Clint Didier hates his government.
The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate calls the government a "predator," and vows to fight what he calls the "Marxist utopia" Democrats are trying to establish, "where everyone is taken care of from womb to tomb."
Powerful words coming from a man who has reaped $273,000 in government aid since 1995. According to an article in the Seattle Times, Didier — a Pasco farmer — received the funds in the form of federal farm subsidies, information the paper retrieved from a U.S. Department of Agriculture database.
Responding to the article, Didier said if elected he would get rid of many of the subsidies that had helped him in the past. But this didn't stop him from justifying his using the cash. "If your neighbor has an advantage he is in the position to buy the next farm up for sale," Didier was quoted as saying.
Got it: Everyone needs government subsidies in the "free" market, or it's just not fair.