by Max Brantley
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack got some deserved unflattering attention this week for lecturing a hard-working college student for criticizing his priorities in supporting tax breaks for the rich, corporate subsidies and the rest while cutting college aid for struggling students.
Needless to say, it's not the first time Womack exhibited a hard heart toward the struggling.
I'm reminded of when some other constituents went to see him with a plea for help for food pantries that serve hungry people, many of them children. From the Carroll County News, back in November:
Instead of listening to these volunteers, Congressman Womack lectured them. He said local charities and government needed to treat food shelf users like "a college kid who misused the family credit card. You need to cut up the card," he said. "You need to figure out how to fund these programs locally because the Federal government hasn't got any more money."
Steve Womack, like John Boozman by the way, supports a bill that would continue subsidies to corporate farms that report more than $1,500,000.00 in annual revenue. In Arkansas, these subsidies amount to about $10 billion dollars since 1995. Most farm workers working on these operations make so little in wages that they qualify for food stamps; Womack wants to cut funding for that program too.
People like Womack — and other teabaggers like Reps. Grffin and Crawford — present voters with clear choices on the sort of country that best exemplifies the American ideal.