Here is the video from NBC News:
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.
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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.