The New York Times apparently went to sleep after the inaguration and just woke up in Minnesota:
Ki Gulbranson owns a logo apparel shop, deals in jewelry on the side and referees youth soccer games. He makes about $39,000 a year and wants you to know that he does not need any help from the federal government.
He says that too many Americans lean on taxpayers rather than living within their means. He supports politicians who promise to cut government spending. In 2010, he printed T-shirts for the Tea Party campaign of a neighbor, Chip Cravaack, who ousted this region’s long-serving Democratic congressman.
Yet this year, as in each of the past three years, Mr. Gulbranson, 57, is counting on a payment of several thousand dollars from the federal government, a subsidy for working families called the earned-income tax credit. He has signed up his three school-age children to eat free breakfast and lunch at federal expense. And Medicare paid for his mother, 88, to have hip surgery twice.
I guess the Statute of Relevance has expired on the fact that Teabaggers yelling at party rallies were doing so from the comfort of Medicare scooters, so now it’s OK for the Times to report that the true patriots who voted out Democrats like Jim Oberstar would be living in poverty, or at least misery, without government assistance. Since Democrats were able to hold off the Teabagger House these clowns elected, they’ll be able to keep a roof over their heads, have their kids well fed, and pay for gas to drive to meetings where their new Congressman assures them all that they’re makers, not takers.