It is not Republicans who are at war with the poor,
as Democrats contend, says Rep. Michele Bachmann. The Obama White House's war on the energy sector is hurting the poor, she says.
Appearing on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren"
on Monday, Bachmann, R-Minn., said Obama's policies that trap people in poverty and don't allow for job creation are the real problem.
"I think all you have to do is look at the president's policies, and that's all you need to know for how to increase more people on dependency and more people on poverty," she said.
The United States appears headed toward a European-style structural unemployment problem in which perpetual high numbers of unemployment and low job creation are the norm, Bachmann said.
"That's not good for young people, it's not good for anyone, and that's a problem," she said.
Bachmann accused Obama of declaring war on America's best job producer: the energy sector. Though he is a supporter of hydraulic fracturing, also know as fracking, which is generally disliked by the left, Obama has pushed for tighter regulations on the coal industry and has lagged in approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
Increased energy jobs could be a boon for the United States, Bachmann said, and take people out of poverty by providing jobs rather than extending long-term unemployment benefits,
as Democrats are pushing.
A trip through the Dubai airport would show Americans what this country could become, Bachmann said.
"That could be the United States of America," she said, "a cross between Disneyland and Las Vegas."
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