Farmers are being hit from all sides by Trump. Now Perdue says their family farms are ‘going out’

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Since the beginning of the administration, the Trump team seems to have gone out of its way to hurt American farmers despite (as any New York Times story featuring a diner will suggest) farmers’ status as staunch Trump supporters. At this point, you’ve got to think they’re doing it on purpose.

Case in point: Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue telling his audience of diary farmers on Tuesday that the small family dairy farm is on its way out—so suck it up, buttercup.

“In America, the big get bigger and the small go out. I don’t think in America we, for any small business, we have a guaranteed income or guaranteed profitability.”

That’s a surprising degree of fatalism for a man tasked with appeasing farmers while the rest of the administration rakes them over the coals. Usually you would expect a longtime Republican politician in his situation to, you know … lie.

But it’s getting harder for farmers to ignore the dire straits the Trump administration has been putting them in. Trump’s trade wars (especially the one with China) are the main culprit, but Trump’s war on the Clean Air Act has been putting the squeeze on farmers as well. The Trump administration has approved a slew of waivers exempting refineries from meeting mandatory minimum ethanol requirements. That has decimated ethanol markets, spurring corn growers to send a letter to Trump noting rising “frustration” with his policies.

This is likely to result in a fat lot of Nothing, since the dual Republican drives to assist the oil industry and slash Clean Air Act protections are both of far more importance than whether the nation’s corn and soybean farmers survive to plant next year’s crops. Farmers are learning, once again, the truth of the Republican policy agenda: you, loyal farm communities, are the expendable ones.

“The waivers are what pushed us over the edge,” a now-shuttered Iowa energy cooperative’s plant manager told The Washington Post. “I don’t think I could vote for him,” a formerly Trump-supporting corn and soybean farmer admitted.

That said, none of this should be taken as a serious indication that the typically archconservative farming towns of the Midwest will be abandoning the Republican Party anytime soon. It is possible, to be sure, but we—or rather, farmers—have been here before. Republican administrations reliably screw farmers, whether by targeting their migrant workers or making new rules that advantage large factory farms over small family efforts, and it is never enough to dissuade those towns from doing the same thing again. The contempt for government is high, and the insistence that conservative social norms prevail, regardless of the personal price paid, is stubborn.

But push them far enough, and they might decide to sit out Election Day entirely. Especially when Trump and his team are delivering both insult and injury.

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Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

It’s one thing to bend over for them (GOP) but when they bend over AND spread em, well they asked for it.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

..Yes , I recall ( in the military) when asked to bend over and spread your cheeks, we all laughed when some new guys ( kids ) reached up and spread the cheeks of their faces .
..We don’t get many laughs like no days .
..We were young , and life was good . We had confidence our government would always do the right thing . Trump sure killed that .
..And we don’t pick up soap in the shower anymore , we let it lay and break out a
new bar .

Rutokin
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Rutokin

I just don’t understand how anyone could keep putting your hands over the fire and not expect not to get burned ,I respect the farming industry, why would you keep voting for those who are repressing you, I don’t get it

Chris Whitley
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Chris Whitley

The disease of republicanism. Why do people making minimum wage on up vote for republicans when republicans politicians don’t give a dam whether they live or die. Republicanism.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico

That’s a dam good question, you’d think , that if I can’t go to Trumps property, why would I vote for him .
Truthfully only voters that don’t know Trump voted for him . Those that knew him , didn’t vote for him . They don’t know him !
..The same type of sharecroppers , that gave their lives for the 3 percent of the south , plantation owners, that were slave owners .
..Even if they’d won , they would still have been poor sharecroppers.

Donna Doggett
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Donna Doggett

Racism and misogyny. That’s why.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
…Because his hands are so small ,the fire misses his fingers , in addition to which , he’s as numb as a mummy. —” mummy ,mummy , —where are you mummy”. …Did he have a mummy? Or was he hatched? Today ,Trump’s going to eat twenty tacos as his tribute to his deal with Mexico , for paying for the wall ( secretly). ….And said “don’t cry for me , Argentina” , I kept my promise”, to have “Mexico ,pay for the wall “. ..He told the Mexican’s , he’d have been the greatest bullfighter of all time . No,… Read more »
Chris Whitley
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Chris Whitley

Sonny Perdue is the perfect stooge for his job. Many small farmers are going out. I grew up in farm country and live here now. To farm you need thousand plus acres to make it work. You still in the “small” category then. Now many large farms are being sucked up by corporations. They get tax incentives, when there is a “bailout” they get that. There are crop rotation and not planting acreage incentives. Hell not uncommon that they get 30/40% writeoff.

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
Just another impossible promise that Trump made , along with “Mexico paying for the wall “ Quote “who’s paying for the wall” ? MEXICO, MEXICO,MEXICO.? Turns out to be another lie. “Who’s a lier “ .TRUMP, TRUMP ,TRUMP ,? Trump says it’s all Hillary’s , fault because he’s got information that Hillary called the president of Mexico and made a deal to block payments for the wall , that Trump said the president of Mexico promised him, for QUID PRO QUO . . Trump promised him after wards a free condo at MARE-A-LOGO , as a gift , only after… Read more »