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The Wrong Conversation about Trump’s Tariffs

#21

The problem for small farmers is that there is little to no profit as their produce is undervalued at the grocery store or at farmers’ markets. Part of this is that there is a great deal of supply compared to demand. And corporate farms don’t help but to lower selling prices for small farmers.
I have no problem subsidizing small farmers because they don’t get a fair shake. But it is the corporate farmers who get the largest subsidies and non-farmers like Grassley. Those should be ended.
Which is why we need overseas markets to sell the surplus. At subsidized prices. Which is why trump’s tirade against canada subsidizing their dairy industry was so hypocritical. Acting like we are so pure and don’t do that.
I feel for small farmers trying to make ends meet as equipment prices goes up, but not the price of their product.

#22

Deregulated free farm markets chronically fail to balance supply and demand to provide fair prices. That’s what the Democrats did in inventing the farm bill, with no subsidies needed. Starting with Republicans, (Eisenhower,) both parties played a role in reducing and ending the programs, as I explained above. So it’s not about subsidies, and the 2 sides aren’t big and small farmers, (it’s always easier to see your neighbors). The 2 sides are all farmers (all have been reduced drastically over more than 6 decades,) and the agribusiness buyers, (all have been increased a lot over 6 decades). The bigger the farm the bigger the reduction. Farmers pay the agribusiness subsidies, not taxpayers, and these are much bigger, (by some estimates 8 times bigger).