Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told a Tea Party "Audit The IRS" rally outside the U.S. Capitol today that she worked as an “insurgent” while employed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to "defeat the tax code" (video below).
However, instead of defeating the tax code, Bachmann actually helped prosecute people who didn’t pay or underpaid their taxes from 1988 to 1992, noted The Atlantic in 2011.
Rep. Bachmann appeared to rewrite history as she spoke to the Tea Party crowd today.
“I also want you to know that in my former life, I was an insurgent!” claimed Rep. Bachmann. “I was an insurgent because because I absolutely wanted to defeat the tax code and bring more liberty about in the United States."
"And so after I went to law school, I got a post-doctorate degree in tax law and after that I got a job with the IRS as a tax lawyer! Because I believe if you understand the enemy from the inside out, that’s the best way to defeat them!” yelled Rep. Bachmann, reports RawStory.com.
However, Rep. Bachmann has said in the past that she got her post-doctorate degree in tax law because she was obeying her husband per God. She even admitted not wanting to go to law school (video below), notes The Daily Beast:
“My husband said ‘Now you need to go and get a post-doctorate degree in tax law.’ Tax law! I hate taxes—why should I go and do something like that?” she told the audience. “But the Lord says be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.”
Bachmann said she never had taken a tax course, “never had a desire for it,” but “I was going to be faithful to what I felt God was calling me to do through my husband.”
According to Mother Jones, Rep. Bachmann did not get a post-doctorate degree as she claimed today and several times in the past:
Bachmann received a J.D.—the standard law school degree—from Oral Roberts University, and an LL.M. in tax law from William & Mary in 1988. The LL.M. does count as a postdoctoral degree, as Bachmann says, because it came after she had received a "terminal degree"—that is, a degree that can't be directly improved upon. But while J.D. (juris doctor) has the word "doctor" in it, it is not accepted practice for J.D.'s to refer to themselves as "Dr."
Sources: The Atlantic, RawStory.com, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast