On Food Stamps

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, writing for The New York Times:

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 eliminated 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, who declined to be interviewed for this article, said after his vote in May. In response to a Democrat who invoked the Bible during the food stamp debate in Congress, Mr. Fincher responded with his own biblical phrase. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” he said.

I have a strong dislike toward Senator Fincher; what an asshole. There should be no “debate” here: the government has a responsibility to ensure the well being of its citizens. Making sure people eat to survive is part of it, especially for children and the disabled, etc.

Food is a basic tenent of human survival, right? Right.

(via Glenn Fleishman)