American Farmers Getting What They Deserve

Lets put the facts right out on the line.

Over the past couple of weeks we have witnessed Donald Trump doing precisely what he threatened to do as a candidate.   He vowed he would get tough on China and do so with placing high tariffs on the items sent to this nation from an incredibly fast developing nation.

But as he does so he faces outrage from farmers who voted overwhelmingly for the most flawed candidate ever nominated by a major political party.  Farmers knew what he said as a candidate, they knew the hate he espoused, the vile nature of his character, the mighty shortcoming of his intellect.

And yet farmers cast a ballot for Trump.

The fact that many of these voters could suffer devastating losses in a trade war should not concern any of us.  For too long farmers have cast votes–again and again–which are simply not able to be defended in the light of day.  Too often farmers show their greed and lack of awareness hoping that after the damage is done they can run for cover or seek assistance in some other way.

No.  Not this time.  Not after the vote for Donald Trump.

Farmers need to soak up the losses and stay quiet.   No one wants to hear farmers prattle on about the effects of Trump on their bottom line when they were told in countless ways during the election that their intentions were seriously flawed.

ONCE AGAIN: Under-Educated Trump Voters

I write about this topic from time to time and reference it often in many ways as it is so central to the mess this nation now finds itself.

Donald Trump’s attacks on the mainstream media may be rooted in statistical reality: An extensive review of subscription data and election results shows that Trump outperformed the previous Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, in counties with the lowest numbers of news subscribers, but did appreciably less well in areas with heavier circulation.

Among the findings:

• Trump did better than Romney in areas with fewer households subscribing to news outlets but worse in areas with higher subscription rates: In counties where Trump’s vote margin was greater than Romney’s in 2012, the average subscription rate was only about two-thirds the size of that in counties where Trump did worse than Romney.

Trump struggled against Clinton in places with more news subscribers: Counties in the top 10 percent of subscription rates were twice as likely to go for Clinton as those in the lowest 10 percent. Clinton was also more than 3.7 times as likely to beat former President Barack Obama’s 2012 performance in counties in the top 10 percent compared to those in the lowest 10 percent — the driest of the so-called news deserts.

Trump’s share of the vote tended to drop in accordance with the amount of homes with news subscriptions: For every 10 percent of households in a county that subscribed to a news outlet, Trump’s vote share dropped by an average of 0.5 percentage points.

To many news professionals and academics who’ve studied the flow of political information, there’s no doubt that a lack of trusted local media created a void that was filled by social media and partisan national outlets.

“Without having the newspaper as kind of ‘true north’ to point you to issues, you are left to look for other sources,” said Penny Abernathy, a University of North Carolina professor who has closely studied the decline of local media. “And because of the dramatic rise in social media, that ends up being your Facebook friends.”

Rick Tyler, who served as communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) presidential campaign, had a front-row seat for the rise of Trump, and noted that for many Trump supporters, the candidate himself was the most trusted source of news.

“What he’s doing is he is becoming the source and they believe him,” Tyler said. “It doesn’t matter if the people they don’t believe say he’s not telling the truth. Trump’s breakthrough is that he’s unencumbered by the truth.”

Republican Senator Kennedy Talks Honestly About Corrupt EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

Common sense talk from Republican Louisiana Senator John Kennedy about the ethically-challenged and corrupt  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

KENNEDY: Well Mr. Pruitt and other members of the president’s cabinet, I would say ethics matter, impropriety matters, the appearance of impropriety matters. To the extent that you’re, stop acting like a chucklehead, stop the unforced error, stop leading with your chin. If you don’t need to fly first class don’t. Don’t turn on the siren on your SUV just to watch people move over, you represent the president of the United States. All of this behavior is juvenile, it’s distracting from the business that we’re trying to do for the American people.

I mean he either travels with 20 security folks or he doesn’t. He either flies first class every single time or he doesn’t. I don’t know what the allegations about his apartment are true or not. They don’t look good. Why do you want– in his position–why do you want to rent an apartment from a lobbyist for God’s sake? Stop leading with your chin. Now these are unforced errors. They are stupid. There are a lot of problems we can’t solve. But you can behave. I’m not–I don’t mean to denigrate Mr. Pruitt but doggone it he represents the president of the United States and it is hurting his boss and it needs to stop.