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Jim Hightower
Other Words / Op-Ed
Published: Thursday 6 June 2013
Millionaire lawmaker Stephen Fincher is pushing for cuts to food stamps and increases in subsidies that will pad the Tennessee Republican’s own bottom line.

A Frog-Jumping Double Standard on Food Subsidies

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I’ll bet that Mark Twain, who wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” would’ve loved a current saga. I call it “The Jumping Congress Critter of Frog Jump.”

The critter’s name is Representative Stephen Fincher. He’s a millionaire, agribusiness operator, gospel singer, and tea party Republican who was elected to Congress in 2010 from the greater metropolitan area of Frog Jump, Tennessee.

Declaring “limited government” to be his priority, the 40-year-old right-winger recently jumped all over the food stamp budget, demanding that $20 billion (and 2 million poverty-stricken families) be chopped out of the program.

In his attack, Fincher cited an odd moral source to rationalize his minginess toward America’s poor families: The Bible.

“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” declared the Bible-thumping budget-whacker, quoting the Book of Thessalonians. Of course, several passages in the Bible depict Jesus teaching an exact opposite moral code — indeed, a heavenly duty of generosity toward the poor. But Fincher the Austerian was not about to let Jesus trump the tea party’s small-government dogma.

“We have to remember,” the Frog Jumper lectured, that “this is other people’s money that Washington is appropriating and spending.”

Piously put, sir. But then, the Critter from Frog Jump suddenly leapt to another budgetary lily pad. Now, the “limited government” ideologue became a croaking free-spender.

Guess what he’s demanding? A $9 billion increase in a taxpayer subsidy program that protects the income of a few agribusiness outfits like his.

In fact, Fincher is the second-largest recipient of farm subsidies in Congress, having taken at least $3.5 million in “other people’s money” in the past dozen years. For more on this hopping hypocrite, visit the Environmental Working Group’s website at www.ewg.org.

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ABOUT Jim Hightower
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

I hope at his next Town Hall

I hope at his next Town Hall Meeting, someone speaks up about this! We should not have any Congressman taking any Subsidies or money from Lobbyists, or early IPO's investments.

It's too bad we dont have persons assigned to monitor when Congressman speak with sticks with different color mouth sized dots on them that could be put in front of their face: red ( lying) , yellow ( scientifically proven - falsehood) , green (taken subsidies for said programs), blue (taking money from lobbyists for said programs), orange (supporting his party stance) , black (anti- gay, anti- woman, anti- someone else's rights ) , white ( nothing there -- making no sense whatsoever ) .

What's that about rich

What's that about rich passing through the eye of the needle? I hope he loses his next election, and then burns in Hell...

Let's see, that famous bible

Let's see, that famous bible also allegedly had some mean, nasty god ordering the killing of whole cities of people, women and children included. This is why I distrust bible citers. Of course this repugnant representative voted for a bill that would directly benefit him. What would you expect from such crud?

Typical Republican

Typical Republican Congressman.

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