Convincing working-class voters to vote against their economic self-interest is something Republicans turned into an Olympic sport. Much like how they exploit our troops for political gain, duplicitous Republicans cynically hoodwink uninformed voters into thinking that they give a crap about farmers and small business. But, the fact is that they worship Wall Street and make sure that big business kills the working man.
President Donald Trump’s entire mantra is feigning economic populism while espousing policies that do everything to harm them, such as the tax scam. Despite promising to protect small farmers from predatory tariffs and big business encroachment, Trump staffed the USDA with the same incompetence that he staffs the rest of our government departments with.
And since he must scrap every excellent Obama-era policy out of pure jealousy and racism, Trump gutted very important Obama-era protections for small farmers.
Via the Daily Kos:
Obama-era rules that had yet to take effect would have given smaller farmers more power to set the terms of their deals with massive meat companies, empowering the growers to sue and better define abusive practices by processors and distributors under federal law. Trump’s Agriculture Department killed two of the proposed rules, one of which would have taken effect in October.
Major agribusinesses like Cargill and Butterball fought the rules, saying they would lead to endless litigation between farmers and global food companies.
Trump’s deregulatory strike — lauded by big business — has consequences, even for the mom-and-pop turkey farmers who raise free-range, antibiotic-free turkeys that have seen increasing demand as Americans become more socially conscious about the production of their foods.
But these farmers are not taking this abuse lying down. According to NPR, they plan on taking Trump to court in a YUGE federal lawsuit that charges U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his agency with “arbitrary and capricious” behavior in gutting back those two important Obama-era rules.
This is yet another reminder of why elections matter and why the uninformed, low -information voters not only screwed themselves in voting for a crazy billionaire con man who never worked a day in his life, but they screwed over millions of Americans with enough brain cells to not support this monster.
Luckily, more and more Trump voters are starting to see the light of day, calling him out as the brazen liar and disgusting human being he truly is.
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