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TeaBagger Queen Bachmann Living High On the Socialist Hog

May 19, 2010

File this under all-together unsurprising hypocrisy: yet again, Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann has been found to be the beneficiary of “Socialist” largess.  Despite the Congresswoman’s rantings against “socialized medicine”, information from Minnesota’s Transperancy and Accountability Project shows her husband’s clinic has in fact been the recipient of nearly $30,000 in government money since 2007.

On the one hand, Ms Bachmann talks a mean streak about the dangers of socialism and the creeping government hand in our economy. (In fact, did you know that before September 2008, 100% of the private economy was private? Or that since that time 51% has been taken over by the government, thanks to Obama?) She was one of the loudest voices on the right during the Health Care debate, decrying “handouts” and desperately attempting to rile up the Tea Party movement to squash the Democrats’ health care bill.

Just this last November, Bachmann held a Tea Party protest at the capital in Washington D.C., with the goal being to “kill socialized medicine.” (Funny aside about that protest:  turns out it was paid for with $14,000 of  taxpayer money. True story!) Ah, but with her other hand hidden behind her back, one of her family businesses has actively sought to participate in a government funded program to provide mental health care to low-income families. (Yes, Bachmann and Associates, Inc. is a mental health clinic. I will now pause to allow you to guffaw at the irony.)

Not that this should truly be seen as remarkable. It is true that Ms Bachmann is a favorite of the Tea Party movement; a group that inexplicably finds itself “taxed enough already” despite the fact that taxes have gone down for at least 95% of them; a group which purports to be gosh darn angry about bailouts and takeovers and freedom! Apparently, though, Tea Party members are just fine with the bailout of Michele Bachmann. After all, we’ve heard nary a peep out of any of them since the story broke in December that Ms Bachmann’s family has also been on the receiving end of a quarter-million dollars in agriculture subsidies. (That’s “handouts”, to you and me.)

The free market is sacrosanct, it seems, until it comes to padding the wallets of farmers, doctors and Tea Party Queens.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Daniel permalink
    May 23, 2010 3:24 am

    Possibly the biggest irony of all is the association between Christianity and the Tea Party. One could hardly imagine Jesus himself supporting their ideas. After all, he stated that we ought to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”. Obviously, JC wasn’t exactly a limited government type. I’ve always wondered when the exact moment was that Americans tried to marry the Christian religion with a bizzare Ayn Randian fetish. It’s always puzzled me, especially since the two are fundamentally at odds. Talk about cognitive dissonance. But as you said, the tea party is mostly about the current president. That, and a strange brand loyalty to Fox, are the only common threads running through tea party members.

  2. Debra May permalink
    May 20, 2010 5:50 am

    I saw Rachel Maddow politely dismantle Ron Paul, a fellow tea partier last night, on her show. She was kind and polite and appreciative of him being on her show, but she put him on the spot and he couldn’t match up with her. She couldn’t get him to see the incongruity of being for civil rights but being against civil rights legislation when it pertained to private businesses as well as government offices and business. He didn’t want laws telling private businesses they had to serve people or rent to people of color. He couldn’t seem to understand that if private business was not regulated in this area that they would keep on discriminating. Paul may not be a racist, but his policies would be dangerous to people of color because he doesn’t want any regulation of that. That is the danger of the libertarian way. They have these ideals but don’t realize or don’t care that when you take away certain laws that what you will have is indecent treatment of others and in some cases, near anarchy.

    • Debra May permalink
      May 20, 2010 5:53 am

      I would like to see Maddow get a hold of Bachmann. Bachmann’s idiocy and hypocrisy would undo her if she was living where there was a informed electorate. Sorry about the rant on Paul. It is just that I am from Kentucky and am terrified of this whack job getting elected here. He has a lot of fans. The lunatic fringe is thick here for some reason. If I were a Republican, I wouldn’t have looked twice at him, but they did.

      • May 20, 2010 8:06 am

        Don’t worry so! Conway is a strong candidate and Democrats are the ones that had enthusiasm & stronger get-out-the-vote efforts Tuesday. Let this ease your mind: BOTH Democrats EACH received more votes than Rand Paul. The Democratic turnout was 60% higher. It would appear that, despite the media’s unending Tea Party narrative, the rumors of the Democrats’ demise has been greatly exaggerated. Turnout is the key in November. If Tuesday is any indication, it seems the Tea Party prefers protesting w/ badly misspelled signs to actually getting out to vote.

    • May 20, 2010 8:01 am

      Exactly. Libertarianism certainly has some appeal, but just like most isms, when taken too far it becomes an absurd joke.

  3. mr green genes permalink
    May 20, 2010 5:08 am

    Hey Joe, Teabagger is a racist word? What race would that be against? Since Teabaggers are almost exclusively white it must mean what, like white trash? Teabaggers is a word coined by Teabaggers themselves at their town halls last fall. If you do not like the perceived negative connotation don’t affiliate yourself with the lunatic fringe! By the way, you talk about intolerant people, that perfectly describes the Teabaggers! Get a life!

  4. Joe Pitts permalink
    May 19, 2010 10:08 pm

    “Teabagger” is a racist word that is used by racist and intolerant people.

    Just like “Nigger” is a racist word that is used by racist and intolerant people.

    • Dahl permalink
      May 19, 2010 10:24 pm

      Joe: Teabagger is not a racist word it is a word that describs a sexual act. One that would make most conservatives verklempt if they knew what it meant.

    • May 20, 2010 7:58 am

      Umm….no. Just plain no.
      There is nothing racist about the term “Teabagger.” Is it complimentary? No, and I don’t intend it to be. If you read the piece, I refer to the Tea Party, not Teabaggers, in the article. I simply refer to Ms. Bachmann as a teabagger. This is done to show disdain.

      But, more importantly, the term teabagger has its roots in the movement itself. Remember the brilliant idea to send tea bags to Obama & Congress? They were going to “teabag Obama.” I think it’s pretty hard to argue that at least some of them didn’t know what the term meant when they pushed that idea & made those signs. The fact that some who oppose the Tea Party movement now turn the term against them seems simply fair.

      The nerve it takes to try to throw the race card around by a group with an ugly predilection for racist language and imagery is mind-boggling.

  5. Giovanni permalink
    May 19, 2010 9:37 pm

    You guys don’t have a single clue. This isn’t the Tea Party. The Tea Party is based off of Libertarian ideas. Do as you wish so long as you don’t harm anyone else. More socially liberal than liberals and more fiscally conservative than conservatives. These people are phony GOP establishment, partisan republicans towing the party line. They are trying to subvert a movement made with real, genuine concern for the country, trying to stop kooks like partisan liberals and partisan conservatives who think voting for their ”team” is going to solve our problems.

    • May 20, 2010 7:50 am

      Afraid that’s not quite true. The Tea Party is a loose affiliation of people angry that there’s a Democrat in the White House. To ascribe a specific ideology to them is impossible. (Just take a look at the hodge-podge of signs at every event. They’re all over the place. The only common element is anger at the current administration.) While I agree that there is a libertarian streak to the Tea Party, there are also elements of the religious right and just plain old conservative Republicans. I don’t doubt there are some like those you describe, but the majority of the Tea Party has been pretty content to allow itself to be “merged” with the GOP. And they have chosen Michele Bachmann, along with Steve King, Louie Gohmert, Jim DeMint, and god help us, Sarah Palin and Tom Tancredo as their spokesmen on Capital Hill.

      Let me ask you this: if the Tea Party is so Libertarian, where’s the outrage over the Arizona immigration law? Oh, that’s right: there is none. They back it 100%.

  6. Shannon Grow-Garrett permalink
    May 19, 2010 4:38 pm

    These people are mental and to think they are in government positions, let alone running around loose in the neighborhood. Its too scary. Oh and I follow on Twitter.

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