Top farm subsidy areas overwhelmingly supported Romney


Just as the Romney class conveniently forgets that they are recipients of federal giveaways, many farmers also have a convenient memory. They just hate the 47% types of people who can’t get enough of those federal tax dollars but hey, it’s completely different when it’s them who are receiving the cash.

It’s not just Red State Socialism that is popular, but Red County Socialism as well. And then there’s Corporate Socialism, CEO Socialism, Wall Street Socialism, Big Oil Socialism and well, you get the picture.

Much like Texas asking to secede, the freeloading farmers who voted for Romney can also turn in their citizenship any time they like. Just pay back what you received and we can call it a day.

Mmmm, smells like hypocrisy:

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The BGOV Barometer shows nine of the 10 counties collecting the most in farm subsidies last year backed Romney, with Stoddard County, a rice, corn and cotton producer in southeast Missouri, voting for the Republican over President Barack Obama by the biggest margin, almost three-to-one. Farmers there got $13.5 million in farm subsidies in 2011, ranking seventh on the list.“Farmers vote Republican but they like Democratic programs,” said former Representative Charles Stenholm of Texas, who served as the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee while in office and is now a lobbyist. “They consider themselves to be conservative, and if something is important to them, then they don’t consider that liberal.”

Of the top 10, only majority-black Bolivar County, Mississippi, supported Obama. Bolivar County, in the state’s rural Delta region, took in $13.6 million in farm aid in 2011. Seven other counties — four in Arkansas, two in California, and one in Texas — gave Romney at least 60 percent of the vote, according to an analysis of election data and agricultural subsidies. Whitman County, Washington, also favored Romney, though only by a 50-47 percent margin with about 5 percent of the vote left to count.

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12 Responses to “Top farm subsidy areas overwhelmingly supported Romney”

  1. caphillprof says:

    I think many of the remaining family farmers are like the teabaggers who insisted that the government keep its hands off their Medicare.

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  2. theoracle says:

    And all those in these Romney/Ryan/Republican-backing areas receiving government farm subsidies watch Faux News and listen to Rush Limbaugh religiously. Oh, and probably go to an arch-conservative “Christian” church on Sundays, thus completing the trifecta of lies and disinformation that their brains are saturated with weekly.

  3. EdA says:

    You have to remember that a great many farmers are Republicans in the first place, rugged individualists until it is time for them to need something, at which point they remember that as Republicans, particularly Teatotalitarians, they’re entitled to anything that isn’t nailed down.

  4. bkmn says:

    I am amazed at how many women love to chew on edamame, or soybeans. This is a crop that is heavily fertilized and coated in pesticides.

    If those same people are feasting on the bottom feeding fish tilapia, their offspring are not going to be pretty.

  5. mf_roe says:

    On the mark, I would offer that originally farm subsidies did help many small family farms, something that is as common as horse water troughs on main street today. A big problem with our system is we never sunset obsolete programs they are instead re-worked as graft.

  6. bobtrail says:

    Every time Republicans tank the economy, the people who suffer least, in the short run anyway, are those who provide a good or service which people need to keep buying, no matter what. I’m guessing that food growers, for example, are among the last to feel the pinch.

    You can imagine all kinds of games which a Republican group might try to run on an economy in order to impoverish one group relative to another group, thus cutting back on one group’s economic and political power while boosting the other group. You might even want to go for a real schism between such groups in a divide and conquer mode.

  7. BeccaM says:

    It’s not just the GOP, but also plenty of willing Dems who bow to King Corn. (…and Cotton, Soybeans, Wheat, and Rice).

  8. Naja pallida says:

    Unfortunately, most of them simply don’t want to hear it. As far as they are concerned, it’s “libruls” and “ferners” that are all the problems in the country, despite the fact that we haven’t had any real liberal economic legislation in this country in over 30 years, and immigrants (or generations beyond) make a sizable portion of even red state work forces. They don’t understand that when money is sent to their state in the form of farm subsidies and so forth, not much of it is getting down to improve the lives of the average worker. Instead, it is going to bolster the bottom line of some large, zero-accountability, corporate entity. It reminds me a lot of sending monetary aid to a third world dictatorship, when the dictator just keeps it all for himself and what he wants to spend it on, and his people continue to suffer. You can easily see how they think government isn’t working for them, but they simply refuse to accept the causation. It can’t possibly be that they are being screwed by their own side, it has to be those gay hippie Mexicans stealing all the money!

  9. MyrddinWilt says:

    Think of it from the perspective of the average person living in those states though.

    They see a tiny number of rich people feeding off the federal teat, getting millions of dollars in subsidies but paying workers pitiful wages and no healthcare. Services of all kinds are poor because the population is sparse and the government resources are spread over a wide geographic area. Even access to water and electricity are major concerns.

    So looking at the evidence of what the federal government is doing for people in their area they just see a bunch of rich people getting money they don’t deserve.

    Then they go and vote for the party that is dedicated to giving all that corporate welfare to the rich people.

    So what I see there is a problem for progressives. How do we explain to the people who are seeing all that waste that it is the GOP behind the corporate welfare not progressives?

  10. nicho says:

    Of course they want stuff. They just don’t want anyone else to want stuff.

  11. caphillprof says:

    I think progressives need an ongoing political ad campaign in which they teach Red county folk the facts about themselves, their counties and their children who moved to the city to get away from Red county nonsense.

    As a democrat who voted for Obama, I will enjoy my farm subsidy.

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