Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party.

We’ve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. We’ve even gone beyond selfishness and special interests.

At this point we’re talking about a state of mind that takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable.

Long ago, when subsidies helped many poor farmers, you could defend the whole package as a form of support for those in need. Over the years, however, the two pieces diverged. Farm subsidies became a fraud-ridden program that mainly benefits corporations and wealthy individuals. Meanwhile food stamps became a crucial part of the social safety net.

So House Republicans voted to maintain farm subsidies — at a HIGHER level than either the Senate or the White House proposed — while completely eliminating food stamps from the bill.

The Hunger Games