Something to defend

There are those who will defend the stupidity no matter what.

So I will be interested to see how the usual apologists defend this.

When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey a lot of people in Washington did not vote for needed relief funds.

The Oklahoma delegation was against it, as was that from Colorado.

Then there were the Oklahoma tornadoes in May and the Colorado floods at the end of the summer, and both delegations voted for federal relief for their home areas.

This past July the House of Representatives voted to remove Food Stamps from the Farm Bill. The two parts had been united in one Bill for decades. The reason for this was simply to make sure that the needs of the poor would be united with the needs of the rich. Without this, the more powerful rich might be able to greatly reduce the Food Stamp bill to the detriment of the poor and the advantage of the rich,

But, of course, we all know that principled people would not take from the poor and give to the rich. It is un-American.

Now, there will be those who find justification in cutting that $40 Billion form the SNAP program citing exaggerated abuse and corruption in the system, and, thinking about Little House on the Prairie, will defend farm subsidies thinking about the little family farms instead of the more real image of the big farming conglomerates.

They might also defend the idea that Food Stamp recipients have to work 20 hours a week while ignoring that unemployment is at a 7.3% rate.

While proclaiming defunding the Affordable Care Act “a victory for commonsense” this week because , “At a time when the economy is barely eking along, wages aren’t increasing, new jobs aren’t available, and what are we doing? We’re putting more costs and more inconvenience on the American people”, John Boehner seemed unaware that gutting food stamps and demanding that people who need to eat have to find work in a crises where by his own admission the economy is barely eking along, wages aren’t increasing, and new jobs Aren’t available.

He apparently doesn’t see that you can’t look at the economy one way when you want to defend “Obamacare” and another when you want to gut Food Stamps.

What many people may not know or may choose to ignore when presented with the facts is that there were 13 Congress members who directly benefited by their vote to defund SNAP while supporting farm subsidies.

Back in July, when Congress stripped the food stamps bill from the farm subsidies bill, 13 Congressmen who voted for that attack on the poor were Republicans, members of the party of righteousness, who are themselves recipients of farm subsidies. 

On this past week’s bill they did it again.

One of them, Rep. Stephen Fincher, a Tennessee Republican, had used the Bible to defend his first vote by quoting 2 Thessalonians 3:10: ‘For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat”.

He has gotten $3,483,824 in farm subsidies which did not include any other possible government insurance assistance.

While these 13 Republican subsidy recipients dumped 47 million people from nutrition aid, they received a total of $7.2 million in subsidies.

These are those 13 Republicans who could have abstained since they were voting money out of people’s mouths and into their own pockets, but chose to vote for their own benefit.

Robert Aderholt–Alabama 4th District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $207,426. Net Worth: $506,019 to $5,815,999
Blake Farenthold–Texas 27th District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $1,205. Net Worth: $9,659,099 to $38,785,999
Stephen Fincher –Tennessee 8th District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $3,483,824. Net Worth: -$1,149,999 to $204,995
Vicky Hartzler–Missouri 4th District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $516,000. Net Worth: $2,218,026 to $13,854,995
John Kline–Minnesota 2nd District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $6,548 .Net Worth: $248,009 to $645,000
Doug LaMalfa–California 1st District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $1,710,385. Net Worth: $1,268,007 to $5,596,000
Tom Latham–Iowa 3rd District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $313,776. Net Worth: $2,315,175 to $7,650,167
Frank Lucas-Oklahoma 3rd District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $40,613. Net Worth: -$264,990 to $1,059,995
Cynthia Lummis–Wyoming At-Large: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $14,289. Net Worth: $7,252,036 to $30,584,999
Randy Neugebauer–Texas 18th District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $4,321. Net Worth: $6,560,080 to $19,129,998
Kristi Noem–South Dakota At-Large: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $503,751. Net Worth: -$464,992 to $674,999
Marlin Stutzman–Indiana 3rd District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $196,268. Net Worth: $14,019 to $1,082,999

Mac Thornberry–Texas 13th District: Total Farm Subsidies Received: $29,774. Net Worth: $241,007 to $580,000

Defend.
 

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