BCNews Talks Farm Bill With Congressman Fincher

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BCnews’ ongoing trek through the political tall grass of double-speak and self-aggrandizement, searching for that elusive nugget / needle-in-the-political haystack, called Truth. Today, Rep. Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee, explains why the government needs to reduce spending in the Farm Bill on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program that provides food to poor families:

Representative Stephen Fincher, Tennessee, blondcounty

BCnews: “Sir, is it true you voted for a farm bill that omitted food stamps?”

 

Representative Stephen Fincher, blondcounty

“There is not a big printing press in Washington that continually prints money over and over…”

Matthew Yglesias in Slate: There in fact is a printing press—several of them—right here in Washington, D.C. that does exactly that. It is located at the corner of C Street and 14th Street Southwest and tours are available to the public. It’s about a 30 minute walk from Fincher’s office in the Longworth House Office Building or you can take Metro’s Blue or Orange lines from the Capitol South station to the Smithsonian station for a faster ride. I’ve actually never been, but I did tour the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Center in Fort Worth, Texas one time and it was quite interesting. If Fincher prefers a more outside the beltway experience, he might want to check that out.

Reprentative Stephen Fincher, blondcounty

“But sir, between 1999 and 2012, didn’t you receive $3.5 million dollars in farm subsidies? Isn’t that money printed in DC too?”

Meanwhile, in addition to being ignorant, Fincher is a bit of a moral obscenity:

Surrounded by corn and soybean farms—including one owned by the local Republican congressman, Representative Stephen Fincher—Dyersburg, about 75 miles north of Memphis, provides an eye-opening view into Washington’s food stamp debate. Mr. Fincher, who was elected in 2010 on a Tea Party wave and collected nearly $3.5 million in farm subsidies from the government from 1999 to 2012, recently voted for a farm bill that omitted food stamps.

“The role of citizens, of Christianity, of humanity, is to take care of each other, not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country,” Mr. Fincher, whose office did not respond to interview requests, said after his vote in May. In response to a Democrat who invoked the Bible during the food stamp debate in Congress, Mr. Fincher cited his own biblical phrase. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” he said.

Representative Stephen Fincher, blondcounty

Yglesias: The problem with Fincher isn’t that he’s scooped up farm subsidies, it’s that the appropriations bill he’s votes for continues to direct huge subsidies to rich farmers like himself even while he preaches the evils of government spending to support the poor.

Summation: Why be in Congress if you can’t feather your own nest to the max, while denying feathers to those who actually need feathers?

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Jerry Collamer is a creative communications specialist. Backgrounds in National Advertising and Television Communication. Writer. Artist. Native Californian with a world-view career arch. Pragmatic and common sense urban activist -- co-founder of Wild Heritage Planners.