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April 25, 2005

A bottom-feeder surfaces

Iowa State Sen. Mark Zieman, who called state workers asking for better pensions, "bottom feeders with their hands out" turns out to have quite a handful himself.
Sen. Zieman and his wife have collected something more than $1 million in farm subsidies.
"I readily admit I am one of those people who is using the system," said Zieman. "I don't like the system, but I know how to work the system."
And I ever so naively thought elected officials who didn't like the system worked to change it rather than milk it.

Posted by jcb at April 25, 2005 04:23 PM


Sen. Zieman doesn't even know where the term "bottom feeder" comes from.

("I used to raise hogs and that's where it came from," said Zieman. "They feed from the bottom of the trough.")

The Dictionary says a bottom feeder is: 1. A fish or other animal that feeds on the bottom of a body of water.
2. One that feeds low on the food chain; a scavenger.

Hogs aren't fish or scavengers. Or senators.

Posted by: Anonymous at April 27, 2005 03:40 PM