Are U.S. Farmers Done With Trump Yet? Rumblings Of A Pushback Against His Trade Wars

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by Richard Cameron   It’s clear that the most prominent aspect of Donald Trump’s high stakes casino game – known to us as his trade war with China, is the economic impact it is having and continues to have on American farmers. We know that Trump’s history with casinos was a colossal failure, so Trump’s gambit on trade, not only looks like a bad bet, but he might also be gambling his presidency on it.  To illustrate the reality of the “successful Trade battle” Trump refers to in the tweet,…

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Farmers Battle For Survival Against Natural Disasters, Government Policy

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  By Lynda Bryant Work   Most Americans remember the bomb cyclone that hit and affected the central United States from Minnesota to Texas, with the hardest hit suffering from fierce wind, heavy snow, ice and rain. The destruction was unprecedented, bringing catastrophic flooding to many areas leaving people stranded, farmland wrecked and livestock dead. Roads were destroyed, bridges damaged, and levies breached and collapsed. Flooding also threatened the safety of millions of private water wells in 10 states due to bacteria and industrial contamination. More than a million acres…

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Farmers Face Bleak Future Due To Trade War, Weak Commodities And Labor Shortages

By Lynda Bryant Work   “Farming is a profession of hope.” Brian Brett   Farmers live on hope from year to year, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And money is getting scarce. Despite claims from the White House that the economy is doing great, many Farm Belt states would disagree. The U.S. farm economy is challenged this year like at no other time in recent history, due to trade concerns, depressed commodity prices and a lack of immigrant labor. Farm Belt states are great for business. Iowa, Illinois and Indiana,…

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Trump isn’t the Cure for the Cancer Destroying American Politics, He’s the Disease

by Tony Wyman “To my friends who wonder how a decent, educated woman could support a crude, narcissistic reality TV show host and erstwhile pro-wrestling figure like Donald Trump as president, I answer that it’s simple,” wrote Dr. Robin Burk, former West Point instructor and researcher at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in an article recently published in the unabashedly pro-Trump online publication American Greatness. The article is a very well written explanation of how a woman as intelligent, cosmopolitan and worldly as Dr. Burk could come to see a…

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Donald Trump – Master Of Bait And Switch And Evaporating Claims

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by Richard Cameron   If you look closely, or even not so closely at the outcomes of virtually every assertion that Trump and his administration have made in the last 28 months and even reaching back before his inauguration – a distinct pattern emerges. The pattern? Trump makes claims about his presidency that receive a lot of traction in the right wing media, but that inevitably, whether it is a day later, a week later or even a few months, are found to have been fictitious. It started with Trump’s…

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The Irrational Exuberance Of Consumer Confidence Indexes As Economic Indicators

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by Richard Cameron   The Consumer Confidence Board released survey numbers for May, which showed an increase in the index from April’s 129.2 to 134.1.  What are these surveys asking, who is being asked and should anyone rely on them for an indication of the economy’s performance in the near term or beyond? The two main surveys that investors follow are the Consumer Confidence Board – actually conducted by the same people (Nielsen) that estimate TV ratings and the University of Michigan. There are some other surveys that troll these two,…

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If There is a Recession Coming, How Can We See it Before it Happens?

by Tony Wyman June will mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the Great Recession, the longest and deepest economic downturn this country had seen since World War II.  Unemployment doubled, housing values dropped 30%, the S&P 500 declined 57% and U.S. households lost $14 trillion of wealth, more than 20%, during the nearly 19-month decline. SInce then, the country has enjoyed one the longest periods of expansion in the nation’s history, thanks to the aggressive and unprecedented responses by fiscal and monetary policy makers in the Bush and…

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How President Trump Can Solve the Immigration Dilemma and Maybe Save His Presidency, too

by Tony Wyman President Trump gave a speech last week that, I admit, I immediately dismissed as “a dud.”  Like millions of others watching the speech, I expected Mr. Trump to announce he was declaring a state of emergency so he could make an end run around Congress and the Constitution, and redirect money from the Defense Department to build a 1954-mile-long wall between the United States and Mexico. Instead, he delivered a nine-minute-long speech that sought to reshape his message from one depicting immigrants as dangerous, malevolent and threatening…

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The Wall Won’t Solve the Illegal Immigrant Problem, It Will Make it Worse

by Tony Wyman Americans have lived with the problem of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally for so long we don’t remember a time when the problem didn’t exist.  But there was such a time, before politicians discovered making Americans fear Mexican immigrants was political gold. Back then, migrants crossed the border with ease, staying long enough to help American farmers harvest crops before going back home in the winter.  But that all changed when politicians rewrote the laws that made migration across the Mexican border easy and created…

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The USMCA Isn’t A Great Deal, It Is A Protectionist Tax On Consumers

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by Tony Wyman If what you were hoping for after President Trump threw out the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico was a real step forward towards freeing business from government intrusion, you will be sorely disappointed. What we got, instead, is what we always get from big government politicians who believe more regulation is better regulation.  Instead of being “the most important trade deal we’ve ever made, by far,“ as President Trump bombastically claimed after Canada signed the new deal, what we really…

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