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Today the God-King declared “Tariffs are the greatest!” and repeated his asinine America As Piggy Bank metaphor in threatening our trading partners before exclaiming “All will be Great!” … and then leaked plans for a $12 billion farm bailout using the New Deal-era Commodity Credit Corporation. The GOP response was … well, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) called it “a Soviet-style economy” and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) agreed:
Tariffs are taxes that punish American consumers and producers. If tariffs punish farmers, the answer is not welfare for farmers — the answer is remove the tariffs.
So did Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE):
This trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers and White House’s ‘plan’ is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches. America’s farmers don’t want to be paid to lose — they want to win by feeding the world. This administration’s tariffs and bailouts aren’t going to make America great again, they’re just going to make it 1929 again.
So did Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA):
Tariffs are not great. They are taxes, paid by Americans, that harm consumers, workers, and companies.
Opposing this bailout is not an anti-Trump position. It is not anti-farmer either. It’s an acknowledgement that with a $21 trillion national debt and with a projected $1 trillion deficit in 2019, there is no justification to spend $12 billion when the real problem is U.S. tariff policy.
Conservatives should oppose a tax-payer funded government bailout to put a bandaid on a problem the government created.
With polls holding with Democrats as “soft favorites” to win the House, is the God-King’s bailout a bid to buy farmers’ votes?
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