Animal Rights

Steve King is a Dick

Representative Steve King explains why he opposes the farm bill currently lingering in the halls of congress and why he has personally introduced legislation that prohibits state and local governments from establishing their own animal cruelty laws.

When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.

Steve King really loves the part of the farm bill that would kick nearly 2 million people off of food stamps, but the part about making it a federal crime to host or attend dog fights? That's a deal breaker for him.

And state's rights are so pre-Obamacare-is-upheld.

Speaking of the farm bill -- House Republicans are now abandoning it and opting to pass piece-meal legislation to aide drought-stricken farmers instead.

via AP

WASHINGTON—With Republicans badly split over farm subsidies and cutting food stamps, House GOP leaders Tuesday decided to drop plans to extend the current farm program for one year and instead will press for immediate help for drought-stricken livestock producers. [...]

The party remains stymied by internal divisions between conservatives and farm-state lawmakers on how to proceed with a broader renewal of farm subsidies and the food stamp program.

Approximately 16 cents of every dollar spent on the SNAP program by the federal government literally trickles down to farmers. It's good for business and it's good for people.

It's good policy. But, you know, socialism! Welfare queens!