Dem ‘Parasites’ Hypocrite: Farm Subsidy Taker, Former Baby Crib Scammer
June 24, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. David Jungerman, gentleman Missouri farmer and business owner, has garnered national media attention for his incendiary sign painted on a semi-truck trailer in a cornfield along U.S. 71. The sign reads: “Are you a Producer or Parasite, Democrats – Party of the Parasites.” His attack against Democrats as parasites who don’t pay taxes and “[a]lways have their hand out” for “social programs,” has caused anger and dissent in Raytown, evidenced by two arson attempts on Jungerman’s sign. And it has now come to light that Jungerman is a parasitic hypocrite, who has grown fat off the land of his 6,800 acre farm with the help of more than $1 million in federal crop subsidies since 1995.
And that’s not all. Apparently, Jungerman thinks it’s perfectly non-parasitic to sell his baby cribs, by committing fraud under 18 U.S.C. § 1341, to lure unsuspecting parents to scammy fake safety classes. A practice, which he has fortunately, since discontinued.
Jungerman’s baby furniture business was found guilty of civil fraud in a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. His business, Baby-Tenda Corporation, together with his distributors, ran a “safety seminar” scam, in which mailed invites were sent to expectant moms, purposely worded to create the “false impression that the seminar is sponsored by a governmental or other agency and is devoted to baby safety.” The court found that “the true purpose of the event is to sell Defendant’s products.”
And when Jungerman isn’t scamming expectant parents, or holding trespassing teen boys against their will with a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun, he is swearing at his Baby-Tenda employees and allegedly putting their health at risk with asbestos exposure.
The Kansas City Star has been at the forefront in reporting on Jungerman’s antics:
“Jungerman said he didn’t mean to direct his sign at local Democrats. Many of those are old-fashioned Harry Truman Democrats, he said.”
“They’re more conservative than many Republicans,” he said. “I should have put an ad in the paper to explain that. No, I meant the national Democrat parasite base that is sucking this country dry. The ones that just take from the government and not give anything back.”
Ahh, I see, Jungerman is attacking the “national Democrat parasite base,” not the good ol’ town folk. No doubt, most of the local Democrats are white.
And how does Jungerman explain his own parasitic taking of government handouts in farm subsidies?
“That’s just my money coming back to me,” Jungerman, 72, said Monday. “I pay a lot in taxes. I’m not a parasite.”
Steve Benen of Political Animal did a fine job of shooting down Jungerman’s bigoted rationalization:
“It’s also worth noting that Jungerman and his backers may not realize it, but those “parasites” pay taxes, too. There are middle-and lower-class families who have been given a break on their federal income taxes, but they’re still paying sales taxes, state taxes, Social Security taxes, and Medicare/Medicaid taxes. When they get unemployment benefits or food stamps, they’re just getting their “money coming back” to them, too.”
And about Jungerman’s former scummy sales practices; no doubt he is against the very laws and regulations that protected consumers from his fraudulent safety seminars, as big government overreach. But he had no problem piggybacking on the reputation of federal consumer safety organizations to falsely lure customers to his baby furniture sales events. Sounds parasitic, doesn’t it?
And then there is the issue of how little regard Jungerman holds for the health and safety of his factory employees. While appealing former Baby-Tenda employee, Stacey Marie Hedrick’s award of unemployment benefits, Jungerman acknowledged removing insulation in the workplace containing asbestos, which is associated with severe health risks, without warning employees, or taking safeguards to protect them:
In a Labor and Industrial Relations Commission’s hearing, “Jungerman testified that he made the initial determination that the insulation did not contain asbestos. Jungerman said, “I made the initial look at that and made the determination-a very unprofessional determination that it was not asbestos, you know, because you can’t tell unless you check the stuff. But to me it just looked like insulation so I said we’re going to go with it.” Jungerman acknowledged that subsequent tests by OSHA confirmed the presence of some asbestos in the building, but, he said, the Kansas City Health Department and a private asbestos testing consulting firm found no evidence of air contamination.”
The Commission found that Hedrick quit working for Jungerman, due to concerns related to the shoddy asbestos removal. There was also the suggestion that Hedrick was the victim of whistle blower retaliation. When she was found by Jungerman to be away from her work station, he apparently suspected that Hedrick was poking around for evidence of improper asbestos removal.
“During one of those absences, Baby-Tenda’s president, David Jungerman, confronted her and asked her, “What the f_ are you looking for?”
The labor panel found that “Baby-Tenda never provided notice to the employees about the insulation removal.”
The Labor board upheld Hedrick’s right to claim unemployment benefits. Does that make her a parasite?
Read the Consumer Fraud lawsuit against Baby-Tenda below: