A Tea Party Candidate on the Government Dole

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Friday, April 02, 2010 at 11:57 am

Amy Gardner’s profile of Stephen Fincher, a first-time congressional candidate in Tennessee who’s easily won conservative support with an irresistible bio (say it quick — “a gospel-singing farmer from Frog Jump, Tennessee”), reveals that he got almost $2.5 million in farm subsidies from 1995 and 2006. Fincher explains:

He… said the subsidies come with conditions, such as when he was required to spend thousands of dollars building an earthen terrace to control erosion. And without the money, he said, American farmers couldn’t compete with countries that subsidize fuel and fertilizer more generously than the United States.

“People are quick to say with their mouth full, ‘Well, the American farmer is on the dole,’ ” Fincher said. “But a loaf of bread is two bucks when it could be 10 bucks. I know what it is with the government in my business. We would be all for not having government in our business, but we need a fair system.”

The sort of argument a liberal might make, if we’re being honest.

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Ryan C
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

“We would be all for not having government in our business, but we need a fair system.”

Great point David. That is liberalism in a nut shell.


PNUT1
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

Government is only bad when it helps the other guy ! Typical TeaBagger, stupid & hypocritical . This guy is also selling the god con, no thanks Slimy.


chrisjay
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

Tea Party Socialism. Nothing hypocritical about that


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Comment posted April 5, 2010 @ 3:46 am

defines the words STUPID and GALL.


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