May 22, 2019

IT SEEMED LIKE SUCH A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME!:

Farmers in US heartland fume over fallout from Trump's China tariffs (James Langford, May 17, 2019, Washington Examiner)

As a Minnesota farmer, Mike Peterson is accustomed to dealing with slumping crop prices or damage from volatile weather. He had no way to prepare, however, for the fallout from a trade war with China that has cost American growers access to one of their most lucrative markets.

"I'll be the first to admit that I originally supported the effort to secure better trade agreements and to hold bad actors accountable," Peterson told the House Agriculture Committee's panel on farm commodities in early May. "But the approach to these trade disputes has caused damage that I'm afraid it'll take us decades to overcome."

Peterson's outlook is increasingly common among U.S. farmers, many of whom reside in states that President Trump won in 2016 and will need to carry in order to keep the White House in 2020.

Good presidents save the citizenry from their basest impulses--like W's embyonic stem cell ban--instead of indulging them.

Posted by at May 22, 2019 4:03 AM

  

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