It is a virtually daily occurrence now. The farmers who put their "burn it all down" votes behind Trump and his lackies find themselves in an ever worsening position. NAFTA blowing up reduces the ability to export to Mexico and Canada; the trade war with China that is about to enter its second phase; the removal of protections by the EPA that threatens water sources; viciously minded immigration policies that prevent agricultural workers from crossing borders - even legally - to harvest the fields,
And now this Reuters headline:
U.S. FARM BILL FAILS TO PASS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, NEXT STEPS UNCLEAR AS SENATE WORKS ON ITS VERSION OF THE LEGISLATION
As expected, the most Right of the GOP wants to reduce (and in some minds, eliminate) SNAP and immigration, because any amount is too much money spent on those who are already hungry and near homeless. It is not just Eisenhower spinning in his grave fast enough to power a small city, but every Republican with a soul who has ever lived who find the extreme Right of the party as villains. Or decades these programs have benefited from bipartisan support, but right now the House Freedom Caucus has taken their testosterone enhancers and are demanding that their thirty members dictate to the rest of the party - and the nation as a whole - the agendas for essentially everything that approaches the floor. This philosophy is purely protectionist and personal, for those most damaged by their arrogance is their own constituents.
And the Party Leadership is finally wondering how to win in November.
Not that this Farm Bill of 2018 was any good to begin with. Articles from small, rural papers around the country related the harm it would do the family farming operations that helped put this Congress in power in the first place. No Democrat voted for the Bill given the extreme reduction in the SNAP program that would further starve those who are already food challenged. It is almost as if the Freedom Thirty took note of the new weight loss rage in Venezuela and want to test the Maduro Diet right here in the poorest counties in America.
The desire to cut spending has become a madness among some of those holding higher offices, to the point where they are in danger of losing touch with their own humanity. Need some money? Hire some accountants to find the trillion bucks or so that the Pentagon has misplaced. The Generals, Admirals and the rest of their cadre knows it's laying around someplace.
GS Jade Barrett, Not so proud Republican and Chairman of the SANE60