Michele Bachmann and Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa toured the flooded Missouri River yesterday and afterwards at a news conference fielded a question about whether farmers affected by the flooding also should be worried by proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture cuts in program which Bachman and have family have enjoyed in the past recieving over a quarter of a million dollars in farm subsidys between 1996 and 2006.
Bachman and King responded by criticizing a 1999 settlement North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford. Who won a multi billion dollar settlement paid to black farmers, who claim the federal government discriminated against them for decades in awarding loans and other aid. President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing a new, nearly $1.2 billion settlement for people who were denied payments in the earlier one because they missed deadlines for filing. King and Bachmann likened settlement to “modern-day reparations” for African-Americans and Bachmann stating “When money is diverted to inefficient projects, like the Pigford project, where there seems to be proof-positive of fraud, we can’t afford $2 billion in potentially fraudulent claims when that money can be used to benefit the people along the Mississippi River and the Missouri River.”
Michele Bachmann’s net worth is 1.o5 million dollars , and besides quarter of a million dollars in farm subsidys her husband Dr. Marcus Bachman has received over $160,000 in Medicaid payments for the treatment of patients at his ”mental health clinic”