Stephen Fincher, a Republican Congressman out of Tennessee, thinks Jesus would not stand for food stamps. If people don’t do the work, so sayeth Fincher, they shouldn’t eat. As for those who do work and still can’t make ends meet or those who are incapable of work, well, sucks to be them. CHRIST#1FOREVER AMIRITE???
…the New York Times reports todayfrom Dyerburg, Tenn., where reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg talked to some low-income locals in dire straits. A struggling mechanic hunts doves and squirrels to help feed his family, and limits himself to one meal a day. A woman who left her job skinning hogs at a slaughterhouse when she became ill with cancer also said she only eats once a day.
And then there’s their congressman, Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), who’s eager to make their lives much more difficult.
“The role of citizens, of Christianity, of humanity, is to take care of each other, not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country,” Mr. Fincher, whose office did not respond to interview requests, said after his vote in May. In response to a Democrat who invoked the Bible during the food stamp debate in Congress, Mr. Fincher cited his own biblical phrase. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” he said.
Wouldn’t it just be hilarious (and a little sad) if government handouts for work not done made Stephen Fincher rich? Yes. Yes it would.
Fincher collected nearly $3.5 million in taxpayer-financed farm subsidies from 1999 to 2012, including roughly $70,000 just last year in the form of direct payments from Washington, paid for by you and me.
Doesn’t the bible say a few harsh things about hypocrites?
A commenter on my facebook says:
I love that he says it’s the role of the citizens to take care of one another, and then doesn’t like the process government has developed to do exactly that. Moronic.