About that Farm Bill? Lots of Pork but none of it edible, and lots of right wing piggies at the public trough.

Blame Minnesota conservatives for electing greedy conservative pigs to Congress, right wingers who want to enrich themselves out of the taxpayer’s pockets.

Remember all that fuss about pork in government spending — you know, the stuff the right complains all the time about the left doing?  Remember all that stuff about smaller, better government?  Remember all that nonsense about how the government should not pick winners and losers? 

If you hear one more word, EVER, from the GOP or the crackpot Tea Partiers about responsible government, smaller government, less pork, or the deficit, or the government picking winners or losers — remind them of this, and what epic hypocrites and liars they are for saying that, but passing H.R 2642.  H.R. 2642 is wasteful, it adds dramatically to the national debt, and it puts money directly into their pockets.  This legislation serves special interests – including exclusively some of those same Republican members of Congress.

There was an attempt, by a democrat, to bar members of Congress from taking these subsidies.  It was rejected and defeated by the Republicans.

We have members of Congress directly receiving enormous amounts of farm subsidies, or their families receiving them, like Michele Bachmann, like John Kline, and we see Republicans plowing even more Pork/Earmarks/special interest government spending into the just-passed Farm Bill.

It is massive hypocrisy when people who need assistance just to keep body and soul together, in large measure due to the right wing efforts to redistribute wealth to the 1%, are denied such assistance so as to be able to continue to function, at the very least, as the working poor, while the rich get richer off our tax dollars.  And that includes members of Congress and their families, and BIG AG.

It is even bigger stupidity, when people won’t be able to buy the food produced by Big Ag, without food stamps, so they will be stuck with it, unable to sell what the corporations produce.

This bill passed on an entirely partisan vote — including our three GOP ‘takers’ from Minnesota:
from http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h353:

  Yea 216
 
 
50%
216 0
  Nay 208
 
 
48%
12 196
Not Voting 11
 
 
                       3%
  6    5
Required: Simple Majority

And from the same source, here is the vote of the MN contingent. 

Minnesota
Nay   D   Walz, Timothy MN 1st
Yea   R   Kline, John MN 2nd
Yea   R   Paulsen, Erik MN 3rd
Nay   D   McCollum, Betty MN 4th
Nay   D   Ellison, Keith MN 5th
Yea   R   Bachmann, Michele MN 6th
Nay   D   Peterson, Collin MN 7th
Nay   D   Nolan, Richard MN 8th