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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

President Donald Trump on Sunday hailed the new round of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to help struggling farmers survive his trade war with China. But his praise follows a troubling report that the trade aid -- a total over two years of $28 billion -- is being disproportionately doled out to farmers in Trump-supporting Southern states, and being paid to the largest, wealthiest farms and foreign corporations.

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Imagine that. Most farms in the U.S. are in "rural states" and/or run by wealthy people and corporations.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-11-18 01:42 PM | Reply

It's simple bribery. You vote KingTrump, you get money. Simple. Easy. Winning strategy.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-11-18 02:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"...his praise follows a troubling report that the trade aid " a total over two years of $28 billion " is being disproportionately doled out to farmers in Trump-supporting Southern states, and being paid to the largest, wealthiest farms and foreign corporations."

I'm sure our cadre of Republican turd polishers will be here any minute claiming this is all fine.

#3 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-11-18 03:00 PM | Reply

I guess I'm waiting for someone upset by this to admit they don't understand where farmers are located.

Ever peer out the window when flying over those states? you see all those green circles? Do you know what that means? what that signifies?

or when you're asked where bread and milk come from, you respond with "from the store, of course".

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2019-11-18 03:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

And electricity comes from the wall socket. That's why electric cars don't use any fossil fuels.

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-11-18 03:08 PM | Reply

The article spells out the complaint in the title:

[S]maller farmers will unlikely be the "big beneficiaries" of the aid, as Trump tweeted, because aid is flowing to the largest and most successful farmers rather than aiding struggling operations, according to a study in August by the Environmental Working Group. More than half of the farm bailouts from January 2018 to April 2019 went to just one-tenth of the recipients in the program, according to the study. The top 1% of farmers were paid an average of $183,000, while the bottom 80% averaged less than $5,000.

Figures show that 95% of top payment rates are going to farmers in the South, even though they have been less affected by the trade war with China, and that significant payments have been made to wealthy farmers and foreign corporations, the report noted.

Five Southern states receive the highest payments per acre under the program " Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas. All voted for Trump, all but Georgia voted overwhelmingly for him. The analysis determined that farmers in the Midwest and Northern Plains have been hurt the most by the trade war.

The report accused the Agriculture Department of doing nothing to direct aid to struggling small and medium farms, and farmers just starting out. Instead, the agency doubled payment limits, directing even more money to large, wealthy farming partnerships.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-11-18 03:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Trump managed to raise the China trade and budget deficits, cut taxes for the rich, add a tax on goods for the poor and middle class, then funnel money to his rich donor base in the south while stiffing the farmers affected by China's retaliation.

Winning yet?

#7 | Posted by bored at 2019-11-18 09:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why the lie?

It's not a bailout.

It's a redistribution of wealth.

It's socialism.

Deal with it.

#8 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-11-18 09:05 PM | Reply

"Figures show that 95% of top payment rates are going to farmers in the South
"Five Southern states receive the highest payments per acre under the program"

Yet not a single southern state is among the top 10 states for agricultural production.
California, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Indiana.
www.ers.usda.gov

#9 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-11-19 12:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Yet not a single southern state is among the top 10 states for agricultural production.'

See, here's the problem: YOU, my friend, are using Actual Math.

Try the same problem using Republican Math: 1 + 1 = give aid to red states and ---- the blue states.

#10 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-11-19 12:41 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

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Farm bail-out money going to RED states

Well, that is where the farms are.

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-11-19 10:41 AM | Reply

Well, that is where the farms are.

#11 | Posted by Sniper

Perhaps, but they don't appear to be contributing all that much to the GDP, at least not based on observations made in previous posts in this thread.

"Yet not a single southern state is among the top 10 states for agricultural production."

Is this because they're all small farms, or are they just inefficient and poorly managed? Or perhaps they've already been so devastated by Trump's ill-advised tariffs that while there are many farms there, they've been so impacted that they're no longer viable operations.

OCU

#12 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-11-19 01:01 PM | Reply

-Yet not a single southern state is among the top 10 states for agricultural production.

The bailout is intended primarily, but not exclusively, towards farmers who are most affected by the Chinese tarrifs and the biggest crop impacted by that are soybeans, which China imports a lot of from the USA.

So, if the argument can be made those Southern states are indeed most impacted then fine.

But here are the largest soybean producing states...

beef2live.com

Also not those southern states....

So I have to agree with the premise of the article....it's being disproportionately sent to the wrong states....

#13 | Posted by eberly at 2019-11-19 02:04 PM | Reply

Of course, the irony is that if the Trump people were truly directing these bail-out monies to these so-called 'Red states' in the hope that they're 'buying' their votes for 2020, it's probably a big waste of time and effort. These Southern states were probably going to vote for Trump anyways. It's those other "top 10 states" where they should have earmarked it since that's where Trump might have problems winning their votes, particularly after they realize that the tariffs have really hurt them and the bail-out money went somewhere else.

OCU

#14 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-11-19 03:20 PM | Reply

-These Southern states were probably going to vote for Trump anyways

He also wants money....

#15 | Posted by eberly at 2019-11-19 03:23 PM | Reply

More free stuff.. from Mr. Responsibility

#16 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-11-19 04:30 PM | Reply

Just don't call it socialism.

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-11-19 04:34 PM | Reply

The majority of food grown in America is right here, in California's Central Valley.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-11-19 04:35 PM | Reply

"$28 billion -- is being disproportionately doled out to farmers in Trump-supporting Southern states"

Make Handouts Great Again!

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-11-19 07:09 PM | Reply

But don't give any free edumacations away! No siree. thats shocializm

#20 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-11-19 07:57 PM | Reply

Ex-GOP farmer who voted for Trump to challenge Ohio's Jim Jordan

Mr. Gibbs, who is considering mounting a bid as an independent, has been interviewed on CNN and CNBC about how Mr. Trump's agricultural tariffs have harmed his business, which he says has lost 20 percent of its value in soybeans. Other farmers in the area who continue to support Mr. Trump are facing similar setbacks, he said.

"Tariffs for agriculture have been devastating," Mr. Gibbs said. "In northwest Ohio, [farmers] have had a heck of a time."

www.toledoblade.com

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-11-19 10:11 PM | Reply

"In northwest Ohio, [farmers] have had a heck of a time."

They're getting what they voted for.

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-11-19 11:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So, if this is politically motivated, it means the GOP must really be afraid of losing the South.

Think about what that says.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-11-19 11:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is working exactly as Drumpf and the GOP want, just like the "tax" cuts went to the rich, so does the farm Socialism.

#24 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2019-11-21 11:51 AM | Reply

So I have to agree with the premise of the article....it's being disproportionately sent to the wrong states....
#13 | POSTED BY EBERLY AT 2019-11-19 02:04 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

The suicides and bankruptcies may also be a hint.

#25 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-11-21 01:10 PM | Reply

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