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Michele Bachmann: Welfare Queen

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Posted on Dec 22, 2009
Michelle Bachmann
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By Yasha Levine

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 don’t know is that Rep. Bachmann is, to use that anti-government slur, something of a welfare queen. That’s 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 she’s 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 Obama’s 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 organization’s records, Bachmann’s family farm received $251,973 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2006. The farm had been managed by Bachmann’s 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 subsidized—or “socialized”—businesses 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 America’s bizarre planned agricultural economy and as far away from Michele Bachmann’s free-market dream world as Cuba’s free medical system. If American farms such as hers were forced to compete in the global free market, they would collapse.

However, Bachmann doesn’t 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.” That’s right, the subsidy queen wants the rest of us to be responsible. 

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Bachmann’s financial disclosure forms indicate that her personal stake in the family farm is worth up to $250,000. They also show that she has been earning income from the farm business, and that the income grew in just a few years from $2,000 to as much as $50,000 for 2008. This has provided her with a second government-subsidized income to go with her job as a government-paid congresswoman who makes $174,000 per year (in addition to having top-notch government medical benefits). “If she has an interest in a farm getting federal subsidy payments, she is benefiting from them,” Sandra Schubert, director of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group, told Gannett News Service in 2007, when the subsidies to Bachmann were first publicly disclosed.

But Bachmann isn’t the only welfare recipient on Capitol Hill. As it turns out, there is a filthy-rich class of absentee farmers—both in and out of Congress—who demand free-market rules by day and collect their government welfare checks in the mail at night, payments that subsidize businesses that otherwise would fail. Over the past couple of decades, welfare for the super-wealthy seems to be the only kind of welfare our society tolerates.

In the 11 years for which the Environmental Working Group has compiled data, the federal government paid out a total of $178 billion to American farmers. We’re not talking about the Joads here. The bulk of subsidies go to the wealthy, not small farmers, as Ken Cook, the group’s president, explained to the Central Valley (Calif.) Business Times:

American taxpayers have been writing farm subsidy checks to wealthy absentee land owners, state prison systems, universities, public corporations, and very large, well-heeled farm business operations without the government so much as asking the beneficiaries if they need our money. ... Even if you live smack in the middle of a big city, type in a ZIP code and you’ll find farm subsidy recipients.

Chuck Grassley, the longtime Republican senator from Iowa who warns his constituents of Obama’s “trend toward socialism,” has seen his family collect $1 million in federal handouts over an 11-year period, with Grassley’s son receiving $699,248 and the senator himself pocketing $238,974. Even Grassley’s 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 people’s money.

Sen. Grassley railed against government intervention in the health care market, telling The Washington Times, “Whenever the government does more ... that’s a movement toward socialism.” As the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, he ought to know, especially because the government has done more for him and his kin than for Americans struggling with high medical bills and mortgages. Even the free-market think tank the Heritage Foundation criticized Grassley on his deep connections to farming interests and his stubborn lack of transparency.


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By ardee, June 24, 2011 at 2:46 am Link to this comment

tommy651, April 8 at 1:07 am

Huh?

Farmer Bob, July 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm Link to this comment
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Farm subsides are intended to insure that farmers continue to overproduce.

Considering that most subsidies are given for crops NOT GROWN methinks you are neither farmer nor knowledgeable.

I have no problems with subsidies to family farms, but the great majority of said funds are going to agribusiness not Farmer Jones.

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By your face, June 23, 2011 at 9:45 am Link to this comment

It’s great how you didn’t even credit where you found this.

http://ericblackink.minnpost.com/2007/11/08/a-guest-post-rep-michele-bachmann-opponent-of-farm-subsidies-benefits-from-them/

This isn’t journalism. Anyone can just re-word a bunch of text.

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By Eileen, April 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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At http://farm.ewg.org you can look up the subsidies received by any farm or recipient.

Of course Bachmann is a hypocrite - as are so many farmers who take subsidies and complain about socialism and government spending. My own mother-in-law received subsidies with her husband and worked for the federal government taking applications and handing out free money to farmers, for 20 years, but complains about spending and any help the government might give to anyone else.

Please publicize this so their hypocrisy is exposed.

Bachmann now wants to run for president. Her hypocrisy must be made known to all.

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By Laurel, April 13, 2011 at 7:34 am Link to this comment
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I would also be interested to find out how much she profited from the Dept. of Foster Care.  She does seem to know how to work the system.

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By tommy651, April 8, 2011 at 1:07 am Link to this comment
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liberals create the subsidies. if you don’t farming families getting getting subsidies get your liberal politican heroes to eliminate the subsidies. besides what does her father-in-law getting a farm subsidy have to do with her. can she stop him from applying for one. we still do have some freedom in america liberal america hasn’t userped them all yet.

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By uh......yeah right, January 6, 2011 at 8:30 am Link to this comment
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HEY Yasha….....


...so you don’t have a problem with all the bills put forth by Pelosi, Reid, Boxer, etc; to enrich themselves through thier husbands’ businesses????


hypocrite.

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By Nancy Raffman, December 25, 2010 at 8:23 am Link to this comment
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The million U.S tax dollars Bachmann’s family has collected over eleven years is fourteen times the amount a family of four on welfare in my state would collect over the same period of time—IF a welfare family were allowed to collect welfare for eleven years.  But they aren’t.  Welfare (for poor people, at least) is now strictly limited to five years.

But for rich folks like Bachmann and her conservative “free-market” freeloaders, welfare means cradle-to-grave.  (Or even, as this piece points out, BEYOND the grave!)

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By Farmer Bob, July 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm Link to this comment
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Farm subsides are intended to insure that farmers continue to overproduce.  Overproduction means that the actual prices farmers receive are below the cost of production, but with the subsides they can continue the practice.  Why is this important to continue?  Well since farming yields depend on so many variables, you do not want the population to starve after years when farm yields do not reach the expected amount.  Thus it is much safer to overproduce, and keep the more efficient farmers in business.  By the way, while the government states that there are 2 million farmers, between 60 and 70% of all production is done by the top 100,000 farms.  Gross sales of these top 100,000 exceed half a million each year.

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By Turniphead, February 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment
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Who’s Smarter: Michele Bachmann, or this turnip?

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Whos-Smarter-Michele-Bachmann-or-this-turnip/342469181188?v=wall

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By Inherit The Wind, January 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm Link to this comment

ardee, January 5 at 8:52 am #

Inherit The Wind, January 4 at 10:43 pm

Dishonesty alert…...polite as I can.

First you rail against the GOP for gerrymandering. Then, when it is pointed out that your own party does the same you say they must in order to keep up….

Wrong is wrong…

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesnt become a monster. When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back into you.”  Nietzche
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So…is what DeLay did in Texas legal or illegal?  Or simply quasi-legal? Should Dems avoid LEGAL gerrymandering while Rethugs engage in both legal and illegal gerrymandering?

Why not just let them write a Constitutional amendment that GIVES them DeLay and Rove’s “Permanent Majority” in perpetuity?  Throw in the towel, give in, and vote for Ralph Nader and feel very moral and proud while the last vestiges of our once-noble nation collapses into dictatorship…

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By ardee, January 5, 2010 at 4:52 am Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind, January 4 at 10:43 pm

Dishonesty alert…...polite as I can.

First you rail against the GOP for gerrymandering. Then, when it is pointed out that your own party does the same you say they must in order to keep up….

Wrong is wrong…

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he doesnt become a monster. When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back into you.”  Nietzche

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By stimulus package, January 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment
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Re:Yeah, sure. In states dominated by Dems somehow in district after district Rethugs win on their merits.
  Buried somewhere in this inscrutable syntax, there appears to be an assertion. With rooms so sparsely furnished, genuine courage is required to throw open the windows of one’s mind in such a fashion. Perchance the author would take another run at fleshing out the above fragment. Consider applying real world numbers to your position. As an example, informing us that most of the members in your various support groups are Democrats does not necessarily prove that Democrats dominate a precinct, much less a district.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm Link to this comment

ardee, January 3 at 9:46 pm #

Inherit The Wind, January 3 at 8:02 pm

Is it really your position that Democrats do not gerrymander districts? Sorry to break it to you, they do.
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As long as the system is as it is, they need to do a hell of a lot more of it, as the Rethugs do.  This is not Marquis of Queensbury, but down-and-dirty bare knuckle brawling and the Dims STILL haven’t learned that DESPITE the DeLays and Boehners and all the Rethuglicans.

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By ardee, January 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind, January 3 at 8:02 pm

Is it really your position that Democrats do not gerrymander districts? Sorry to break it to you, they do.

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By Atilla, January 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

Inherit the Wind…
“Whiner, Atilla?  So I guess we really should just do what the GOP does and just gerrymander the shit out of every state we have a majority in when the census comes out.”

Just why do you think ACORN was going to be allowed to “help” in the census? Why do liberals want illegal immigrants counted in the census? I’ll tell you why. It is because states like CL, and other SW states with a large percentage of illegals will GAIN congressional seats. It is simply part of their modus operandi. Same as the motor voter deal; just go to the DMV or welfare office, and since you are already there you may as well register to vote; and just take a wild guess as to what party these people are going to join. Of course, the party that promises to take from the “rich” and give to them. Just another way for the Dems to pad their base. So don’t lecture me about gerrymandering. The liberals wrote the book on it.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

Stim-Lax:

Yeah, sure. In states dominated by Dems somehow in district after district Rethugs win on their merits.

4 only?  So how did DeLay manage to acquire 5 House seats in Texas if there were only 4 nationally?

I’m not saying it’s a conspiracy—“conspiracy” implies covert. I’m saying it’s an overt policy—and I’m PISSED that Dems allow it and don’t do the same.

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By Stimulus Package, December 30, 2009 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment
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By Inherit The Wind, December 30 at 8:26 pm #

Whiner, Atilla?  So I guess we really should just do what the GOP does and just gerrymander the shit out of every state we have a majority in when the census comes out.  This is what DeLay did in Texas and why the Dems have a minority of House seats in PA despite having had a sizable majority of voters in the state.

It’s not “whining” to demand that every voting American’s vote counts as much as every other American.

Besides, my statistics can be validated.  Can yours?


Dear Break The Wind,
Go here for validation..http://www.slate.com/id/2208216/slideshow/2208554/
Of the 20 gerrymandered districts listed, 4 are GOP and 16 are Dem. By the way,Murtha,Dem of the oppressed commonwealth of PA represents #18 on the list.Have you considered that Democratic minority status is influenced by Dem supporters reluctance to overcome inertia and hauling their entitlement demanding bodies off the couch and to the polls on election day and not a result of a vast right-wing conspiracy?
As to your demand” that every voting American’s vote counts as much as every other American”(sic),I agree.
Why is it that(due to progressive income taxation)the rich should pay relatively more for their vote than working poor?

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By Inherit The Wind, December 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment

Whiner, Atilla?  So I guess we really should just do what the GOP does and just gerrymander the shit out of every state we have a majority in when the census comes out.  This is what DeLay did in Texas and why the Dems have a minority of House seats in PA despite having had a sizable majority of voters in the state.

It’s not “whining” to demand that every voting American’s vote counts as much as every other American.

Besides, my statistics can be validated.  Can yours?

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By Atilla, December 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment

The Democrats portend that they stand for equal opportunity for all. They are lying through their teeth. What they actually want is EQUAL RESULTS. Typical liberal hypocrisy.

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By Atilla, December 29, 2009 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment

Sorry JFoster2K, that reply was intended for Inherit the Wind.

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By Atilla, December 29, 2009 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment

Mr. JFoster2K,

You obviously did not read my reply to EH on his first inane post concerning “big states vs. little states.

Assuming that the numbers you and EH throw about are correct please tell me just what does that have to do with the constitution? Let me repeat one more time for you and EH. This country is not a true democracy; it was never intended to be. We are a “representative republic”. The framers made it that way so you, EH,  and all the rest of the whiners out there could not trample on the rights of the minority. I think those guys were extremely far sighted in doing it that way. So weep and gnash your teeth, fall on the floor and have a hissy fit. Get it out of your system, and then if you really want to amend the constitution, knock yourselves out. Your chances of success are slim and none. Have a nice day!

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By JFoster2k, December 29, 2009 at 10:49 am Link to this comment

Not only is Michelle Bachman a hypocrite like most other politicians (and all conservatives), she is a moron.

When she said, on the Senate floor, that carbon dioxide is not harmful because it occurs naturally and it makes up about 3% of our atmosphere she clearly demonstrated how ignorant she is.

Yes, carbon dioxide is naturally occuring, but that does not mean it is not harmful. Methane, sulfur and thousands of other harmful chemicals occur in nature too, but we don’t want to breath them. If our atmosphere was actually 2-3% carbon dioxide (rather than the miniscule fraction of 1% which it actually is) every air breathing creature on the planet would be dead!

I only bring this up to illustrate that she and her ilk will say anything to push their own agenda. She typifies the politician who apparently considers the American public (or at least her own constituents) to be as ill-informed and ideologically blinded as she is.

Trust nothing she says… fact-check is her worst enemy.

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By Inherit The Wind, December 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment

rfidler, December 24 at 5:32 pm #

Ed Harges:

Do you even live in the US?

You describe the Senate.

We here in the US also have a House of Representatives. In that body, California is fifty times more powerful than Alaska.

Read our constitution.

Also, “It’s as if we all were to sit down and take the SAT, with a prior agreement that anybody from a small rural state automatically gets 100 points added to his or her score.” Substitute “protected monority” for your “small rural state” and you describe affirmative today.

“Small state idiots…”? You’re the worst kind of bigot.
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Wow! Talk about strange! I gotta defend Ed Harges, a serious anti-semite, against the fallacious charges of RFidler!

EH is right—the 17 least populated states control 34 Senate seats, enough to prevent ANY Constitutional amendment from passing that ends the Electoral College or makes the Senate proportional.  Those 17 states have a total of well under 8% of the total US population—from Utah to Wyoming.  The 17 BIGGEST states, from California to Tennessee, also control only 34 Senate votes—but represent a WHOPPING 69% of the nation’s people.  That means each person’s Senate vote in those small states counts NINE TIMES more than the Senate votes of the people in the big states…yeah, THAT is DEFINITELY like giving each small-stater a starting SAT score of 740 out of 800—when everyone else has a starting score of 200 out of 800.

Furthermore, any Constitutional Amendment requires 75% of the states to pass it.  That means only 13 states are needed to STOP an amendment—the 13 smallest states represent only 4.66% of the Nation’s population.  Yessir, 95.5% of Americans can want the Constitution changed to end the Electoral College or create a proportional Senate and 4 2/3 % can block it.

It gets worse:  You only need 51% of that 4.66% in each of those tiny states!

That means only 2.37% of the population of the United States can thwart the will of the other 97.6%!

We aren’t talking about inalienable rights—we are talking power to keep privilege for a very few over ALL the rest of us—solely because they come from small states.

Notice I haven’t even MENTIONED Red/Blue states or Dim/ReThug politics—simple numbers.

Ed Harges is, for once, 100% correct about this and the population statistics prove it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_population

(And, BTW, Michelle Bachmann is an abomination, proof-positive that our electoral system is broken).

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By dmolino21, December 28, 2009 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

O.K., I apologize. I reread the posting and can see that it is satire. I took it as being a serious statement and I couldn’t help it, when I was reading the statement it caused me to stop. I found myself wondering what is next? Anyway, it’s all cleared up now. Love, Peace, Wisdom and Joy.

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By GrannyMiller, December 28, 2009 at 11:44 am Link to this comment

dmolino21-
You have missed the sarcasm of my statement

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By dmolino21, December 28, 2009 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

Granny you stated: “To hell with the next generation, or who it hurts.” I say no, not to hell with the next generation! They are God’s children too. And what is more, I say hurting other people is what causes wars and other wrongs. I am thinking of Helen of Troy and the Trojan Wars. The Watt’s riots are a good example of what can come from hurting other people, too. We were put on this earth to learn lessons. One of those lessons is to give to others, freely and without looking for repayment. This next generation may seem to be wrong in their actions, but that means we must provide them with good examples. Good, positive thinking and positive acting examples. For instance, I play for a charity of my choosing, St.Vincent’s Meals On Wheels. I set it up. If I get enough points, they get $5000.00, and the elderly, handicapped, poor, and homeless get fed two meals a day, 7 days a week and holidays. This is filling a need, food. They cannot turn it into drugs or alcohol. They just get the food. It is not in sell-able form. It is not in cans, containers, or baskets. It is cooked and ready to eat. How can you say to hell with anyone, hell is constantly being burned for eternity. Can you really wish that for your brothers and sisters? They are your brothers and sisters under God. Love, Peace, Wisdom and Joy.

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By GrannyMiller, December 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment

truedigger3,
This is an involved topic with a detailed history, and way outside the scope of this comment.
I can give a short example - there are 100’s more.

I have a very small commercial apple orchard on my farm and used to produce apple cider.
Fresh pressed Pennsylvania apple cider is a healthy drink.
Generations of Americans have enjoyed it.

10 years back or so, several large apple growers on the east & west coast poisoned people with tainted cider.

So instead of lawsuits suing the offending apple growers right out of business, lobbyists went to work on Capital Hill for more “government regulations”. They lobbied for so called “food safety” laws to protect the mega farms and run small Mom & Pop cider mills out of business.

It became illegal for me to sell unpasteurized apple cider.
In order to comply with the new regulations, I would have had to make an investment of over $25,000. Not a smart business move considering I only made less than $500 a year in cider sales.

I went out of business and someone else got my customers. My old customers now get UV pasteurized apple cider at the grocery store and I get nothing.

My husband & I own 80 acres of prime Pennsylvania farmland and cannot make a living from the farm due to government regulations.

Without regulations we would be free to grow what we want and sell to who ever we want.
Even the local Amish are having to take off farm work.
Government regulations do not protect the consumer nor give the consumer real choices.

Fact is, where I live it’s easier to buy a bag of heroin than unpasteurized apple cider and raw milk.

Without the USDA & federal government interference this country would see a renaissance in family farms and a return to safe, wholesome food.

Goggle Granny Miller for more info grin

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By GrannyMiller, December 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

truedigger3-
I agree 100% with your second point - but not your first grin

It’s not “hypocrisy” to criticize or attack government programs while collecting on them - it’s the reality of farming in America today.

I suppose old “Crazy Eyes Bachmann” could throw the baby out with the bath, and encourage her family to decline all farm subsidies.

Then we can all sit back and watch the family farm go for auction.
It will be fun to see if an offshore corporation buys up another family’s life and love for dimes on the dollar.

To hell with the next generation and who it may hurt -it’s the principle of the thing!
Let Bachmann’s kin get town jobs like everybody else.
I hear Wal-Mart is hiring.

If you ask me,Bachmann and others might as well collect on government monies. Our tax dollars are going to be wasted whether or not her family gets what they qualify for.


I’m hard press to recall any government program that was or has ever been of benefit to “common people”.

I hate the USDA too.

But know from personal experience, that whether or not I accept “free” livestock ear tags, check off checks or tax credits - you and I and every other tax payer are still going to pay for them - no matter what my political beliefs may be.

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By truedigger3, December 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

GrannyMiller, 

You wrote:
“Interference in farming by the federal government is almost the sole reason America’s economically viable family farms are a thing of the past.”

I appreciate it very much if you explain that statement.

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By truedigger3, December 27, 2009 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

Re: By GrannyMiller, December 27 at 2:04 pm #

GrannyMiller wrote:
“So what?
All my neighbors get farm subsidies too.
They can’t make a living or pay their taxes without them.”
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GrannyMiller,

The writer is not objecting to farm subsidies but he wanted to direct attention toward two points:

1) The hypocrisy of Michelle Bachman, Grassey etc and their ilk who attack any government program that benefit the common people saying it fosters dependency on government and is against the free market, while in the mean time, they are, and their ilk, are benefitting generously from government programs and subsidies.
2) While the original purpose of the farm subsidies proggram was to protect family farms from the unpredictabilities of weather and prices fluctuations, that program morphed into wellfare program to mostly wealthy farmers and agri-businesses where 75% of the benefits are delivered to 10% of the farmers.

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By dmolino21, December 27, 2009 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

I think that Michelle Bachman should be more acquainted with the truth. She has taken advantage of the subsidies help on the one hand and voted against help for others on the other hand. Socialism is not a crime! It is what Jesus Christ taught, to give to the poor. Why? Because there, but for the grace of God, go you. Jesus taught us to love our neighbors and to do unto others what you would have them do unto you. I do not believe she would have those neighbors take away her help, the subsidies. She would then lose her farm to the IRS. We should take Jesus Christ as our role model and try to live as he lived. Loving and giving to others with no thought of return. If love and giving is returned, so much the better. God is love. We could also take God as our role model. Be the living embodiment of love. Let it rest in your heart and mind and body. President Barack Obama set us a good example when he opened his books to the public and spoke up for transparency. In transparency lies the kernel of truth. I realize that many people would fight transparency of their financial records because the truth be known they are afraid of the IRS. Many are afraid of big government. But don’t be. Love, Peace, Wisdom and Joy.

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By GrannyMiller, December 27, 2009 at 10:04 am Link to this comment

Yasha -
So what?
All my neighbors get farm subsidies too.
They can’t make a living or pay their taxes without them.
Farmers are a part of the entrenched big government welfare class, and that’s the way Washington likes it and wants to keep it.

Interference in farming by the federal government is almost the sole reason America’s economically viable family farms are a thing of the past.

Where do you think food comes from anyway? Do you have any idea what it really costs to produce a gallon of milk, a bushel of wheat or a lamb chop? Do you know the costs of a tractor tire, boom spray nozzle or 250 gallon stock tank?

How are farmers supposed to live and keep farming with milk at $15.80 at hundred weight?
Corn at $3.15 a bushel, wheat $4.14 a bushel and hogs at $63?
Oh..did I forget to mention that farmers get a special screwing from the IRS tax code?

Fact of the matter is, the USDA, lobbyists, and global special interest groups have shafted American farmers with the help of Congress & the White House for over 100 years.

Farm subsidies are one of many the reasons there’s “factory farms”, high fructose corn syrup in everything and you get to buy really cheap food.

Food prices haven’t been an election issue since Richard Nixon and Washington plans on keeping it that way.
So Rep. Bachmann’s family’s farm gets a subsidy - big deal.
Would you’d rather see her family farm sold for taxes or turned into a strip mall?

The only way change will come to American farms and agricultural is to abandon the big government, fake left/right paradigm, and return farms to farmers and to a Free Market.
With a free market farm subsidies will be a thing of the past.

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By MrLibertarian, December 27, 2009 at 4:01 am Link to this comment
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Socialism does not teach the same things as what
Christ taught.

Christ taught voluntary charity, obedience to Him,
holy living and humility.

Socialism relies on government force to enact. It
forces one to part with his possessions in order to
give to one who is considered to be less fortunate.
It is financed by stealing, hidden by layers of govt
propaganda. It promotes laziness and dependence on
the gov’t rather than God—idolatry. Jesus taught
sole dependence on God and trust in Him only.

When I hear the GOP talk badly about socialism I take
it with a grain of salt. The GOP’s history has always
been “selective” free markets and crony capitalism.
They always LOOK like free marketers when compared to
the Dems.

So if Bachmann and other similar cronies are for real
they would denounce socialism, call for an end of ALL
subsidies including those to their families, end
regulation—all that. They should look at Ron Paul
and follow his lead.  Of course that may be political
suicide.

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By Marie, December 27, 2009 at 3:23 am Link to this comment
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First of all, this reporter/journalist loses all credibility in the very first sentence.  The term that the left wing media uses for those in the Tea Party movement is a dirty, derogatory name.  Fine, report on her earmarks, more power to you.  But while you are at it report ALL of Congress.  Journalists are SUPPOSED to report NEWS in an unbiased form.  I have no respect for a so called journalist that must start their story in this fashion.  There is enough division in this country without the media having at least enough respect to report just the facts without the name calling.  We are all AMERICANS whether you agree or disagree, and we should all be treated as such.

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By stimulus package, December 27, 2009 at 12:16 am Link to this comment
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Sites such as this one always eventually attract a Christian who scolds that “too many people are not seeing the picture” or a similar sentiment. Jesus taught to submit to God and to share your possessions with others. This is charity. Socialists, Democrats and their ilk demand submission to Government and then confiscate the possessions of others, redistributing the goodies to supporters and themselves. This is legalized theft. Dear Leader approved of this theft when He described it to Joe the Plumber as “spreading it around”.

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By Diana Molino, December 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment
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I think too many people are not seeing the picture. We are here on this earth as if we were in school. There are tests here. To see if we can live as Jesus Christ would have us live. Giving to the poor is part of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Socialism teaches the same thing. We have Republicans decrying the liberals, who are those living the principles of Christ. A lady who is a congresswoman should be showing those same principles as a good example. Not lying or being a hypocrite are a part of good examples. She should take back what she said and apologize. Love, Peace, Wisdom and Joy.

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By chigger, December 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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More on subsidies here:

http://www.inmotionmagazine.com/ra08/tgibbons_subsidies08.html

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By Michael Shaw, December 25, 2009 at 9:38 am Link to this comment
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Although it is true that not everyone who collects government farm subsidies is a crook and hypocrite, clearly there are several crooks and hypocrites who do and the author correctly points out who some of the worst of them are. The very same hypocrites who are screaming socialism as the evil of the world are themselves the evil of the world.

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By Joe, December 24, 2009 at 11:49 pm Link to this comment
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This article claimed that America has a free market health care system.  That is not the case, it’s extremely regulated.

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By keepittrue, December 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment

M. Bachmann is a shrew who has the sense of a pea. She runs around saying the most outrageous and disgusting lies. If she says something it means it is not true. No truth comes from this woman.

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By rico, suave, December 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

mstar57:

Aren’t WE all grown up?

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By rico, suave, December 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

Ed Harges:

Do you even live in the US?

You describe the Senate.

We here in the US also have a House of Representatives. In that body, California is fifty times more powerful than Alaska.

Read our constitution.

Also, “It’s as if we all were to sit down and take the SAT, with a prior agreement that anybody from a small rural state automatically gets 100 points added to his or her score.” Substitute “protected monority” for your “small rural state” and you describe affirmative today.

“Small state idiots…”? You’re the worst kind of bigot.

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By 9circlesofhell, December 24, 2009 at 9:44 am Link to this comment
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-gerard-
Yes, the “words don’t mean anything” and, in my view, we are
beyond the point ... each day seems to indicate we the people
being one degree closer to the boiling point ....

-felicity-
Great points ... in response to “Why is that?” could it be that the
circle-jerk our nation calls Congress never was and never will be
(under the present system of governance) concerned with we the
people en masse, but simply we the people par la classe.  The
result, hyperbole, histrionics, and hypocrisy -all with a rather
practiced and stately wink and a nod.

-ProTester-
Indeed, although the article -like most articles- is much more a
convoy of words needed to substantiate a point, the point here
and in countless other reports is simply the whorish nature (by
intent) of our form of governance where the whores, johns, and
pimps are interchangeable ... in my view, much like a Fellini
carnival.

-Myles-
Bless you ... it is indeed a “sick spirit” and Bachmann is simply
another voice-box of the self-perceived aristocrats and anointed
ones as found in Faulkner’s Sound and the Fury (including the
health-care issue) and first brought to consciousness by
Shakespeare in Macbeth “... it is a tale, told by an idiot, full of
sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Ah yes, be the day that Bachmann and her congressional peers
present the news conference that no one attends ... simply
because there is nothing to hear.

And yes -Myles- the care and concern of others -all others- is
“called sharing” and for reasons and principles engendered by a
capitalist form of governance (not democratic), sharing is not a
word allowed in so-called “polite American society.”

-diman-
You have a point although I’d argue that I did not elect these
yahoos and -short of revolution- the system that allows for such
a mockery of democracy to elect representatives (535) for 308
million people without built-in controls to jettison such
misrepresentation (besides the so-called vote every 4 and 6
years) when those congressmen and congresswomen fail to
represent we the people, or lie to we the people, or are in
contradiction for the common good of we the people (i.e., Joe
Lieberman stands to deny 47 million uninsured Americans while
he, his ilk, and his inner circle of family and friends don’t think
twice about health care), then, in short, it is a failed system.  The
real question is how do we the people wrest control of a failed
system when the system itself allows for that “change” to ONLY
occur via the very people who have crafted and controlled the
system.

History has clearly shown that such change often comes via
armed revolution ... I’m still of the thinking that we the people
here in america can enact the change via civil disobedience ... not
marching in the streets nor sending letters, emails, and phone
calls to our congress people, but by simply not voting nor paying
taxes.  A failed system only continues to operate its failures
because it is well-financed by tax dollars ... the answer to
creating a new system is found within the refusal to continue to
finance a failed system.

-Inherit the Wind-
Yes, the allowance and perpetuation for such hypocrisy and
zaniness is related to the lack of attention by all forms of our
media to substantive issues in favor of the media’s (and
corporate sponsorship) infantile attraction to vapidness.

If our media and so-called “investigative journalists” simply shine
the light, undiminished, on the 535 members of our Congress for
one year, it would become evident -even to the most blinded,
ideological lackey- that the people sent to represent we the
people do not care about we the people and actually do all in
their power (craft laws) to ensure that we the people do not get
to enjoy the safety, security, and benefits of them the Congress.

Let’s make Congress irrelevant ... don’t vote and don’t pay taxes!

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By Thurman, December 24, 2009 at 9:35 am Link to this comment
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I would like for the author to explain exactly what form these payments to Bachmann take.  Are they actual checks that get cut to her?  Are they price supports for which there is no way around?

The research on who benefits from commodity subsidies is shoddy.  Year in and year out “Riceland Foods” is listed as the largest recipient of subsidies.  Does anyone bother to point out that Riceland Foods is a co-op, owned and operated by over 9,000 individual farmers working together to pool expenses?  No.  Does anyone point out that any farmer in an area serviced by Riceland can join?  No.  Does anyone point out that those massive subsidies are split 9000 different ways?  No.

Either they don’t care because it gets in the way of a good story or they are simply ignorant of what a co-op is.  But one thing is clear, listing a cooperative consisting of over 9,000 individual farmers at the top of a list that is supposed to be full of greedy rich farmers is dishonest.

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By Chris Bieber, December 23, 2009 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment

Hypocricy thy name is BIPARTISAN.

One of the posters pointed out that Cong Bachman votes AGAINST subsidies..and that she directly doesnt benefit..but…the paint sticks…unfortunately…

Unlike Ms Bachmann..and the rest of the violators of their Oaths of Office(to HONOR and OBEY THE RULES and LIMITS of the Constitution)Cong Ron Paul votes against anything that is unConstitutional….like the new bank “reform” bill which FURTHER strangles the American consumer…and defies AGAIN the Marxist Central bank the PRIVATE “Federal” Reserve..After 30 years of trying to get a bill to have CONGRESS audit the Fed, he finally got enough(actually ending up with over 300! votes to get it out…..but the socialist Dems put it into the “reform’ bill….so..Cong Paul ended up voting against the bill with HIS bill in it….it passed…but the REST OF THE REGIMENTATION will defang and neuter Pauls amendment….oh well..

Cong Bachman….while still wavering on some issues, is getting more votes(Constitutional) than normal….oh well…

You libs and antiConstitutinalists Redstaters…..keep fanning the flames….it will get quite incendiary very soon here in America..

thanks

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By mimi, December 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment
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Grasping…..grasping…..grasping….....straws, straws, straws.  Why don’t you
focus on the executive order Obama just signed and issued with regard to
Interpol?  Dunderheads.  Truthdig is laughable.  Agitprop dump is more like it.

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By MrLibertarian, December 23, 2009 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment
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But this is typical of the GOP, free market fanatics only when a Democrat is in power. See McCain, Bachmann, Reagan, Grassley, Brownback, Myrick, Burr, “you lie” Joe Wilson, Sarah Palin, i can go on and on, she was one of the biggest welfare queens EVER while mayor and the Gov in Alaska.

A TRUE free market Democrat or Republican? Other than Ron Paul, there aint any..

Free markets mean no subsidies and no gov’t protection against market forces.

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By berniem, December 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

By all rights the entire Repub. party and at least 75-80% of the Dems. should be investigated and prosecuted under RICO statutes! Surely, it has to be illegal to to write laws that legalize criminality. When is a special interest contribution not a bribe? When is it not looking forward to prosecute the preceding regime’s crimes against humanity( not to mention constitutional violations)? Our current govt. is a self-sustaining criminal cartel which controls, at the direction of the corporate elite, all avenues of redress and justice and blocks access to all but the initiated. The trend in this nation is inching towards wide-spread, decentralized civil war which will bring insurgency to the front door of those too blind or ignorant to act while there is still time!

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By Anne, December 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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“and took in roughly $20,000 in 2006 and $28,000 in
2005, with the bulk of the subsidies going to dairy and
corn.”

You’re complaining about THIS!  You’ve got to be
kidding me!  Compared to the
millions/billions/trillions the Obama admin is pouring
down the drain for stimulus, cash for clunkers, and the
insidiously evil health care bill - if this is all you
have to complain about in regard to Michelle Bachmann
you are truly grasping at straws!

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By RichmondRob, December 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment
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This is about the dumbest article I have ever seen!  So all U.S. farmers are communists?  Jeez guys and gals!  Please come up with something better than this.

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By Jay, December 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment
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2010.

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By OldManCA, December 23, 2009 at 11:46 am Link to this comment

Will the citizens of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District please do the country a
favor and vote Ms. Bachmann out of office in 2010? 

You must be able to find someone with a brain.  Someone who is not such a tool
of big business and the Republican radical right-wing. If you must have a
Republican, fine.  But run someone in the primary who isn’t a complete nut case.

I cannot believe you folks really enjoy being represented by a foolish hypocrite.

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By steelreso, December 23, 2009 at 10:56 am Link to this comment
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According to farm.ewg.org total farm subsidies 1995-2006 was $177.6 billion.  Highlighting the hypocrisy of a congress persons minuscule receipt of a portion of that, to justify the health card debacle, is lunacy.  Yes, all farm subsidies should be abolished.  If fact, all federal giveaways should be abolished.  Because you can identify a hypocrite on the side you are against is not a valid argument for your position.  How about we give liberty a try?  All I have read here is complaints against, and simultaneous arguments for, various forms of tyranny.  I don’t want your soft tyranny of good intentions.  Leave me alone!

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By melpol, December 23, 2009 at 9:45 am Link to this comment

It is accepted that hookers sell sexual favors and politicians sell influence. But it is
disturbing when a politician is caught using that money on hookers. One of the
perks of being a politician should be that hooker costs are fully paid. Money
earned for influence peddling can be better spent on gifts for a politicians wife.

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By Atilla, December 23, 2009 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

Hey Ed…what part of “representative republic” don’t you understand? The founders anticipated that people with your mindset would, if left to their own devices, attempt to trample the rights of the minority. Here’s a tip for ya…amend the constitution. See how long that takes ya. And as for us small state “idiots”; well we just gonna keep on playing by the rules, and taking YOUR tax dollars, until you figure out that you, and your intellectual snob ilk, are no better than anyone else, or until you blow out an aneurysm from all than pent up hostility…whichever comes first.

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By sharonsj, December 23, 2009 at 9:04 am Link to this comment

The most interesting part of all this is that the information about Bachmann has been available for two years and yet her constituents think she’s great.  I feel for “Live” in her district who is apparently among the few who understand what this bitch is doing to them.  I know about the psychology of denial, yet I find it extremely hard to accept when it comes to these two-faced politicians and their districts.  Maybe it’s because my I.Q. is higher than a cow’s.

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By Purple Girl, December 23, 2009 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

And what has big Ag given US in return for their conquest of our Bread Basket?
Soaring food Prices
Various food borne illness
Larger popuations effected
Dangerous additives and perservative- if not actual toxins
More immigrant workers who they use as scapegoats and slaves.

When the Ag Corps commenced to take over every family farm in the ‘80’s they clained it would make food safer and cheaper. It lied!

In fact it has become less humane to not only the workers, but the livestock.

A small farmer takes care of his ‘product’, because his livelihood depends on it. Some Big Ag poisons a few thousand people- they’re still in Biz. Do a recall, express you concern and promise not to kill any more consumers- and it’s biz as usual. Until the next time. If the Free market actually existed- they’d be out of biz. If not prosecuted for recklessly endangering the lives of thousands, millions.

I have no problem with farm subsidies as long as it is for a farmer who needs that subsidies to get through tough times.When costs and supply go up- income plummets. But if it is required each year to keep them afloat- perhaps they too are in the wrong biz.

the Bib Ag industry poses as much a national security risk as the Financial sector. “Too Big to Fail” may not only cost US money- but lives. Individual farmers do things differently. Different seeds, fertilizers, insecticides, methods of production.Big Ag does everything in a uniform way- to not only streamline production, but cut cost through bulk purchasing. Making their decisions crucial to thousand of acres (head) of Food. Now consider a ‘Flaw in logic’ industry wide, like the mindset that crashed Wall Street, Greenspans miscalculation that guided our economy for 3 decades to collapse!
Cut subsidies to all Corps, and offer reasonable loans to Any type of small bus farmer (including Horse!). Help them with purchase and start up, with continued loans for 5 yrs as needed. Then cut them loose- sink or swim.

Our food will become more local, more diverse genetically and productionally and will limit food borne illness ‘break outs’ geographically, instead of on a Global scale. Not to mention the reduction in the need for preservatives. I don’t need an apple from china- MI grows them just fine, thank you.

Help US start growing those Jalapenos Mr President!

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By Ravee Raghavan, December 23, 2009 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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All our “sacred” institutions of democratic governance are stacked against us and we have been drugged into deep sleep for a long time. Thus the audacity of the BAILOUT of banks by both parties and there was nothing we could do but watch in awe. More than an economic crisis we have a grave political crisis on our hands. Our form of representative democracy has failed us because of blatant conflicts of interests between elected officials and corporate America. Our very foundations are false. When the Executive branch/President selects Supreme Court justices, where can there ever be a democratic governance of checks and balances in our system? The same goes for a so called central bank the Federal Reserve that is really a private bank representing private banking interests.We are screwed.

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By sorry, December 23, 2009 at 6:40 am Link to this comment
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Soooo, ya all goin to blame her for the decisions of her democrat father-in-law

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By todd, December 23, 2009 at 3:18 am Link to this comment
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america should offer opt-in socialism.

everyone who’s against it as a whole can just opt out
and get nothing. no sanitation, no libraries, no water,
nothing that’s socialist.

wonder how long it’ll take before they turn around.

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By Anonymous, December 23, 2009 at 2:33 am Link to this comment
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You know what the worst thing about American politics is?

How people hate people just based on a political label. (ie; Liberal/ Republican). I admit, both sides have their idiots, but damn. If people, especially republicans, were to think things through a little more, rather than caring about their self-applied label, they’d realise that what they say is really not very sensible or moral in the slightest.

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By Outraged, December 23, 2009 at 2:06 am Link to this comment

Quote: ” Bachmann has an inner Marxist that is perfectly at ease with profiting from taxpayer largesse. According to the organization’s records, Bachmann’s family farm received $251,973 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2006.”

I don’t know why everyone is being so hard on Bachmann, I mean…. How much hairspray do you think it takes to look “that good”.  You can be certain that all those thousands she unearned went to “good” use.  Just ask the makers of Aqua-Net.  From the looks of it, I’d say she’s a can-a-day abuser.

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By Peter Olotka, December 23, 2009 at 12:04 am Link to this comment
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FeedBaggers

Not TeaBaggers…FeedBaggers

Rep Michelle Bachman (R) $251,973

Sen Chuck Grassley (R) $238,974 + Son $699,248 + Grandson $8000+

Sen. Sam Brownback (R) $500,000 over 11 yrs

Sen Max Baucus (D) $250,000

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) $715,000

Rep Stephanie Sandlin (D) her Daddy $844,725

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By JimBob, December 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm Link to this comment

This is why we need TruthDig and Salon and TPM and all the rest—because you’ll NEVER see this in the mainstream media.

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By akw, December 22, 2009 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment

Um, do you not understand what a “farm manager” does?  Michelle does not get subsidies; her father-in-law did. Are you blaming her for what her father-in-law does with his business?  Really?  Bachmann has voted against reauthorizing the farm subsidy legislation twice in the past few years. 

Calling her a welfare queen and a hypocrite because of actions her father-in-law took is absurd.

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By JM, December 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm Link to this comment
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IOKIYAR!

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By John Lane, December 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment
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I know a family who live in Alaska, support Palin for President, and are members of the GOP but they partly live on food stamps!!! (They asked me not to tell people about that!)

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By HateLiberals, December 22, 2009 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment

I just love the liberal hate slant you spin on your articles.
Same crap spewing from you liberal rags like the huffingpaint site.

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By Kells1001, December 22, 2009 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment
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As a boy I grew up in a rural area and work for
several farmers.  Many of my classmates were farmers. 
Quite frankly most of them have four wheel drives,
motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles and modest homes. I
admit they work hard, but so do I.  As a veteran with
a masters degree I’m sorry to say I’m still just a
working stiff working for the establishment barely
scraping by and have never had any of these things.
What ever government help my kids get (for college
etc)or I receive must be borrowed with no option for
bankruptcy.  I’m not against subsidies, however the
government will not even approve me a for a
subsidized loan for my business, although I have been
self employed for fifteen years.  Let’s face it
redistribution policies are necessary for the future
of our country and our world, but a very big price is
going to be paid because the current
political/economic establishment is all about
politics and greed which is most likely going to push
the US into a World Government that will allow
capitalists to take over all those thousand acre
family farms.

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By Tex, December 22, 2009 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment

This conservanzi idiot whines about “entitlements” that go to working or poor Americans.  One thing about the republiKlans like Bachmann, they are the biggest hypocrites in the whole wide world. wink

“When FASCISM comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag carrying a cross.”  Sinclair Lewis

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By David, December 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment
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Starting tonight I will pray as hard as I can to God almighty that he, she or whatever, take all these two faced bums and throw them in the deepest darkest pits of hell where they belong!

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By Unregistered Dude, December 22, 2009 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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Apparently your point is that the woman is a blatant hypocrite: fair enough.

But in doing so, you point out the absurdity of agriculture subsidies themselves, and of easily-politically manipulated entitlements and their like.

Basically, your point seems to be: this horrible Conservative person (and others) participate in the horrible stuff we left-leaning people actually *like*. 

Why not expand this argument to include the horrible giveaway to Nebraska politicians (and others) under the healthcare negotiations?

Basically, you have primed an argument against most of the government-expanding policies in the first place; while your point may be that these policies benefit people you dont’ LIKE, well… thats besides the point really.  The only truth here is that Government handouts have always and will always be both extortive and explotative, and their reduction should be the goal of anyone who wants to level the playing field in our society.

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By lucius0729, December 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment

This is the type of person that gets all of the special perks while Ms Bachmann and her compadres vote against people like me that was fired from his job yesterday 12/21/2009 and as of 12/31/2009 I will not have health insurance. That is why I cannot fathom 70% of Americans not wanting health care reform.

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By Meme, December 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment
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I wish America would see the wonders of the single payer health care system and I wish the people of the States would educate themselves as to the real dealings of those they let represent them on local, national and world stage and I wish that Americans would look outside their borders for factual information on how the rest of us make good with health care and strict fiscal regulations on banking institutions. You allow yourselves to be crushed under the special interests while believing the falacy that you are the best in everything the world has to offer.  People like Bachman are honed in on what will make you give them your money and they are fleecing y’all out of good health and peace of mind…I will never ever ever worry that a broken leg or gall bladder operation will cause me to lose my house or job…Convince your reps to adopt a working single payer program and quit taking it up the chute smiling all the while you say USA is #1 - you look like number two to the rest of the world when you vote against your own best interest.

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By watukno, December 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

If Fox news has not put this on the air, it must not be true.

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By donnie_duck, December 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment
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This is a story????? Oh yeah, the representative has an “R” after her name. That is what makes it BIG news in libland. Though I do not read this site too often, how much digging into the truth has been done with Dodd, Baucus, Barney Fwank and his marywanna ignorance, etc., etc., ad. nauseum.

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By Pediego, December 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment
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I guarantee that neither Blabbermouth Beck, Drugged Limbaugh or Waterboard-dodging Hannity will ever pick up on this story ever. It just deatroys their lies. You betcha. I hope WSJ and USA Today and other major dailies pick it up. I’d love to hear what that genius Stewart makes of all this. All the TEABAGGERS need to know this.

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By wooffi, December 22, 2009 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

It is indeed pretty funny, that all the defenders of Michelle Bachmann do not see
the irony of fighting against so called handouts on the one hand and at the same
time holding their hand out themselves.

Sure she has done nothing illegal but it certainly borders on immorality.

I live in a farming community and this has been the practice here since I have
lived here.

When talking about ‘handouts’ to the needy, it is automatically implied that it is
handouts to ‘lazy’ minorities, which is of course noting else than still slumbering
racism.

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By David Jursik, December 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm Link to this comment
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It is my understanding that Bachman has been on the public payroll most of her adult life.  She worked for the IRS (I’ve never seen what her job was there) and took in foster children.  Then she became an elected politician.  I have never seen any proof that she actually practiced as an attorney.

Now she is a publicly funded rable-rouser!  Go figure.

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By stimulus package, December 22, 2009 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment
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These subsides are legal. Where is your outrage that Frank,Dodd,Biden,Clinton et al are millionaires having been public servants feeding at the public trough their entire adult life? The problem is the relentless expansion of federal government wherein lies the root of the corruption. Lefties continually rant about such extravagances while agitating for more federal intrusion. Is this not a disconnect for you? Are these extravagances invisible to you when your bobos receive the largess?

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By honeyd, December 22, 2009 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment
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Wow, I advise everyone to check out who Environmental Working Group is. The board is filled with “community organizers” whatever that is, “social justice” redistribution of wealth, and the kicker is the chairman of the board, Drummond Pike, co founder of TIDES corporation.  Not exactly reliable sources.

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By onwayout, December 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment
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Does anyone know what a texas starter farm is? Well you take a ride in the farm areas and see these huge houses. They have just enough land to qualify as a small farm. they never grow a crop and recieve a subsidies. Most are local biz owners. The realestate companies tell them they can aford this 1m$ or plus house because the subsidies offset the payments.

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By socialism destroys anybody it touches, December 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment
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“Federal farm subsidies, which were originally meant to help struggling farmers survive…..”  Wrong!  They were meant to turn productive people into socialists.  It worked so well that Bachmann et. al. don’t even realize it happened to them: they think somebody else turned socialist! 

Federal subsidies are designed to do two things: buy votes now, or create a dependency which you can use to buy votes later.  They are not designed to help anybody except politicians and their wealthy benefactors. 

If boobus americanus ever pries himself away from the TV and figures this out, all these commies (and neo-commies) are going to be out of work.  I’m not holding my breath though….

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By JohnMcD, December 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

Well, this seems pretty simple: Just get rid of the farm subsidies!  These programs were supposedly designed to protect the family farm, but that relic of the past is long gone anyway. 

Like most spending programs, they have the effect of consolidating ownership and limiting competition.  Unless you’re big enough to qualify for the big handouts, you can’t really stay in the game.

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By Mundt, December 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

Michele Bachmann has done nothing illegal or unethical. She is a great Congresswoman, and a staunch defender of our Bill of Rights.

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By Rainy-Seattle, December 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment
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This lady is a welfare queen to the max. If it were a company that need the help she would be all for it. I she is not then she should be cutting a check right now to give the money back.

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By Jeffersonian-Socialist, December 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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I am also banned in the white-nationalist, far-right wing, libertarian conspiracy-theory sites of Alex Jones (infowars.com).  Alex Jones alone with a cabal of far-right wing conspiracy theorist writters write articles against black people and immigrants.

We are doomed in USA, with a weak left, and a country like USA where people are following the far-right wing white-nationalist libertarian conspiracy theory movements instead of supporting and following leftist parties and leftist movements as electoral options to the traditional political parties of USA (Democratic Party and Republican Party).

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By Rick Douglas, December 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t see the fact in the article that it’s the Democrats who primarly support farm subsidy legislation.  This is just another hit piece on a Republican.

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By Luke, December 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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Michell Bachmann = Bat$&!* crazy

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By hettiemae, December 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment
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I would like to know how much Senator Lugar, my senator, has received in farm subsidies while he has served in Congress.

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By mstar57, December 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

Just a Note:  You left out a few things in the title for your article:

Michelle Bachman: Welfare Queen, Street-Walker, and Your Basic $2.00 Crack Whore

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By NC-Tom, December 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

Michelle Bachman is not a “Welfare Queen”.  She is a true red American who
swims against the flows of Obama’s socialistic drive to make this county fascist
and full of expensive corn and milk.  Come on now what else would you expect
from a president that was not even born in this country, with no birth
certificate written in American.

Michelle’s family works way harder than what people will pay for the stuff they
grow and squeeze out of cows.  (And no it’s not methane, because there ain’t
no such thing as invisible gasses). So the government gives them money to
make them OK with what the market pays them.  That is the American free
market system at it’s finest.  No Socialism for us GOPers. No sir-re Bob.

Besides if her family looses the farm that will be one less place for us to drill-
baby-drill and that is just Anti-American.  I know things like this because my
family stands between Russia and the lower 48 states.  And you know you can’t
depend on the Canadians because they have single payer medicine and so they
are all sick and wont be able to hold the Ruskies back.  So me and Todd got
your backs. You bet-cha.

Besides the government subsidies that her family works so hard for can get
passed onto to her kin because no death tax from them.  No way! We want to
pass it on so we can make our own little aristocrats that won’t have to work
hard, because there is nothing more middle class, red state, ya know, than that.

And don’t listen to anything Levi says about our family unit.  I love my little
love child grand youngin he helped make for me.  No death panels for him
either. You bet-cha

Well I gotta go now.  Your little Pricilla from Wasila has to do some flying
around this great country and sneak onto busses so those pesky liberal
poparazzi don’t start taking pictures of me that lie and show them to my
followers.  After all, are they going to believe their eyes or the truths I made up
especially for my book.

Love ya all, except the Terrorists and Liberals!

S. Palin

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By MTinMO, December 22, 2009 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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I think the point is- for those of you who seem to have missed it- Bachmann rails against people getting help with health care they desperatly need while at the same time she and her family are collecting farm subsidies (that they don’t desperately need). She, who is paid very well and has on job site health care available, doesn’t want to help those who are dying for the need of health care. It seems a bit cold and callous, not to mention hypocritical, to deem heath care reform as socialist while accepting very socialistic farm subsidies. And this from a woman who wants to slit wrists and call herself a christian.

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By Russ23, December 22, 2009 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment
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One can argue for or against farm subsidies, but how is this the fault of Ms. Bachman?  Unless she is the one filing the paperwork to declare how many bushels of grain or gallons of milk were produced on the farm, I think this topic is DOA.  Way to grab at straws Truthdig. IMO, this article totally misses the mark of the real problem…..the Federal Government throwing money around like it is water.  And some people want to turn over Healthcare to these yahoos? 

Coming from a farm family, I can actually say that farm subsidies have hurt the farming business all together.  I think it is time that they are done away with completely, but there could be an emergency fund to help farmers in case of natural disaters (drought, flood, wind, hail, etc.)

Also, how many small time farmers are there today compared to 20-30 years ago?  I don’t think most of you on this thread have a clue on how expensive farming is (ie. land, equipment, seed, fertilizer, anhydrous, gas).  I’m willing to bet that most of you are city dwellers that think meat and bread and milk only come from the store.

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By labman57, December 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment
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Bachmann, the Drama Queen of Delusional Paranoia, will no doubt try to spin this
revelation as a conspiratorial attempt by those socialist fascists in the White
House to destroy her credibility.  Wait for it….

Remember, hypocrisy is SOP for the GOP.

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By gerard, December 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

Are we approaching the point where it does no good to talk because the words don’t mean anything?

Example:  “Free enterprise” = anyone is free to receive a government subsidy or bailout if they can qualify by failing but being “too big to fail”. Or getting a government contract (no-bid preferable) or operating a “health care” insurance company, or join ing the military, or accepting perks for legislation or for judicial verdicts,  or growing feed corn or ....?  These “subsidies” are in no way “socialistic.”  They are the backbone of capitalism which keeps it from falling apart, but don’t tell anybody. Socialism is where indigent mothers get food stamps.  War is peace.

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By Anais, December 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment
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Blatant hypocrisy appears to be the main theme of Republicans who see nothing wrong with government benefitting THEM, but can’t stand the idea of helping people less fortunate than themselves. And these Republicans generally and publicly profess to be “Christians.”

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, December 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment
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Many years ago when farm subsidies and price supports
were first being considered as a solution to the
farming crisis, Senator George Aiken, a republican of
Vermont, proposed an alternative plan to support
farmers whereby everyone in the country would be
given food stamps redeemable for dairy products and
produce.  In other words, letting the market forces
of supply and demand work out the problem.  However
the idea of giving anything to ordinary working and
middle class Americans was more than even liberal
democrats were willing to contemplate, and although
he continued to propose the legislation year after
year in a senate controlled by democrats, it was
always defeated.  People in congress at the time must
have seen farm subsidies as a potential gold mine for
themselves and their supporters.  I don’t think there
is any question that had Aiken been successful in his
effort the results would have been a better diet and
better health for the entire country.

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By freepatriot, December 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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michele bachmann, socialist farmer and hypocrite

a perfect example of the repuglitarded party in America

and the funny part is where she wonders where her congressional district went

reapportionment can’t come soon enough

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By thomas, December 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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Typical politician, such hypocrite when it comes with the money.  You wanna know something about a politician then you need to follow the money.

Can’t wait to hear the tea baggers response to this

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