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.


48 years of fearless reporting and still going strong

Be a part of something bigger and join the fight for truth by subscribing or donating to the Arkansas Times. For 48 years, our progressive, alternative newspaper in Little Rock has been tackling powerful forces through our tough, determined, and feisty journalism. With over 63,000 Facebook followers, 58,000 Twitter followers, 35,000 Arkansas blog followers, and 70,000 daily email blasts, it's clear that our readers value our commitment to great journalism. But we need your help to do even more. By subscribing or donating – as little as $1 –, you'll not only have access to all of our articles, but you'll also be supporting our efforts to hire more writers and expand our coverage. Take a stand with the Arkansas Times and make a difference with your subscription or donation today.

Previous article Wakarusa unveils some of its 2012 lineup Next article 40 Minutes of Hell on ESPN Feb. 11