3 GOP State Senators in Wisconsin Get Farm Subsidies
Critics see it as hypocrisy on spending
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2011 3:25 PM CST
In this Feb . 19, 2011 file photo, Neporsha Hamlin, center, of Madison, Wis, protests the governor's budget bill at the State Capitol in Madison.   (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

(Newser) – Three GOP state senators in Wisconsin fighting to cut wages and collective bargaining rights of public workers in the name of the budget have accepted a total of about $300,000 in federal farm subsidies, reports Sam Stein at the Huffington Post. There's no direct link between the subsidies and the state's budget crisis—but it doesn't exactly support Republicans' argument that they're out to rein in government spending, say critics.

“Members of both parties preach fiscal austerity all the time, but then when it comes to farm subsides going to farmers in their districts, they think the spigot should remain wide open,” says a spokesman for a group that tracks the subsidies.

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shusss
Mar 10, 2011 6:41 AM CST
All farmers benefit from farm subsidies...there is no way to "opt out". Everyone that buys a gallon of milk is a beneficiary of farm subsidies. If you don't understand that, YOU are too stupid to live.
Dave99
Mar 10, 2011 6:34 AM CST
If you needed this to prove to yourself that republicans are hypocrites you are too stupid to live. This is just one of a very long list of examples of their hypocrisy.
jlfellows
Mar 10, 2011 12:34 AM CST
Millionaire farmers that don't really farm anything in ND, MN WI, are as common as fleas on a dog. they get paid to not grow crops and paid to let vast amounts of land go fallow. They call it their money crop when they talk about how all they have to do is keep it mowed. I lived in ND and I was surrounded by these millionaire farmers that traveled the world and wintered in Texas. It makes no difference if it's the GOP or the DEM's when it comes to talking about cutting the budgets it's for everyone but them. You want them to cut the budget? Stop paying your taxes, everyone... just stop sending them money and watch how fast they stop spending it. The farm bill should be deleted in it's entirety as should foreign aid.