Republicans are struggling for their soul. Some of them have become just a bunch of hypocrites who have lost their way. Ronald Reagan must be rolling over in his grave.
Michele Bachmann is a perfect example. Fighting for limited government, less taxation and spending, she has become the symbol of the tea party movement. We don't even have to talk about her misstatements or judgments -- just look at the record.
Bachmann has made her money off the taxpayers of this country. The family farm, owned by her father-in-law (she has ownership in the farm, according to her own financial disclosure statements) received a total of $259,332 in federal payments for disaster subsidies and federal crop assistance between 1995 and 2008, according to the Environmental Working Group. She was a tax collector for the Internal Revenue Service, getting paid from taxpayer's money to chase down taxpayers. She worked there for four years. Her husband has received $137,000 in Medicaid payments for his clinic.
She now collects federal pay of $174,000 as a member of Congress. She is part of the Federal Employees Retirement System. She puts in about 1.3 percent of her salary for her retirement, while Congress puts in 17 percent of her salary.
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And now she is against big government. She has lived off the public for too many years.
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