So Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher is one of the loudest congressional voices calling for $20 billion in cuts to the food stamp program, using bible verses on the House floor extolling the virtues of doing without.
Mr. Fincher is also a farmer who received $3.5 million in farm subsidies thru the agriculture department from 1999 thru 2012. These are direct payments to farmers & farmland owners whether or not they grow crops.
Regarding the food stamp program, he said “We have to remember there isn’t a big printing press in Washington that continually prints money over and over. This is other people’s money that Washington is appropriating and spending”.
While pushing to cut the food stamp program, he is advocating increasing the farm subsidies he personally benefits from, by $9.5 billion.
My daughter Kaitlyn is a wonderful 18-year-old who is not guilty of anything other than a high school romance, but is being prosecuted for 2 felony counts of “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12—16 years of age,” because she has a girlfriend who is 15.
Kaitlyn’s girlfriend’s parents are pressing charges because they are against the same-sex relationship, even though their daughter has stated that this is a consensual relationship. The two girls began dating while Kaitlyn was 17 but her girlfriend’s parents blamed Kailtyn for their daughter’s homosexuality. They waited until after Kaitlyn turned 18 and went to the police to have charges brought against her.
Kaitlyn was a highly respected student at Florida’s Sebastian River High School with good grades and participation in cheerleading, basketball and chorus. She was even voted “most school spirit.” Now she’s been expelled from school and is facing serious felonies - all because she is in love. If convicted, she could end up in jail or live under house arrest, will have to register as a sex offender, and live her life as a convicted felon.
Our family will do everything we can to stop these people from ruining our daughter’s promising life. This is unjust and unfair - and we need your help to stop it.
"More than 100 million Americans—one-third of the population—live in poverty or a category called “near poverty.” Yet the stories of the poor and the near poor, the hardships they endure, are rarely told by a media that is owned by a handful of corporations—Viacom, General Electric, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., Clear Channel and Disney. The suffering of the underclass, like the crimes of the power elite, has been rendered invisible."