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(Wonkette)   Millionaire Republicans vote to increase welfare   (wonkette.com ) divider line
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2013-07-24 02:03:53 PM  
The poor would probably just squander the money, that's why they're poor.
 
2013-07-24 02:09:22 PM  
Yes, but just think about all the jobs they'll create.
 
2013-07-24 02:11:32 PM  

Great_Milenko: Yes, but just think about all the jobs they'll create.


I can feel them trickling down on me!
 
2013-07-24 02:12:27 PM  

EvilEgg: The poor would probably just squander the money, that's why they're poor.


Exactly, these men are merely keeping the money safe from the bla - I mean the poors.
 
2013-07-24 02:12:38 PM  
Blake Farenthold
georgemiller.house.gov

This is a thing
 
2013-07-24 02:18:04 PM  
Where are the fark independents yelling 'Say no to socialism' to these GOP congress members?
 
2013-07-24 02:18:19 PM  

Archae hippy: Blake Farenthold
[georgemiller.house.gov image 180x243]

This is a thing

He looks kind of, unskewed.

 
2013-07-24 02:18:51 PM  
georgemiller.house.gov

guy looks like a douchebag version of Larry Miller
 
2013-07-24 02:20:05 PM  
 
2013-07-24 02:22:16 PM  

Archae hippy: Blake Farenthold
[georgemiller.house.gov image 180x243]

This is a thing


i.imgur.com

Manchy kabook noonee, Solo.
 
2013-07-24 02:24:01 PM  
Is this on FreeRepublic yet - I bet they are outraged
 
2013-07-24 02:26:16 PM  

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Hmm, Biscuits.

 
2013-07-24 02:29:57 PM  
"His specialty was alfalfa, and he made a good thing out of not growing any. The government paid him well for not growing any. Thee government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more money the government gave him, and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfalfa he did not produce. Major Major's father worked without rest at not growing alfalfa. On long winter evenings he remained indoors and did not mend harness, and he sprang out of bed at the crack of noon every day just to make certain that the chores would not be done. He invested in land wisely and soon was not growing more alfalfa than any other man in the country"
 
2013-07-24 02:31:14 PM  

Archae hippy: Blake Farenthold
[georgemiller.house.gov image 180x243]

This is a thing


And I assume a result of getting called Holdenfart on the playground.
 
2013-07-24 02:33:57 PM  
Oblig  www.texasmonthly.com
 
2013-07-24 02:35:32 PM  

StubhyGraham: Oblig  [www.texasmonthly.com image 610x384]



Damn you, I was just going to post Farenthold pajama pics...
 
2013-07-24 02:38:43 PM  

Arkanaut: Yeah, those farmers really need help:


that is probably why 2/3 of all farmers and ranchers in my state are not taking any of these subsidies.

And don't forget that these programs are not just about farmers needing help.  It is for price stability and environmental reasons as well.  This is not just there for the farmers.  It is there for the overall public as well.
 
2013-07-24 02:38:52 PM  
images.politico.com

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-24 02:39:33 PM  

StubhyGraham: Oblig


The only farm Farenthold has been near is Pepperidge Farm.
 
2013-07-24 02:40:17 PM  
from the sidebar and I just had to post:
www.wonkettebazaar.com
/off the RTFA
 
2013-07-24 02:42:25 PM  
Dude's got hisself moar chin than a Chinese phone book.
 
2013-07-24 02:47:48 PM  
Marlin Stutzman, hooray my POS Representative made it on the list!

For me not for thee, eh?
 
2013-07-24 02:48:31 PM  

Archae hippy: Blake Farenthold


This is a thing


What's with the jewfro on that dude?
 
2013-07-24 02:48:39 PM  

Archae hippy: Blake Farenthold
[georgemiller.house.gov image 180x243]

This is a thing


Is he related to Big McLargehuge, Blast Hardcheese or Punt Speedchunk?
 
2013-07-24 02:49:06 PM  

Arkanaut: Yeah, those farmers really need help:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/06/20/house_farm_bill.html


The crazy thing about the farm bill is it is the perfect example of stupid lawmaking in how much of the bill is designed to just spin wheels. It's got subsidies designed to encourage farming to lower food prices while at the same time have price and supply controls that set floors on how cheap food can be. This is as close as the US gets to socialism, and it's embraced by people who warn of socialism the most.
 
2013-07-24 02:52:31 PM  
Any surprised by this has been watching Fox News.
 
2013-07-24 02:53:31 PM  
Prediction:
2012 - Cut $2Billion in SNAP support
2013 - Big Agra: "We're $2Billion short from 2011, we need moar subsidies!!1"
 
2013-07-24 02:53:37 PM  

Grungehamster: This is as close as the US gets to socialism, and it's embraced by people who warn of socialism the most.


As a conservative, I don't mind goverment intervention into keeping farmers in business while keeping food prices stable.  If you are going to have a stable foundation as a civilization, you start with plentiful and cheap food and a steady ag sector.  Those that see this sector as needing to be laissez faire are playing with fire.

Not so say that the farm bill doesn't need work, because it does.
 
2013-07-24 02:53:40 PM  

Cheron: "His specialty was alfalfa, and he made a good thing out of not growing any. The government paid him well for not growing any. Thee government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more money the government gave him, and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfalfa he did not produce. Major Major's father worked without rest at not growing alfalfa. On long winter evenings he remained indoors and did not mend harness, and he sprang out of bed at the crack of noon every day just to make certain that the chores would not be done. He invested in land wisely and soon was not growing more alfalfa than any other man in the country"


Yes, but I also have an anecdotal story about a woman who got a job, but she couldn't afford the child care so she could work. Also the income would mean she wouldn't get welfare benefits so she got herself fired.  QED BSABSVR.
 
2013-07-24 02:55:20 PM  

EvilEgg: The poor would probably just squander the money, that's why they're poor.


Do people really believe this? The richest people in the country inherited their wealth and then bleat on about handouts to the poor and their taxes.
 
2013-07-24 02:56:05 PM  
Price stability and ensuring a consistent supply is the real reason for farm subsidies. Farmers' over or under planting of crops was a major national problem for decades. The price of crop A would rise so farmers would plant lots and the price would crash, farms would be lost and then shortages would follow. While there are tons of outdated bits and lots of pork, farm subsidies are one of the better things that the federal government does.
 
2013-07-24 02:56:57 PM  

HeadLever: Grungehamster: This is as close as the US gets to socialism, and it's embraced by people who warn of socialism the most.

As a conservative, I don't mind goverment intervention into keeping farmers in business while keeping food prices stable.  If you are going to have a stable foundation as a civilization, you start with plentiful and cheap food and a steady ag sector.  Those that see this sector as needing to be laissez faire are playing with fire.

Not so say that the farm bill doesn't need work, because it does.


Socialismszisms!!!!1!!
 
2013-07-24 02:57:30 PM  

TheGogmagog: Cheron: "His specialty was alfalfa, and he made a good thing out of not growing any. The government paid him well for not growing any. Thee government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more money the government gave him, and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfalfa he did not produce. Major Major's father worked without rest at not growing alfalfa. On long winter evenings he remained indoors and did not mend harness, and he sprang out of bed at the crack of noon every day just to make certain that the chores would not be done. He invested in land wisely and soon was not growing more alfalfa than any other man in the country"

Yes, but I also have an anecdotal story about a woman who got a job, but she couldn't afford the child care so she could work. Also the income would mean she wouldn't get welfare benefits so she got herself fired.  QED BSABSVR.


While both sides are bad only one side reads and recognises a literary quote. Catch-22
 
2013-07-24 02:58:37 PM  

p the boiler: Is this on FreeRepublic yet - I bet they are outraged


They might actually work up some fake outrage about RINOs, but somehow it'll still be Fartbongo's fault.
 
2013-07-24 03:01:15 PM  

TheGogmagog: Cheron: "His specialty was alfalfa, and he made a good thing out of not growing any. The government paid him well for not growing any. Thee government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more money the government gave him, and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfalfa he did not produce. Major Major's father worked without rest at not growing alfalfa. On long winter evenings he remained indoors and did not mend harness, and he sprang out of bed at the crack of noon every day just to make certain that the chores would not be done. He invested in land wisely and soon was not growing more alfalfa than any other man in the country"

Yes, but I also have an anecdotal story about a woman who got a job, but she couldn't afford the child care so she could work. Also the income would mean she wouldn't get welfare benefits so she got herself fired.  QED BSABSVR.


*WHOOSH*

That went way over your head.  Yossarian would not approve.
 
2013-07-24 03:01:38 PM  

Mugato: The richest people in the country inherited their wealth and then bleat on about handouts to the poor and their taxes.


I happen to know for a fact George W and Rick Perry worked very, very hard to earn their C- grades in college.
 
2013-07-24 03:03:13 PM  

Princess Ryans Knickers: Socialismszisms!!!!1!!


We all have to eat.  Ironically, this is where socialism kind of fell on its face.
 
2013-07-24 03:04:35 PM  

HeadLever: Arkanaut: Yeah, those farmers really need help:

that is probably why 2/3 of all farmers and ranchers in my state are not taking any of these subsidies.

And don't forget that these programs are not just about farmers needing help.  It is for price stability and environmental reasons as well.  This is not just there for the farmers.  It is there for the overall public as well.


Just out of curiosity, which state is that, oh bootstrappy one?

Price stability would be a fine reason, but I thought food prices have been going up in recent years. Why would we need to give farmers more money when they're already getting it from their customers?
 
2013-07-24 03:07:12 PM  
 
2013-07-24 03:07:14 PM  
Not only did Rep. Miller (D-Honey Badgerville) release this report, and not only did he call his colleagues out by name, but he straight up put photos of each of the offending members on his website, in case anyone was interested, because George Miller DOESN'T GIVE A fark.

He was my congressman for twenty years when I lived in CoCo County. Loved that. Now I've got McDermott. Love that, too.
 
2013-07-24 03:07:58 PM  

HeadLever: Princess Ryans Knickers: Socialismszisms!!!!1!!

We all have to eat.  Ironically, this is where socialism kind of fell on its face.


Are you thinking of communism?
 
2013-07-24 03:09:35 PM  
georgemiller.house.gov

static5.businessinsider.com
 
2013-07-24 03:09:39 PM  
I bet they all have refrigerators.  Every one of them.
 
2013-07-24 03:11:10 PM  

HeadLever: Grungehamster: This is as close as the US gets to socialism, and it's embraced by people who warn of socialism the most.

As a conservative, I don't mind goverment intervention into keeping farmers in business while keeping food prices stable.  If you are going to have a stable foundation as a civilization, you start with plentiful and cheap food and a steady ag sector.  Those that see this sector as needing to be laissez faire are playing with fire.

Not so say that the farm bill doesn't need work, because it does.


Yep, it also puts us on a better footing in case of war or other emergencies. The people who are paid to "not grow food", are required and inspected on their upkeep of fertile ground. It is to this nations advantage that we have X acres of fertile ground ready to grow crows in case of emergency, this X should be above current need if imports are cut off or drought affects large sections of the country.
 
2013-07-24 03:11:26 PM  

You want to end farm subsidies altogether, you'll get no argument from me. Or is it that you're okay with tossing money at wealthy farmers if we keep increasing the number of people on food stamps as well? As long as everybody gets some pork, all's right with the world?


Remember when Democrats and Republicans really really hated budget deficits? Guess those days are gone.



i39.tinypic.com
 
2013-07-24 03:12:15 PM  

MindStalker: grow crows


grow crops.

where is my edit button? where.
 
2013-07-24 03:15:02 PM  

Arkanaut: Just out of curiosity, which state is that, oh bootstrappy one?


this one

We are not even the lowest here.   In general, not many of the farmers/ranchers in the 'bootstrappy' intermountain west states receive subsidies. The states where most farmers recieve subsidies are in the northern plains and the midwest.  Generally, if you think corn = subsidies, you will be mostly correct when it comes to the states where most farmers recieve subsidies.
 
2013-07-24 03:18:32 PM  

MindStalker: MindStalker: grow crows

grow crops.

where is my edit button? where.


You know nothing.
 
2013-07-24 03:19:27 PM  

Mugato: EvilEgg: The poor would probably just squander the money, that's why they're poor.

Do people really believe this? The richest people in the country inherited their wealth and then bleat on about handouts to the poor and their taxes.


I don't believe it entirely, but there are some people who are just stupid with money.  If they were rich rich they probably wouldn't become poor quickly.  But if the were just middle class they would find themselves broke in short order.
 
2013-07-24 03:23:23 PM  
By the way, how's that separate SNAP bill doing in the house? Have they managed to get it written yet?
 
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