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Food Stamp Hypocrisy

[ 49 ] May 25, 2013 |

A special day for Republican hypocrisy on food stamps.

In the Senate, you have our old friend, Louisiana’s David Vitter:

Vitter presented the bill as prohibiting “convicted murderers, rapists, and pedophiles” from food stamp benefits. And in general those are the categories – murder, rape, aggravated sexual assault, domestic violence where sexual assault is involved, child molestation, and so on. No senator would vote to “give” violent offenders federal benefits, and in this case they didn’t have to. Rather than put the amendment up for a vote, the manager of the farm bill, Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow, merely accepted the amendment into the base bill. The amendment was agreed to by unanimous consent, which is to say that nobody objected to it on the floor. In reality, it’s unlikely that most senators even knew the amendment’s contents.

Vitter conveniently left solicitation of prostitution off his felony list. Wonder why.

In the House, Stephen Fincher, Tea Partier extraordinaire who represents TN-8.

The Tea Party caucus member from Tennessee’s 8th district justifies taking food out of the mouths of millions of hungry children and their parents by quoting the Book of Thessalonians: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” He also quoted, a verse from the 26th chapter of Matthew, which says the “poor will always be with us.”

“The role of citizens, of Christians, of humanity is to take care of each other,” the congressman concedes, but quickly adds “not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country.”

He’s a principled man about these issues:

How much exactly has the Tennessee legislator received from hard working American taxpayers? Together with his father and brother, who farm over 2500 acres for cotton in five counties, roughly 8.9 million dollars in cotton subsidies over the last 10 years, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Rep. Fincher, who is the second largest recipient of farm subsidies in the United States Congress– and that is saying a lot– wants to increase federal crop insurance by a whopping 9 billion dollars over the next 10 years. The congressman has not said how much more he would personally reap if these additional federal subsidies are enacted.

Can’t make this stuff up.

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  1. N__B says:

    There are all sorts of ways to identify assholes, but I have to say that anyone who refers to ordinary taxation as stealing makes it very easy.

  2. Shakezula says:

    Ah yes, more well-padded pompous fucks smugly announcing that other people must suffer because Ayn Rand Angry Infantile Sky Dude says so.

    It’s crass, it’s ugly, and that reading of Matt is particularly misguided. That’s why I’m calling it now: This is the GOPcons’ new talking point. Soon we’ll see Gregory nodding his great useless head as McCain solemnly informs him that the Bible calls for privation and suffering which can only be alleviated by private individuals tossing crusts and coins at beggars.

  3. fka AWS says:

    FSM, I hate when they Bible-pick verses to back up their shitty behavior.

    • RepubAnon says:

      This has long been a Kristian* trait: “if you use the Bible to justify your own profligacy, your crime is akin to a man who distills poison from the most healthful and necessary of herbs.” (Ivanhoe: Rebecca to Templar Brian du Bois Guilbert.)

      *Christians, like Jimmy Carter, follow Christ’s teachings. Kristians are fake Christians, and use selective reading of the Bible and cropped quotes to defend their opposition to Christ’s philosophy.

    • sibusisodan says:

      FSM, I hate when they Bible-pick verses to back up their shitty behavior.

      Yes. I also hate it that it now appears to be a competition to come up with the most twisted reading of the bible to justify this crap.

      Pointing it out won’t have any affect, either. Pointing out that the same Paul also commands Christians to pay their damn taxes and honour their rulers won’t help either. Ridicule is pretty much all I got. Any better ideas out there?

      • fka AWS says:

        Any better ideas out there?

        Sadly, no.

      • Shakezula says:

        Never any harm in pointing it out. At the very least these fuckers hate it when a DFH shows off their Bible learnin’. The expressions of puzzled fury, so ‘dorable!

        However, I’m of the opinion the very worst thing we can do to these assholes is to be really quiet when they’re talking so the recording is nice and clear.

        Yes, the Base is overwhelmingly conservative Christian, but even if you get 100% of the 27% to agree that it is Very Sweet to Starve for One’s Country (good luck), you still have to do something about the remaining 73% who are now picking up the pitchforks and torches.

        • NonyNony says:

          They’ll tell you “the Devil can quote scripture for his own purposes” stick their fingers in their ears and ignore you.

          Though it’s fun to insist that they find the chapter and verse for that quote in their Bibles.

          • Green Caboose says:

            Yep. They’ll also demand an absolutely literal interpretation of the passages they quote but can come up with incredibly imaginative ways to write off passages they don’t like. Just ask them about the Camel-Eye-Needle passage – which appears in all 4 gospels. They’ve all been taught by their ultra-rich betters that this REALLY was a reference to a gate in Jerusalem called “The Needle” (there wasn’t – but try telling that to people who believe that Noah’s Ark was real) and that in fact Camels could get through “The Needle”.

            The ability to rationalize any fact away is the first qualification of a conservative.

          • RepubAnon says:

            It would be even more fun to point out that if the Devil can quote Scripture for his own purposes, and they’re quoting Scripture for their own purposes, logically, they must be the Devil.

    • demz taters says:

      It’s no coincidence that they approach the Constitution in exactly the same way.

  4. No, sadly, nowadays, you CAN’T make this stuff up.

    But, 25 years ago, if you wrote a futuristic political novel with characters like this, your Editor would call in your friends and family members to help stage an intervention, since it’s should be obvious to anyone and everyone that you’re hooked on some mind altering substance, and abusing it.

    S/He’d say, “In what dark recesses of your psyche, do you come up with stuff like this?
    In real life, the characters you’ve created could never get elected dog-catcher, let alone to the House or Senate, or as Governor, or run for President, because no one would be stupid, ignorant, or insane, enough to vote for people like that.
    Now, GET THEE TO A NUTTERY!!!
    And when you come back, try writing about nature, or something else that’s soothing. But, no science fiction – and, NO MORE POLITICS!!!!!”

    And yet, earlier this week, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R – Uranus) rebuked a female witness for NOT bringing her fetus, which had no brain activity, to term, and instead, had it aborted.

    I guess Ol’ Louie must have figured, “Hell, my Mama carried ME to term, so what’s the big deal?”

    • RepubAnon says:

      Just say no to rational thought – Vote Republican!

    • anthrofred says:

      I’m sure Gohmert would have supported bills funding the care necessary to support the mother throughout pregnancy medically and financially. No doubt about it.

    • DocAmazing says:

      But, 25 years ago, if you wrote a futuristic political novel with characters like this, your Editor would call in your friends and family members to help stage an intervention, since it’s should be obvious to anyone and everyone that you’re hooked on some mind altering substance, and abusing it.

      Philip K. Dick’s best stuff was more like 35-45 years ago…

  5. RepubAnon says:

    On a side note: isn’t it amusing that farmers receiving federal crop subsidies call other recipients of government aid “moochers”?

    • Green Caboose says:

      It’s a common trait, oddly, amongst those most dependent on the government. I mean, of course, those in the military and those who graduated from military itself to the military industrial complex.

    • Shakezula says:

      You mean like the dummies who scream we should cut food stamps because welfare queens Caddies and steaks even though they too get food stamps?

      I think it is funny, but I have a fucked up sense of humor.

      • sparks says:

        When I first heard the “Welfare queen in a Cadillac” quote, it reminded me of a woman who used food stamps in the grocery store I worked at in the late ’70s. Her car was a worn, battered ’62 deVille, and ran on 7 cylinders. Since I lived in CA (and one time less than a mile away from RR), I figured Reagan must’ve seen the same woman.

    • Mike G says:

      It’s almost a mathematical equation. The people who screech loudest about “moochers” and “taxation as theft” are almost always heavily dependent (or were in the past) on government spending — military, fed, state or local gov jobs, employees of businesses whose predominant customer is the government (defense contractors), subsidized farmers, Medicare, VA and Social Security beneficiaries, etc. Take a look at a teatard rally and try to spot someone NOT living off government benefits…which they of course “earned” unlike all of “those people.”

      I once had a low-income rightard acquaintance, living in Section 8 (gov-subsidized) housing, who lived mostly off a lawsuit settlement with the county, complain to me about his income taxes with complete unawareness.

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  7. Mudge says:

    As I have noted elsewhere, convicted murderers, rapists and pedophilies do not easily get jobs. Now they will not be able to eat. It costs more to feed them in prison. It costs on average $24,000 a year to incarcerate a felon. The yearly SNAP benefit is in the range of $1800. Vitter should, if he were able, do the math. Certainly, he has no humanitarian instincts towards ex-felons who have served their sentences.

    • anthrofred says:

      That solicitation is on the list really grabbed me. While I wouldn’t go so far as to claim that it’s is always and everywhere involuntary, the relationship between poverty, lack of choice, and sex work is well-established. Another wonderful plank in the Republican war on women in the name of morality.

    • fka AWS says:

      You raise a good point: how many of these folks would commit other crimes just so they can go back to prison for three squares and a cot?

      • anthrofred says:

        If I’m critically wounded, you bet my uninsured ass will be thinking about it.

        Of course, the conservative logic here exists in a bit of a loop: you’re unemployed / without benefits because you’re shiftless, and you’re a criminal because you’re shiftless, nothing to see here, goodnight.

        • Cody says:

          Isn’t this the ideal cycle?

          Now that you’re a criminal we can take away all your rights and employ you in our prisons for relatively cheap.

    • cpinva says:

      “As I have noted elsewhere, convicted murderers, rapists and pedophilies do not easily get jobs. Now they will not be able to eat. It costs more to feed them in prison.”

      that would be the whole point. a full private prison is a profitable private prison. if you put people in the position of having to commit crimes, just for basic necesseties, you’ll quickly fill those empty prison beds. always follow the money.

  8. Mudge says:

    Solicitation is not included. But I am sure Vitter considers himself a victim of it. Republicans do that.

  9. anthrofred says:

    Those diapers were asking for it.

  10. herr doktor bimler says:

    a verse from the 26th chapter of Matthew, which says the “poor will always be with us.”

    A lot of people seem to read that as an instruction.

  11. Informant says:

    Vitter conveniently left solicitation of prostitution off his felony list.

    In what jurisdictions is solicitation of prostitution a felony?

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