Her experience as a tax lawyer helps her understand how to turn the U.S. economy around.This is two days after she made the claim during the FoxNews Iowa debate that we should have not raised the debt ceiling and instead let the government go into default on its debts. I don't think that speaks very well for any wisdom gained as a tax lawyer.
The two have almost nothing to do with each other. To be a tax lawyer, you need to know a lot about the tax code, who gets to deduct what, where the loopholes are, etc. But it has nothing to do with economics and financial systems.
Beyond that, what experience did Michele actually have as a tax lawyer? First, she has a law degree from the Oral Roberts University's School of Law. According to an article in The New Yorker (8/15/11) by Ryan Lizza, "The Bible, not the Constitution or conventional jurisprudence, guides the curriculum."
And, by the way, Michele's husband Marcus, earned his masters in counseling at Pat Robertson's school that later became known as Regent University.
Michele did go on to get a masters degree in tax law from the College of William & Mary. Then she worked for the IRS for four years in St. Paul, representing the commissioner of the IRS before the U.S. Tax Court. Unless I'm misunderstanding, what this means is:
She worked for the government as a tax lawyer -- presumably suing people for not paying their taxes.However, former colleagues who were interviewed by Ryan Lizza for this article, said that she was not there long enough to gain much experience; she just did "lightweight stuff." In fact, all six of those interviewed told Lizza that the primary thing they remember about Michele was that she spent a good portion of her time on maternity leave. One of them said, "She was an attorney here, but she was never here." Most of the cases she worked on were settled, and only one of her cases ended up in the courtroom.
It's a ridiculous statement, a joke. But then that's what we expect of Ms. Bachmann. Her base loves it. And she will do well in the Iowa Straw Poll. But she will not get the nomination.