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updated 6/6/2013 12:47:04 AM ET 2013-06-06T04:47:04

A Republican congressman on the Agriculture Committee, who voted against food stamps, has received millions in government subsidies for his farm.

One Republican is using the Bible to say the hungry should just go hungry.

Tea Party Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee quoted a verse from Book of Thessalonians in defense of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps. “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” said Fincher during a House Agriculture Committee meeting for a markup of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act.

Approximately 45 percent of the beneficiaries of food stamps are children. A while the bill he is voting for would cut food stamps for the neediest of Americans, Fincher himself is the recipient of major government assistance. The congressman has received over $3.5 million directly from the government in agriculture subsidies.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell called out Fincher’s hypocrisy during his Rewrite segment on Wednesday, and why he seems to get away with it.

“Congressman Steve Fincher gets away with this socialistic thievery for two reasons: One, Republicans and Democrats in Congress love socialism much more than they admit,” said O’Donnell. “No socialist program gets more unbridled bipartisan support than agriculture socialism, our single worst and stupid and most inefficient form of socialism in this country. And two, there is no law against conflict of interest in the Congress.”

O’Donnell said “there should be a special place in the congressional hall of shame for Stephen Fincher” over his willingness “to take food out of the mouths of children as long as he can still use government money to enrich himself.”

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    >>> imagine what the washington scandal police would do if they discovered a congressman pushed for a bill written for his own personal enrichment. imagine. imagine if this congressman was shown to have already made millions of dollars off of exactly this kind of legislation. darrell issa would have that congressman thrown in leg irons and dragged before his committee whereof course the culprit would take the fifth amendment as the ethics committee worked on his expulsion, and the fbi and u.s. attorney start to work on an indictment. but none of that would happen if it is a republican congressman we're talking about or if it's a democrat. even if the congressman was making sure that he gets a direct cash payoff from government funds in the most purely socialistic program this government has, agriculture subsidies. tennessee's republican socialism hating congressman, steven fincher has received over $3.5 million directly from the government in socialistic agriculture subsidies, which is of course the single stupidest form of socialism this country embraces. when steven fincher went to washington , all he wanted to do was get a seat on the agriculture committee because that's where his money is. he thinks it is his money. he thinks he deserves it. no one who takes money from the agriculture department thinks they don't deserve it. they believe they earn their money the old fashioned way, by lobbying for it, and simply taking it straight out of the united states treasury . you'd never know it if you heard steven fincher speaking in the agriculture committee markup of the farm bill from which he and his family have been living off millions and millions of dollars for generations.

    >> now we are all on this committee making decisions about other people's money.

    >> well, yes, you are, but you, steven fincher , are also making decisions about your money, what you think of as your money, but your money is actually my money, and all the people's money who pay taxes into the federal government and don't get any kind of subsidy from the federal government whatsoever. congressman steven fincher gets away with this socialistic thing for two reasons. one, republicans and democrats in congress love socialism much more than they understand or admit. no socialist program gets more unbridaled bipartisan support than agriculture socialism , the single worst, stupid, most inefficient form of socialism in this country and cruelist form of socialism in this country because agriculture is a global market , and we subsidize our farmers at the direct competitive expense of farmers in the third world, farmers in africa, then say to africa why are you having trouble with your agriculture ? the other reason, there is no law against conflict of interest in the congress . no judge would be allowed to preside over a trial in which he had a financial interest in the outcome. there are conflict of interest trip wires all over the legal profession , but if you're in the agriculture business and get elected to congress , everyone understands why you want to get on the agriculture committee and everyone is cool with that. you want to get on the agriculture committee to pay yourself money in addition to your congressional salary. not long ago, the republican leader of the senate was a major owner of hospitals and medical facilities in this country and he never recused himself from a vote on legislation directly affecting his wealth and income. try to think back to the last time you heard about a senator or a member of the house reducing himself or herself because of a conflict of interest . it does not happen. they vote on tax provisions on real estate all the time, they're heavily invested in oil stocks or energy sources vote on bills that can personally enrich them all the time, and no one thinks anything of it, no reporter in washington uses the word scandal for that. it should be a crime. if you're in the agriculture business, elected to congress , one committee you should not be allowed to serve on is the agriculture committee . if you own banks and are elected to congress , you should not be allowed to serve on the banking committee . how hard is that to figure out? congress hasn't figured it out and the washington press corp hasn't figured it out, and there's no editorial campaign anywhere to get conflict of interest out of congress . so a socialistic looter of the people's money, taking it right out of the treasury, sticking it in his pocket, can get away with saying things like this in congress .

    >> we represent the people and we represent the people's money and we have to be good stewards of that.

    >> and he's allowed to say that without objection when voting on a bill to enrich himself and his family in order to continue to enrich himself, a bill he is voting for that will cut food stamps for the neediest people among us. but he has a justification for that, all criminals have a justification for their crimes. he finds his justification in the bible.

    >> i looked at second thes loanians, 3:10. even when we were with you, one unwilling to work shall not eat.

    >> he is quoting the bible to support cutting food stamps , the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat. 45% of the beneficiaries of food stamps are children. what work would the lying republican agriculture socialist have the children do for their food? the line he is using from the bible is actually irrelevant to his opponent. the admonishment about those not willing to work not eating was directed at misguided people who stopped working in order to sit and wait for the second coming of jesus christ . the biblical line was written to emphasize sitting and doing nothing while waiting for the second coming of jesus christ was not a good idea. as i've pointed out many times before, there's good socialism and bad socialism just as there's good capitalism and bad capitalism. the challenge of the modern world is to decide when socialism works better than capitalism and when capitalism works better than socialism . virtually all politicians in almost all the press corp have no idea what socialism is, they have no idea how much socialism they support, like social security and medicare, the crown jewel of good socialism . whenever my name is mentioned to bill o 'reilly, he says that o'donnell is a socialist, not realizing he is, too. o'reilly and i differ in the degree of support for socialism . the worst enemy of good socialism is bad socialism , like agriculture socialism , and the worst socialists are the ones that push bad socialism for their own personal enrichment, like republican congressman steven fincher , who is willing to take food out of the mouths of children as long as he can still use government money to enrich himself. there should be a special place in the congressional hall of shame for steven fincher . there should be a place in federal prison for steven fincher , but congress has made sure that conflict of interests in congress is perfectly legal . and no one in washington thinks that's a scandal. [

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