This past weekend illustrates my point. The Los Angeles Times published an article (located here) in which the Tea Party darling was shown to have suckled at the teat of the government sow. Yesterday she was confronted with that article while appearing on a talk show, and her answers, such as they are, were quite revealing.
An examination of her record and finances showed that a counseling clinic run by her husband received nearly $30,000 from Minnesota and the federal government in the last five years. And a family farm in Wisconsin, where she is listed as a partner, received about $260,000 in federal subsidies.
In Bachmann's financial disclosure forms, she reported receiving between $32,503 and $105,000 in income from the farm, at minimum, between 2006 and 2009. ...
"First of all," she said, "the money that went to the clinic was actually training money for employees. The clinic did not get the money. And my husband and I did not get the money either. That's mental health training money that went to employees."
As for the farm, she said, it belonged to her father-in-law. "It's not my husband and my farm. And my husband and I have never gotten a penny of money from the farm."
"First of all," the money that trained the employees was money that she and her husband did not have to spend. The government took care of it.
"As for the farm," she was either lying to the Face the Nation interlocutor or she was lying on her financial disclosure forms, forms she presumably signed under penalty of perjury. Unfortunately (and as usual), that wasn't followed up on.
For someone who claims to be prayerfully guided by God, she's wandering into dangerous territory.
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