Tennessee Republicans Continue War on the Poor

You don’t have to wait long to observe an act of ignorance from Tennessee Republicans. Tennessee continues to hold the attention of the nation in the art of ignorance and wing-nut legislation. Whether it’s on a state or national stage, leave it to Tennessee Republicans to generate the most outrageous statements or legislation.

Recently, this was once again the case during a bitter debate over the Farm Bill, which also funds food stamps, in the House Agriculture Committee. Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., quoted the Book of Matthew as he noted his opposition to the cuts which would affect the poor.

“[Jesus] says how you treat the least among us, the least of our brothers, that’s how you treat him,” Vargas, noted that Jesus specifically mentions the importance of feeding the hungry.

In a shocking rebuttal – Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, who supports cuts to the program, had his own special Bible verse from the Book of Thessalonians to respond to Vargas: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” he said.

Vargas used morality to give an example of how Jesus directs us to respond to the poor, referencing America’s long time devotion to help those in need. Sadly, local “village” idiot, Stephen Fincher, followed with a quote by Paul. Obviously, Stephen Fincher does not realize that the red words are the words of the Lord and what Jesus says always takes precedence over any person’s opinion.

Stephen Fincher suffers from a gross misunderstanding of Christianity. He’s also opposed to giving people money from the government while he has no problem taking it for himself.

Fincher’s $70,000 farm subsidy haul in 2012 dwarfs the average 2012 SNAP benefit in Tennessee of $1,586.40, and it is nearly double of Tennessee’s median household income. After voting to cut SNAP by more than $20 billion, Fincher joined his colleagues to support a proposal to expand crop insurance subsidies by $9 billion over the next 10 years.

Hypocrite Fincher took from the government $70,000 in farm subsidies. Yet he attempts to use the bible to justify not helping the poor with food stamps? This is simply a clear example of GOP brand of hypocrisy. They continue to give excessive tax breaks and subsidies to the rich and themselves but food stamps are too generous a gift to the poor, according to him. Fincher is another Republican dealing Tennesseans a losing hand.




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