Trump Versus Trump – Hailing Nationalism While Undermining Democracy

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  by Richard Cameron   I happened to be the recipient of a post on Facebook from a publisher I formerly contributed articles to. It was sort of out of the blue after a considerable time of non-communication and was also puzzling as to its content. Of all things this person might tag me on or post to my wall, it was a link to the full video of Donald Trump’s recent speech before the United Nations! The title of the link was, “The Speech They’re Trying To Hide: President…

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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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Jesus Would Be Facing A Prison Sentence In Federal Court On Migrant Smuggling Charges

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by Richard Cameron   I, as a general matter of policy as Editor in Chief, tend to strenuously avoid articles that delve into religious issues. We have a sister publication, National Candle, whose wheelhouse is just that. However, rules are made to be broken. Had Jesus been incarnated in the flesh in the American Southwest and brought light, hope and salvation to residents and immigrants alike, in the border zones of the Sonora Desert between the United States and Mexico, He would have found himself under the close scrutiny of…

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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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Farmers Are Casualties In Trump’s Trade War

Farmers Trade War

By Lynda Bryant-Work “As history has repeatedly proven, one trade tariff begets another, then another – until you’ve got a full-blown trade war. No one ever wins, and consumers always get screwed.” Mark McKinnon Strong support from the agriculture sector helped elect President Donald Trump to the White House in 2016. But two years later, concerns about the trade war and trade disputes have many farmers backing away from Trump. Tariffs are expected to raise the price of production for agriculture and make U.S. crops less competitive in China. When it…

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Trump Heads To Nuclear Talks In Singapore After Alienating Allies In Canada

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by Richard Cameron   If Donald Trump gets the Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as wrong as he just got the G6+1 meeting in Canada – the US is going to get taken to the cleaners, bigly. Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul put it in these terms:       Trump, as has been reported, slunk out of the meetings in Charlevoix, Quebec, pouting and grumbling that the other national leaders did not dance to his tune the way the GOP Congress has for the past…

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Here’s The Problem With Trump’s Trade War: Trade Deficits Aren’t Necessarily Bad

WPA poster titled First Foreign Trade Zone - artist Jack Rivolta. Produced 1937 during New Deal trade initiative.

by Tony Wyman Trade War Between Trump And Credible Economists You could hit an imported Chinese golf ball into a room full of economists and have a pretty good chance of not hitting one who agrees with President Trump‘s trade kerfuffle with China.  Why?  Because, unlike the president, most economists think trade deficits aren’t a bad thing.  In fact, some even think they are good. How can that be?  Doesn’t it make sense that we are losing against China if they are selling us more than we are selling them? …

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The Derailing of the Trump Presidency and Why Many Supporters are Finally Walking Away

By Janice Barlow PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ANGERED MANY on the right from the start. They didn’t vote for him, didn’t back him, and some grudgingly gave him a nod when he did the occasional good thing that they expected from a president who wasn’t Obama. I struggle to think of an example beyond Neil Gorsuch, a name picked from a list of semi- to completely conservative SCOTUS justice picks that any Republican president would have chosen acceptably from. Of course, the response is always: But Hillary wouldn’t have! Let’s move…

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