Bible-Quoting GOP Hypocrite

Bible-Quoting GOP Hypocrite

Republican Congressman Stephen 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 gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.”

This Tennessee congressman from the Gospel-singing family knows all about taking money you haven’t worked for. He’s one of the largest recipients of USDA farm subsidies in Tennessee history, grabbing $3.48 million in taxpayer cash from 1999 to 2012. The average SNAP recipient in Mr. Fincher’s home state gets $132.20 in food aid a month.

Congressman Fincher’s stunning SNAP hypocrisy even tops his effrontery in running as a Tea Party Republican while taking Federal handouts hand-over-fist. But how you gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’re on the House Committee on Financial Services? Mr. Fincher is happy to collect election contributions from the big bailed out banks he campaigned against, too. Hallelujah.


“Farm Subsidy Recipient Backs Food Stamp Cuts,” Ron Nixon, New York Times

“GOP Congressman Stephen Fincher On A Mission From God-Starve The Poor While Personally Pocketing Millions In Farm Subsidies,” Rick Ungar, Forbes

“Critics Blast US Farm Subsidy Recipient Rep. Stephen Fincher For Backing Food Stamp Cuts,” Laura Matthews, International Business Times

“Congressman’s Misuse Of Bible Verse Belies Bad Theology And Ideology On Food Stamps,”Jack Jenkins, Think Progress

Above: Rep Stephen Fincher at Lincoln day in Memphis [2:30]


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One Response to “Bible-Quoting GOP Hypocrite”

  1. Is Your Congressman One Of The 13 Who Get Federal Farm Subsidies But Voted To Cut Food Stamps? | The New Civil Rights Movement Says:

    […] Image, top, by Mike Licht via Flickr. Video hat tip Mike Licht at Notions Capital […]

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