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Bravo Zulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:26 AM
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Michele Bachmann Feeding at the Public Trough of Farm Subsidies
Karl Bremer has the story here:

When I wrote in November about Rep. Michele Bachmann collecting federal farm subsidies through her familys limited partnership, some claimed that her no vote on the 2007 farm bill, which would extend farm subsidies through 2012, cleared her of any charges of hypocrisy. After all, a vote against the farm bill was a vote against the very subsidies she was collecting, they argued.

But a closer examination of Bachmanns votes on amendments to the 2007 farm bill shows that Bachmann wasnt voting against the subsidy programs that she was reaping at all. In fact, she explicitly voted for themeven for wealthy farmers.

The issue of farm subsidies going to wealthy urban farmers who have never had dirt under their fingernails has become a political hot potato recently. So when the 2007 farm bill came up, the Bush Administration pushed for a $200,000 income cap for federal farm subsidy recipients.

In the House, Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) offered an amendment that would end subsidy payments to farms where the average adjusted gross income of the farms owners exceeds $250,000. Bachmann voted against Kinds amendment. The amendment failed by a large margin, 309-117.

The Bachmann Farm Family Limited Partnership, a 949-acre Buffalo County, WI, farming operation in which Bachmann owns up to a quarter-million-dollars interest, collected $47,128 in federal farm subsidies between 2004-2005, according to the Environmental Working Group. That same operation has collected as much as $127,868 in federal farm subsidies since the partnership was established in 2001.

Its not known whether Kinds amendment would have cut off subsidy payments to the Bachmann Farm Family Limited Partnership. One can only speculate whether that provided any motivation for Bachmanns vote against the amendment, since calls and e-mails to Bachmanns office on this subject were not returned.

http://dumpbachmann.blogspot.com/2009/09/more-on-michel...
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stuball111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:58 AM
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1. Subsidizing shitheads like Bachman....
While people are having to have bake sales to keep their kids alive? I wonder what she would say if that question was posed to her! What a worthless piece of humanity, and a waste of air she is.... :puke: :thumbsdown:
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:55 AM
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2. Oh Oh.... How Socialist of her....friggen nut case
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Bravo Zulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:45 PM
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4. Typical republikkkan!
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Somawas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:34 AM
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3. L:ighten up on Bachmann.
we can't win every seat. And Michele is one of the best RushBeckians there is. I want her and Sarah to run together.
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stuball111 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 12:10 PM
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5. No...
I won't lighten up on her, but you are right, her and Palin as running mates would wipe out the repukes in the next election, and that I will agree on! A campaign of psycho talk would be hilarious!
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