Donald Trump has literally ruined thousands of farms that have suffered tremendously with the large drop in commodity prices and falling income. Trump’s reckless trade war with our allies has cost billions so far. Through it all, however, the farmers have largely stuck with him.
Well, that may be about to change, as reported over at The New York Times:
But as the government shutdown now drags into a third week, some farmers say the loss of crucial loans, payments and other services has pushed them — and their support — to a breaking point.
While many rural conservatives may loathe the idea of Big Government, farmers and the federal government are welded together by dozens of programs and billions of dollars in spending.
Now, farmers and farm groups say that federal crop payments have stopped flowing. Farmers cannot get federally backed operating loans to buy seed for their spring planting, or feed for their livestock. They cannot look up new government data about beef prices or soybean yields to make decisions about planting and selling their goods in an ever-changing global market.
Let’s back up a second. Even before the shutdown, Trump coddled our enemies while simultaneously declaring a tariff war on our largest trading partners, Canada, Mexico, China, and the EU. Remember when Trump bragged about how “easy” trade wars were to “win?” Well, by any metric, we’re not winning. Our exports have plummeted by nearly 30 percent, and we have suffered billions in losses, with the hardest hit being the Trump states, whose industries were micro-targeted. Even using Trump’s own metric, the U.S. trade deficit, he failed: It has increased by over $100 billion since he took office.