Reforms To U.S. Farm Policy Hurts Farmers - And Response (2)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Rep. Graves Votes For Major Reforms To U.S. Farm Policy 

I'm not from Chattanooga, or even Tennessee, but I have visited your lovely state and came across this article online.

I just thought I'd point out a couple of things for you and your readers. While Rep. Graves gloats over splitting the Farm Bill from the Food Stamp (SNAP) program, it doesn't take more than a couple of brain cells to understand that the thing people purchase with their food stamps come from farms. If hungry people didn't have assistance to put food on the table, the segment of the economy hurt the most would be farmers.

I have no idea how big an industry farming is in your community, but regardless, I do believe that your congressman has sold you all down the river for the sake of his ideological "purity." 

Come next election time, you need to decide which is of more importance to you. Your economy, or his purity.

Bill Gordon

West Hollywood, Ca. 

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Mr. Gordon's comments on Rep. Graves falls on deaf ears in Tennessee - a "drive-by" editorial, if you will. The far-reaching effects of separating food stamps from the agricultural bill won't be known for, probably, decades and I believe they will be positive effects for most Tennesseans. 

But more importantly, his disrespecting Rep. Graves is akin to throwing stones from his own glass house in West Hollywood, Ca., considering there are 2.5 million illegal aliens in California (a quarter of all "undocumented" aliens in America) with 4.1 million Californians on that state's food stamp program helping put California over $28 billion in debt. 

The most well-received portion of his editorial was that he was not from Tennessee. 

David D. Fihn

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What David Fihn fails to mention is that those same Republican who cut SNAP increased corporate farm subsidies in that same legislation, while making it harder to qualify for SNAP.

The next war will be between the communists, and the former communists.  Who is he trying to fool?

Stephen Durham  

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