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General News    H3'ed 5/29/19

Kentucky farmers are afraid to criticize Trump because they fear Republican retaliation: Retired farmer

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Retired Kentucky farmer Jim Pat Wilson~Kentucky’s Courier Journal op-ed:

“Caught in the Republican Party’s political crosshairs, farmers are stuck in an environment that has cultivated fear for anyone who dares to speak against the GOP. I have less to lose than my farming friends; I want to speak up for those who fear retaliation. Farmers, he explains “don’t want handouts, they want solutions.” Trump’s policies, he stresses, are bad for farmers — and the “$16 million bailout” for farmers that Trump has promised “comes from the chaos of his own making. Like Mexico China won’t pay for Trump’s tariffs. The $ will come from the taxpayers because federal money that is used for the bailouts. Adding insult to injury, the Republican 2020 budget calls for a 15% funding drop for Agriculture.” Trump “has made it impossible for farmers to criticize without retaliation from Republican landowners.”

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