The videos of late-night comedians holding his predecessor, Mark Souder, up to ridicule are still circulating as primary searches on the Internet. Before his recent foot-in-mouth proclamation that the president of the United States is disrespecting him, and that he is endorsing the government shutdown but doesn’t know why, Stutzman did something even more despicable.
He successfully supported legislation that separated the farm bill from the food stamp program within the Department of Agriculture. He then voted to drastically reduce funding for the food stamp program. This allowed Stutzman to separately reduce funding for poor families without cutting allotments for farm subsidies.
Stutzman farms 4,000 acres in Indiana and at the time of his election had received $1.2 million in farm subsidies. That figure is now approaching $1.5 million. Stutzman, like many other congressmen, has said he is donating his congressional pay to charity for the duration of the government shutdown.
However, at no time did Stutzman say he would be returning his farm subsidy to the U.S. taxpayers, a subsidy that the average Hoosier family could live on. Nor is he returning the pension he is accumulating during the shutdown. Like most congressmen, Stutzman cannot be defeated at the polls, he is gerrymandered in. So we will have to wait until it’s his turn to step before the microphone to resign in disgrace, humiliating both himself and the Republicans of the 3rd District of Indiana. But this time we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
Charles C. Garnette Sr.