I heard about this.
The bill passed, don’t cry over spilled milk. She might as well get some of the money for her constituents.
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.
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.
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!
Michele Bachmann also drives through red lights when she's out late a night and no one Else is around!
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."
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).
Why The GOP Will Never Cut The Size Of Government
No worries, Michele. They’re just digging and are hitting stones. Nothing there.
The RATS have nothing to run on, so they slime their opponents.
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.
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?
Very lame “October surprise”. Give it up, political and media elites. Your time has come to an end.
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.
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.
Interesting thread and responses...
Were we not cheering the few Governors that attempted to refuse stimulus funds for their state?
So which is it FReepers? Is Michele caught in the web for the federal stimulus?
consider the source...
“HuffPo Investigative Fund Partners Up With The Center For Public Integrity”
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.
The Northstar line must be critical to our national defense.