Farmers are…more affluent than the average American. Since they are overwhelmingly white and conveniently spread throughout nearly every state, their claim to public subsidy has gained some popular legitimacy….the charge Cotton falsely makes against the food-stamp program is in fact completely true about the crop-subsidy program. It furnishes its recipients with lavish benefits and many of of them are millionaires. But this is the program Cotton, even while fighting to the death against the one that feeds extremely poor, hungry people, vows to protect…He is running not quite as a principled foe of government, but instead as a committed opponent of redistribution. Government is bad insofar as it gives money to the poor and vulnerable.
“On our family farm, we have a few dozen head of cattle. And one old guy with a head full of common sense: My dad. He taught me early: Farmers can’t spend more than they take in. And I listened. When President Obama hijacked the farm bill, turned it into a food stamp bill, with billions more in spending, I voted No.”