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    Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    I guess Bachmann is a socialist. How long before she launches an investigation against herself?

    Michele Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has built a large part of her conservative appeal on strict opposition to federal intervention in the free market. Her real-time criticism of the Troubled Asset Relief Program earned her plaudits among the base voters who will soon decide Republican primary elections. Her pledge to repeal President Obama's health care law, on grounds that it imposes an across-the-board government solution, has become a focal point of her presidential campaign.

    When it comes to the agriculture industry, however, Bachmann's record doesn't match the fiscal conservative hype. A Freedom of Information Act request for communications the Minnesota Republican has had with the Department of Agriculture shows that she leaned heavily on federal officials for help -- never more so than when it came to aiding the pork and dairy producers in her state.

    On Oct. 5, 2009, Bachmann wrote Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack praising him for injecting money into the pork industry through the form of direct government purchases. She went on to request additional assistance.

    "Your efforts to stabilize prices through direct government purchasing of pork and dairy products are very much welcomed by the producers in Minnesota, and I would encourage you to take any additional steps necessary to prevent further deterioration of these critical industries, such as making additional commodity purchases and working to expand trade outlets for these and other agricultural goods," Bachmann wrote.


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    Re: Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt Meowenstein View Post
    I guess Bachmann is a socialist. How long before she launches an investigation against herself?
    Of course she's happy about it...

    Anti-socialist Bachmann got $250K in federal farm subsidies - On Congress - POLITICO.com

    Some of it goes straight into her pockets.

    But it's not socialism when Tea Party members suckle the government teat (we have Stephen Fincher in Tennessee, who has been getting an average of $320,000 a year in government farm subsidies).

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    Re: Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    If you don't want to see someone like her win the repub nomination, register repub and vote against her in the primary.
    Hayek - too liberal for republicans

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    Re: Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    I see nothing wrong with accepting federal farm subsidies if you legitimately qualify, and the repeal President Obama's health care law is of the utmost importance to any recovery we hope to have.

    Anyone who knows anything knows that in the last 30 years or so that farms have been hit with restrictions taxes and all kinds of things that have made it hard to stay in business or pass on family farms, farm subsidies keep these needed businesses working.

    Without the farms we don't eat.

    I am not a big fan of Bachmann but I could learn to be.

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    Re: Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    Quote Originally Posted by xpiher View Post
    If you don't want to see someone like her win the repub nomination, register repub and vote against her in the primary.
    I think most liberals/Dems would love to see her win the nomination.

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    Re: Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    What should the feds do buy food overseas?

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    Re: Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    I see nothing wrong with accepting federal farm subsidies if you legitimately qualify, and the repeal President Obama's health care law is of the utmost importance to any recovery we hope to have.

    Anyone who knows anything knows that in the last 30 years or so that farms have been hit with restrictions taxes and all kinds of things that have made it hard to stay in business or pass on family farms, farm subsidies keep these needed businesses working.

    Without the farms we don't eat.

    I am not a big fan of Bachmann but I could learn to be.
    Well, since subsidies and bailouts are ok under the right circumstances apparently, will you stop treating government spending as some sort of fundamental ideological difference between liberals and conservatives? I think you've just proven that your disagreement isn't on principle but rather on implementation. You like government spending and interference with the free market, just in different places.
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    Re: Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    What were the commodities bought for?

    Im going to assume they were not bought to sit in a freezer. What use were they put to after purchase?

    What if it went to school districts?
    What if it went to the military?

    Either use wouldnt be a subsidy but a legitimate purchase of goods for government use.

    Why dont we know? Because the author was either lazy or didnt want us to know.
    Final note from the article :
    The specific pork purchases Bachmann referenced aren't technically a subsidy.

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    Re: Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    Quote Originally Posted by OpportunityCost View Post
    What were the commodities bought for?

    Im going to assume they were not bought to sit in a freezer. What use were they put to after purchase?

    What if it went to school districts?
    What if it went to the military?

    Either use wouldnt be a subsidy but a legitimate purchase of goods for government use.

    Why dont we know? Because the author was either lazy or didnt want us to know.
    Final note from the article :
    The bottom line is that she took advantage of some gov't spending out of one side of her mouth while bashing gov't spending out of the other side. It's not that what she did was bad. It's that she says one thing but does another. It's hypocritical and inconsistent. I'm not surprised. I'm just pointing it out.


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    Re: Bachmann Literally Praised Government Pork In Letter To Obama Official

    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt Meowenstein View Post
    The bottom line is that she took advantage of some gov't spending out of one side of her mouth while bashing gov't spending out of the other side. It's not that what she did was bad. It's that she says one thing but does another. It's hypocritical and inconsistent. I'm not surprised. I'm just pointing it out.
    If the product was bought for government use say the military she did nothing wrong. Of course that does not matter to liberals

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