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In a recent House vote for an amendment to cap agricultural subsidies at $125,000 per individual or entity, the vast majority of the 60 member Tea Party Caucus voted to preserve the current system that disproportionally benefits wealthy land owners and large agribusinesses. All in all 49 of the TP reps voted against the amendment and only 9 voted for it.

Tea Party Representatives who voted "NO" (49):
Sandy Adams, Florida
Robert Aderholt, Alabama
Todd Akin, Missouri
Rodney Alexander, Louisiana
Roscoe Bartlett, Maryland
Joe Barton, Texas
Gus Bilirakis, Florida
Rob Bishop, Utah
Diane Black, Tennessee
Michael C. Burgess, Texas
Paul Broun, Georgia
Dan Burton, Indiana
John Carter, Texas
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana
Ander Crenshaw, Florida
John Culberson, Texas
Blake Farenthold, Texas
Stephen Fincher, Tennessee
John Fleming, Louisiana
Phil Gingrey, Georgia
Louie Gohmert, Texas
Vicky Hartzler, Missouri
Wally Herger, California
Tim Huelskamp, Kansas
Lynn Jenkins, Kansas
Steve King, Iowa
Doug Lamborn, Colorado
Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri
Kenny Marchant, Texas
David McKinley, West Virginia
Gary Miller, California
Randy Neugebauer, Texas
Rich Nugent, Florida
Steve Pearce, New Mexico
Mike Pence, Indiana
Ted Poe, Texas
Denny Rehberg, Montana
Phil Roe, Tennessee
Dennis Ross, Florida
Steve Scalise, Louisiana
Tim Scott, South Carolina
Pete Sessions, Texas
Adrian Smith, Nebraska
Lamar Smith, Texas
Cliff Stearns, Florida
Tim Walberg, Michigan
Allen West, Florida
Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia
Joe Wilson, South Carolina

Tea Party Representatives who voted "AYE" (9):
Michele Bachmann, Minnesota
Howard Coble, North Carolina
Mike Coffman, Colorado
Trent Franks, Arizona
Tom McClintock, California
Mick Mulvaney, South Carolina
Tom Price, Georgia
Ed Royce, California
Joe Walsh, Illinois

The lone Tea Party Representative who did not vote:
Jeff Landry, Louisiana

Originally posted to Daisy Cutter on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 05:13 PM PDT.

Also republished by Three Star Kossacks.

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  •  Hmmm (0+ / 0-)

    Historically, haven't progressives/liberals championed a managed economy involving the federal government in many aspects of business, including farm subsidies, and it was rather right wingers who argued against them as state interference in the "free market"?

    For example, the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 paid farmers to cut production of surplus crops. Other farm relief of the New Deal set up crop storage machinery and price controls. Paleoconservatives hated this.

    Republican Sen. Ezra Benson criticized the subsidies and said, "Farmers want more freedom. In a national survey 80% of them said they wanted more freedom and less government in agriculture." He was tapped as Eisenhower's Sec. of Agriculture.

    Life magazine noted, "The head of the National Farmer's Union, far less conservative than the Farm Bureau, differs sharply with Benson and Shuman. He favors keeping government supports and also suggests direct government payments to farmers..."

    When did opposition to farm subsidies become a progressive stance (if indeed it has/is)?

    •  correct me if I'm wrong (1+ / 0-)
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      But don't farm subsidies go to the land owners, and not the lessees?  More and more farming is being done on rented/leased land these days.  I don't see anything particularly progressive about our current system of farm subsidies.

      If it was meant to subsidize "cheap food", that would be one thing...but more and more farmers are growing for the export market.  In effect, we are subsidizing cheaper food for the rest of the world.

      "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile." Hunter S. Thompson

      by Keith930 on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 07:40:59 PM PDT

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    •  Farm subsides went from "progressive" to anathema- (0+ / 0-)

      - when the 'dirt poor' progressive base moved from Minnesota and Great Plains dust farms to the cities in order to make a living.  In short, that is.

      Not so much ideological/political-economic theory as it is simple voter math.

      •  ...not to mention the Electoral College advantage (0+ / 0-)

        that two Senators for Wyoming (that equates to a neighborhood in Los Angeles, for example) gives to States that like to keep their Representatives and Senators in Congress long enough to run the place.

  •  Socialism for them (3+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, eXtina, flowerfarmer

    Capitalism for us. Big government is fine as long as it writing checks to them.

    Beliefs that don't appeal to reason are unreasonable.

    by Sam Wise Gingy on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 06:21:23 PM PDT

  •  Real farmers (1+ / 0-)
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    i would be totally in favor of subsidies that ensure we have real farmers in the US.  People who own land and drive tractors on it.  I think from a national security standpoint we need to have people that can grow food.  Without corporations telling them what to grow, how to grow it, and who's going to mind the field.  Decentralization = security.

    Frankly, I blame everything on Nixon.

    by J Orygun on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 10:23:43 PM PDT

  •  The Tea Party is only against government (2+ / 0-)
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    eztempo, marykk

    money going to other people, especially poor people.  They "earned" their right to receive government money.  They "deserve" the government money they get while other people do not.

    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

    by ahumbleopinion on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 10:42:35 PM PDT

  •  So much for "fiscal responsibility" (1+ / 0-)
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    The Tea Party has already succumbed to Beltway Blasphemy.  

    Oh, the [frail, corruptible] humanity!

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