Opinion: Falsehoods mount for Bachmann

Representative Michele Bachmann claims she has “never gotten a penny” from a family farm. It turns out that farm, in which she admits holding an interest, has been subsidized by the federal government in the amount of $259,332.

This was revealed on her own financial disclosure statements. This from a person who rails against any form of taxation, claims to be against any form of welfare, and claims she wants to be fiscally responsible with our tax dollars. Yet here she is at the public trough, gobbling up taxpayer dollars that she thinks no one else should get and then has the gall to deny that it is happening!

Is it ethical or moral to be doing that which you claim to be against? Don’t be fooled by the fancy talk. Look at the actions and not the words. Why is she accepting this money while claiming to want government out of her life? Apparently government handouts are bad if they are helping others but acceptable if they are going into Bachmann’s account.

Bachmann’s denial of the reality of her farm subsidies is just one more example of her many inaccuracies and distortions, or as she prefers to call them, misunderstandings.

An examination of 24 of Bachmann’s statements, done by Politifact.com, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, fact-checking service of the St. Petersburg, Florida, Times, found “just one to be fully true and 17 to be false (seven of them “pants on fire” false). No other Republican candidate whose statements have been vigorously vetted matched that record of inaccuracy.”

Is this really the kind of representation we want? How long must our district and State be repeatedly embarrassed by Bachmann before we have had enough?

Intelligent and honest people rely on facts, not on distortions. If you have the truth with you, you don’t need to spin and distort. Neither do you have to “misunderstand.” Why can’t the Republican party find someone who can communicate the party’s values and message without outrageous, inaccurate statements?

We need big changes in this country so that decent, intelligent people will once again consider running for office. This process begins with kicking the extremists from both parties, those who cannot find any common ground, and refuse to moderate whatsoever, out of office. Bachmann should be on the top of that list. — Cindy Rohde, Zimmerman

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