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Sunday, February 17, 2019

In Speech To Farmers, Trump Takes 30 Minutes To Rant About His ‘Wall’

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump used a speech to farmers to complain — at length — about America rejecting both his government shutdown and his obsession with building a border wall.

Despite delivering his speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation, it took well over 30 minutes of monologuing about the wall before Trump even got around to mentioning issues relevant to farmers.

And when he did get around to discussing trade issues, he failed to address the serious harms that his unnecessary trade war has caused many farmers.

Trump arranged unpopular payoffs to temporarily help farmers affected by the trade war — but even those paltry measures have been disrupted because of his shutdown.…

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The Self-Destruction Of American Farmers

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

 

Not long ago, agriculture was a crown jewel of America’s export economy. Then President Trump happened.

He launched his “easy-to-win” trade wars, and our trading partners hit back right where the farm belt hurts.

Soybeans have been our biggest farm export and China their biggest foreign market. Last year, U.S. farmers sold almost $14 billion worth of soybeans to China. That amount is down considerably, to say the least. In November, China’s imports of U.S. soybeans fell to zero.

Leave it to others to explain why the agricultural heartland so ardently backed a presidential candidate promising a trade conflagration sure to hit it the hardest.…

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Why Paul Ryan Lied About Food Stamps To GOP Colleagues

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Speaker Paul Ryan will go down in history as one of the weakest and most inconsequential House speakers ever to wield the gavel.

So it seems fitting that in what is likely the final piece of significant legislation to pass the House under Ryan’s leadership, Ryan himself stooped to lying about the content of the bill in order to beg his fellow Republicans to support it.

In an attempt to gin up support for a compromise farm bill, Ryan told Republican colleagues that the bill included his long-desired goal of imposing stricter work requirements on people who receive food stamps.…

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