Montana’s Welfare Queens? Guess Who

Janna Taylor, one of Montana’s loudest and proudest Tea Partiers, and also the Montana House whip, has collected $1,000,000 over the last 10 years in federal cash farm subsidies, according to newly released figures.

State senator Bruce Tutvedt, another proud ultra-conservative who runs around Montana railing against excessive spending and the evils of “too much government”, has collected $643,063.

In fact, of the top 33 legislators in Montana who are recipients of federal farm assistance payments (which are cash payments that the government gives farmers for NOT growing crops), 30 are Republicans. They all claim some affiliation or solidarity with the Tea Party. All of them rail constantly against the federal government and excessive spending. Most of them just voted, last week, for the now infamous Montana Nullification Act, which would have allowed the state to selectively ignore federal law.

Taylor was the gal, mind you, who said that Governor Schweitzer had “grown government” so much that “the governor’s residence needs to be fumigated when he leaves office.” And here is a peach of a response from Rep. Taylor, when confronted with the fact that she’s been on the dole to the tune of a 100 grand annually for the last decade: “I don’t control federal dollars. Talk to Senators Baucus or Tester.”

Speaking of Senator Baucus, Taylor’s husband ran for US Senate against Baucus in 2002, but dropped out when the Democratic party ran an attack ad against him, using TV footage which tried to suggest, in a not so subtle way, that Mr. Taylor was once an “effeminate” hairdresser in a previous life. The TV ad also raised a more substantive issue: that Mr. Taylor had taken massive amounts of federal loans to start a beauty salon, which he had never repaid.

Amusingly, Mr. Taylor, in that pathetic 2002 effort to beat Baucus, had been giving speeches dressed up as Teddy Roosevelt, with wire-rimmed spectacles, a TR-style mustache and even donning a turn-of-the-century wardrobe.

I don’t know what TR thought of hairdressers, but he probably didn’t believe in anti-government, free-market-obsessed conservatives taking loans and not repaying them, or taking a hundred thousand dollars a year for not farming.

Tutvedt, too, has an interesting response when confronted with his own pile of checks that Clinton, Bush and Obama have written him for the last 14 years in federal assistance: he is preventing starvation. If there we’re a free market for crops, Tutvedt says, “people would starve or go hungry, and I’m not willing to go there.”

I never knew Tea Partiers were so worried about the neediest.

Posted: March 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

This post was written by Cowgirl

75 thoughts on “Montana’s Welfare Queens? Guess Who

  1. Farmboy

    Being from small town Eastern Montana I see these kind of hypocits everyday. They vote republican, come to town and rally against spending and b-tch and moan about government spending while taking the money. As far as Tutvets bullsh-t about people going hungry, yeah he is worried about himself going hungry, cause with the government he has a stable income, if he was truely on the “free market” he might make money, he might not. The one program that p-sses me off with the farm subsidies as a whole is the CRP program, granted it has done some wonderful things for wildlife habitat, and has done some wonderful things in the area of prevention of soil erosion. But in the 1980′s it gutted small town Montana, and we are still feeling that gut to this day. Also it pays the farmer to do nothing but sit on land and grow grass, heceforth younger people can not afford to buy farm land, henceforth you have some old bulls out on the land, that dont produce children so hence you kill your schools and your next generation. Also it did bail out the banks for the first time. But the mainstreet business people did not get a dam thing out of it. Anyway I dont have a problem helping family farms, I’ve been out to the mid west a few times in the last couple years and those dairy farmers out there are on the edge of failure or failing, but if your a big corp, sorry go pound sand. Also if your gonna b-tch and moan about welfare for the single mom in town, or b-tch and moan about spending money on schools for education, again sorry. Also if you wana get government out of our lives then don’t take the money. Plain and simply told to me by a Democratic farmer years ago. But don’t come to town cash your CRP check and your crop subsidy check, then go to the coffee shop like one of the republican big boys in my neighborhood and say “don’t take government money, thats socialism, thats socialism”. Otherwise your a hypocrite and I can’t stand hypocrites.

  2. Jack Ruby

    How convenient that they dont support the ‘free market’ when the result is a boost to their bottom line.

    1. Lynn

      The free market is only for little people, their rich so the rules are different.

      Like if we steal a CD from Walmart we go to jail, but Walmart CEO’s can commit “wage theft” without any problems. And Wall Street’s a whole other world. In ICELAND they’d be hauled off in cuffs, in China, they’d be excuted, here nothing….as long as they have made the right political contributions

  3. Lt. Col (Ret., Army) Rich Liebert

    Do you want to know what the house speaker received, and quite ‘curious’ since he voted for the ‘nullification,secession’ legislation, especially noteworthy since he’s a federal (retired) commissioned officer.

  4. The Journeying Progressive

    Just added your site to my blog roll! Thanks for such good insight. If we’re going to have the Great Progressive Revival this country NEEDS, it’s gotta start in places like Montana. Keep writing and reading!

  5. Vern Rutter

    Nice work. I live in Washington, but I love wandering about Montana. They can’t be embarrassed, but keep hammering.

    Are you all aware you’ve been invaded by Ken Blanchard and his band of inbred religious nuts? They’re in the Flathead Valley.

        1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

          Holy Crap! (literally!) Chucky Cheesey Bulbdim got’s a BAD case of the dumbass! Read that entire post! Hope he brings LOTS of soap on a rope! He’s gonna NEED it where HE’S goin’! He’ll be able to start a prison ministry…ON THE INSIDE! He has some, um, misconceptions about Montana that will get him a chance NOT to die at the Alamo, but bond with Bubba! Bubba, meet Chucky Cheese. Chucky, meat Bubba! Now BOND you two! Un-frickin’-believable!

          “We are not going to Montana to sunbathe (or even ski); we are not going to play games, or play politics; we are not going to “take it easy,” or “hide,” or hibernate. We are not going to “enjoy the climate.” We are going to fight! We are going to work! We are going to help the freedom-minded people of Montana make their stand for liberty! In many ways, the Mountain States just might become The Alamo of the twenty-first century, with, hopefully, much better results. But if not, I would rather die fighting for freedom with liberty-loving patriots by my side than be shuttled off to some FEMA camp after having been rejected and betrayed by soft-living, comfort-seeking, materialistic statists who simply “don’t get it” and have no desire to “get it,” which seems to be pretty much standard practice for a sizeable majority of people today–Christian and non-Christian–around most of the country”, demented buffoon Chucky Cheesey Bulbdim!

      1. Vern Rutter

        From the link:

        “…We are not going to Montana to sunbathe (or even ski); we are not going to play games, or play politics; we are not going to “take it easy,” or “hide,” or hibernate. We are not going to “enjoy the climate.” We are going to fight! We are going to work! We are going to help the freedom-minded people of Montana make their stand for liberty! In many ways, the Mountain States just might become The Alamo of the twenty-first century, with, hopefully, much better results. But if not, I would rather die fighting for freedom with liberty-loving patriots by my side than be shuttled off to some FEMA camp after having been rejected and betrayed by soft-living, comfort-seeking, materialistic statists who simply “don’t get it” and have no desire to “get it,” which seems to be pretty much standard practice for a sizeable majority of people today–Christian and non-Christian–around most of the country…”

        Beyond Bircher…

  6. Doug

    Vern:

    Chucky Cheese Baldwin and his crew recently encamped here from FL. Hadn’t heard about Blanchard.

    1. Vern Rutter

      You’re correct, my error. Should have linked, by I don’t do HTML.

      I monitor the wingnuts / militia types. These guys (Baldwin et al) are wingnuttiest.

  7. Devin Shaeffer

    Whoa Montana, great to see this getting some love on the rec list. Your legislature is full of—um—interesting characters. Good luck to you folks from West Virginia!

  8. Kurt Prinzig

    Cowgirl, I love your blog. We need something like this in Nevada. Keep it up and thanks for the diary.

  9. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

    Sweet Jesus! THIS is the REAL scary shit! Seems that the Birchers are STILL trying to infiltrate the military with something called the Major General Edwin A. Walker Society!

    If you don’t know who ol’ Eddy was, he was the perv general that Kennedy fired for trying to recruit for the John Birch Society while STILL IN the military!

    What we have here folks, is the old Birch Society RUNNING THE FRIGGIN’ COUNTRY at the moment. If you are unfamiliar with them, you BEST start googling and inform yourselves about just WHOM we’re dealing with here.

    These are NOT fake nazis. They are the real thing! And the Koch brothers are RIGHT in there! But the group was mainly made up of texas oil billionaires who HATED Kennedy, and plotted to have him killed. They HATE anything associated with democracy! But the LOVED the nazis! Why, ’cause they are nazis.

    Think I’m kidding? Well, do your research. I’ll provide some links whenever I can. But be advised, these folks are absolutely the nastiest, most evil people this country has ever produced! And they’re comin’, in a big way, after our country!

    This link is for Rich Liebert. Check it out. The Walker Society CLAIMS to be made up of active duty and retired officers who believe……well, just read, and then start googling.

    http://www.ssrsi.org/Onsite/BBStext/resister.htm

  10. Scott Rausch

    Not a one refused this federal funding, yet these legislators are turning away federal funding that will help the rest of Montanans with food stamps, help for home heating bills, health care, and technology. This is an outrage folks.

  11. alanmt

    The Taylors creep me out, I am not ashamed to say.

    But that homophobic ad from Baucus still poisses me off, almost ten years later. Hypocrisy abounds on both sides of the aisle.There’s a real hypocrite for you. Baucus had a gay staff member for several years before then, but he fired the gay staffer just in time to air a clearly homophobic attack ad.

  12. Rodger S.

    I thought it amusing that after Mike Taylor lost to Baucus, he whined, “I would love to get Max Baucus in a boxing ring.”

    Be careful what you wish for, Tubby. Max was a standout fighter on the local boxing club in his youth, has ran multiple marathons, and is still in great shape and runs every day.

    I predict Max would knock Taylor out in the second round.

  13. Farmboy

    Mike Taylor was and still is in my mind the most annoying politician to come on the Montana political scene. I voted for Baucus that year and even went to his free hamburger feed, mainly because 1. Atleast he was not annoying, and 2. I had a friend that was working for Baucus at the time. Then I voted for him because atleast Baucus is not a quiter or a crybaby. Whereas Taylor is a crybaby and I thought that if he could not stand up to that ad and he ran away like a crybaby after the ad, how would he act in the US Senate against some big guns? In my mind he would fold like a cheap suit. But it amazes me almost 10yrs later that Sarah Palin who did not make it even half way into a term as Governor of Alaska, is loved by the teaparty and when ever you tell a teabagger that she is a quiter they go defensive. Same with Taylor when you told them 10yrs ago he was a crybaby. Yet if it was a Democrat that quit office in mid term or quit a race before the election that Democrat would be forever done in politics. Double standard

  14. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

    A little important background on just how we got here and how hard it’s gonna be to get back to normal, for now it’s balls to the wall fascsim.

    It wasn’t always like this. The nazis like the Kock brothers now own the narrative AND everything else. (media, courts, politicos, etc. but NOT the people)

    Now evil has a face, and I’m hopeful, more hopeful than I’ve been in thirty years! And sh*t, who in the hell really thought that the cheeseheads would be the ones to show us the way?! GOD I love those people!

    p.s. And thanks to Gov. Snot Wanker for being himself!

    Enjoy, but pay close attention to what’s being said in the following. It will make the recent events much clearer.

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/01/26-0

  15. Lt. Col (Ret., Army) Rich Liebert

    Denying federal dollars for FOOD stamps!!!?? “Are there no prisons, are there no workhouses.” will be the next Koch-Tea Party lament and have they ever read the New Testament?? Where’s
    simple compassion? It’s sickeningly ironic that the subsidies – not turned away – received by Koch-Tea Partiers from the same USDA that the ‘baggers’ want to deny to the hungry, is this what
    we spend TRILLIONS of dollars for defense (that’s often ineffective) and also our ‘Blood and Integrity’ to treat hungry people like this? Is THIS what we’ve become? WE CANNOT tolerate
    this any longer,

  16. Aware and Not Stupid

    Nice post Cowpie! I remember when Dore Schwinden put that hit piece on Mike Taylor together for Baucus. When it hit the airwaves he was as proud as a new daddy at the birth of his firstborn. Dore couldn’t get the grin off his face, guess it pays to be the waterboy for the left, look at the nice job it landed him as the Director of Commerce. Way to go Dore!

    BTW, do you know if ol’ Larry the Ranger eats out of that mouth, or does he just brush his teeth with a toilet brush, because his posts certainly show his lack of education and completely destroy his literary credibility.

    Bet you folks who are working for ol’ Bloated Bully Bri are beginning to look for new jobs, don’t expect the new Republican administration is going to have much need for you cry baby bedwetters. Stop beating on your high chair trays now you kids, the political wind will blow your direction again one day, so have fun with the remainder of the Session and start combing the state job data base cause it’ll be soon and you’ll all have to go find new cubicles to climb into. In the mean time just remember how you all treated the GOP folk when they were in the minority, cause you just got dished up a nice big plate of what you all have been serving up for years!

    1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      OUCH! Dear A. Stupid, do you REALLY think that the Teawankers are gonna do well next election?

      I watched the local news tonight, and they did a story on the Teawankers REFUSING 35 million in fed money to aid health care, the ONLY state in the union to do so! And they showed the crowd made up of mostly medical professionals.

      The look on their faces was impossible to ignore. These folks were dumbfounded at the ignorance of the Teawankers! You should have seen their faces. It was one of utter disgust, outrage, disbelief and desperation. Obviously, they had NEVER seen such a stupid move.

      What the Teawankers have done is a mini-Wisconsin right here in Montana. The have BLASTED normal, decent Montanans out of their lethargy and apathy and created thousands of activists who will DESTROY the Teawankers next time around.

      What has become ABUNDANTLY clear is that Teawanker simply means dumbass. It has NOTHING to do with either the Republican Party or conservatism. You best read the tea leaves, A.Stupid. It’s over, it’s done, it’s buh bye for all the fundis, inbreds, wackos, racists, birthers, birchers, spear chuckers, white sumpremnits, idiots, morons, and losers! (did I leave anyone out)

      After all, A. Stupid, this is STILL Montana, NOT the hills of Kentucky! Just wait. You’ll see.

      1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

        But you’re quite right on one point. In SPITE of having numerous degrees and speaking numerous languages and being extremely well-read, like Reagan, I was the teflon student! Education simply bounced off me! And here’s the kicker. As old as I am, I’ll prolly soon be senile too! THEN, I’ll really be able to write!…..or become a Teawanker! I’ll prolly get it mixed up and burn my social security INSTEAD of my draft card!

  17. Rodger S.

    @ Aware and Not Stupid;

    Speaking of a lack of education and literary credibility…
    “Nice post Cowpie!”

  18. Rodger S.

    @ Aware and Not Stupid;

    Were you the guy in the barber’s chair getting your temples massaged by Taylor?

    1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      He just WISHES he was! HEY, we ALL did things when we were young that we we’re not proud of. But only TAYLOR was stupid enough to FILM himself gettin’ frisky with another dude! (you should see the sequel! Mikey and the Temple of Doom! Heard it was rated triple X! Doomed HIS chances for office!)

      Anything for a buck makes him a good Pubbie!!!!

  19. Mark T

    The problem is as always polarization. Unless we are constantly exposed and have to argue with the views of the other side, we can go down the road of nuttiness. Right wingers talk among themselves, and validate each other, and because they cloister themselves, that occasional encounter with reality, as presented with an opposing view, does not happen.

    I am you and you are me and we are all together … who said that? The same thing happens here. This thread is long, and it is circle-jerking.

    1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      Au contraire, Mark. You’re flatassed wrong. Sorry, but there IS no common ground with people who are f*cking INSANE! Nor should there be. For they would do evil from their ignorance, and decent people cannot abide that.

        1. Mark Tokarski

          By the way, Larry, you never came back tot eh Piece of Mind blog to have an argument about who shot Kennedy. There’s a lot of new stuff these past few years.

          1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

            Sorry, Mark, but after your mafia argument, I decided it was hopeless. But if I get time, I’ll be back. The mafia may have been involved as shooters and planners, and probably supplied people like Ruby, but they did NOT call the shots. Even they aren’t that stupid. Nor could the mafia have pulled off the necessary, billiant, absolutely complete coverup.

            Hence, mafia no. And really, the mafia has more class than the CIA, FBI, and their sleazy political and corporate allies. There are some things that even the mafia won’t do, like wack a prez. It would NOT be to their long term benefit to settle a personal grudge with a prez that way.

            The hit itself was more than likely carried out by a military sniper team under the command of the insane, pervert gen. edwin walker, who Kennedy fired, and who was a crazy bastard and ardent friend and supporter of the Koch’s daddy and all the Birchers. Hell, ALL them guys at the time, Dulles, Nixon, Koch, the oil billioniares, Hoover and the FBI, the newly formed CIA, the generals, the secret service, the local Dallas police, ALL hated Kennedy with a passion and plotted his death.

            For you see, they had been found out. Kennedy had the courage to take them on for the good of the country, and he lost. He absolutely knew the risks, but he did it anyway. After Nixon and the CIA forced him into the Bay of Pigs, he vowed to break the CIA into a “thousand peices”. He vowed never again! Well, they didn’t LIKE that idea. So, being the more powerful organization, they changed history and stole our country AND our future from us. What we’re seeing now is simply the culmination of those events from 1963. Bircherz/Kocks 1, U.S.A 0.

            I think that the best thing that can asked is cui bono? Cui bono from his death? I think that the last fifty years have pretty much answered that, and it AIN’T the mafia. They could care less. But the murder has been bery, bery good to the corporate fascists, no?!

            The Russians and the Cubans both know, for they knew the double agents involved. Hell, Kruschev even tried to warn Kennedy that they were coming after him.

            It’s all in there, Mark. But allow me to suggest that you read book JFK and the Unspeakable before we debate. I know you well enough to know that you would love that book as much as I did. And also research that Nazi hydra site I posted at LITW. Simply looking at the facts without ANY conjecture presents a pretty clear picture. The reality is that what Merton terms the Unspeakable is upon us. And it’s scary. But like Kennedy, face it we must. To do otherwise is cowardice and makes us complicit. And hell, it’s a chance for us boomers to do one last GREAT thing before we check out.

            But I’m workin’ my butt off now that the weather’s nice. I’l return to your site when I can and continue this topic. I’m looking forward to it. But the reality is, for evey hour I write, I spend eight hours reading.

            1. Mark t

              No news there. I went down that path. There’s a problem. JFK was no liberal. He was a cold warrior. So I ended up not buying you narrative. Far too pat. Yea there are a lot of bad dudes and a coverup. But those who did it had good reasons.

              You’re in for surprises but are emotionally invested in JFK sainthood. You’ll be hard to convince. Bit I went down your path.

              It’s a complicated world.

              1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

                That’s why I don’t attempt to argue the issue with you. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Now, IF you read JFK and the Unspeakable, get back with me. But first, google it and research it. There’s lots out there. But “cold warrior”? You simply don’t know what you’re talking about. Have a nice debate with yourself. Sorry to be so blunt.

        1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

          No, Mark, you made mine. There IS no common ground with ignorant assholes. And there cannot be. It’s simply better to acknowledge that and stop trying.

          As Stephen Jay Gould wrote in 1988, “‘Creation science’ has not entered the curriculum for a reason so simple and so basic that we often forget to mention it: because it is false, and because good teachers understand exactly why it is false. What could be more destructive of that most fragile yet most precious commodity in our entire intellectual heritage — good teaching — than a bill forcing honorable teachers to sully their sacred trust by granting equal treatment to a doctrine not only known to be false, but calculated to undermine any general understanding of science as an enterprise?”

          1. Mark Tokarski

            Welcome to Blue Bayou. Creationists support belief without evidence. It’s hard to hold on to such views unless they are constantly reinforced, and so creationists tend to hang out with their own kind, attending churches and socializing, and avoiding anyone with opposing views.

            Budge shut out non-believers from ECW for the same reason – the place exists so that true believers can feed off one another.

            And your attitude that the people who disagree with you are “ignorant assholes” shows that you too are polarized. They are not what you say, and you are not what they say. You are, both sides, merely detached form one another and so fill in your image of the other side with imagined evil.

            1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

              Um, sorry Mark, but I think you misunderstand. I’m NOT implying that they’re stupid, although many are. But they ARE ignorant, or do you not understand the diffference? If you think non-science is science, then you freakin’ ARE ignorant!

              It’s NOT my job to disabuse morons from their ignorance. Not in my job description. For I believe that the majority of people are NOT ignorant, just lazy. They have allowed the wacks to take over through their inaction. THOSE are the people I will work with.

              Let is be you mission in life to work with the mentally infirm.

              p.s. If if turns out that the nuts are truly the majority, well, we’re doomed anyway.

              1. Mark Tokarski

                There is a great emotional payoff with confirmation bias, which is why all of us do it. I don’t get up early AM looking forward to reading a book that tells me I am wrong about things. Quite the opposite.

                It’s like fear of the unknown – people who walked into the Tea Party crowds were surprised to find educated professionals along with the usual firebrands. If you take time to find out who these people are, you might be disabused of your notions about them.

                Do I understand the difference between stupid and ignorant? They have one thing in common – neither stupid people nor ignorant people know they they are that. We all surround ourselves with a cloud of self-approval, and are always the last to know when we are wrong about something. Stupidity infers an inability to grasp things. There are very few truly stupid people. Ignorance can be remedied, but here is where we run into our old pal, confirmation bias.

                We are as we do.

  20. Lt. Col (Ret., Army) Rich Liebert

    I wonder what Janna Taylor might think about President Theodore Roosevelt and his profound wisdom to help create our Nation Park system, establish CONSERVATION areas and he took on the Robber Barons and also fought for social justice when he was NYC police commissioner with Jason Riis’s civic journalism.

  21. expat

    This thread brings back a few memories. Before Mike Taylor there was Larry Willians and the disco suit. Jim Murry, Don Judge, Candy Brown would plot for weeks to dredge up the muck on the precursors to the current leg candidates. With such fertile pickins’ these days I’m sorta disappointed that a reality show has been produced starring the House R’s

  22. Roustabout

    As names are dredged from the ancient past of “old” and former labor leaders, the question becomes one of “What the hell happened to the once proud Montana labor movement?” It’s all but disappeared. While an intense fight is being waged against the extreme right-wing lunatic fringe for the very survival of the union movement and other progressive causes, the present Montana labor leadership, especially the Montana AFL-CIO, has little or no presence in the debate in the Legislature or elsewhere. Montana workers deserve better! Montana workers must and should be asking, “Where are our leaders?”

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