GOP Congressman: God Wants the Poor to Starve

GOP Congrassman: God Wants the Poor to Starve

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


“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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3 Responses to “GOP Congressman: God Wants the Poor to Starve”

  1. Paula Dryden Says:

    again, stupid is as stupid does. vote him out.

  2. Thomas Murphy Says:

    Being disabled with epilepsy and as a recipient of SSI, I have been a recipient of food stamps for many years: what about all those folks who aren’t disabled, are under 21 and are hungry? The Repubs are saying all the most wacko, heartless things they can come up with, and using the bible as backup for them. They know that they will all be voted out of office next year, and that this is the last chance they have to get covered by the media. Enjoy your fun while it lasts, dogs…

  3. Bible-Quoting GOP Hypocrite | NotionsCapital Says:

    […] Fincher (R, TN-8) wants to cut $4 billion from the SNAP food subsidy program for the poor. He says God wants the poor to go hungry too, and backs that up by quoting 2 Thessalonians 3:10:  “For even when we were with you, we […]

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