Friday, August 12, 2011

Bachmann's crazy about the EPA

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Ironically, this sign was on display at a Bachmann Tea Party rally in Nov. 2009
  • Campus Progress
  • Ironically, this sign was on display at a Bachmann Tea Party rally in Nov. 2009

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann is either crazy about the EPA, or she's just crazy; you decide.

She hates the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, describing it as "job killing," while ignoring the reality that environmental pollution creates billions in health care costs. She's threatened to literally lock the EPA's employees out of their offices, but before putting the agency in her presidential campaign's cross hairs became the cool thing to do, she asked them for help ... repeatedly.

From The Huffington Post:


A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Huffington Post with three separate federal agencies reveals that on at least 16 separate occasions, Bachmann petitioned the federal government for direct financial help or aid. A large chunk of those requests were for funds set aside through President Obama's stimulus program, which Bachmann once labeled "fantasy economics." Bachmann made two more of those requests to the Environmental Protection Agency, an institution that she has suggested she would eliminate if she were in the White House.

Taken as a whole, the letters underscore what Bachmann's critics describe as a glaring distance between her campaign oratory and her actual conduct as a lawmaker. Combined with previous revelations that Bachmann personally relied on a federally subsidized home loan while her husband's business benefited from Medicaid payments, it appears that one of the Tea Party's most cherished members has demonstrated that the government does, in fact, play a constructive role — at least in her life and district.

"It had been a longstanding tradition in Congress to be fiscally conservative in every other district other than your own," said John Feehery, president of QGA Communications and a top adviser to former Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert. "Bachmann apparently is being a traditionalist."

Read the rest of this article, by Sam Stein, here.

Further reading, from Grist.org: How do you solve a problem like white conservative men?

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