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Mon Nov 11, 2013, 09:52 PM

Meet Your Taxpayer-Subsidized Farm Bill Billionaires!


Oh, SNAP.
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, while Fincher's farm has received more than $3 million since then.

Last year alone, Fincher's farm received $70,574 and LaMalfa's got $188,570.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/11/farm-bill-billionaires_n_4256365.html

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Response to Brainstormy (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 11:30 PM

1. Does this make Fincher and Lamalfa part of Romney's 47% along with Romney whose move

On a pension fund of a company he raided cost tax payers $44M? Yep, but they vote to cut the SNAP.

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Mon Nov 11, 2013, 11:59 PM

2. Subsidies need to become progressive. Phase them out such that only the small farms get them.

If farmer has millions in net worth (beyond value of the land itself), they do not need subsidies.

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Response to Brainstormy (Original post)

Tue Nov 12, 2013, 06:52 AM

3. How come we never heard that same argument while invading Iraq?

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