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Cigar
09-24-2013, 08:19 AM
Ten members of Congress who have benefited from government-funded farm subsidies voted last week to reduce funding for food stamps that help poor people eat.


The lawmakers—all Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives (http://www.allgov.com/departments/legislative-branch/united-states-house-of-representatives?agencyid=7432)—received agriculture subsidies, either directly or indirectly, through trusts or businesses owned by themselves or their spouses.


They personally benefited from a taxpayer-supported program, then turned around and supported legislation to cut $40 billion over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap) (SNAP, commonly known as the “food stamp” program).


The 10 GOP representatives are: Robert Aderholt of Alabama, Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, John Kline of Minnesota, Doug LaMalfa of California, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, Randy Neugebauer of Texas, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Marlin Stutzman of Indiana and Mac Thornberry of Texas.
Rice farmer LaMalfa led the pack. He and his wife, Jill, own one–third of DSL Lamalfa Family Partnership (http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=A09247988), which received $188,570 in direct payments in 2012 and $5,132,156 total since 1995.


The liberal advocacy group Campaign for America’s Future (http://ourfuture.org/) criticized the effort to reduce funding for SNAP, noting that 47 million Americans in the past year have relied on the program while the nation continues to struggle through “our jobless recovery.”


“It’s perverse to weaken our nation’s first line of defense against hunger and poverty by $4 billion per year while giving hundreds of billions to big corporations that don’t need them,” Derek Pugh wrote on the organization’s website.

http://www.allgov.com/news?news=851219


Cotton Subsidies** in Tennessee totaled $1.4 billion from 1995-2012.


Year

Subsidy Amount


1995

$6,838,372


1996

$29,135,802


1997

$26,823,070


1998

$51,315,092


1999

$79,454,859


2000

$103,530,316


2001

$153,028,381


2002

$91,794,754


2003

$91,836,896


2004

$115,991,369


2005

$170,684,203


2006

$129,005,015


2007

$138,250,565


2008

$55,059,739


2009 **

$94,619,174


2010 **

$29,920,362


2011 **

$42,087,857


2012 **

$10,922,716



http://farm.ewg.org/progdetail.php?fips=47000&progcode=cotton

I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation from Republicans ... so here it comes ... :laugh:

Mainecoons
09-24-2013, 08:24 AM
So they are voting against their own self interests. That's pretty unusual and refreshing for Congress people these days.

Thanks for pointing them out.

Cigar
09-24-2013, 08:40 AM
So they are voting against their own self interests. That's pretty unusual and refreshing for Congress people these days.

Thanks for pointing them out.

Hey Einstein ... they separated out the Farm Subsidies from SNAP :rollseyes:

Ravi
09-24-2013, 08:41 AM
Talk about a conflict of interest. I wonder how they'll feel when people stop buying their products (which they will, if they don't have the money to spend). Sometimes Republicans are so amusing.

Cigar
09-24-2013, 08:43 AM
Talk about a conflict of interest. I wonder how they'll feel when people stop buying their products (which they will, if they don't have the money to spend). Sometimes Republicans are so amusing.

I think the word is selfish and stupid

President Wayne
09-24-2013, 08:45 AM
Hey Einstein ... they separated out the Farm Subsidies from SNAP :rollseyes:

In what bill? The last "farm bill" (which would be these subsidies) I saw in the House was 78% SNAP funding. Frankly, I say cut SNAP and farm subsidies. The farmers that need the help don't qualify and the only ones that receive subsidies are corporate farms.

Cigar
09-24-2013, 08:58 AM
In what bill? The last "farm bill" (which would be these subsidies) I saw in the House was 78% SNAP funding. Frankly, I say cut SNAP and farm subsidies. The farmers that need the help don't qualify and the only ones that receive subsidies are corporate farms.

only agree with part of what you said ...

I'm sorry ... but I guess you can call me a bleeding heart liberal ... but I won't apologize for actually having a heart and caring for Children and the Elderly. Someone has to care, and if we're lucky and God Willing ... we'll get old and someone will care about us also. Besides, we already know what countries that don't give a shit about it's people look like, and you'll not see any Republicans flocking to move there either.

Common
09-24-2013, 09:29 AM
Whats totallly disgusting is that they hand out these subsidies in the billions to Big Farmers, Big Oil and Big Pharmaceuticals while trying to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps and give the rich and corporations tax cuts.

Mainecoons
09-24-2013, 10:34 AM
Talk about a conflict of interest. I wonder how they'll feel when people stop buying their products (which they will, if they don't have the money to spend). Sometimes Republicans are so amusing.

Was the fact that they voted against their own self interest too difficult for you to grasp? It would seem so.

You are fitting company for Cigar who very unwittingly posted something good about these people.

However, you can also bet they voted for those subsidies which should be tossed along with other government boondoggles like the Department of (Mal)Education. So they're just more D.C. fat cats feathering their own nests at the expense of everyone else.

Along with their friends across the aisle.

AmazonTania
09-24-2013, 11:25 AM
Good. Thumbs up to anyone who can take advantage of a free lunch.

Mainecoons
09-24-2013, 11:26 AM
We've got a whole city of people doing just that, Amazon. It's called Washington D.C.

:grin:

shaarona
09-24-2013, 11:38 AM
So they are voting against their own self interests. That's pretty unusual and refreshing for Congress people these days.

Thanks for pointing them out.

Michelle Bachman also received Federal subsidies.

http://farm.ewg.org/

Mainecoons
09-24-2013, 11:40 AM
Yep. Are you beginning to get it just how meaningless these party labels are, that the Federal government is just a giant feedbag for the governing elite?

It reminds me of professional wrestling, it is all a put on for the suckers.