Scandal: Michele Bachmann’s Father-In-Law Took Farm Subsidies

The left has made it clear that they hate conservative women, particularly outspoken and popular conservative women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. The latest manifestation? A “scandal” over the Bachmann family farm, managed by Michele Bachmann’s father-in-law until his recent death, taking farm subsidies.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) — so fond of accusing the Obama administration of foisting socialism on an unwilling America — has apparently been the recipient of about a quarter of million bucks in government handouts.
Liberal site Truthdig links to an Environmental Working Group analysis of federal agricultural subsidies and found that the Bachmann family farm, managed by her father-in-law until his recent death, received $251,000 in farm payments between 1995 and 2006.

First, barring some evidence of Michele Bachmann’s participation in operating the family farm beyond it being managed by her father-in-law, I’m not sure it’s fair to hold her accountable for these subsidies.
Second, let’s not pretend like farm subsidies are always optional. Farming, much like any business, is a competitive enterprise. That enterprise has long been distorted by government involvement in the agriculture markets in the form of subsidies, regulations, mandates, etc. For many farmers, taking subsidies isn’t a choice. It’s a part of business. If you want to keep up with competitors you have to take subsidies or go out of business.
This is a bit like saying that people who are on Medicare can’t be against government health care. As though Medicare were a choice and not a government program we’re all forced to participate in by penalty of law.
But the liberals love these games. Their goal is government dependence, and they love that Americans often find themselves in situation where they’re forced, either by circumstance or law, to participate in the very programs they oppose. So they can obfuscate the opposition to these programs and they ill they do with cries of “hypocrite.”

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