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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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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Bernie And Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Estate Taxes, Fact Vs Fiction, Sanders Vs Cruz

video still of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at CNN town hall debate 10/18/2017

by Richard Cameron Wednesday evening this last week, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) once again renewed their old acquaintance at a CNN town hall where they sparred primarily about tax reform and to a lesser extent, continued to re-litigate healthcare.  Incidentally, there was a short ribbing session between them at the front end of the proceedings and it is obvious that despite their philosophical and policy differences, they greatly enjoy one another’s company:   Beware the phrase ‘reform’ – in any context … Congress and the…

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