Our Nation faces a profound crisis, my friends. We face a crisis of ethics and principles because, as best I can tell, we live in a country where many of our most outspoken leaders are bereft of either.
The poster child for this ethical crisis is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, pictured below.
I have watched and listened to this Queen of the Harpies for months now, and I am utterly convinced that she grits those Chiclet teeth of hers together to hide the forked tongue with which she spews her treasonous venom. However, I don’t intend to write about her rabble-rousing statements here. She is already well-known for such statements, which is what makes her the darling of those hat-wearing imbeciles, the Tea Baggers. Instead, I intend to remark on a more common problem that this “lady” suffers in spades – she is a two-faced liar. Moreover, liberals, moderates, and conservatives everywhere who have any interest in integrity in government should start calling her out for what she is.
While Ms. Bachmann spouted off against President Obama’s financial reforms, her District – the Sixth Congressional District – languished with the worst foreclosure rates in the entire State of Minnesota. In 2008, the district had the highest number of foreclosures in Minnesota and the highest rate of foreclosures. When 2009 drew to a close, that sad trend continued, but did nothing to abate Bachmann’s arrogance or idiocy. Moreover, according to new data from HousingLink and the Minnesota County Sheriffs’ Offices, the Sixth Congressional District continues to be disproportionately impacted by the foreclosure crisis despite its representative’s reticence to vote for foreclosure relief legislation. Why should she? It’s not her house on the chopping block, is it?
Is that where her lies and hypocrisy ends? Hell no it isn’t! Ms. Bachmann has forged quite the national identity for herself by calling President Obama’s health care reforms “socialism.” Consider this quote from the “good” Congresswoman when encouraging a march on Washington to oppose health care reform:
“Nothing is more effective at reaching a congressman than having a citizen come to Washington, D.C. – not asking for a handout, not asking for tax money, not asking to take some liberty away from somebody else, but just asking for freedom.”
I want to make sure you got that – being a good American, to Ms. Bachmann, means “not asking for a handout” and “not asking for tax money.” Did you get that?
If that is what it means to be a good American, then why is it that Ms. Bachmann and her husband’s business – Bachmann and Associates, Inc. – take in tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money? What is Bachmann & Associates, you ask? Bachmann & Associates is a Christian mental health clinic run by Bachmann’s husband. It opened in 2003, and since that time it has been taking money from Minnesota’s public funds (that means taxpayer money) under two different provisions of law. Both provisions of law, one known as Rule 29 funds and the other as Rule 31 funds, are voluntary for health clinics, meaning that the Bachmann’s were not required to sign up under these rules to operate their clinic. They chose to sign up for them! Now who’s the good American, eh?
That must be the extent of her fraud on the public, isn’t it? Not so fast. In addition to the thousands of dollars the Bachmann have received in “socialized medicine” payments, her family is estimated to have received more than $250,000 in farm subsidies over the past decade. What happened to that whole “not going to Washington looking for a handout” thing, Michele?
The bottom line is this – Michele Bachmann is a hypocrite and a liar. Her advocacy of issues is selective – it is perfectly ok for her and her family to get rich off of government funds, but damn you if you want to get in on a little bit of assistance to pay for a doctor’s visit. You are a “SOCIALIST” and any politician who agrees with you is a “SOCIALIST!”
Hey, Michele, while you’re looking up the word “honesty” in the dictionary, you might want to try looking up the word “socialist,” too. You will find that word a wee bit before the word “succubus.” For succubus, you only need to look in the mirror.
For further reading on Ms. Bachmann, check out this report from the Minnesota Independent.