Opinion | Trump Is Terrible for Rural America – The New York Times
What, after all, is Trumpism? In 2016 Trump pretended to be a different kind of Republican, but in practice almost all of his economic agenda has been G.O.P. standard: big tax cuts for corporations and the rich while hacking away at the social safety net. The one big break from orthodoxy has been his protectionism, his eagerness to start trade wars.
And all of these policies disproportionately hurt farm country.
The Trump tax cut largely passes farmers by, because they aren’t corporations and few of them are rich. One of the studies by Agriculture Department economists that raised Trumpian ire showed that to the extent that farmers saw tax reductions, most of the benefits went to the richest 10 percent, while poor farmers actually saw a slight tax increase.
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At the same time, the assault on the safety net is especially harmful to rural America, which relies heavily on safety-net programs. Of the 100 counties with the highest percentage of their population receiving food stamps, 85 are rural, and most of the rest are in small metropolitan areas. The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which Trump keeps trying to kill, had its biggest positive impact on rural areas.
Trump and his close circle of promoters are telling farmers and true believers of the cult to ‘hang on’, because despite things getting worse for them in the last two years, things will be better, if only they will elect him to another term.. then it will be SO MUCH BETTER, just wait and see the BIGLIEST, BESTEST, MOST FANTASTIC MAGA EVER.. in human history.
If this sounds like a slick con artist promise, well, it is..
If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Trump promised the moon, the sky, the ocean, and the whole universe..
Now the karma train is coming to get his due..