’s funny how many many “Christians” cling to Tea-goper’s words like snot to a kid’s nose-hard to pry off. I can’t get past how many on Social Security, Medicare, etc. STILL plan to vote against THEMSELVES! P.S. I’ve never heard the Bible quoted by an athiest. Get over your sick, selfish self!

    • Not true. I am not atheist and I am horrified at what Michelle Bachmann said

    • Really? 2/10 random comments against her I’ve only just now read from the top of the list are from people claiming to be Christians. Example? Look at the comment above you.

      Brainlessly following a politician who claims to be Christian is definitely not what the Bible teaches. Most people don’t even realize, but there are a few passages in the Bible that encourage you to question sources, including spiritual ones. That’s where the phrase “testing the spirit” comes from.

      A good Christian uses their connection to God and their heart and brain to assess the rightness of something, not a random claim from a random politican to be in God’s camp. Vote with your brain and not an easily copied down word under “religion” that’s more likely to win you lots of unthinking votes. When you check the “Christians” on a ballot you aren’t voting yes to Christianity any more than voting against it by checking someone else’s name. You are merely voting “Yes” to someone who CLAIMS to be Christian (and most likely to get your auto-vote) but does things against the teachings of Christ, like the woman who spawned this story.

  • BigEddieCalzone

    Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
    (Proverbs 22:16 ESV)

  • What a worthless POS!!

  • Cheap headlines and reporting, people. She said if you WON’T work — not if you can’t work. Totally different issue.

    She says enuf stupid stuff to not exaggerate her stupidity — which makes you look just as stupid and unethical. You’re better than this.

    • Grammatically, you are correct in her meaning. However, her position on weakening programs that benefit ALL without jobs says clearly that she means to punish all unemployed this way and not just the ones who refuse to go out and get a job or put in the work necessary to keep one. Her words exclude can’t work (for whatever reason) her motions and intended actions include them.

  • Second Amendment Democrat

    Actually, this is exactly the kind of thing that helps the people. This election will come down to those who have bought into the Fox propaganda myths and pseudo-Tea-Party fascist dreams, and the rest of the citizens who stand aghast at what could come to pass.

    The real tragedy is that sociopaths like Bachmann, Cantor and Ryan are allowed to gain power and public voice. It shows the utter contempt those in power have for the rest of the nation. I can only say the feeling is mutual.

  • Here’s the Bible quote in context. Some people in Thessalonia were expecting the Second Coming immediately and had quit their normal work. Paul is noting in his second epistle to them that he himself worked (presumably as a tent maker) while he was with them the first time. So Paul apparently is saying that disciples of Jesus should work to support themselves and not depend on their congregations to take care of them. I wonder how many ministers want to look at these verses while getting smug about “if any would not work, neither should he eat.” There would be a whole lot more skinny preachers, eh?

    2Th 3:8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for naught; but wrought with labor and travail night and day, that we might not be chargable to any of you:
    2Th 3:9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an example unto you to follow us.
    2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

  • One can only hope that next time she is up for reelection, her constituents will see that she becomes one of the unemployed.

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