Wednesday, August 1, 2018

U.S. Farmers Shouldn't Be Collateral Damage in Free-Traders' Crusade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a $12-billion plan to support farmers and ranchers harmed by China’s retaliatory tariffs. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) slammed the move in a tweet: “This solution is as insane as the policy that got us into this mess. … @POTUS cannot fix this self-inflicted crisis w/a $12 billion slush fund.” Bennet is a free-trade supporter, so the criticism is not a surprise. But he apparently forgot his vote in 2015 for a similar “slush fund” to compensate workers and farmers harmed by the very free-trade agreements he supports. [more...]

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