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    Food Stamp Cuts Backed By Farm Subsidy Beneficiaries

    House Agriculture Committee Republicans who vocally supported billions in cuts to federal food assistance are big-time recipients of government help in the form of farm subsidies. Reps. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) both cited the Bible last week to argue that while individual Christians have a responsibility to feed the poor, the federal government does not. "We're all here on this committee making decisions about other people's money," Fincher said. LaMalfa said that while it's nice for politicians to boast about how they've helped their constituents, "That's all someone else's money."

    Yet both men's farms have received millions in federal assistance, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that advocates for more conservation and fewer subsidies. LaMalfa's family rice farm has received more than $5 million in commodity subsidies since 1995, according to the group's analysis of data from the U.S. Agriculture Department. Fincher's farm has received more than $3 million in that time. Last year alone, Fincher's farm received $70,574 and LaMalfa's got $188,570.
    Spokespeople for the congressmen did not respond to requests for comment, but both LaMalfa and Fincher have defended their right to receive subsidies in the past when challenged by conservatives during primary elections. LaMalfa told a California paper that the subsidy system is needed to keep struggling farmers "on life support."

    Fincher has said his farm would have shut down without the subsidies, which he argued protect American farmers from more heavily subsidized foreign competition. "We would be all for not having government in our business," Fincher told the Washington Post in 2010, "but we need a fair system." The federal government's complex system of farm subsidies is supposed to shield farmers from some of the uncertainties inherent to the industry, but critics like the Environmental Working Group say the safety net unfairly benefits the biggest farms at the expense of smaller ones.

    "Fincher's $70,000 farm subsidy haul in 2012 dwarfs the average 2012 SNAP benefit in Tennessee of $1,586.40, and it is nearly double of Tennessee's median household income," Carr wrote in a blog on The Huffington Post. "After voting to cut SNAP by more than $20 billion, Fincher joined his colleagues to support a proposal to expand crop insurance subsidies by $9 billion over the next 10 years."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66gardeners;1061843032

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Well I am glad you finally learned the democratic motto.



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    Didn't that program actually start under Reagan?
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    Didn't that program actually start under Reagan?
    Did cellphones exist when Reagan was President?

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    Did cellphones exist when Reagan was President?
    He led the charge to allow Alzheimer's to be the standard Republican performance mantra. You know, screw 'em all, just gimme mine. And the 1% was born.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    He led the charge to allow Alzheimer's to be the standard Republican performance mantra. You know, screw 'em all, just gimme mine. And the 1% was born.
    The 1% obsession is sour grapes for those who didn't get into PEA or a Final Club at Harvard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Didn't that program actually start under Reagan?
    Actually it was Lincoln.

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    Follow the money and it will always lead you to the answers. Nobody gives a **** about bibles, poverty, wealth, fairness, cruelty or 250 year old documents. It's all about the Benjamins - nothing else.

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    Re: Food Stamp Cuts Backed By Farm Subsidy Beneficiaries

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    He led the charge to allow Alzheimer's to be the standard Republican performance mantra. You know, screw 'em all, just gimme mine. And the 1% was born.
    The 1% has existed since the dawn of civilization. Stop saying stupid crap.

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