Friday, January 28, 2011

Michele Bachmann received $251,973 in public farm subsidies

It's right there on Wikipedia! Why is no one calling out hypocritical Miss Tea Party on her anti-government yammerings?:

Bachmann also has an ownership stake in a Waumandee, Wisconsin family farm. From 1995 through 2006, the Bachmann family farm has received $251,973 in federal subsidies, chiefly for dairy and corn price supports.[17] Since the death of her father-in-law, the farm and its buildings are rented to a neighboring farmer who maintains a dairy herd on the farm.
Pretty good welfare, Michele! I could use bucks like that, but after my only foray into AFDC back in the early 80s (thanks to your president), I try not to live off of other people, as you do.

Not only does she take big money from taxpayers, without apology (via her nice salary and her farm subsidies), she actually MADE HER CAREER by DEFENDING THE INFERNAL REVENUE against THE PEOPLE! Do you believe this? And she continually presents herself as the brave anti-tax heroine of the right?

Liar, liar, pants on fire:
From 1988 to 1993, Bachmann was a U.S. Treasury Department attorney in the US Federal Tax Court located in St. Paul. According to Bachmann, she represented the Internal Revenue Service "in hundreds of cases"[10] (both civil and criminal) prosecuting people who underpaid or failed to pay their taxes.
Why would someone who (supposedly) believes the federal government is a bandit, professionally defend the government against hardworking folks who can't pay off the bandits? Sounds like someone is just another common political opportunist!

And of course, by now, you have heard that she has re-written history?
Speaking at an Iowans For Tax Relief event, Bachmann (R-MN) also noted how slavery was a "scourge" on American history, but added that "we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States."

"And," she continued, "I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly -- men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country."

It's true -- Adams became a vocal opponent of slavery, especially during his time in the House of Representatives. But Adams was not one of the founders, nor did he live to see the Emancipation Proclamation signed in 1863 (he died in 1848).
See, folks, this is why it's bad to attend a "college" like Oral Roberts "University"... yes, that's her alma mater, are you surprised?

I knew it had to be something like that.


NOTE: Above graphic from HYPERVOCAL, who had more to say about Michele and her rather shaky grasp of American history.


D. said...

Pardon my French: Quel surprise.

D. said...

Yeah, I'm cynical; Tea Partiers are not people I'd want to believe in anyway, but they're making rank opportunists seem like a better deal.

sheila said...

Well, most people who become politicians end up going down the road of lining their pockets, etc etc. SHE apparently just had a head start, that's all. ;o)
I like what D. Says.
Both comments. lol.

SnowdropExplodes said...

It works out better in fiction - anyone remember the debate in West Wing where Bartlet asks his opponent, "Can we have that money back?" In real life, it seems that that question just gets ignored when folks ask it.

Anonymous said...

I am not defending Bachmann "per se" but coming from a long line of farmers, I must tell you that in order to even FARM most farmers MUST be in the "subsidy system" and the excuse is that food prices would be too high without gov. subsidy. Secondly, on her having worked for the tax system, first hand experience is generally what turns people away from further pursuit in THAT "system". On both fronts, she appears to have first hand knowledge of both the farming and the tax "systems" and no one should be faulted for that. Oh contraire!

DaisyDeadhead said...

Anon, of course, everyone who takes money from the government has good reasons for doing so. That's my whole point. Farmers' reasons are no better than anyone else's reasons, sorry. WE ALL HAVE GOOD REASONS, even Michele. But Bachmann has repeatedly criticized govt spending, calling the government a bandit. Now, why is SHE taking money from bandits?

Since Bachmann now has several million in her campaign coffers (see Politico link; since becoming a Tea Party ingenue, she's been raking it in bigtime), she can start paying the money back without hurting her family. Just pay a little bit every year, just like she wants everyone else to do. If she doesn't, she is a lying hypocrite. Period. No exceptions. SHE doesn't make any, so I won't either.

The gall of these Tea Party liars, "criticizing" government spending and then putting their hands out for their share. How dare they. Every one of them who has EVER taken a cent needs to be exposed.


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sheila said...

"The gall of" - in your last comment is dead on. Sorry to leave another comment, I came to see if anything was new and it wasn't. lol said...

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