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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:32 PM

Iowa Farmers Stick With Trump Despite Trade War

DES MOINES, Iowa—As Mr. Trump maps out his re-election bid, farmers in this battleground state are backing him even with the U.S. Farm Belt bracing for deeper pain from his trade fight with China. In and around the livestock barns, agriculture building and an antique-tractor collection at the Iowa State Fair in recent days, farmers almost universally expressed support for the president and pledged to vote for him in 2020.

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The battle between the world’s two biggest economies is weighing especially hard on rural America after China said earlier this month that it would suspend all imports of U.S. agricultural goods. The U.S. on Tuesday said it would delay tariffs on some Chinese consumer goods, and Mr. Trump expressed hope that China would commit to some agriculture purchases from America, but it was unclear whether any such pledge was forthcoming. In the wake of agricultural consolidation in recent decades, farmers aren’t nearly as large a group as they once were. But in heavily rural states like Iowa, which Mr. Trump won by almost 10 percentage points in 2016, they could still be an important voting bloc in 2020.

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One of the reasons farmers are showing so much patience with Mr. Trump, even as commodity prices have suffered, is because his administration has provided tariff-related aid to farmers. Dan Taylor, who farms about 900 acres of corn, soybeans and livestock near Bouton, Iowa, called the checks the “Trump payment” and said last year’s assistance came close to making up for losses incurred as a result of the trade war. Mr. Taylor was a rare farmer who said he didn’t vote for Mr. Trump and compared farmers backing the president with evangelical Christians who, as a whole, have also strongly supported him even though some of his actions may be counter to their beliefs. “The ag sector is the same way,” Mr. Taylor said. “They’ll still give him their loyalty, even though the trade war isn’t doing ag any good.”

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Still, some farmers off the fairgrounds said they see long-term damage from Mr. Trump’s actions. “Farmers have had lower prices, and they have so much market uncertainty, and all these markets that we’ve built—worked and worked and worked to build up over the years—now those relations are, are at, you know, all time lows,” said Aaron Lehman, president of the Iowa Farmers Union. “It’s going to take years for us to recover from how it was carried out.”

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question everything Aug 14 OP
Me. Aug 14 #1
smirkymonkey Aug 14 #2
SharonAnn Aug 14 #3
AJT Aug 14 #4
Bettie Aug 14 #5
gratuitous Aug 14 #6
dhill926 Aug 14 #7
Newest Reality Aug 14 #9
SharonClark Aug 14 #8
wellst0nev0ter Aug 14 #13
ooky Aug 14 #10
keithbvadu2 Aug 14 #11
question everything Aug 15 #16
Progressive Jones Aug 14 #12
lpbk2713 Aug 15 #14
Blecht Aug 15 #15

Response to question everything (Original post)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:34 PM

1. Then I Guess They Are Voting For The Person They Deserve

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:35 PM

2. Idiots.

I have no sympathy for their financial woes.

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:35 PM

3. And when the bail-outs end? They'll find out they've been conned?

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:37 PM

4. Hope they all lose their farms.....that seems to be their wish.

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:40 PM

5. I live in Iowa

and all I can say at this point is that they are choosing their own destruction, so fuck them.

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:43 PM

6. So, what's the attraction?

We hear from these knuckleheads all the time how they benefit from Democratic programs and initiatives, but there's always something that rubs them the wrong way. So, even though they're (for example) getting affordable health care and coverage for their pre-existing conditions, Barack Obama wore that tan suit! So fuck the Democrats.

Meanwhile, the Republican platform screws them six ways from Sunday, "It's going to take years for us to recover," but they still love them the GOP sooo much:



So, what's the attraction? I don't necessarily think these people are blockheads, but their self-destructive behavior and beliefs make it really hard to give a tin shit about the mess they've made for themselves.

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:46 PM

7. Fuck 'em...

they'll still vote repub when they lose their farms and go on public assistance.

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:04 PM

9. Oh, they can

go on SNAP until they get a good job in a chicken processing plant or working in the fields picking. There will be PLENTY of openings and they can stand on their own two feet like they supposed to.

I guess they don't realize what they may be doing for their dear leader after they lose it all. Somebody has to do that work. Some people just don't get it until it hits them right in the underpants.

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 06:48 PM

8. Remember, there are more of us then them.

We need to get out the urban and suburban vote!

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 11:49 PM

13. But we'd have to move next door to the dirt fuckers

to have any effect on the electoral college, and who wants that?

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 07:13 PM

10. See how long they would stick with him if he wasn't stealing our money

and giving it to them. Fuck socialism, that's communism.

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 09:54 PM

11. called the checks the "Trump payment"

called the checks the “Trump payment”

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Response to keithbvadu2 (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 15, 2019, 12:43 PM

16. Oh, that's perfect. Next panel he will change the position of the hand to "give me."

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Wed Aug 14, 2019, 10:09 PM

12. Probably some silly "Gawd gave us Trump" stuff. nt

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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 12:05 AM

14. Slow learners.



They refuse to see what is going on around them.

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Thu Aug 15, 2019, 12:08 AM

15. They're a bunch of stupid bigots -- Clinton couldn't have been more correct

I think she just underestimated their numbers -- it's a fucking truckload of deplorables.

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