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View Diary: Tea Party Sweetheart GOP Congresswoman Kristi Noem brings home the subsidies for her South Dakota! (10 comments)

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  •  I was surprised (9+ / 0-)

    at how even-handed and informative the Journal article was.  That's a first! It will be interesting to see the reaction to it from the locals.  It also pointed out that Noem's husband is an insurance agent who sells crop insurance.  It wouldn't bother me so much if she wasn't against assistance for the poor.  Also, too, isn't subsidizing crop insurance much like subsidizing the ACA? Maybe someone should point that out to her.

    •  Really? (4+ / 0-)

      Rep. Noem's husband sells crop insurance?  I didn't know that!  And taxpayers subsidize about 60 percent of a farmer’s premium.  Is she then sort of like providing a subsidy for her husband?  Wow!

    •  crop insurance =/= welfare, so teabaggers OK w/ it (0+ / 0-)

      In teabagger land, there's a big difference between free money for people who grow food versus free money for people who eat food.

      "Absolutely the government should help "makers" stay in business even if they have a bad year because we all depend on them and so it's only rational to support them ... while nobody depends on poor people except Democratic politicians.  It's not a good thing at all to let the economy go to pot while strengthening the welfare state; that's a recipe for a permanent depression and a permanent growth in government ... but that's the liberals' plan, isn't it?"


      Whether you're in a position to make money off it or a true believer in the practical and moral superiority of the market, subsidizing "free market solutions" like crop insurance is held to be better than just giving people a check from the government.  If you're a cynic, then you definitely want free money to have strings attached (you can only spend it on something we approve of).

      Teabaggers like to think they're "producerists" rather than just simplistically pro-rich.  They think it's a practical and a moral obligation to support the means of production (whether big business or small) but draw two lines: one at the top against pure money men and another at the bottom against moochers who allegedly want a free lunch (both literally and figuratively) just for showing up.

      Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

      by Visceral on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 10:14:13 AM PST

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      •  Quote of the day! (1+ / 0-)
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        "In teabagger land, there's a big difference between free money for people who grow food versus free money for people who eat food."

        Bahahahaha!  That should be the dailykos quote of the day!

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