Donald Trump warned Saturday of a “war on the American farmer,” telling a crowd in Iowa that rival Hillary Clinton “wants to shut down family farms” and implement anti-agriculture policies.
Trump’s speech at the annual “Roast and Ride” fundraiser for Republican Sen. Joni Ernst came just hours after Clinton received her first national security briefing as the Democratic presidential nominee.
Trump skipped the 42-mile motorcycle ride that preceded the event in a state where polls show a tight contest, a rare bright spot for Trump amid a sea of challenging battleground states. Joining him on stage were top Iowa Republicans — among them Ernst, Gov. Terry Branstad, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Steve King — in a rare show of support for a candidate who has struggled to unite his party.
In a hat tip to Iowa’s agriculture industry, Trump renewed his commitment to continuing a requirement that all gasoline sold contain an ethanol-based additive, an issue important to corn growers. He also promised to cut taxes on family farms, which he called the “backbone” of the country.
I do not know that much about farming and all I remember is the occasional story of rich co-ops or millionaires who own farms which drive out the small farmer. The one point I would like to address is the continuing use of ethanol which robs gas and even destroys equipment. I had read the government wanted to even increase ethanol which would make present equipment unusable forcing eveyone to buy new equipment while still getting under performance from “gas”.
Is this another sign that Trump is bending to the will of politics over good judgement? The EPA figures into this with their outrageous demands for “reforms” with little fact to back their assertions and which end up costing money and the environment greatly.
As for Hillary she will drive business to the point that not only manufacturing but farming will go over seas and we as a nation will become even more dependent on foreign sources to survive. Whether or not this is part of a globalization plan or just making the U.S. into a third world country I do not know.