GOP blogger Jon Fleischman took to Facebook recently to rail against the passage of the latest Farm Bill. And before uttering his opposition to this bill, Fleischman should probably look at his own blogroll for those who directly benefit from this bill.
“I have walked precincts, made phone calls, and devoted over a quarter-century of my life to stop THIS. I am sick over it, and feel like my efforts have been in vain. To what purpose a Republican majority in Congress, if not to stop THIS.”
Posted with a link to the recent Farm Bill that passed the GOP majority House of Representatives and signed into law by President Obama.
We chuckle at the implied naivete of his remarks. Our initial response was, “Jon, where have you been the last 25 years?” Agricultural subsidies have been around for a lot longer than the previous 25 years. Practically every year a similar measure gets passed by congress regardless of which party controls the majority. More importantly the real side splitting astonishment is what he is not saying. After all the acrimony of the president’s healthcare law being called (pick one):
d. All of the above.
Where are the similar attacks against those who supported this blatant “socialist” program that can best be labeled corporate welfare?
Let’s take a look at some of those who directly benefit from the Ag subsidies included in this legislative action. In a recent article on Politico titled: Republicans who got farm subsidies targeted there is mention of several GOP representatives who get to vote themselves subsidies from the US Treasury’s coffers. The article makes the claim that 14 GOP representatives are included in this group. One of those mentioned is California’s congressional representative from the First Congressional District, Doug La Malfa (R-Richvale). La Malfa is still listed as a blogger on Fleischman’s “Flash Report,” even though it’s been a while since he posted.
According to Politico, La Malfa received $1.7 million in farm subsidies and “resides in a county in which 11 percent of the population receives SNAP benefits.” Benefits he opposes on his ideological grounds of anti-socialism and desire for smaller government.
La Malfa’s office responded, ““The congressman has long advocated for modernizing federal farm programs. He voted for eliminating the subsidies that are in question…..” There is nothing stopping the Honorable Mr. La Malfa from sending the money back or to not even cash the check.
But here is the connection that makes Jon’s remarks disingenuous at best. On another Facebook post, Jon was detailing his trip to DC and highlighting the “good” conservatives in congress fighting the good fight. Guess who was pictured next to Jon in one of his numerous posts? You guessed it. Doug La Malfa.
He is constantly critical of the retired public employee earning an average pension of $25,000 a year yet he says nothing about the so called “conservative” who is his “good friend” making millions from the taxpayer. It is for this reason why many liberals scoff at folks like Jon when they are criticizing the “socialist” policies they so deride.