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Dear Small Farmer, "You don't count." XOXO Donald trump.

"More than 50% of federal aid meant to help American farmers cope with the negative impacts of the U.S.-China trade war went to the largest and wealthiest farms, according to a new study of Department of Agriculture data.

Why it matters: The Trump administration prioritized aid to farms that produced high volumes of specific crops, leaving smaller farms behind, per the study. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) says the findings illustrate a need for "payment caps" on the aid, reports Bloomberg.

By the numbers: The analysis covered $8.4 billion in USDA's Market Facilitation Program payments to more than 563,000 participants between 2018 and this April.

  • The top 10% of farmers collected 54% of the bailout payments.
  • 82 farmers got $500,000 or more.
  • In Missouri, the DeLine Farm Partnership received $2.8 million.
  • The bottom 80% of farmers accepted payments averaging less than $5,000.

What's next: President Trump recently approved another $16 billion in new aid for farmers this year to offset the impact of tariffs. However, the aid will "be tied to the acreage planted, making more explicit 'the bigger the farm, the bigger the government check,'" writes Bloomberg."

Posted - July 30, 2019


  • 5479
    Wouldn’t it be great to see some honesty there for a change. 
    Face it, Orange Bozo spent his entire professional life slapping his banner on projects catering to rich people (and of course, himself) and losing money, mostly other people’s. Though we know he’s lost plenty of his own (aka Daddy’s money) as well. Why else does he keep his tax records so jealously protected. (sarcasm) 

    President Caligula has displayed no coherent clue about farming, forestry, trade policy, diplomacy, governance, climate science, history, honesty, empathy, or average working people. None. He doesn’t care to find out. That would require learning and humility. Those commoners who think Don the Con has some real connection to them are gravely misled, or just plain witless.  
    Period. End of line. 

    Think about it, Spunky, here’s a man who’s never done common things average folks do everyday. He’s never changed a diaper, mowed a lawn, cooked a meal, been to a grocery store, attended a PTA meeting, been to a laundromat, or changed a tire; never built, painted, wired, plumbed or repaired anything with his own hands; never applied for a job, never been denied a promotion, never faced just consequences for his failures, and most obvious and unfortunate of all: never been smacked in the mouth for talking too much. 

    In that context, none of what you posted is a surprise. It will get worse before it gets better. What is surprising is how many self-deceived partisan lemmings choose to overlook the obvious to convince themselves it isn’t as bad as it is. 

    This post was edited by Don Barzini at July 30, 2019 9:34 PM MDT
      July 30, 2019 4:45 PM MDT

  • 16102
    Don, I couldn't agree with you more nor could I have expressed it any better.  It's amazing to me that so many people fail to see him for what he really and truly is.  He is far from a successful businessman as witnessed by how many of his endeavors have failed.  I think he may be the only person who could bankrupt a casino in Las Vegas!  He's a huckster, a con man, a snake oil salesman and I can't for the life of me understand why, after going belly up so many times, anyone would invest in any of his projects.  Four more years of him and this country will be unrecognizable.  
      July 30, 2019 9:38 PM MDT