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Monday, December 17, 2018

Why Paul Ryan Lied About Food Stamps To GOP Colleagues

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

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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Trump’s Trade War Already Cost Farmers $1 Billion — In Nebraska

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Trump’s disastrous trade war is hammering farmers in the midwest, with a new report showing the state of Nebraska will lose more than $1 billion in 2018 alone.

In an analysis, the Omaha World-Herald calls “eye-popping,” the Nebraska Farm Bureau laid out the extent of the damage done by Trump’s trade war.

Losses to Nebraska farm revenues due to the trade war is between $695 million and $1.026 billion in 2018 alone, Jay Rempe, Nebraska Farm Bureau’s senior economist, told the World-Herald.

“That’s roughly 11 to 16 percent of the export values of Nebraska agriculture goods in 2017,” he added.…

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Trump Farm Bailout Will Pay Millions To Chinese Firm

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


Donald Trump’s plan to defeat China on trade is a complete disaster. His tariffs against China have devastated the agricultural sector, killing jobs in parts of the country that voted for him, and forcing him to implement a billion-dollar bailout of American farms.

But nothing better underscores Trump’s incompetence than a new report in the Washington Post, detailing an embarrassing oversight in the eligibility for that bailout program:

Smithfield Foods, a Virginia-based pork producer acquired in 2013 by a Chinese conglomerate now named WH Group, can apply for federal money under the bailout program created this summer, said Agriculture Department spokesman Carl E.

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