Skip to comments.Bachmann's had her share of government aid
Posted on 06/27/2011 5:56:55 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist
Reporting from Washington Rep. Michele Bachmann has been propelled into the 2012 presidential contest in part by her insistent calls to reduce federal spending, a pitch in tune with the big-government antipathy gripping many conservatives.
But the Minnesota Republican and her family have benefited personally from government aid, an examination of her record and finances shows. A counseling clinic run by her husband has received nearly $30,000 from the state of Minnesota in the last five years, money that in part came from the federal government. A family farm in Wisconsin, in which the congresswoman is a partner, received nearly $260,000 in federal farm subsidies.
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Can you find anything from Huffpo?
Bachmann should sue the LA Times for slander. Her father in law owns the farm. She has no fiscal interest in it. Bachmann has continually voted against Farm Subsides.
Just another lie.
It’s one thing to take government (taxpayer) money for providing goods and services, but direct subsidies are a big deal.
Is this the same LA Times that’s sitting on an Obama fundraising video?
Explanation simple: The MSM who could not find the time to look into the zero’s background is already being fed info from the demrat party to undermine anyone who dares to run against the asshat.
She did Sunday on Fox,in great detail.
This is a liberal smear. There is a very good article on WND today with a detailed explanation about the grant for counselor training for the clinic and the farm income. Don’t get sucked into the smear machine so soon. Its 16 mos til the election. I urge everyone to go to WND and read the article.
If you run a buisiness you get slammed with double-taxation and costly government regulation. Applying for government grants is a way of getting that money back. I don’t fault her. I’m sure she’d rather not go through that system.
When are "Conservatives" going to stop letting themselves be manipulated by the Democrat directed "News" media like this?
Yes, she did.
in great detail
No, she certainly did not.
Her mistake was to say that her and her husband didn’t profit from the farm yesterday on FOX, now the media will be chasing her down with “but you say said that you didn’t and here’s proof that....”
She should have said “yes, i did, it’s no big deal, get over it...” and be done with it
Can you provide a link/info on this?
My lefty sisters will be all over this and it would be nice to have some ammo for the upcoming fight.
You know there is a search feature on this site. This has already been posted twice (once from the LA times and again from Politico).
Seems to me that conservatives would be better served by attacking one of the RINOs or all of them. At this point they’re only helping Romney who we all know is a scumbag.
Yeah, and she gets a government paycheck too. I find it AMAZING how no one seems to be curious regarding any similar parallels in the lives of Hussein or the other Republican candidates.
She has done nothing illegal....if she had, this would be the headline. People, believe it or not, can still receive state or federal monies and STILL want to cut the budget. HELL, Ronald Reagan’s California, when he was governor, was the recipient of dollars from D.C. He didn’t have a problem calling for a smaller central government.
The bigger problem here is a conservative movement losing focus on the enemy. Hussein and Demonrats, you can be SURE, are bigger and fatter leaches on the taxpayers’ butts than ANY Republican. Michele Bachmann is a good, strong conservative.
"Bachmann ties with Romney for first in Iowa straw poll"
The weekend headline caught many in the state-run media by surprise. Bachmann? That tea-party firebrand, Palin-wanna-be, anti-choice, history-twisting House radical?
Yes, Bachmann. The lawyer, small-business owner, farm owner, mom to five, foster mom to 23, homeschooler, pro-lifer, proud constitutionalist Republican House member from Minnesota and head of the House Tea Party Caucus. Smart, compelling Michele Bachmann will announce for president this week in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born.
Bachmann, 55, began her political career in 1999 protesting the public-school curriculum in her home town, Stillwater, Minn. She ran for school board and lost. It was her last political loss.
She defeated an 18-year state Senate incumbent in the Republican primary in 2000 and went on beat the Democratic/Farm Labor candidate to win a state Senate seat. Bachmann was re-districted after the 2000 Census and had to defeat another incumbent in 2002 to retain a state Senate seat.
She ran for and won a seat in Congress in 2006, the first Republican woman from Minnesota to do so.
She has championed traditional values and opposed Obamacare, the bailout of the "too big to fail" and the "stimulus" that failed to stimulate.
Michele Bachmann is the real deal, a candidate from the Republican wing of the Republican Party.
So the media trashing began in earnest last weekend. "Bachmann took aid From Uncle Sam," screamed the headline in the Los Angeles Times. The subhead gloated, "The Republican fiscal hawk has herself benefited from grants and farm subsidies."
Hypocrisy is a staple charge against Republicans in the state media, and the Times gleefully charges in. "A family farm in Wisconsin, in which the congresswoman is a partner, received nearly $260,000 in federal farm subsidies."
The truth is interesting. The farm subsidies were received from 1995 to 2008 when the farm was owned and operated by Michele's father-in-law, Paul Bachmann, as a family partnership. Following his death in 2009, Michele and her husband, Paul, inherited an interest in the Waumandee, Wis., farm. The farm is leased out to a neighboring dairy farmer who runs a dairy herd on the land. The farm generates income to the Bachmanns reported on her financial disclosure form as between $32,500 and $105,000 for the years 2006 to 2009.
The Times conveniently omits any reference to what kind of "farm subsidy" this farm has received in the past or whether it receives any subsidy at all since the farm has been rented out.
Bachmann famously opposed the 2008 farm bill with what she called "unbelievably outrageous ... subsidies for agricultural business and ethanol growers." With her interest as an owner of a farm that could possibly benefit from these "outrageous subsidies," her no vote sounds to me like a profile in courage rather than hypocrisy.
The Times also slams Bachmann for opposing Obamacare, then taking money from government for the "Christian counseling clinic" she and Marcus own.
Again, the truth is interesting.
Since 2006, Marcus Bachmann, on behalf of the counseling clinic he runs in Stillwater, has applied for and received from the state of Minnesota a total of $24,041 in a series of grants available to all such clinics in the state to train staff to deal with patients with chemical dependency and mental illness. The training is required by the state in order to accept such patients. The grants were partially underwritten by federal money for which the state applied and received over that time.
In other words, the money does not come from, and has nothing to do with, Obamacare and is offered by Minnesota to help clinics achieve the training required by state regulations.
Republican Hypocrisy is the framework of the story. The facts are tailored to fit the framework. It's Obama lap-dog media "journalism" at work again. Well, why not? It worked to marginalize Sarah Palin, didn't it?
Even Chris Wallace of "Fox News Sunday" piled on, asking guest Michele Bachmann, "Are you a flake?" The former tax lawyer with a post doctorate degree in federal tax law from William and Mary School of Law, business owner, farm owner and successful state legislator coolly replied, "That would be insulting. I'm a serious person."
Imagine asking Romney, an unemployed ex-governor, or Newt Gingrich, "Are you a flake?"
I think the attack on Sarah Palin and the very similar attack line now on Michele Bachmann is about hypocrisy all right the hypocrisy of the feminist left determined to destroy talented, accomplished, conservative wives and mothers who are not only campaigning to lead this country but to lead it away from the suffocating failures of liberalism.
Michele Bachmann deserves respect for her accomplishments and should expect the critical examination all candidates for president should get (but Obama didn't). I don't know if Bachmann will win the primaries and get the nomination. I do know that by running she has made the nomination worth having because she will articulate for all Americans the many reasons Obama must be defeated in 2012.
Obviously some feel Bachmann hurts Palin’s chances. Or that her place is in the house, not running for president. Not sure why else they’d feel the need to attack her. I don’t remember her being persona non grata around here before she thought about running for president.
Her father-in-law is dead.
More information from other posts sheds more light on this, but there is a BIG difference between a governor trying to get taxpayer money BACK into his state and an individual receiving federal subsidies. One cannot rail against big government and intentionally benefit from it at the same time.
I hope the whole farm subsidies thing can be disproven and disproven IN THE PRESS. Something tells me that, even if it’s disproven, the LA times will retract on A23, below the fold.