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Michele Bachmann Feeding at the Public Trough of Farm Subsidies

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Karl Bremer

When I wrote in November about Rep. Michele Bachmann collecting federal farm subsidies through her family's limited partnership, some claimed that her "no" vote on the 2007 farm bill, which would extend farm subsidies through 2012, cleared her of any charges of hypocrisy. After all, a vote against the farm bill was a vote against the very subsidies she was collecting, they argued.

But a closer examination of Bachmann's votes on amendments to the 2007 farm bill shows that Bachmann wasn't voting against the subsidy programs that she was reaping at all. In fact, she explicitly voted for them—even for wealthy farmers.

The issue of farm subsidies going to wealthy urban "farmers" who have never had dirt under their fingernails has become a political hot potato recently. So when the 2007 farm bill came up, the Bush Administration pushed for a $200,000 income cap for federal farm subsidy recipients.

In the House, Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) offered an amendment that would end subsidy payments to farms where the average adjusted gross income of the farm's owners exceeds $250,000. Bachmann voted against Kind's amendment. The amendment failed by a large margin, 309-117.

The Bachmann Farm Family Limited Partnership, a 949-acre Buffalo County, WI, farming operation in which Bachmann owns up to a quarter-million-dollars interest, collected $47,128 in federal farm subsidies between 2004-2005, according to the Environmental Working Group. That same operation has collected as much as $127,868 in federal farm subsidies since the partnership was established in 2001.

It's not known whether Kind's amendment would have cut off subsidy payments to the Bachmann Farm Family Limited Partnership. One can only speculate whether that provided any motivation for Bachmann's vote against the amendment, since calls and e-mails to Bachmann's office on this subject were not returned.

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Michelle Bachmann is the most entertaining and batsh!t crazy politician out there. She's got those "Crazy Eyes" when she gets really into a speech. I used to think that she was just completely insane, but you listen to her interviews, and depending upon who the source is, she plays to the crowd. But deep down, I do think she's effing insane.

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Michelle Bachmann is the most entertaining and batsh!t crazy politician out there. She's got those "Crazy Eyes" when she gets really into a speech. I used to think that she was just completely insane, but you listen to her interviews, and depending upon who the source is, she plays to the crowd. But deep down, I do think she's effing insane.

My cat gets a similar look after he rolls in catnip.

Thank heavens for batshit crazy politicians -- if only for the entertainment value.

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