Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher (R, TN-8) wants to cut $4 billion from the SNAP food subsidy program for the poor. Since Mr. Fincher’s political party crashed the economy, 47 million people — one in seven Americans — get this meager food aid, but the Congressman wants them to go hungry. He thinks God does, too, and backs up that assertion by quoting 2 Thessalonians 3:10: “For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.”
Given the record of this obstructive do-nothing Congress, it really sounds like the Bible wants us to shut down dining services in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“GOP Lawmaker Botches Bible to Punish Poor,” Candace Chellew-Hodge, Religion Dispatches
“The Members’ Dining Room,” Office of the Historian, U.S. House of Representatives
“The Case for Food Stamps,” Christopher D. Cook, Los Angeles Times op-ed
“SNAP Is Effective and Efficient,” Dottie Rosenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING UPDATE:
“While Fincher interprets food assistance for the needy as ‘stealing,’ he has not similarly condemned the Farm Bill’s massive agricultural subsidies. In fact, he supported a proposal to expand crop insurance by $9 billion over the next 10 years. Fincher has a great personal stake in maintaining these particular government handouts, as the second most heavily subsidized farmer in Congress and one of the largest subsidy recipients in Tennessee history.”
– “Congressman Who Gets Millions In Farm Subsidies Denounces Food Stamps As Stealing ‘Other People’s Money,’” Aviva Shen, Think Progress
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