Federal aid should only go affluent, rural white people

This Food Stamp/Ag Aid article from the New York Times starts with a zinger and revs up from there. The debate over the Farm Bill is the Republican dilemma in microcosm:

Thomas Bond, a cotton grower whose onetime 8,500-acre partnership of farms received $4 million in federal subsidies in the last seven years, thinks that many residents in the surrounding Mississippi Delta need food stamps. But he says the program is too big and rife with fraud.

“There are a lot of people on food stamps who shouldn’t be,” Mr. Bond said in a recent interview at the Yazoo Country Club. “They could be working, but don’t.”

Chris Ladd is a Texan living in the Chicago area. He has been involved in grassroots Republican politics for most of his life. He was a Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago until he resigned from the party and his position after the 2016 Republican Convention. He can be reached at gopliferchicago at gmail dot com.

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33 comments on “Federal aid should only go affluent, rural white people
  1. Crogged says:

    Obviously DanMan didn’t read the link to the Atlantic story and Brietbart dot com -where a story regarding Lyndon Johnson dropping an atomic weapon on the US has not been rebutted-or even simply deleted. DanMan, you want to make a point and be heard, but your overwhelmingly, snarky, blind partisanship isn’t your best side and those voices in your head aren’t Democrats.

    • DanMan says:

      Yeah I read it Crogged. Never heard of it and it didn’t it give much context. I did notice the article mixed Breitbart and Breitbart News so it made it a bit dicey to follow whether he was pointing at Andrew or his staff at times and since Andrew’s dead there’s no fear of debate. The whole article kind of read like an excuse to not cover the story was because Breitbart was pushing it. Pretty much like a media narrative a couple of weeks ago where the media defended their reporting based on either popularity or not wanting to look partisan like Fox. Neat trick. Suppress news unless it gets out and then attack the source as partisan.

      As to my approach? Look at the comments I get. Hard to maintain a high road with some of these posters. Turtlehead gets his name because he pushes toilet humor. Its easy.

      The rucas posse are old regulars that comment in snark almost exclusively. I’m used to it.

  2. GG says:

    Trying a bit hard today sparkle. Is your little blog so boring you have to come here?

  3. DanMan says:

    I think the entire Farm Bill needs to be scrapped. About 5 years ago it was 40/60 ag/welfare. Today it is 20/80 ag/welfare. The huge Pigford payouts are coming out of the USDA grants that are funded by the Farm Bill. Pigford alone is reason enough to kill it.

    Check out these rural locations that are getting subsidies.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/09/new-report-outlines-complicated-web-of-farm-subsidy-spending-including-thousands-to-a-louis-farrakhan-associated-group/

  4. Crogged says:

    Would the cotton farmer feel the same about waste if there were a ‘clothing stamp’ program?

  5. Craig says:

    “When you have six farms, no one is making a killing off this,” he said. “And when you add in the cost of equipment, seeds, fuel and other stuff, we sometimes barely break even.”

    He said while at the Country Club.

  6. GG says:

    Well, I do agree that there is welfare fraud and the system needs an overhaul I find it amusing that a gentleman farmer receiving millions in subsidies, sitting in a country club, is opining on food stamps and people he thinks should be working. Mississippi is the poorest state in the nation and work isn’t always easy, if impossible, to come by in rural areas that have historically been impoverished. Out of the 10 poorest states in the US all are in the South except Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas.

    • DanMan says:

      Let’s see…poorest, eh? I would think bankruptcy would indicate the floor for defining poor because that comes after all the debt has been assesse to be unmanageable. Where have the municipal bankruptcies occurred? More importantly, which party controlled the finances that led to those conditions? If its not 100% democrat I’ll be very surprised.

      The gal that started the whole Pigford lawsuit scam and her husband have garnered the most in settlements and it makes them Mississippi millionaires btw. Be a proud democrat!

      • GG says:

        What are you blathering about? Good lord…….

        Who is a Democrat?

      • Turtles Run says:

        Now I understand your point of view.

      • DanMan says:

        hey look! its turtlehead bringing forth another sample of butt related humor

      • DanMan says:

        for GG

        http://theiowarepublican.com/2013/king-democrats-buying-minority-votes-with-pigford-payouts/

        I know GG, Breitbart is a bit strong for your faint heart but it links to the NYT if you want to pay for the article there. You don’t get this type of news in your secluded world.

      • GG says:

        Still at a loss as to what it has to do with my statement. MS was poor long before any Pigford settlements. Anything to bring up “democrat” huh?

      • DanMan says:

        oh bless your heart GG, how rude of me to bring up party references on a political blog

      • GG says:

        Nothing wrong with it as long as it’s pertinent which yours wasn’t.

      • Crogged says:

        I view things from the perspective of the late great television show “The Wire’ (insert ‘m**f**rs’ here). In this little thread we get example of the entitlement (the gentleman cotton farmer) and good intentions become bad intentions (Pigford) and seeing the entire truth about each is uncomfortable for the committed partisan. Breitbart was ‘right’ about Pigford, but as a convicted weirdo liar, no one wanted to pay any attention to it and now progressives try to see the situation as a balancing of history rather than the current President and Democratic party buying votes and influence. And conservatives tolerate their ‘news’ sources just slinging dung around never EVER saying “Ooops-sorry”. And on another long lost post someone pointed out that maybe, just maybe, some of the crop support programs we lament as unnecessary government intrusion may actually stabilize our ‘free market’ in commodities and provide us lower prices.

      • DanMan says:

        der…I realize libs have short attention spans and like shiny things but c’mon GG. Look at the title of the post. You mentioned farmers in MS and I provided a link that happens to be about Shirley Sherrod’s Pigford deal that started in MS and details the fake black farmer scam (very much related to my first link) you won’t look at and are proud to say so and then claim I’m off topic.

        Like I said. Bless your heart. If you like you cluelessness, you can keep your cluelessness. Period.

      • DanMan says:

        Crogged there is no equivalence to Pigford and justice or fairness. Pigford was settled until Obama promised to re-open it in his swing through South Carolina. It was the root of Clinton’s comments about the great fairy tale being told when he beat Hillary there. Breitbart offered a $100,000 reward for proof of the n word being used in Pelosi’s famous walk with her over sized gavel. Even though the lie was repeated by every major news network and just about every member of the CBC over and over no such evidence existed, no one collected even though the entire event was recorded by multiple cameras from several angles.

        Liberals are well known for manufactured outrages. btw, who convicted Breitbart of anything? Are lying democrats our judge and jury now? I bet those death panels are going to be harsh on their political foes.

      • GG says:

        Oh, bless you sparkle. I did look at it.

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