The leader of the gang that took over the bird sanctuary in Oregon to protest the heavy hand of the federal government benefited from the heavy hand of the federal government.
Ammon Bundy runs a Phoenix-based company called Valet Fleet Services LLC, which specializes in repairing and maintaining fleets of semitrucks throughout Arizona. On April 15, 2010—Tax Day, as it happens—Bundy’s business borrowed $530,000 through a Small Business Administration loan guarantee program. The available public record does not indicate what the loan was used for or whether it was repaid. The SBA website notes that this loan guarantee was issued under a program “to aid small businesses which are unable to obtain financing in the private credit marketplace.” The government estimated that this subsidy could cost taxpayers $22,419. Bundy did not respond to an email request for comment about the SBA loan.
My guess is that he’s just like a lot of the right-wingers who collect benefits from the government like farm subsidies, Medicare, Social Security and the like while at the same time carrying on about “welfare queens” and “young bucks buying steak” with food stamps. He earned his freebies; the others are just moochers.
Is there a subsidy for teaching self-awareness?
Footnote: Apparently they’re counting on people supporting them by sending in Cheetos. What’s an armed rebellion without a nosh?