Michele Bachmann: If GOP Wins House, "All We Should Do" is Issue Subpoenas

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. AP

The often controversial Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said yesterday that if Republicans will the House in November, "all we should do" is subpoena and investigate the Obama administration.

If Republicans take the House, Bachmann was asked at the GOP Youth Convention in Washington, "how do you feel about the chances for like a little oversight and a little accountability now that the Republicans will have the subpoena power - how aggressive do you think..."

"Oh, I think that's all we should do," Bachmann said. "I think that all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another. And expose all the nonsense that is gone on. And it's very important when we come back that we have constitutional conservative leadership because the American people's patience is about this big. So we have to make sure that we do what the people want us to do."

The exchange was flagged and posted by the Three Fingers of Politics blog.

Bachmann went on to claim that while prior to President Obama's election, "the private economy was 100 percent held in private hands," while "today 65 percent of the economy is now held in government's hands - either through direct ownership or control."

It's not clear where Bachmann got the 65 percent figure. She claimed on CBS' "Face the Nation" in March that the government owns or controls 51 percent of the U.S. economy, which her communications director explained by combining an estimate from an economics professor of government ownership and "the passage of the health care bill, which makes up about 18 percent of the economy."

At no time since 1929, according to Bureau of Economic Analysis data, was the United States' GDP 100 percent private.

Bachmann said in her remarks yesterday that "all of our chips are on November."

"If we don't get it back and then starve the beast - the House, we have the power of the purse - so we can starve ObamaCare," she said. "We don't have to fund any of these programs and that's exactly what we need to do - defund all of this nonsense and then unwind it."

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