Bachmann Farm Reaped $252K in Gov't Subsidies
Free-market fan is a closet welfare queen, writes Yasha Levine
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2009 7:18 AM CST
Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., addresses the crowd on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, during a Republican health care news conference.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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(Newser) – Rep. Michelle Bachmann is one of the Capitol's most vocal opponents of socialized medicine—but she's happy to take government handouts for socialized dairy and corn, writes Yasha Levine. Records show that the Minnesota Republican's family farm raked in almost $252,000 in agricultural subsidies between 1995 and 2006, Levine writes at Truthdig.

Bachmann is one of many lawmakers who tout "free-market rules by day and collect their government welfare checks in the mail at night” Levine writes, naming a half-dozen others who have collected farm subsidies. The farm subsidy program has become deeply corrupt, she writes, with the richest 10% of farmers now collecting 75% of the money. "That’s exactly the kind of socialism that Rep. Bachmann and her elite ilk like."