Trump propping up his base, the only people he cares about
Why should we have to pay for Trump’s bad tariff policy?
A one time, short term $12B bailout for farmers caught in Trump’s escalating trade war. "White House officials hope it will temporarily quiet some of the unease from farm groups."
— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) July 24, 2018
What they're saying: Republicans diss Trump's aid to farmershttps://t.co/CnkdeX5lYL
— Axios (@axios) July 24, 2018
Question @realDonaldTrump –
The $12bn in emergency aid for farmers will come in a direct assistance program created during THE DEPRESSION (no need for Congressional approval)
If our economy is STRONGER THAN EVER- why are we using depression era emergency support?
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) July 24, 2018
$12 billion in payoffs for farmers to blunt the political cost of tariffs. Crazypants.
Just sayin, but for $12b you could (a) build 500 new public schools (b) hire 250,000 teachers or (c) pay for a million kids to go to college for a year.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 24, 2018
Step 1: trade war
Step 2: emergency policies to offset damage from trade war
Step 3: policies to offset damage from policies implemented in step 2
Step 4: policies to offset damage from step 3
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) July 24, 2018
Let's be clear. This is a self-inflicted wound to the U.S. economy that now requires a bailout by the political party that used to sanctimoniously lecture about free markets and fiscal responsibility. I can abide by a lot but hypocrisy always rubs me raw. https://t.co/X9hMy4mtfA
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 24, 2018
Dunno about you, but when I think of free markets, I definitely think of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods and then a massive bailout for farmers https://t.co/GQReIKjy9k
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) July 24, 2018
So, Trump is doling out $12 bil in welfare to farmers (mostly wht in red states) bc he's destroying their biz but needs their vote. That's TWICE what the gov plans to spend on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)! https://t.co/gpTGMXhmQH
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) July 24, 2018
Just got off the phone with a soybean farmer and asked for reaction to reported details of USDA relief package.
His initial take on a $12 billion disbursement program: "It would be a band-aid – how do you decide who gets what?"
— Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche) July 24, 2018
For all of Trump's bluster about the China menace, farmers need those Chinese markets. Those markets may be at risk of getting lost permanently, meaning lots more bailout $$$ will be necessary.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) July 24, 2018
Puerto Rico doesn't get a bailout, but farmers do. Fuck everyone who doesn't understand how economics and race are tied together.
— Steven Santos (@stevensantos) July 24, 2018