Michele Bachmann (D-MN), who seems to have presidential aspirations, decided to go after First Lady Michelle Obama on the topic of breastfeeding. Yes, you read that right. Breastfeeding. From CNN.com
Speaking to conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday, the Minnesota Republican said Obama’s efforts to promote breast-feeding and the IRS’s announcement that nursing supplies that aide in the practice can be deducted from tax returns amounts to a “new definition [of] the nanny state.” “This is very consistent with where the hard left is coming from,” Bachmann told Ingraham. “For them, government is the answer to every problem.” “I’ve given birth to five babies and I breast fed every single one of these babies,” she added. “To think that government has to go out and buy my breast pump for my babies? You wanna talk about the nanny state, I think you just got a new definition.” The comments come on the heels of Obama’s recent contention that breast-feeding can play a key role in reducing childhood obesity. “We also want to focus on the important touch points in a child’s life. And what we’re learning now is that early intervention is key. Breastfeeding. Kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese,” Obama told a group of reporters last week, according to Politics Daily.
Yet another winning candidate for president. Here’s the real irony: Bachmann is trying to make some kind of connection to “suckling at the government teat” using the breastfeeding issue. She rails against a tax break for breastfeeding equipment. But if you really want to see whose nursing from the government’s ample bosom, you need look no further than Bachmann’s family, who have made their livelihood with the considerable assistance of government farm subsidies.The family farm received over $250,000 in subsidies between 1995 and 2006. That’s a whole lot of breast pumps.