Paul Krugman tells you what you need to know about the vote by House Republicans to drop the food stamp program from the Farm Bill:
Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party. We’ve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. We’ve even gone beyond selfishness and special interests. At this point we’re talking about a state of mind that takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable.
To fully appreciate what just went down, listen to the rhetoric conservatives often use to justify eliminating safety-net programs. It goes something like this: “You’re personally free to help the poor. But the government has no right to take people’s money” — frequently, at this point, they add the words “at the point of a gun” — “and force them to give it to the poor.”
It is, however, apparently perfectly O.K. to take people’s money at the point of a gun and force them to give it to agribusinesses and the wealthy.
Now, some enemies of food stamps don’t quote libertarian philosophy; they quote the Bible instead. Representative Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, for example, cited the New Testament: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” Sure enough, it turns out that Mr. Fincher has personally received millions in farm subsidies.
You should read the whole column. Truly, there is nothing good about the modern Republican Party. They don’t even have good intentions. Their only intention is to redistribute wealth from the non-rich to the rich. Periodically they take a break from that project to demonize homosexuals or to humiliate women, but mostly it’s about redistributing wealth upwards.
Somehow, though, this must be all Obama’s fault. You know, because he doesn’t schmooze enough.