I don’t expect right wingers and tea party types to get this because they seem to be more focused on their neighbor that may be struggling and in need of government assistance like food stamps, and school lunches that we the taxpayers fund than they are about a rich government official raking in farm subsidies that we the taxpayers also fund. However, it won’t stop me from pointing out what I think is the wrong angle of thinking. From the New York Times:
“A Tennessee congressman who supports billions of dollars in cuts to the food stamp program is one of the largest recipients of federal farm subsidies, according to new annual data released by a Washington environmental group. Using Agriculture Department data, researchers at the Environmental Working Group found that Representative Stephen Fincher, a Republican and a farmer from Frog Jump, Tenn., collected nearly $3.5 million in subsidies from 1999 to 2012. The data is part of the research group’s online farm subsidy database from which the group issues a report each year.
In 2012 alone, the data shows, Mr. Fincher received about $70,000 in direct payments, money that is given to farmers and farmland owners, even if they do not grow crops.”
Is this entitlement okay in the eyes of tea partiers and conservatives who rail against big government? After all, isn’t it a Republican and conservative that is receiving those entitlements? Do both of these instances equally upset them? If not, why not? And if so, where’s the outrage?
Look, I’m just asking questions. What line of thinking does one have to hold to be able to snirl one’s nose and roll one’s eyes at the poor folks in need of assistance and not bat an eye at the dude receiving assistance when he doesn’t need it? Have some of us been conditioned to follow these goobers because they profess to be Christian and or they propose to get the country’s out-of-control finances in order?
I know there is fraud and scammers in the food stamp program, in the welfare system, and other government assistance programs and it should be dealt with. But here’s the deal- neither I nor most people reading this will ever need a farm subsidy. Nor will we need or use an offshore tax shelter that some corporations use. However, it is not out of the realm of possibilities that I and most reading this message could someday find ourselves in need of government assistance.
Last week Congressman Fincher had this to say about his stance on cutting billions from the food stamp program: “The role of citizens, of Christians, of humanity is to take care of each other, but not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country.” I couldn’t agree more, Mr. Fincher. So when you feel the shame of being an arrogant hypocrite, feel free to return the unnecessary and unneeded government subsidies that I and we the taxpayers provided you.
By the way, when Mr. Fincher provides his drug test results as a requirement for receiving federal taxpayer funds, I will support his efforts to require all welfare recipients to also supply drug tests before receiving government assistance. After all, one has to be on drugs to have the gall to even suggest something like cutting billions in food stamps, considering the 3.5 million dollars in government welfare that he’s collected (stolen) over the years.