Today’s blog will be short. I have an early morning doctor visit and series of medical tests.
Two items of concern. The farmer subsidy announced yesterday by Trump and the altered official transcripts of the Trump/Putin press conference following their private meeting in Helsinki.
The tariff wars are already killing American farmers. Trump announced yesterday he was providing $12 billion to subsidize farmers for their losses.
Besides soybean, potato and corn farmers, other are being hurt by the tariffs. Lobster fishermen, auto workers, etc. The subsidy does not cover them
The $12 billion already exists. It sits in a special fund to compensate farmers when they are unable to sell their produce. The fund is going to be dipped into big time now. A farmer group representative said in effect not enough money. Losses already total $13 billion.
The bureaucracy to process these payments will be crazy. I suspect a fiasco/disaster as is being experienced with the parent/children immigration situation.
First payments will be available in September. What do the farmers do till then?
Nebraska is a farm state represented by U.S. Senator Ben Sasse. He said yesterday, “This administration’s tariff and bailouts aren’t going to make America great again, they’re just going to make it 1929 again.”
Few days go by that the President does not shout out FAKE NEWS. Always directed at the media.
The government is expected to be honest with its citizens. The truth, good, bad or indifferent. Trump has been caught with his pants down. Big time.
Recall last week the press conference involving Trump and Putin in Helsinki following their secret 2.5 hour meeting. A reporter asked Trump if he/Russia had supported Trump in the last Presidential election. Putin answered in effect yes. They liked Trump. The reason being he wanted to bring Russia/U.S. relations back to where they had been. Where was that? We have not had good relations with Russia since World War II.
The world heard and saw the question and answer. It was shown worldwide on television.
Washington released the “official” transcript of the press conference. Guess what? The question and answer were deleted. Skillfully. Could not tell. The “official” video was also altered. The question and answer removed.
Our government lying to us. Trump lying to us.
Watch out America!
Enjoy your day!