- May 18, 2004
an interesting but kinda disgusting article about government subsidies (also known as the taxpayers' cash) flowing into the pockets of some of the politicians complaining about "socialism".....turns out some of them are quite familiar with the concept!
Michele Bachmann: Welfare Queen
Michele Bachmann has become well known for her anti-government tea-bagger antics, protesting health care reform and every other government handout as socialism. What her followers probably dont know is that Rep. Bachmann is, to use that anti-government slur, something of a welfare queen. Thats right, the anti-government insurrectionist has taken more than a quarter-million dollars in government handouts thanks to corrupt farming subsidies she has been collecting for at least a decade.
And shes not the only one who has been padding her bank account with taxpayer money.
Bachmann, of Minnesota, has spent much of this year agitating against health care reform, whipping up the so-called tea-baggers with stories of death panels and rationed health care. She has called for a revolution against what she sees as Barack Obamas attempted socialist takeover of America, saying presidential policy is reaching down the throat and ripping the guts out of freedom.
But data compiled from federal records by Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit watchdog that tracks the recipients of agricultural subsidies in the United States, shows that Bachmann has an inner Marxist that is perfectly at ease with profiting from taxpayer largesse. According to the organizations records, Bachmanns family farm received $251,973 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2006. The farm had been managed by Bachmanns recently deceased father-in-law and took in roughly $20,000 in 2006 and $28,000 in 2005, with the bulk of the subsidies going to dairy and corn. Both dairy and corn are heavily subsidizedor socializedbusinesses in America (in 2005 alone, Washington spent $4.8 billion propping up corn prices) and are subject to strict government price controls. These subsidies are at the heart of Americas bizarre planned agricultural economy and as far away from Michele Bachmanns free-market dream world as Cubas free medical system. If American farms such as hers were forced to compete in the global free market, they would collapse.
However, Bachmann doesnt think other Americans should benefit from such protection and assistance. She voted against every foreclosure relief bill aimed at helping average homeowners (despite the fact that her district had the highest foreclosure rate in Minnesota), saying that bailing out homeowners would be rewarding the irresponsible while punishing those who have been playing by the rules. Thats right, the subsidy queen wants the rest of us to be responsible...
....Chuck Grassley, the longtime Republican senator from Iowa who warns his constituents of Obamas trend toward socialism, has seen his family collect $1 million in federal handouts over an 11-year period, with Grassleys son receiving $699,248 and the senator himself pocketing $238,974. Even Grassleys grandson is learning to ride through life on training wheels, snagging $5,964 in 2005 and $2,363 in 2006. In the Grassley family they learn early how to enjoy other peoples money.
Sen. Grassley railed against government intervention in the health care market, telling The Washington Times, Whenever the government does more ... thats a movement toward socialism.
....Then theres Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., whose family has been on the government take for at least the past 11 years, pocketing some $500,000. The senator recently held a prayercast with Michele Bachmann to beseech God to kill health care reform as soon as possible because it would bring an evil socialist spirit into America.....
...Not surprisingly, Blue Dog Democrats are on board with this welfare-for-the-rich thing. Max Baucus, the fiscally conservative Democratic senator from Montana who did his best to sabotage the health care reform process before it ever began, collected $250,000 in taxpayer subsidies to his familys farm while fighting to keep Americans at the mercy of free-market health insurance. Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, another Democrat, also helped hold the line against so-called socialized medicine for Americans who need assistance, even though her family farm business follows the socialized subsidy playbook to a T. The Lincolns pocketed $715,000 in farm subsidies over a 10-year period, and the senator even admitted to using $10,000 of it as petty cash in 2007. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Sandlin of South Dakota stayed true to her conservative free-market roots by voting against the public option. Meanwhile, her daddy, Lars Herseth, a former South Dakota legislator, collected a welfare jackpot of $844,725 paid out between 1995 and 2006....