In the recent congressional debate about the farm bill, Republicans proposed slashing $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over 10 years. Some holier-than-thou advocates for children call this cruel. Luckily, Rep. Marlin Stutzman sees that the only problem with these cuts is that they dont go far enough. He suggested upping the amount to $30 billion.
You can guess what the reality-based crowd will say to this. Theyll point out Stutzman has taken more than $200,000 from the government for his own farming operations over the past 15 years. Theyll remind us Stutzman has claimed he was forced to take these government handouts when, in fact, he wasnt. They might even use the word hypocrite to describe Stutzman.
But he understands that huge operations like Stutzman Farms need such handouts (more kindly called crop insurance) as protection from the consequences of economic forces beyond their control.
To those who claim the kids of the working poor dont deserve to suffer because of the disastrous fiscal policies of Wall Street either, people like Stutzman have a ready answer: How do you know those little blighters didnt cause the subprime mortgage crisis in the first place?
All of us in Indianas 3rd Congressional District should be thankful that when not being frog-marched to the bank by government thugs and forced to cash those five-digit checks he didnt even ask for, Marlin has devoted time to sorting out the real culprits behind our economic woes: hungry kids.
TED REMINGTON Fort Wayne