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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Danziger: Trading Blows

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.com.

GOP Senators Angered By Trump’s Lurch From Tariffs To Farm Bailouts

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

President Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly planning to provide $12 billion in aid to farmers struggling as the result of his trade war, and many of his fellow Republicans are furious.

Historically, of course, Republicans have been ideologically oriented against tariffs and direct industrial subsidies, and many fervent free-market advocates see Trump’s move as a betrayal.

“America’s farmers don’t want to be paid to lose – they want to win by feeding the world,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) in a statement. “This administration’s tariffs and bailouts aren’t going to make America great again, they’re just going to make it 1929 again.”

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‘It’s Like A Diet’: Ag Secretary Mocks Farmers’ Trade Losses

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue belittled American farmers on Wednesday.

“It’s a little bit like weight loss,” Perdue said of the tariffs that are damaging the bottom line for lots of red states, U.S. farmers. “It’s going to be good to get there but it is a little painful in the meantime.”

Perdue referred to Trump’s reckless tariffs as “trade disruptions we’re experiencing,” as if they weren’t specifically manufactured and imposed by the Trump administration. His remarks echoed Trump’s dismissive rhetoric about how trade wars are “easy to win.

“Wait a minute, ‘Trade disruptions we’re experiencing.’ That sounds very passive,” stressed Axios editor Mike Allen, as he interviewed Perdue.…

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