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(Michele) Bachmann requested federal stimulus money for district projects
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Posted on 10/19/2010 6:51:19 AM PDT by ejdrapes

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Anyone know anything about this?? I don't trust the local papers here in Minnesota. Most are very liberal.
1 posted on 10/19/2010 6:51:22 AM PDT by ejdrapes
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To: ejdrapes

I heard about this.


2 posted on 10/19/2010 6:54:58 AM PDT by ChurtleDawg (voting only encourages them)
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To: ejdrapes

So what?

The bill passed, don’t cry over spilled milk. She might as well get some of the money for her constituents.


3 posted on 10/19/2010 6:58:16 AM PDT by moonhawk (Just blow the flippin' thing up...)
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To: ejdrapes

If it’s true, I don’t have a problem with this. Someone can be opposed to the stimulus, and then fight for their district once the stimulus is a done deal.


4 posted on 10/19/2010 6:59:50 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: ejdrapes

SO? I think she should have asked for, maybe demanded MORE!

Why let the ratz get all the loot? The more that can be taken from them, the more they lose voter support.


5 posted on 10/19/2010 7:00:10 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: ejdrapes

I have also heard rumors that many congress critters, and citizens as well, that were opposed to the Bush tax cuts received benefits from them without complaint!

Others have even voted to raise taxes and then went out of their way to take advantage of loopholes to avoid paying them!

Scandalous behaviors!


6 posted on 10/19/2010 7:00:42 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: ejdrapes
Oh Noes

Michele Bachmann also drives through red lights when she's out late a night and no one Else is around!

7 posted on 10/19/2010 7:01:48 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Lord help our Armed Service members that they not become pawns in Hussein's quest to destroy America)
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To: ejdrapes
This seems to be the Next Big Scandal that the Dems are pushing this week -- lots of Republicans who opposed the Stimulus actually went on the request some of the money.

So what?

The government is handing out billions of dollars -- you aren't helping your district if you stick your nose in the air and say "Others may take it, but I'm too good for that."

8 posted on 10/19/2010 7:02:40 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: ejdrapes
"It is my obligation as a member of Congress to ensure stimulus dollars are spent on the most worthy projects," Bachmann said in a statement.

Bingo.

There are three ideas that sum up the Tea Party movement over all.

1. We are taxed too much
2. Our tax money is spent unwisely
3. Our lawmakers do not listen to us

Michelle Bachmann voted against spending this money (1. We are taxed too much), but when the money was spent, she wanted it spent wisely (2. Our tax money is spent unwisely). When asked about it, she responded with an honest answer and didn't try to deny that she sent the requests in (3. Our lawmakers do not listen to us).

9 posted on 10/19/2010 7:02:58 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: ejdrapes

Why The GOP Will Never Cut The Size Of Government

http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2010/10/17/why-the-gop-will-never-cut-the-size-of-government/


10 posted on 10/19/2010 7:03:04 AM PDT by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Good summary


11 posted on 10/19/2010 7:04:05 AM PDT by listenhillary (A very simple fix to our dilemma - We need to reward the makers instead of the takers)
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To: ejdrapes

No worries, Michele. They’re just digging and are hitting stones. Nothing there.


12 posted on 10/19/2010 7:04:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: ejdrapes
And the RAT Slime Machine continues.

The RATS have nothing to run on, so they slime their opponents.

13 posted on 10/19/2010 7:07:19 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (RAT Hunting Season started the evening of March 21st, 2010!)
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To: ejdrapes

Reps routinely engage in secondary actions that seem to belie their votes. Ron Paul has been writing earmarks for his district into budgets and legislation for as long as he has been in Congress—then, he votes against them (knowing they will pass anyway). Bachmann can be accused of “going along to get along” on this one.

No one is pure. The most you can ever hope for is that a candidate for office meet an 85 percent test. Bachmann is way past that in my book but no one is 100 percent, not her, Sarah, DeMint, no one. The first time Reagan did something I was opposed to I figured it out (after a gut-wrenching day or two!).

The ability to assimilate this fact about Bachmann and still be generally in favor of her and vote for her is a sign of the ability to psychologically “reconcile.” Which is a sign of stable mental health. Think of it as being able to “take the good with the bad” and make “trade offs.” It’s what your average liberal simply cannot do.


14 posted on 10/19/2010 7:09:54 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: All

Hey I don’t have a problem with it. But we all know the RAT media will push this hard these last two weeks. They’re getting desperate...


15 posted on 10/19/2010 7:12:59 AM PDT by ejdrapes (I like leaders that don't need teleprompters or notes written on their hand....)
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To: moonhawk

Yes this is so obviously the answer. It is appalling to me that the press is taking a position that it is hypocritical to request funding for your constituents from a bill you opposed. The logical conclusion of this thinking is if you pass a bill only the districts of the congressman who voted for it get the money. Essentially rewarding the profligate and punishing the responsible. Of course that is what the D’s and the press want.


16 posted on 10/19/2010 7:15:09 AM PDT by don'tbedenied
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To: moonhawk

Precisely correct, especially since if she does NOT get the money, it will mean that her constituents would be giving money to the fed with nothing in return. Once the bill is passed, she MUST try to get some of it back, since the cash is coming from her taxpaying voters.


17 posted on 10/19/2010 7:15:17 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: ejdrapes

Imagine that the Gov’t is flying over your city, dumping $100 bills from an airplane. Is it stupid, wasteful idea? Absolutely. Would I oppose it? Absolutely. But assuming I can’t stop it, I would also step outside to see if I could pick up a some of the money also.

Stimulus is exactly the same. Bachman couldn’t stop it, so what’s she to do? Let Pelosi simply divide-up the money among loyal Democrats only?


18 posted on 10/19/2010 7:16:58 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: moonhawk

yeah...you are not conservative..


19 posted on 10/19/2010 7:28:08 AM PDT by Gipper08 (a real conservative for Congress... travishankins.com)
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To: ejdrapes

Very lame “October surprise”. Give it up, political and media elites. Your time has come to an end.


20 posted on 10/19/2010 7:28:16 AM PDT by Pete (29thday.org Exponential problems require exponential solutions)
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To: KC_Lion

That does not make her a hypocritical socialist...asking for tax payer funded boondoggles with borrowed money does...


21 posted on 10/19/2010 7:29:33 AM PDT by Gipper08 (a real conservative for Congress... travishankins.com)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

She does NOT have the Constitutional authority to ask for money from all citizens to return to a select few citizens ...she broke her oath she should be gone...


22 posted on 10/19/2010 7:31:17 AM PDT by Gipper08 (a real conservative for Congress... travishankins.com)
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To: JSDude1

mark Bachman off my list...


23 posted on 10/19/2010 7:32:29 AM PDT by Gipper08 (a real conservative for Congress... travishankins.com)
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To: Gipper08

That’s not how it works. The feds took by force X amount of dollars from the people of Minn. There was no option to not participate. She must now try to get that money back, don’t you think?


24 posted on 10/19/2010 7:37:17 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Gipper08
mark Bachman off my list...

Think about this: the Obama Administration is seizing your children's money. You can't stop them.

Do you let them keep it and send it to your enemies, or do you try to get it back and direct it to your children's interest?

If I can't stop the theft, at least I can redirect the result...

25 posted on 10/19/2010 7:38:14 AM PDT by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history.)
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To: ejdrapes; All

yes, I heard B.H.O. was going to try and tie conservatives in with the stimulus...trying to make them be “hypocrites” for taking the money yet opposing the stimulus.

Of course, B.H.O. also believed the economy was going to be kicking ass by now, and he’d be able to crush Republicans in the process...didn’t quite work out that way, did it?

Essentially, what happened was Obama said “We’re gonna piss away our great-grandchildren’s money no matter what you say. If you want some of it, come get it.”

So, everyone tried to get it—and all Michelle has to say is, “Yeah, I got some of it—better it go toward a commuter rail in Minnesota than that stupid “Pig Odor” study Tom Harkin used stimulus money on! And by the way—if I’d HAD my way, we wouldn’t be spending it AT ALL!”

So-called journalists who help Obama in this charade are stooges.


26 posted on 10/19/2010 7:42:55 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Gipper08
She does NOT have the Constitutional authority to ask for money from all citizens to return to a select few citizens

How about asking for the money that her "select few citizens" had taken from them? Should Bachmann just roll over and give it to Nancy Pelosi's citizens (and non-citizens)?

27 posted on 10/19/2010 7:45:41 AM PDT by ssaftler (Don't vote for incumbent or recycled politicians, DRIP on them!)
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To: moonhawk
She might as well get some of the money for her constituents.

Then don't condemn the program and criticize those who supported it if you've got your nose in the trough along side them.

28 posted on 10/19/2010 7:47:08 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Hey mo-joe! Here's another one for your collection.)
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To: IncPen

The GOP seized my children’s money from 1995-2006 and with stuff like this from one of its 10 most conservative members it is clear they are going to be socialists again.

As to your question...I would try and get MY CHILDREN’s money back as a private citizen...as a member of Congress I would NOT HAVE THE authority to seize money from all citizen’s and redistribute it to a narrow set of “Children” and by children we men Bachman’s special interests who she needs to pacify for more power for ourselves( re-election).

She broke her oath in an eye catchingly hypocritical way...she should be gone.


29 posted on 10/19/2010 7:49:25 AM PDT by Gipper08 (a real conservative for Congress... travishankins.com)
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To: IncPen

If Obama robbed a bank and said he was going to give it to members of Congress . Should Bachman have taken the money “for her district” since Obama has already robbed the bank. Obama is guilty of theft and so is Bachman. Only one is a hypocrite.


30 posted on 10/19/2010 7:51:28 AM PDT by Gipper08 (a real conservative for Congress... travishankins.com)
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To: ejdrapes

This is not in the least hypocritical. She tried to prevent it. But, once it was passed, it was going to suck money out of the taxpayers of Minnesota no matter what she did. It is her duty to try to get some of it back.


31 posted on 10/19/2010 7:52:35 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
...but when the money was spent, she wanted it spent wisely...

What is the definition of spending tax money wisely? And why does a $150 million expansion of a commuter rail line in her district qualify?

32 posted on 10/19/2010 7:53:12 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Hey mo-joe! Here's another one for your collection.)
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To: Our man in washington

I’m opposed to Sosh Security in it’s current form, but if it’s there when I retire (doubtful), I’m going to get my little stipend.

In the mean time, I support those who favor privatization.


33 posted on 10/19/2010 7:55:03 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: lady lawyer
This is not in the least hypocritical.

So Bachmann criticized the program as a giant boondoggle and a waste of govenrment money and campaigned on that position while at the same time grabbing all that wasted boondoggle money she could get her hands on. And you don't find that even a leeetle bit hypocritical?

34 posted on 10/19/2010 7:57:11 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Hey mo-joe! Here's another one for your collection.)
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To: Gipper08

You are short sighted.


35 posted on 10/19/2010 7:57:30 AM PDT by lonestar
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To: ClearCase_guy

It’s almost like they don’t want the voters to discover that to avoid taking ANY stimulus money, a congress critter would be sentencing their constituents to being the victim of robbery, without recovering any of the stolen money - even though it’s available.


36 posted on 10/19/2010 7:58:37 AM PDT by MortMan (To Obama "Kill them all and let [God] sort them out" is an abortion slogan.)
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To: ejdrapes

Interesting thread and responses...

Were we not cheering the few Governors that attempted to refuse stimulus funds for their state?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?s=refuse+stimulus&ok=Search&q=deep&m=all&o=time&SX=4cbdafdde817f1c728dfc29fce497ffb6184e0a9

So which is it FReepers? Is Michele caught in the web for the federal stimulus?


37 posted on 10/19/2010 7:59:13 AM PDT by EBH (We have lost our heritage of "making money.")
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To: Non-Sequitur

Not in the slightest. Just pragmatic. Making the best of a bad situation, while trying to make sure the bad situation never happens again. It isn’t as if she could protect the taxpayers of Minnesota by refusing to take any stimulus money. She would just be hurting them.


38 posted on 10/19/2010 7:59:27 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: WOBBLY BOB
I’m opposed to Sosh Security in it’s current form, but if it’s there when I retire (doubtful), I’m going to get my little stipend.

I know a guy who was laid off for over a year due to staffing cut backs but refused to apply for unemployment because he didn't believe in it. I thought he was an idiot for doing so, but also respected him because there was no hypocrisy in his position. He lived his beliefs and refused to compromise and accept something he truly believed was wrong. If you truly believe Social Security is wrong then turn it down. If Bachmann truly believed the stimulus is wrong then she shouldn't have participated in it. Anything else is hypocritical.

39 posted on 10/19/2010 8:00:42 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Hey mo-joe! Here's another one for your collection.)
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To: moonhawk
The bill passed, don’t cry over spilled milk. She might as well get some of the money for her constituents.

Exactly! It is her constituents money being spent too! They might as well get some of it back.

40 posted on 10/19/2010 8:01:05 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: lady lawyer
Not in the slightest. Just pragmatic. Making the best of a bad situation, while trying to make sure the bad situation never happens again. It isn’t as if she could protect the taxpayers of Minnesota by refusing to take any stimulus money. She would just be hurting them.

She is saying one thing and doing another. That is the textbook definition of a hypocrite.

41 posted on 10/19/2010 8:02:23 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Hey mo-joe! Here's another one for your collection.)
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To: ejdrapes

consider the source...

“HuffPo Investigative Fund Partners Up With The Center For Public Integrity”

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/huffpo-investigative-fund-partners-up-with-the-center-for-public-integrity_b18175


42 posted on 10/19/2010 8:03:02 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Non-Sequitur
at the same time grabbing all that wasted boondoggle money she could get her hands on.

I guess it is water under the bridge at the moment.

So shouldn't we be asking if the money she grabbed went to boondoggles in her state or did the stimulus funds generate the intended results. Jobs, wealth, income?

43 posted on 10/19/2010 8:03:18 AM PDT by EBH (We have lost our heritage of "making money.")
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To: ejdrapes
I have mixed feelings on this.

On the one hand, I would have liked it if all conservatives had refused to accept or request any stimulus money.

On the other, since their constituents are going to be stuck paying down the debt like everyone else, they may as well get some value for their money.

44 posted on 10/19/2010 8:05:03 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: kcvl

I think she stepped in it on this one, though. It might be different were it a project really needed.

Anyone who has followed Northstar knows it’s a boondoggle Willie Green would be proud of.


45 posted on 10/19/2010 8:05:24 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: ejdrapes

The Northstar line must be critical to our national defense.


46 posted on 10/19/2010 8:07:51 AM PDT by Walts Ice Pick
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To: ejdrapes

The Northstar line must be critical to our national defense.


47 posted on 10/19/2010 8:07:57 AM PDT by Walts Ice Pick
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To: Gipper08
To use your analogy, if Obama robbed your bank and you knew the money was not going to be returned to the bank - it's done, it's gone - you'd prefer that money to be spread around to your enemies instead of having some of it get into your hands and the hands of your children.

Sounds like cutting off your nose and the noses of your children to spite your faces, but so be it.

48 posted on 10/19/2010 8:10:42 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Rep. Michele Bachmann wrote letters in support of these projects receiving stimulus funds. None was funded.

# Northstar Phase II

# St. Croix River bridge crossing

# I-94 westbound lane addition and eastbound reconstruction, between Albertville and Rogers

# Road improvements in Sartell

# University Drive bridge/corridor expansion, St. Cloud

# Minnesota 15 and 33rd Street South interchange right of way and construction, St. Cloud and Waite Park

# Albany Mutual Telephone to provide broadband access for the cities of Avon and Holdingford


NONE WERE FUNDED! Interesting...a Republican requests funds stimulus funds and NONE were funded by the democrats?

See there are a lot of interesting ways this can be played.


49 posted on 10/19/2010 8:13:58 AM PDT by EBH (We have lost our heritage of "making money.")
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To: WOBBLY BOB

The Center for Public Integrity is a U.S.-based non-profit investigative journalism group that was founded by Charles Lewis.

From l977 to l988 he did investigative reporting at ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes.

******

PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS is the largest funding source for the Tides Center, having given the latter nearly $109 million between 1990 and 2002. Other PCT grantees include:

the Center for Public Integrity

In addition to earmarking enormous sums of money to fund the projects and activities of the aforementioned organizations, PCT also proposes its own policy solutions in a number of areas:

Global Warming
Wilderness Protection
Protecting Ocean Life
Death Penalty Reform

PCT is a member organization of the International Human Rights

******

Huffington Post Investigative Fund Merges With Center for Public Integrity

When we spoke to Arianna Huffington earlier this summer, she expressed regret that her nonprofit, open-source Huffington Post Investigative Fund was not having much luck getting its work picked up by media outlets

Huffington announced today that the Fund was going to separate itself further from the website by joining forces with the Center for Public Integrity. Ryan Tate at Gawker notes that, because the Fund seemed only to supply the for-profit HuffPo with stories, it was having trouble earning tax-exempt status for itself. This separation could help with that — though it looks like the Fund will still have most of its stories published on HuffPo as a matter of course.


50 posted on 10/19/2010 8:15:42 AM PDT by kcvl
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