Michele Bachmann Expects Taxpayers to Pay Her While She Looks for Another Job

For some insane reason I felt like reading a few stories on people commenting about Michele Bachmann and her abrupt announcement that she would not be seeking re-election in 2014.

Then something came over me and a glaring fact that hadn’t yet come to mind was staring me right in the face.  This woman started her most recent term just 5 months ago.  If she was going to drop out of 2014 now, why the hell did she run for re-election at all?

Now, we all know why she’s really doing it—her impending ethics investigation going on at the FBI and several other agencies, along with the fact that Republicans really don’t want her to run again in 2014.

See, she presides over a very conservative district in Minnesota, yet still barely won re-election in 2012.  It’s been presumed by many leading Republicans that in 2014 she had stood a very good chance at losing that seat.

But, of course, she’ll never admit to either one of these facts.  The truth is, she had to run for re-election last year and she had to drop out of next year’s race.  Otherwise she’d lose not only her seat in Congress, but tons of money as well.  You see, it’s harder to get speaker’s fees, lobbying jobs or any number of other paying gigs when you actually lose your seat or bow out of an election when you’re already your party’s candidate.

So why not make taxpayers pay her for the next 2 years while she looks for another job?  And that’s exactly what she did.

She had to know this impending campaign ethics scandal was gong to continue to gain steam, she just hoped it didn’t start boiling over until after the 2012 elections.  After that, she hoped she would just be able to ride it out and hopefully it would fade away—but deep down she knew better.

For all intents and purposes, with her running for re-election and then dropping out of the next race 5 months into her newest term, she’s said to American taxpayers, “Thanks for paying me while I set myself up for my next job!”

If she just admitted that the campaign ethics investigation was the cause, that would be one thing.  But she’s claiming it has nothing to do with that.  So, if that’s the story she wants to stick with, then she’s basically saying that for the next 18 months she’s going to spend her time looking for and securing a job for after her term is over.

Hasn’t she already been enough of a drain on American taxpayers?  I mean honestly, has there ever been a member of Congress who blatantly lies as often as she has?  Even when called out by members of the media, which has often happened, she’s continued to look right into the camera and continued to perpetuate her lies.  Even when her claims are irrefutably debunked live on-air as she’s being interviewed.

Not to mention the fact that in all her years in Congress, she’s sponsored a grand total of zero bills that were actually signed into law.

But she’s decided she’ll stay until the end of her term and squeeze every last dime she can from American taxpayers.  And she has the nerve to attack people who receive government assistance.  I’d say she needs to start looking in the mirror before accusing others of looking for a government handout.

Hell, at least when Sarah Palin quit as governor of Alaska, she stepped down before her term was up.  Michele Bachmann, however, would rather have taxpayers cover her bills until  January 2015 when her term is officially over.

So, I’d encourage everyone reading this to head over to Michele Bachmann’s Facebook page and give her a big “You’re Welcome!” in her message box for funding her job search for the next 18 months.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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