Republican Congressman Whose Family Received Millions in Farm Subsidies Mocks People on Food Stamps

HuelskampOften the words “hypocritical” and “Republican” go hand and hand.  After all, these are the people who talk often about “small government” while massively growing government, and claim to be “fiscally conservative” yet seem to always drastically grow our national debt when they control the White House.

So when Kansas Republican Representative Tim Huelskamp mocked people who receive food stamps while his family received millions of dollars in government farm subsidies, I wasn’t shocked.

Rep. Huelskamp had some choice — and tasteless — words for those who rely on food stamps to help feed their families:

“Go pick up trash in a road ditch–you got to do something.  There are 3.5-4 million American adults who are able-bodied, have no dependence and what do we require them to do to get a free check for food?  Nothing.”

These comments were made in reference to the stereotype conservatives like to perpetuate about welfare recipients being a massive group of lazy individuals who choose to live off the government instead of going out and getting a job.

Granted, for a small portion of them, he’s right.  There are abuses in our welfare system, but those pale in comparison to the millions of Americans who do rely on these programs to help feed their families.

But the real irony behind his comments comes in the way of farm subsidies.  More specifically, government farm subsidies members of his own family have received for years.

A farm belonging to his brother received $1.6 million in federal subsidies between 1995 to 2011.  His brother also received more than $30,000 for disaster subsidies.  The disaster money is especially ironic considering Huelskamp voted against Hurricane Sandy relief.

Then Huelskamp’s parents’ farm also received $1.1 million in federal farm subsidies from 1995 to 2009.

So, that equates to about $2.7 million his family has received in government subsidies (aka “free handouts”).

It would take about 450 families of 3 (over 1,300 people) collecting the maximum SNAP benefit available for a full year to equal the amount that Huelskamp’s family has collected in “free handouts.”

Or to put it another way, it would take a single household of 3 non-working people collecting the maximum SNAP benefit available 450 years to equal the “handouts” that Huelskamp’s family collected in just 16 years.

Yet this guy has the nerve to mock people who rely on a little assistance to help feed their families?

Then when you take into account the fact that his brother’s farm took in thousands in disaster funds from the government, yet he voted against Hurricane Sandy relief—this man is absolutely reprehensible.

But then, what should we expect?  The Republican party is built on ignorance and driven by hypocrisy.

It’s a party that has millions of people living on food stamps, voting for a party which openly calls them lazy freeloaders.  Yet those voters don’t think these Republicans are talking about them — it’s clearly someone else they’re talking about when they call people on welfare “moochers.”  They need them, everyone else is just “abusing the system.”

So please, I would encourage everyone reading this to click here and let Rep. Tim Huelskamp know what you think about his pathetic mocking of poor people on food stamps while his family received millions of dollars in government subsidies.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Mike Schreiner

    But you have to remember here, the republicans that need food stamps are patriots, and the democrats that need food stamps are lazy non-american libs, that are also probably black and have been freeloaders forever 😉

    • James Ingram

      that sums up their mind set perfectly.

    • JDSquared

      Nowhere in his comment did I see him reference race, nor did I see where he mocked those who truly need food stamps. His comment was about the abuse of the system by able bodied adults who have no dependents to support.
      As for voting against the relief bill for Sandy, did any of you read the whole bill that was voted upon? Maybe it had a rider attached that had nothing to do with relief efforts, that would have cost more than what was going to those in need. I didn’t read the bill so I can’t say for sure what was in it.
      Slightly off topic (but relating to my last statement) we need a law that allows only one item on any bill passed in the Congress/Senate. That way a bill for hurricane relief can not contain an addition to subsidize an ice cream shop in Phoenix. Of course, we all know that none of the politicians, of either major party, are going to pass something like that. If they did, then they would have to take full responsibility for every vote.

      • RINOVirus

        Blah blah blah blah…..it’s all wrong, bad, evil, or unAmerican until YOU need the money.

      • Mike Subia

        RINOVirus,

        I adore your comment!

      • jjm in wi

        With people like you making excuses for them how can they go wrong? Just why is it that red states take more federal money than they pay in? Scott Walker is trying to change that by drastically cutting social programs so he can give more to his donors and big corporation (which are coincidentally the same).

      • Diana Reichardt

        The problem is Republican do not think anyone should get food assistance or any other type of assistance!!! They DO NOT CARE!!!

      • Peggy S Morris

        You are wrong’

      • theabby

        Peg, then why did they vote to cut $40 million in food stamps ?? Because they ‘care’ so much? I think NOT.

      • Jerry Caldwell

        So the answer to addressing the minuscule percentage of fraud within the system that issues food stamps is to end the program entirely. Even though 60% of the people on food stamps are working 1 or more jobs, 20%+ are disabled or elderly and the rest are so desperately poor that a few dollars a month they get is the difference between having a bowl of rice and beans now and then of starving. Cut Foodstamps increase corporate farm subsidies and extend more tax breaks to billionaires “patriots” who plunder our natural resources siphon up all the profits and stuff them into a bank offshore.

      • prrfff

        The problem is that he and his ilk disingenuously misrepresent the typical family on government assistance in order to decrease support for such programs, and the ones who really do need it suffer because of the stereotypes he’s perpetuating (both materially because they’re getting less money and emotionally because everyone judges them for the pennies they get). The vast majority of those on food stamps work (many full-time, some more than full-time), are trying to find work (a requirement in most states if unemployed), or are too disabled to work. On top of that, SNAP does not give anyone a life of luxury. It just prevents minimum-wage workers from having to forgo food for a week when rent comes due. Focusing on the rare individual who manages to receive benefits they don’t need is harmful because it gives the false impression that most poor people are bad people who don’t need and/or don’t deserve help.

        Feeling like making a living wage means you’re a better person than those who struggle is a mechanism that makes people feel less uncomfortable about being affluent while others suffer and less guilty about not helping the less fortunate as much as they could. Lawmakers who know better *should* prioritize alleviating the suffering of the poor over making everyone else feel OK with their suffering, but most don’t because it’s not in their personal interest to do so.

        As for Sandy relief, if you could point to what attachment opponents objected to, I would believe you. I would think that if that were the case and lawmakers against it were actually willing to help Sandy victims were it not for some unrelated provision, they would’ve spoken out about it so people wouldn’t just think they were callous. Without evidence, it seems more likely that they’re only interested in helping their own donors and (non-poor) constituents. Recall that plenty of Republicans outside the Gulf states were against Katrina aid precisely because victims were stereotyped in exactly the same way as SNAP recipients are (lazy, mostly Black people who just want to game the system instead of pulling themselves up by their non-existent bootstraps). Sandy victims fit a slightly different profile, but they are in Democratic-majority states.

      • Patricia Robertson

        The trouble is that the bill will hit those who need it the most, those who are under paid, those who are single with no children but income is low and also need help with food. They are working too. You can’t make a difference in people because they are single with not children because a lot of them are barely making in as well. The average person whose inclome is less than $900 a month is lucky if they get at least $13-16a month in food stamp, yes a month, not a week, that for one one person. with the cut they might get less than that. You have to remember, they also have to pay rent, electricty, car./bus fare. personal items(foods stamps don’t cover that) medication, (medicaid don’t pay for all meds) everyone not on rental assistant, rent is not cheap, electricty is not cheap, if they have a car, they have to pay for up keep, taxes, gas, if they don’ have car, they have to pay bus fare ora cab every now and then. so they are living on a fix income. So whatever that small amount of stamps don’t cover they have to pay out the pocket, they can’t go to the food pantry because they have to work so that is out. So then we have republicans who want to punish people who are working and trying to do the right and all they want to do it keep them down and put their foot on their throats and just choke them until they are dead.

      • mickey

        its called line item. Clinton tried that but the repubs would not allow it

    • Charles Vincent

      “Hardly surprising, we see that in a two-party split, 60-80% of
      welfare recipients are Democrats, while full time Workers are evenly
      divided between parties. You have similar results in this recent NPR-Poll. Among the Long Term Unemployed, 72% of the two-party support goes to Democrats. It appears that once more common sense is right and the impression left by the New York Times wrong. Indeed, people who live off the government disproportionally support Democrats. Given that Krugman is aware of the Gellman-Paradox, he should have reported the individual level data first instead of wasting everyone’s time with state-level aggregation that we already know is wrong. Instead he acknowledged that state level data is probably wrong (to get cover), then goes ahead and relies on the wrong method anyway, since it produces the results he wants. The false impression that Republicans use more welfare is already spread around the internet by liberals who still trust Krugman.”

      • fdsa

        Those polls are unreliable data. It’s up to a person’s own discretion to be honest about their financial situation when talking to a pollster. It makes perfect sense that a republican would be too embarrassed to admit that they’re on welfare.

      • Charles Vincent

        Says you in this case but when the data is on how guns are evil the polls are 100% accurate. Give a break your full of it.

      • fdsa

        People aren’t embarrassed to promote their political opinions in a poll as they are to admit that they’re in a situation that’s completely contradictory of their political ideology.

      • Charles Vincent

        This theory would nullify any poll ever taken including the ones the left likes to tout.

      • fdsa

        Did you even read my last post? No it would not. People like to promote their political opinions through polls. For a republican to promote their political opinions through the poll that you posted, they would have to claim that they’re not on welfare.

      • Charles Vincent

        yes I did and you’re saying that people lie to promote their political opinions so unless you’re saying that the democrats polled didn’t/don’t lie your theory would invalidate polls.

        In point of fact in that article republicans did report that they were on or had used welfare programs here is the relevant portion;

        Appendix:

        Share of Recipients of each program that self-identified as supporters of Republican party in 2004-2007 Maxwell Poll:
        Gov. Subsidized Housing 12%
        Medicaid: 16%
        Food Stamps: 20%
        Unemployment Compensation: 21%
        Welfare or public assistance: 22%
        Disability benefits from government 25%

      • Librarian42

        Has anyone ever considered the idea that there may have been a 50/50 split on political party opinion at some point among welfare recipients – but that they are becoming Democrats at an ever-increasing rate because they are receiving no support from the GOP?

      • Charles Vincent

        OR maybe they are voting democrat because welfare benefits them and they what to keep it that way even though its a detriment to others around them whom the money is taken from?

      • Brian Cole

        And how is a poor person voting for THEIR interests any different than a WEALTHY person voting for their interests?

      • Charles Vincent

        IT isn’t I just find this quote from Bastiat telling on the subject;
        “Self-preservation and self-development
        are common aspirations among all people.
        And if everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of his faculties and the free disposition of the fruits of his labor, social progress would be ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing. But there is also another tendency that is common among people.When they can, they wish to live and prosper at the expense of others.This is no rash accusation. Nor does it come from a gloomy and uncharitable spirit.The annals of history bear witness to the truth of it: the incessant wars, mass migrations, religious persecutions, universal slavery, dishonesty in commerce, and monopolies.This fatal desire has its origin in the very nature of man— in that primitive, universal, and insuppressible instinct that impels him to satisfy his desires with the least possible pain.”

      • Librarian42

        Why is that worse than Republicans sending jobs overseas or voting for tax breaks for the 1%, which is FAR more detrimental to those “around them”.

      • Charles Vincent

        You missed the point of my post.
        Corporations send jobs over seas because regulation increases the cost of doing business, they therefore opt to move some jobs to other countries in an effort to maintain a profit margin that’s healthy, this boosts economies elsewhere but those people consume goods and services we supply as well. Just my opinion.

      • Geebus

        This is a three month old thread, but Charles, you are completely wrong. Corporations don’t move because of regulations. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have any corporations left here, and regulations have been relaxed. Corporations move jobs overseas because those workers make a few dollars and in many cases, less per day, period. Profit and greed have taken over the country, and the country and it’s people be damned. You don’t like regulations, you are free to move to the republican paradise known as Somalia, where it’s the mecca of no regulation. Why haven’t corporations relocated there?

      • Charles Vincent

        “This is a three month old thread, but Charles,”

        Really did you look at when i replied? Doesn’t it say 3 months ago? Yes , yes it does. Wrong corporations move to less regulated and taxed places I don’t know where you been living Chief.

        “You don’t like regulations, you are free to move to the republican paradise known as Somalia, where it’s the mecca of no regulation. Why haven’t corporations relocated there?”

        This is one of the most asinine statements ignorant people like you purport. Why don’t you just espouse gun control because you don’t want people using nuclear bombs to kill their attackers.

        “If that were the case, we wouldn’t have any corporations left here, and regulations have been relaxed.”

        With the exception of Reagan regulations have been growing.

        “Corporations move jobs overseas because those workers make a few dollars and in many cases, less per day, period.”

        Yep and they invest in infrastructure in those places and that few dollars a day is better than those peoples other options.

      • pattreid

        The fact remains: red states are more poor than blue states, red states take more federal monies back than they pay in, and blue states take less fed money than they pay in. I live in NJ and the illustrious Christie is trying desperately to turn our state red and overwhelmingly poor. We have one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, and the yawning canyon between rich and poor is widening more than ever. Laying off thousands of teachers was one of his first gubernatorial acts. Our soup kitchen recipients have doubled annually for the last few years. I volunteer for a charity that shops for the food pantries and soup kitchens, so I’m well aware of the need. Most people we serve work full-time jobs yet qualify for food stamps and medicaid. They are overwhelmingly adult parents, married with 1-3 kids who had better pay in their pasts, but have lost jobs that were then replaced with lower paying jobs. They work at Walmart, Staples, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, restaurants and fast food places.

        I submit that people turn Dem because the R’s have proven over and over again that they are pompous and self-righteous takers who want everything for the 1% and none for the real workers in the country. That said, few are aware that the neo-liberals are almost as bad. If things continue in direction they’re going at the rate they’re going, there will be an uprising of necessity in our near future.

      • Charles Vincent

        You’re daft Chief, dems have run California into the ground fiscally Detroit has been run by dems since the 1950’s and it is currently in process of filing for bankruptcy. you Sir have swilled too much of the left wing Koolaide.

        http://finance DOT yahoo DOT com/news/the-best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-150415625 DOT html

        http://www DOT nbcnews DOT com/business/best-worst-run-states-america-1C7332327

        And if you cross reference them with a map showing which states are Democrat or republican you can clearly see you are flat wrong.

        http://uselectionatlas DOT org/FORUM/index.php?topic=66983.0

      • pattreid

        Actually, it was Schwarzenegger (R) who ran CA into the ground. They are now slowly coming back. And, by picking Detroit as your other proof, you cheerfully ignore the fact that auto jobs were moved elsewhere. The town is a brilliant example of the flight of business from urban areas and from America in general, not of Democratic governance. Actually, the entire state where you find Detroit is currently red but historically purple, and it is among the least draining states relying on Fed money. In the 21 states that pay more into the Federal bank than they take out, only 1/3 are red traditionally, the rest are blue or purple. The states that take the MOST federal aid to survive? Of the 11 biggest “takers”, only Hawaii and West VA are currently blue. Florida, which is the worst is currently red, as are the remaining 8 biggest takers.

        Your particular references above are ALEC rankings which vary greatly from more traditional rankings. ALEC is only interested in THEIR definition of “business friendly”. The more traditional rankings have more to do with standards of living, employment/unemployment, pay rates, etc. From Bill Moyers:
        “Wisconsin is one of the more interesting examples
        to look to for such statistical disparities. ALEC ranked the state #15
        for economic outlook, even as the Bureau of Labor Statistics gave
        Wisconsin the 44th spot on their ranking for private-sector job creation. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was recently busy ranking Wisconsin at 44th, too—this time, for overall economic performance.”
        Easy to understand when much of Wisconsin’s governance has ties to ALEC.

        So, do you believe that the Bureau of Labor Statistic and the US Chamber
        of Commerce are liars and out of touch? All you have to do is look at a
        red vs. blue map, because it’s also a map of where poverty lives and
        where affluence lives.

        Interestingly, my blue state of NJ is currently under red governance. We have the 6th or 7th worst unemployment/job creation in the nation. As I said earlier, Christie is trying to make us one of those poor red states.

      • Charles Vincent

        Let us address this part first;
        “hey are now slowly coming back. And, by picking Detroit as your other
        proof, you cheerfully ignore the fact that auto jobs were moved
        elsewhere. The town is a brilliant example of the flight of business
        from urban areas and from America in general, not of Democratic
        governance. Actually, the entire state where you find Detroit is
        currently red but historically purple, and it is among the least
        draining states relying on Fed money. In the 21 states that pay more
        into the Federal bank than they take out, only 1/3 are red
        traditionally, the rest are blue or purple. The states that take the
        MOST federal aid to survive? Of the 11 biggest “takers”, only Hawaii and
        West VA are currently blue. Florida, which is the worst is currently
        red, as are the remaining 8 biggest takers.”

        First off all Detroit has been run by democrats and democrat fiscal policy since the 1950’s so yeah democrat fiscal policy fails, as to California its hardly all Schwarzenegger fault since the legislature is democrat controlled.
        Here are a laundry list of democrat controlled towns in CA going bankrupt and a a laundry list of why Democrat controlled California is having financial problems.
        http://www DOT bing DOT com/search?q=california+financial+problems&form=U147DD&pc=U147D

        Now let us address this;

        Your particular references above are ALEC rankings which vary greatly
        from more traditional rankings. ALEC is only interested in THEIR
        definition of “business friendly”. The more traditional rankings have
        more to do with standards of living, employment/unemployment, pay rates,
        etc. From Bill Moyers:
        “Wisconsin is one of the more interesting examples
        to look to for such statistical disparities. ALEC ranked the state #15
        for economic outlook, even as the Bureau of Labor Statistics gave
        Wisconsin
        the 44th spot on their ranking for private-sector job creation. The
        U.S. Chamber of Commerce was recently busy ranking Wisconsin at 44th,
        too—this time, for overall economic performance.”
        Easy to understand when much of Wisconsin’s governance has ties to ALEC.

        So, do you believe that the Bureau of Labor Statistic and the US Chamber
        of Commerce are liars and out of touch? All you have to do is look at a
        red vs. blue map, because it’s also a map of where poverty lives and
        where affluence lives.

        Interestingly, my blue state of NJ is currently under red governance.
        We have the 6th or 7th worst unemployment/job creation in the nation.
        As I said earlier, Christie is trying to make us one of those poor red
        states.

        http://super-economy DOT blogspot DOT com/2012/02/do-welfare-recipients-mostly-vote DOT html
        Also I believe ALEC used BLS figures and didn’t couch them or spin them I also think you ignored that the top 5 states were red or swing and the bottom 5 were blue and that California is 50 on that list.

      • pattreid

        So, I get it now: if the state is run by a red governor, he gets all the credit for things going right even if the rest of the governance is blue, ie: NJ, altho’ I argue strong that all is not going right here, OR Scott Walker gets all the credit in WI even tho’ there are quite a bew blue congress persons there and as mayors of their cities who are doing well. BUT If things go wrong under a red governor, it IS the fault of the blue players that may be part of the lower governance. And if I take my figures from the BLS, my numbers are wrong but if ALEC uses the BLS, they are reporting truth with no spin. ALEC is the author of every repressive legislation being put forward by the right at this time. They have authored ALL the stand-your-ground laws, as well as anti-immigration laws, voter suppression laws, anti-women laws, etc. They are the ones fighting to open up the doors for industry to run roughshod over the earth, manipulate legislation to leave the consumer with no recourse. permit the banks to make risky investments, while at the same time legislating the socialization of corporate losses while continuing to privatize profits. They’re behind the privatization of prisons, schools, and attempting to privatize water. They are the one writing the legislation that puts into place “managers” who take over cities, given complete control, thereby voiding their elections.

        And you believe they would not distort anything? LMAO. You’re really a sheeple, are you not!

        You did not accurately refute this: Of the 11 biggest “takers”, only Hawaii and West VA are currently blue.
        Florida, which is the worst is currently red, as are the remaining 8
        biggest takers. Also, the Bill Moyers quote explains exactly why the ALEC result differ from the actual BLS and other information.

      • Charles Vincent

        I will reply at length later I want to see your sources and no its not credit to the gov its if you screw it up and have been screwing it up long term like democrat fiscal policy and growth of unfunded pensions promoted by democrat fiscal policy it’s the democratcs fault much like trickle down theory is republicans fault you cannot give to the top and think it will proportionally trickle to the bottom.

      • Luciferarrow

        pff he owned you in facts and subject matter, I just witnessed an ass whooping of a republican

      • Charles Vincent

        Keep dreaming.

      • Luciferarrow

        Keep dreaming. He destroyed your biased interpretation of sources lol if you can call them that.. are you a resident of wnd! hah…

      • Charles Vincent

        Ad lapidem much chief

      • Luciferarrow

        Ad rem chief

      • Charles Vincent

        I do not think it means what you think it means….

      • Luciferarrow

        didnt realize you were talking about stuff with any actual merit in it!….

      • Charles Vincent

        That’s because you didn’t think before you posted, you only made assumptions. You also seem to not know what logical fallacy arguments are.

      • Luciferarrow

        “i think”, thats your area… maybe less effort on twisting words and more on statements grounded in reality.. might wanna try using a better whirlpool of circular argument, seen that been there…

      • Charles Vincent

        Ahh yes ad lapidem and now argument from repetition.

      • Luciferarrow

        Ahh yes circular argument, the default response of a conservative.

      • Charles Vincent

        Nice try at nothing chief. But keep grasping at them straws derp derp.

        P.S.

        Circular reasoning (Latin: circulus in probando, “circle in proving”; also known as circular logic) is a logical fallacy in which the reasoner begins with what they are trying to end with. The components of a circular argument are often logically valid because if the premises are true, the conclusion must be true.

      • Luciferarrow

        Derp derp…
        THANK YOU FOR WALKING RIGHT INTO “facesmack”…

        Talking about comprehension right?
        ‘often not always’ “OFTEN NOT ALWAYS”
        ‘if’ “IF” “IF”

        I knew you just glossed over stuff in google and wiki HAHAHAHA or should I post the rest of the info from wiki that YOU DIDNT PASTE??????

      • Charles Vincent

        Well I did use wiki but it doesn’t make it any less true. But I do hear the crying from here Via the CAPS you used. You’re an idiot neither you nor the other guy provided any provable facts. You and he both used the because I said so facts.
        Cry more your tears fuel my happiness machine herp derp

      • Luciferarrow

        once again comprehension comprehension…. paste the full wiki info, because I want you to get smacked by your mistake. being a hypocrite you lost the right to call anyone idiot or illiterate…, still waiting for your facts.
        Oh dont worry, i know for sure youll be crying in the next election AHAHAHAHAA here CAPS LOCK herp derp

      • Charles Vincent

        Keep crying I didn’t make a mistake you are trying to conflate thing in a piss poor att mph to shift blame gg troll boy

      • Luciferarrow

        just like the conservatives typical response… take a part of the answer twist it and use that as fact nevermind that pasting the full answer just completely demolishes their stance, their so called idea and their argument but hey as long as you get to make shyt you will….
        Circular reasoning (Latin: circulus in probando, “circle in proving”; also known as circular logic) is a logical fallacy in which the reasoner begins with what they are trying to end with.[1] The components of a circular argument are often logically valid
        because if the premises are true, the conclusion must be true. Circular
        reasoning is not a formal logical fallacy but a pragmatic defect in an
        argument whereby the premises are just as much in need of proof or
        evidence as the conclusion, and as a consequence the argument fails to
        persuade. Other ways to express this are that there is no reason to
        accept the premises unless one already believes the conclusion, or that
        the premises provide no independent ground or evidence for the
        conclusion.[2] Begging the question is closely related to circular reasoning, and in modern usage the two generally refer to the same thing
        To beg a question means to assume the conclusion of an argument—a type of circular reasoning. This is an informal fallacy,
        in which an arguer includes the conclusion to be proven within a
        premise of the argument, often in an indirect way such that its presence
        within a premise is hidden or at least not easily apparent ahahaha GG TROLL REPUBLICAN waiting for you to cry in the next election LOL

      • Charles Vincent

        First of all I am not a republican that’s a piss poor ad hominem. I am actually a registered independent and have been since I could vote. You really should stop assuming things you don’t know and from said assumption make rather dull hasty generalizations.
        Second you haven’t proved anything you’ve only flapped your gums about some guy who like you has also not provided any verifiable fact to support his argument. So provide them or don’t either way you’re a complete moron.

      • Luciferarrow

        anyone who supports the retardness of conservatives to this extent is and will always will be a closet republican, there goes your assumption of ad hominem right outta the window. You really need to start reading and googling more the stuff you write and accuse others off before attempting to sound like a complete hypocrite spewing out conservative propaganda..

        Secondly, only thing you did so far in this discussion is copy paste half of the stuff from wikipedia and google and tried to sell that shyt as truth without having the guts to paste the full info cause it completly obliterated your point of circular argument. So i can see you cant provide anything substantial here so you can shut up and go watch fox news like most of your imbecile friends. Still waiting for you to cry at 2016 ahahaha

      • Charles Vincent

        Calling me a conservative in an attempt to discredit me is an ad hominem attack. Further more you make a rather large hasty generalization concerning conservatism. Perhaps you are unaware that there are many many shades of gray between right and left. You also seem to be unaware that John F. Kennedy was a fiscal conservative as well as being progressive socially.

        http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2013/11/john_f_kennedy_conservative.html

        The rest of your post is nothing but a sad attempt to shift the blame because you seem to have locked yourself into a mind projection fallacy. Moreover when 2016 folks around I will be laughing at idiots like you who buy into the lies the RNC and DNC candidates feed you and that you eat hook line and sinker. You also seem to not realize that the only difference between the democrats and republicans is one shit sandwich has crust and the other shit sandwich doesn’t.

      • Luciferarrow

        Your a closet republican keep denying it while defending them to the teeth. You also make a large mistake, john f kennedy is fckin dead, the last sane republican presidential candidate to come out of ‘the stupid party’, was ron paul, while his earlier approach towards policies was typical like every republican candidates he later grew to be much more rational, yea we’r in 2015 now approaching 2016 and all your candidates are racist and stupid to a degree..
        Once again googled a new fallacy have you, gonna wiki it again? LOL, and we have the same circular argument continuing from you… again… shifting blame, ignoring reality… heres what a closet republican doesnt understand that for all the faults of democrats and republicans, democrats are less stupid, racist and less likely to muddle the whole congress and take us to another war…. oh yes forgot about war… repubs favourite sport….

      • Charles Vincent

        “Your a closet republican keep denying it while defending them to the teeth.”

        This is nothing more than Proof by assertion.

        “You also make a large mistake, john f kennedy is fckin dead…”

        YOu never specified any parameters regarding this and this attempt to do so ins just you obfuscating to hide your mistake and an attempt to hide the fact that you claimed and I quote “anyone who supports the retardness of conservatives to this extent is and will always will be a closet republican…”. John f Kennedy was a democrat and a conservative, And the endorsement by you of Ron Paul sinks your assertion as well since Ron Paul is conservative.

        “another war…. oh yes forgot about war… repubs favourite sport….”

        Hmmm wrong again dems supported both the Iraq wars and the war in Afghanistan Obama has wage proxy wars in Libya, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. Little miss Hillary Clinton supported and voted for the Bush Jr Iraq conflict so war is hardly exclusive to republicans.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-love/who-voted-to-authorize-fo_b_85652.html

      • Luciferarrow

        Still acting like a closet republican… Republicans are the one who most prominently preach wars in their debates, once again avoiding the whole issue, taking a part of it and pushing it as the truth just so you can ‘obfuscate'(yea this is where the word has to be used exactly)… the whole truth.. For someone who is an indepedent, you sure as hell like sticking your neck out for them like they’r your closest kin but hey thats just you being an independent LOLOL.. closet republican ahem…

        Last line doesnt even make fckin sense… hah…

      • Luciferarrow

        circular arguments with a sprinkling of ignorance for reality… closet republican..
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9sjjqxyDyU
        same old thing from republican again and again and again and again… go to war with the world, go to war with the reporters complaining like kids for asking tough questions ahahaha for asking tough questions ahaha…. ahem

      • Charles Vincent

        Still not proof chief and you’re still equivocating and positing the same tired proof by assertion argument. You’re also using the circular argument claim incorrectly which demonstrates your lack of comprehension.

      • Luciferarrow

        Still no proof from your side or any glimpse of you so called independent stance but relying solely on blame shifting,.. two can play that game. No more googled fallacies? keep using the same circular argument, we all know whos lacking in comprehension here XD

      • Charles Vincent

        proof by assertion again and you still haven’t provided any proof from your OP. its not a circular argument to call you out for making logical fallacies. go back and read the definition again I haven’t used a the premise of an argument as the conclusion. Your lack of simple cognitive reasoning is astounding.

      • Luciferarrow

        Circular argument again, and you still havent disproved the op. You already believe your fallacious arguments and keep asserting mine are wrong when your acting like a hypocritical closet republican. Your hypocricy and stupidity in being unable to read stuff from wiki and comprehending simple english is beyond astounding.

      • Charles Vincent

        he provided no proof to disprove and neither have you.

      • Luciferarrow

        Here we go again hahahah…… repubs never learn…

      • Charles Vincent

        Ad lapidem, provide verifiable source(s) that can be either confirmed or refuted.

      • Luciferarrow

        Ad lapidem, try and refute it first.

      • Charles Vincent

        Non sequitur. You haven’t made an argument or provided any fact backed by sources that are verifiable. Inorder for my response to be ad lapidem you have to have asserted an argument(which you have yet to do) let alone provide any facts.

      • Luciferarrow

        Non sequitur. Your arguments against the OP have no evidence. And in order for any of my response to be ad lapidem, you have to refute it with evidence, which you didnt. You dismissed everything, whereas you didnt back up any statements with evidence, even one where you deny being a closet republican but every statements you have written yet prives only one thing you are a closet republican in the garb of an independent, try again XD.

      • Charles Vincent
      • Charles Vincent

        I also think they used unemployment/employment numbers in their rankings

    • Peggy S Morris

      With lots of people on welfare, it is a way of life.

      • pattreid

        Do you have a reference for you assertion of “lots of people on welfare”? What percentage? What are their physical and mental conditions? Would you hire them? Would you invite them into your home? Or, do you assume that they are all as “together” as you believe yourself to be and therefore they are just lazy bums who don’t want to work? Unlike you who are working like a dog to be entrepreneur of the year? So, are you rich or just lazy?

      • Charles Vincent

        http://www DOT lagrangenews DOT com/news/opinion/2761432/Welfare–a-failing-way-of-life

        http://www DOT brookings DOT edu/research/articles/2001/06/summer-welfare-sawhill

      • Charles Vincent

        They dont allow URL’s on this site they will delete your post.
        Guest
        Charles Vincent•an hour ago
        Why do you persist in posting URL’s with all this DOT stuff? Why not just post the URL correctly? See, like this:

    • Nancy L. Sindel Wright

      Idiot! color has nothing to do with it.I worked all my life never on food stamps but I could of used them Congress is full of it more so Republicans

      • Mike Schreiner

        Thanks for taking the time to call me an idiot. Perhaps you should read my comment again, and then take note of the 😉 at the end. I’m poking fun at the stereotypes the people on the right like to throw out in regards food stamp recipients and low income families.

  • Bridget McCurry

    Often?

  • Tony Galano

    The GOP should replace the elephant mascot with a bull. As in bullshit.

  • Tony Galano

    R for Republican as in Reverse.

    D for Democrat as in Drive.

    What gear are YOU in?

    • Pipercat

      Scuba, so I can breath under all the excrement produced by their new mascot!

    • Charles Vincent

      R for Republican as in Reverse.

      D for Democrat as in Drive off the cliff.

      What gear are YOU in?

      Fixed that for you Tony.

    • David

      As in drove our country into poverty!

      Driving blacks back into the 50’s!

      Driving our country off a cliff!

      AMERICA is NOT your mommy’s car!!!

    • jason malinoski

      I have no use for either party. And no, I couldn’t care less about any third party. The system is broken, and divisive politics is one reason why.

  • Arturo Jacobo Saiz

    Stupid is where this Clown goes when rational thought is not an option….also says a lot about the IQ level of the voters in Kansas…..

  • cwinkel

    Look at the cost to put a crop in. Most if the subsidies we don’t even see. The prices of sorghum has dropped over $2.00 since our crop went in the ground. Not to mention we pay 48% of our profit to the government for taxes. By the time we are done with seed, fertilizer, fuel and repairs on equipment, its definitely not enough to raise a family.

    • Timothy La Noir

      If you don’t make enough to raise a family, why do it?

      • David

        Maybe because it beats being a lazy loser on the couch waiting for a welfare check…at least he works and TRIES to do something productive.

    • Jim Collis

      So it must really piss you off when so many of those tax subsidies go to non-farmers who happen to own land that was farmed generations ago when those subsidies were put in place but are not being farmed any more, huh? Or when the subsidies go to hugely profitable corporate farms with deep, deep pockets that target for purchase the above-mentioned historic farmlands, huh? Or when legitimate small farmers are ineligible for subsidies because the land they farm was not among the above-mentioned historic farmlands, huh?

    • l_nino

      So you are whining that you need govt handounts because you don’t earn enough (and you lie about 48% taxes). Most SNAP participants are working poor who need food stamps because they don’t earn enough. What is your point? The topic here is hypoc(R)icy.

    • C Monroe

      Wouldn’t the costs be lower if political mega donor Monsanto didn’t control the seed market and allow you to keep seed for next seasons planting? You know most republicans take Monsantos side.

  • Jim Scarecrow

    Farm subsidies are totally different from government handouts. Basically his family( if what I am reading is true) owns the land/means of production to grow x many ears of corn. However the government does not want x many ears of corn flooding the market, so they compensate his family for not producing. Basically it is to offset the opportunity cost associated with not planting.

    • C Monroe

      No that was the old way, now they can grow corn/wheat/soy as much as they want and that makes those products dirt cheap. Cheaper than it costs to raise them, then the gov. comes in and pays them their losses and about 30% more per acre which can be a lot when you get in the thousands of acres

      • C Monroe

        It is why we used corn based sweetners and other products in such abundance, because it isdirt cheap.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Farm subsides ARE handouts. Government money going to someone who either doesn’t need it or doesn’t deserve it. How about I get compensated because I’m not producing?

  • Amy Hernandez

    Perhaps if there were more jobs available that paid a living wage, less of us “free loaders” would have to count on SNAP to feed our families. My husband works TWO low wage jobs (one of which he had to take to get us off cash aid, and in doing so had to give up an internship that was training him to get an actual CAREER) and I am currently disabled, but until the last year I had worked steadily since the age of 16. We are not “freeloaders” we are not “lazy” and we do not ENJOY having to rely on assistance. How dare he classify everyone who needs a little help as lazy or unmotivated! How about making note of the MILLIONS of people who work full time and can STILL not feed their families because he and his buddies chose to pay their employees the bare minimum allowed under the law. Great, so starve the people you employee and then mock them for it.

    • Carol Ann Hunigan Booher

      you my dear are NOT a freeloader but this man who takes from the taxpayers for his corporate farm he is the freeloader and hopefully these lazy good for nothing politicians will be gone if this nation can survive another year of them

    • geminijlw

      Good for you for speaking up. These corporate freeloaders have been receiving farm subsidies for years (farm subsidy database), while the real farmer needs farm aid concerts to help them. Several other farm subsidy recipients are the heir to the Rockefeller fortune, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi, and let us not forget Michelle Bachman. This year our legislators passed this farm bill, and took care of the 1%. Prior to this bill you could check and see who received these subsidies, but this year they attached to the law an amendment that let’s them hide the recipients. This is how we are represented. They all work together for the 1%, both sides of the aisle.

  • Reddkl

    Disgusting. Can’t think of anything else to say. Back when the top 1%ers paid more taxes, there were MORE jobs, not less like today. I’d again like to thank the republicans for putting a paraplegic on a diet of rice twice a week. It was hard for this guy to put food on the table with his food stamps, but now those are gone. They cut the meals on wheels subsidy so he isn’t getting that now. Terrific job you republicans are doing.

  • strayaway

    Limits should be put on government subsidies to farmers. The original intent was to provide family farmers with something equivalent to unemployment compensation so a bad crop year wouldn’t wipe them out. Corporations gradually twisted and changed the laws so that any entity involved in farming received benefits. The benefits were also fine tuned so large corporations and the 1%, shopping for tax loopholes, could make better use of them.

    What other corporations, other than those invested in agriculture, are paid not to produce and insured by the government just for being in their line of business?

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Agribusiness should be banned from all farm subsidies.

  • Jerry Caldwell

    F__k all of ya’ll long as me and my kinfolk all eat good.

  • Oran Black

    Tim
    Huelskamp’s comment was taken way out of context, which is typical,
    liberal propaganda. Huelskamp’s comment was directed at the lazy people
    who abuse the system and refuse to try and get a job, he wasn’t
    referring to people who legitimately need assistance. As far as
    receiving subsidies, all Congressman do, Republicans and Democrats
    alike.

    • jason malinoski

      He implies, as all anti-food stampers do, that it is everyone who is getting assistance, don’t be dishonest.

    • CP

      Who are you kidding? The farm subsidy bill was established for poor children. How did they get squeezed out and become takers?
      Keep going to church.

  • Carol Ann Hunigan Booher

    How dare Humpskunk take MY and others tax money for his farm .. I wish I could see the day that skunkhumples stinking ass is picking up trash like he said others should do hopefully in an orange prison suit

  • Mixmasta Tee

    Unbelievable!!!!! I can listen all day to the stories on how the privileged of America greedily get everything handed to them….I can you tell you stories of people who work there asses off to make thing meet. These always going to happen as long as you live in this capitalistic society that is America.

  • anomaly

    He says”There are 3.5-4 million American adults who are able-bodied, have no dependence and what do we require them to do to get a free check for food? Nothing.”

    The writer says:”Granted, for a small portion of them, he’s right. There are abuses in our welfare system, but those pale in comparison to the millions of Americans who do rely on these programs to help feed their families.”

    Given that there are 44 million food stamp recipients 3.5 to for million is a small portion. So the writer basically agrees with him, so where is the “mock”

  • twopondsnorth

    Sad thing is that spending Food Stamp money on toilet paper is a violation, so some of those who are considered cheaters have only used the money for other things they might need. However, to call that cheating while taking millions in diverted subsidies is beyond reprehensible. His church should kick him out.

  • Whatisgoingon?

    So we are clear, he didn’t take any money but he is a hypocrite because people he is related to did. That’s the gist here, right?

  • qcubed

    People like this gentleman deserve no less than to be staked out in a hot desert and left to “bootstrap” themselves into oblivion.

  • theabby

    Huelskamp IS road trash !

  • David

    Liberals and “progressives” are the ones who blew up our national debt!!! Hypocrisy??? That’d be precisely what this author specializes in. Obama has lied constantly and has taken our country into the worst condition it’s ever been. As soon as the Dumbocrats took control during Bush’s last term- we headed into a downward spiral-caused by all these “programs”…welfare. Needed or not, it cannot last forever. You are NOT ENTITLED TO ANYTHING BUT DEATH. Anything else you want, is up to YOU to EARN.

  • David

    And you will not have better jobs if you keep taxing and punishing we job CREATORS. It is so hard to build a profitable business thanks to the unfriendly policies of the democrats, that I stopped opening new ones. OBAMA, PELOSI, REID and all you Kool-aide drinking leftie voters BUILT THAT! Own your own mess !

  • Alexis Betancourt

    Unfortunately, when I tried to email this SOB he doesn’t receive emails outside his district. You have to fill in your name and zip code, so you can’t email him.

    • CP

      Use the address of his office 🙂

  • Duathlete

    Amazing that he would say that. I volunteer at a food pantry and 100% of the people that use the pantry would rather be supporting themselves independently. They are respectful and proud people that want to work and want to contribute to society, not just take. For Rep. Huelskamp to make such a statement is crass and ignorant. Hopefully is days in office will come to an abrupt end during the next election.

    Shame on him.

  • thomasbone63

    They don’t want you to have healthcare, they don’t want you to eat, they don’t want you to vote, they don’t want immigration reform, they don’t want to improve infrastructure, they don’t want bank regulations, they won’t control college cost, they eliminate federal jobs. Did I leave anything out?

    • CP

      they want all of your money. If you run out, your SOL

      • thomasbone63

        Hey CP, I now know who this as&hole is. This guy is against Medicaid but yet his ass is on Medicaid. This guy is not paying federal taxes because of those 10 kids. He’s against socialist pgms but yet he’s busting them out. What a fu*&^king phoney.

  • Marty Cox

    hahhaah.. You’d think that by now we’d be “used to” the hypocrisy, but somehow it always smacks us right in the face and it hurts!!!

  • JTP

    Food stamps are the Red Herring to this debate. Keep people thinking the worst on food stamps as an evil, while they take the best out of tax money for then-selves! Walker’s Red Herring in my state was evil teachers, and a corrupt union! If you noticed it worked in Wisconsin. I was hit hard by that and pay $4000 first before my insurance even kicks in, just for my wife and me each year! So it is always the Red Herring first then the corruption that fallows!

  • brad

    the issue is not over minimum wage. any person making less than 2,000 a month will struggle. 8 dollars an hour times 40 is 320 gross pay each week.
    my advice is building more affordable apartment units for working poor people. charge them 25% of their monthly is come. for example if your weekly pay check is 320 dollars times it by 4 that is 1280 dollars per month. if apartment rent was 425 dollars every month water-sanitation included.
    the issue is over income security. lets give all adults a monthly income of 1,000 dollars from the government in check form. plus any adult could still work a job and get money that way. many American’s work 2-3 jobs.
    every adult needs an income every month or week.
    socialism and capitalism lets do both in America.
    we should not have to work all the time.
    every person should get from the government each month a 1,000 dollar check as an income booster to help cover bills and other exspences

  • RottenJohnny

    Huelscam is one of the biggest hypocrites in Washington. Because of him, for the first time ever, no Kansan sits on the house farm committee. How screwed up is that?

  • PAUL

    When welfare was whyte.Aid to Families with Dependent Children(AFDC), i.e what we think of as WELFARE, was introduced as part of the Social Security Act of 1935, which also provided social security and unemployment insurance. At its inception, AFDC didn’t allow People of color, especially Black People. The intent of the program was to give whites a safety net. White RACISTS have been used as a weapon to attack welfare and the Black Community. This is why providing benefits to white people was relatively non controversial. But when welfare became a program that interfered with the super-exploitation of Black People, all that changed and then all of a sudden welfare became a problem. That’s why white conservatives are so obsessed with welfare when Black People are receiving it. When in fact there are so many other areas of spending that are doing so much more to drive up taxes and the deficit. A robust social safety net drives up wages, just as the threat of poverty and unemployment drives wages down. Check this :Welfare: A White Secret >>> http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,156084,00.html . …..AND ……. The belief that Whites achieved all of their wealth and advantage by HARD WORK is an absurd and a historical fantasy.” >>> http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/Perspectives_1/article_7867.shtml