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Michele Bachmann Says Ex-Gay Therapy Is “Jobs Creation”

Jim Burroway

July 12th, 2011

Last Friday, we learned that Truth Wins Out’s John Becker had gone undercover as an patient in Marcus Bachmann’s clinic in Minnesota, where he was given at least five sessions of ex-gay therapy. Shortly after, The Nation revealed that a former patient, Andrew Ramirez, had come forward to reveal that he had undergone ex-gay therapy at Bachmann’s clinic in 2004. That would be two years before Bachmann denied offering ex-gay therapy. Marcus’s wife, GOP presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachman spoke to a locak Iowa reporter and described her husband’s ex-gay therapy as “a business that deals with job creation,” adding, “I’m very proud of the business that we created.”

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Last June, NBC reported that Bachmann had taken $137,000 in taxpayer-provided Medicaid funds, despite the Bachmann’s opposition to governmental programs. ABC News and NBC News has covered TWO’s undercover investigation of Bachmann’s clinic.  Fox has also covered the story in their own inimitable way:

Just so we’re clear on who the victims are.

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John
July 12th, 2011 | LINK

I presume she means the therapists hired to cure the gays.

Kevin
July 12th, 2011 | LINK

Let’s watch diligently to see whether the Tea Party abandons her for gluttony at the public trough.

tavdy79
July 12th, 2011 | LINK

Technically speaking she’s right. In addition to creating jobs in the ex-gay “treatment” centres, they’re creating jobs in mental health teams, drug addiction treament centres and other agencies dealing with the fallout. They’re also freeing up jobs through increased suicide rates.

Richard Rush
July 12th, 2011 | LINK

Michele said, “I’m very proud of the business that we created.”

Would that include the uptick in business that they helped create for
funeral homes?

Nathaniel
July 12th, 2011 | LINK

I’m thinking she got the “creation” part from Creationism, considering her ex-gay stuff shares the exact amount of bullshit (alot) that Creationist theory does.

Ben in Atlanta
July 12th, 2011 | LINK

It will keep me employed in ex-ex-gay therapy when I get my license, so she’s not wrong, just not looking far enough ahead.

Thanks Michele. We’re having our revival now honey. You just don’t recognize it. And yes, love does win. Whosoever will. It’s not scary, it’s true.

Gay kids give it a listen:

http://www.slc-atlanta.org/audio/

It’s from July 10. It gets pretty funny at about the 5 minute mark. (And maybe a little sexist, but he makes his point well).

Timothy Kincaid
July 12th, 2011 | LINK

Politicians, right and left, have the very nasty habit of ignoring whatever question is asked and just spouting their talking points. It’s so rude and offputting that I wonder why they do it. I guess polls show that this is the way to “get your message across” and not be distracted, but in my opinion, it makes them look like idiots.

I recall the first time I met a politician who didn’t speak like a politician. When Dick Reardon was mayor of Los Angeles, the man couldn’t deliver a public speech to save his life. But because he always seemed to be answering honestly, you found yourself actually listening.

Loki
July 12th, 2011 | LINK

Politicians, right and left, have the very nasty habit of ignoring whatever question is asked and just spouting their talking points.

If they go off book, they run into the problem of accidentally saying something that hasn’t been polled and polled and polled to figure out how best to manipulate people into voting for them.

In the worst case scenario they might accidentally say something that is true. Such as Newt Gingrich learned when he “accidentally” called Paul Ryan’s budget plan exactly what it was, “radical” and “right-wing social engineering.”

Iamposterity
July 12th, 2011 | LINK

Sure jobs creations for morgues, therapists, drug dealers, alcohol sales, and whatever else ex-gay therapies eventually drive thier victims to…except self acceptance, stable relationships, healthy self images, oh yeah and fundamental civil rights!

Kelly
July 13th, 2011 | LINK

She scares the hell outta me! I agree with all the other comments. no govt programs unless it benefits the top 2%, Michelle? no funding for your
“business” of stripping people of their dignity, oops did i say stripping? that’s porn right?
really you terrify me and i am ashamed of both you and pawlenty coming from this state!

Charles
July 13th, 2011 | LINK

I guess that I can cross Bachman off my list of candidates. Pawlenty said something to the effect that people are not born gay………….I just shock my head. No we don’t know, yet. And, we may never know. What we do know is that reparative therapy is a destructive practice.

Shofixti
July 15th, 2011 | LINK

http://youtu.be/R3h1-VdNXw8

This is from Pyjamas Media – pro-Bachmann puff. Infuriating to say the least.

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