Today Michele Bachmann claimed that we can’t afford to extend unemployment benefits, but while she has been in Congress, she has taken over $1.1 million taxpayer dollars in salary, subsidies, and benefits.
Here is the video from NBC News:
Here’s the transcript:
MR. GREGORY: What about extending jobless benefits for people who are out of work? Do you think that’s a necessary step?
REP. BACHMANN: I think it would be very difficult for us to do because we, frankly, don’t have the money. I mean, that’s, that’s the bottom line in the United States. We are now, according to Mark Steyn, he wrote a book called “After America,” and in his book he says we are the brokest nation in history. He said we have gone from being the biggest creditor nation to the biggest debtor nation in a very short period of time.
MR. GREGORY: So, so no on extending jobless benefits.
REP. BACHMANN: Right now, I don’t think we can afford it.
While she has been in Congress, Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus have been living the high life on your tax dollars. Marcus Bachmann’s clinic has taken $137,000 in Medicaid funds and an additional $24,000 in federal and state funds. This is in addition to the $260,000 in federal dairy and corn subsidies that she has taken for the family dairy farm, and let’s not forget her $174,000 annual salary plus benefits that she receives as a member of Congress. All of this adds up to over $1.1 million in taxpayer money that she or her husband has received, not counting benefits, since she was elected to Congress.
I’ll admit that my estimate is on the low side. When we factor in her benefits and perks including the free healthcare that she and family enjoy, I am sure that the amount of money Rep. Bachmann is costing taxpayers is much higher. The average American collects $295 a week in unemployment benefits, which is $15, 342 a year. One year of Michele Bachmann’s congressional salary could provide benefits for 11 families. For what Michele Bachmann has cost the federal government in salaries, benefits and subsidies 110 families could stay on unemployment for a year if needed.
It seems to me that if America wants to cut costs the first thing we should get rid of isn’t unemployment benefits, but freeloaders like Michele Bachmann.