<b>A case of self-interest?</b>
EDITOR: I was upset to read that the House passed a farm bill without any funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This has been a joint bill since 1973. To decline to fund a program that is a crucial part of our social safety net, while passing a program that many feel benefits some corporations and individuals who clearly do not have a valid financial need, is disgraceful.
My initial disappointment has now turned to outrage upon hearing a TV interview where it was said that at least a dozen congressmen benefited from this bill. I immediately contacted Rep. Mike Thompson's office to confirm if this were true — and, if so, why they were not required to recuse themselves from voting on a bill that had would benefit them personally. I was told that they do not have access to this information, but if any of the congressmen were farmers who qualified, they would receive the subsidy and would be allowed to vote.
I am once again saddened by the reality of what has become acceptable behavior by our elected representatives, and — consequently — by those of us who elect them.