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Michele Bachmann Repeatedly Petitioned Government for Stimulus, EPA, Other Funds

The profound cynicism of the Tea Party right
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At the bottom of the Republican Party lies a profound cynicism — the type of cynicism that allows someone like Michele Bachmann to build a political career by denouncing the very same government services she eagerly seeks to exploit for herself: Michele Bachmann Repeatedly Sought Stimulus, EPA, Other Government Funds.

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.

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