LaMalfa isn’t a conservative, he’s an elite fascist.
(I got this info from reading “rice Industry” articles — who reads those, right? I actually couldn’t tell you why I was, I don’t remember the research string I was following when I came across this)
Anyway pair this info with the stuff about LaMalfa voting no to the food stamp (SNAP) extension, but yes on continuing his rice farm subsidies (I read another article about how much he’s received in subsidies since 1995 and it was $4.7 mil, which is pretty close to his total net worth of $5.7 mil – seems all of his money has come from tax payers, sorry no links, but you can look that up)
LaMalfa was initially against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) because it excluded rice. He worked hard with big AG rice farmers to get rice included into the TPP. A big part of this was getting Japan to join (their consumption of CA rice is huge). Of course, once rice was included in the TPP he completely supports it – so long as it personally benefits his bottom line.
“Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) specifically addressed two rice industry issues. LaMalfa discussed the importance of including rice in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as part of a fair trade agreement, and asked that USDA’s Risk Management Agency continue efforts to address the unique needs of medium-grain rice (the type of rice LaMalfa is working with) in the context of crop insurance policies.” (http://www.usarice.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2121:usa-rice-daily-030513&catid=104:usa-rice-daily)
Trans Pacific Partnership Developments April 12, 2013
“The Obama Administration today announced that the U.S. supports Japan’s entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a negotiating member. This follows the discussions President Obama had a couple of weeks ago with Japanese Prime Minister Abe. Each of the other ten participating members in the TPP also has to agree to admit Japan into those negotiations..
Japan is the second-largest export market by value for U.S. rice. Most observers believe a broad-based negotiation like the TPP offers the best opportunity for increased market access since the Uruguay Round Agreement of 1994. There is concern that Japan might ask for special concessions regarding rice like South Korea did during the Korean Free Trade talks. Michael Rue, Vice Chairman of the USA Rice Federation’s International Trade Policy Committee said, “We appreciate and understand the political sensitivity of rice in Japan. Japan is a leader in the global economy and commercially meaningful improvements in access for U.S. rice must be a result of Japan’s entry into the TPP negotiations.”
We should note that California Congressmen Mike Thompson and Doug LaMalfa led a group of eight members of the California delegation in sending a letter to the Acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrius Marantis asking that U.S. trade officials make certain there is a level playing field for rice in the TPP discussions and that everything should be on the table for negotiation including market access and tariffs.”
LaMalfa is as selfish and corrupt as it gets, and is a perfect example of who really benefits from this two party left/right dichotomy. Feinstein and LaMalfa are the perfect yin/yang representation of that – a complete picture of corrupt wholeness. LaMalfa is a conservative as much as Feinstein is a liberal.