Photo: Donald Bradley/Kansas City Star
Are Democrats a party of parasites who give handouts to people who don't work, by taxing those who do? That's what farmer Donald Jungerman claimed when he put up a trailer along a freeway in Missouri with the words:
Are you a Producer or Parasite
Democrats - Party of Parasites
Well, it turns out that Jungerman himself got government handouts, to the tune of over $1 million!
After a story about Jungerman’s trailer ran in Sunday’s Star, however, some readers called him a hypocrite for criticizing others for getting government help while taking government subsidies paid for by taxpayers.
Jungerman said he put up the sign to protest people who pay no taxes, but, “Always have their hand out for whatever the government will give them” in social programs.
Crop subsidies are different, he said. When crop prices dip below a certain point, the federal government makes up the difference with a subsidy payment.
Donald Bradley of the Kansas City Star has the story of the classic "in my case, it's completely different" defense: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/06/21/2033746/party-of-parasites-author-took.html