June 6, 2013

IT'S NOT WELFARE WHEN WHITE PEOPLE GET IT:

Welfare for the Wealthy (Mark Bittman 6/05/13, NY Times)

[Congressman Stephen Fincher, Republican of Tennessee,] is one of the largest recipients of U.S.D.A. farm subsidies in Tennessee history; he raked in $3.48 million in taxpayer cash from 1999 to 2012, $70,574 last year alone. The average SNAP recipient in Tennessee gets $132.20 in food aid a month; Fincher received $193 a day. (You can eat pretty well on that.) 

Fincher is not alone in disgrace, even among his Congressional colleagues, but he makes a lovely poster boy for a policy that steals taxpayer money from the poor and so-called middle class to pay the rich, while propping up a form of agriculture that's unsustainable and poisonous.

Posted by at June 6, 2013 5:23 AM
  

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