Bachmann Gets Her Hand Caught in the Cookie Jar

By YeOldeScribe ~ July 2nd, 2011 @ 1:05 am

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One of the things that Political Progressives really hates is a hypocrite. People who say one thing and then do the exact opposite deserve little respect from anyone. Sadly, the realm of politics seems to be filled with hypocrites. One of the most notable ones in recent memory was Idaho Senator Larry Craig. You might not remember the name, but you’ll remember the story – Craig was the senator who decided not to run for re-election because he was caught trying to give a plainclothes police officer a hand job in a Minneapolis airport. Craig has a wife, three children and nine grandchildren, and insists to this day that he is not gay. The kicker is that he has actively campaigned against equal rights for gays and does not support gay marriage.

Now we can add Michele Bachmann to the list of hypocrites. While she doesn’t make the list for any “lewd behavior”, she does easily qualify herself in light of a recent discovery. See, Bachmann is a member of the Tea Party, and like all good Tea Party members, she views government handouts as evil. She has campaigned numerous times on the notion that the government hands out too much money to people who don’t really need it, or that the government gives too much money to those that do. I wonder which group Bachmann considers herself to be in?

With the government essentially being shutdown in the land of 10,000 lakes (and 10,000,000,000 mosquitoes), newspapers have had a little more time on their hands to do some investigative journalism. And wouldn’t you know; they found some interesting numbers when looking at Bachmann’s campaign finance report!

It seems that the presidential candidate is a part owner of a family farm which received $259,000 – more than a quarter of a million – from the government. She’s also recieved $30,000 for the Michele Bachmann Counseling Clinic, and her husband has received $137,000 from Medicare for his mental health clinic.

Before we go any further, we’d like to say that Bachmann has done nothing illegal. All the money legitimately came from governmental handouts, and Bachmann has defended herself by saying that, “None of the income goes to my husband and I. All of the income goes to the farm.” For what it’s worth, we believe her, too. We don’t think she’s taking the government’s money and putting it towards her own campaign. What Bachmann is doing is legal in every way.

But that doesn’t make it right. The recent revelations makes Bachmann a liar and a hypocrite, and should derail any hope she had of winning the Republican nomination for the presidency, much less the election against current president Barack Obama.

First, this clearly goes against everything she’s ever argued for. Bachmann and her Tea Party fools are all about cutting government across the board, but one of their biggest pushes if against the so-called government “handouts”, which is exactly what the money she and her family received was. And we’re not talking about a small chunk of change here – the amount Bachmann and her family receives totals almost half a million dollars. Even before he was laid off, it would have taken our writer about 24 years to earn that much cash. This was less of a handout and more of a dump-truck deposit on the Bachmann’s front lawn. For someone who campaigned so vehemently against governmental handouts, she sure accepted them pretty quickly.

And  let’s not pretend that she actually needed the money – any politician in office already receives so much from the government that they’ll never have to ‘want’ again. As the great Lewis Black once said, “You never hear ‘Well, he was the Vice-President, but now he’s a heroin junkie'”. Black also argues that elected officials are honored in ways bigger than money. We’re inclined to agree. It’s obvious that Bachmann didn’t really need the money – but she took it anyway. So a millionaire politician can collect almost half a million from the government but a single mother of two shouldn’t be given any cash to feed her kids or heat her home? Yeah, that makes sense in a way only a Tea Party member could understand or defend. Smooth, Michele.

Finally, the money given to her husband really grinds our gears. Did you catch where it was from? Medicaid – one of the programs that would be drastically restructured and essentially gone as we know it if the Republicans have their way. Bachmann was a staunch supporter of the Ryan plan, and now it’s revealed her family is receiving a significant sum from the supposedly failing program? That’s interesting.

In the end, the analogy we gave you in the title is a perfect one. It’s as if she scolded everyone else from reaching into the cookie jar, but then was caught with both hands in it herself. That’s exactly what’s going on here. Bachmann believes that handouts are evil and the government gives out too much money – except when the government is giving money to her or her family. Then it’s ok.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a double standard. It’s hypocritical. And it’s not a quality of a good leader. All we have to say is good riddance, Michele. If this wasn’t the nail in your campaign’s proverbial coffin, then it was already sealed long ago. Even her own party and sub-party will probably distance themselves from her after this story breaks, as well they should.

Even in politics, no one likes a hypocrite (that gets caught).

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