The Republican legacy: the decimation of America’s Dairyland

Thanks to the policies of Republican president Donald Trump and those Republicans who’ve been too scared to stand up to him Wisconsin’s dairy farms are in crisis. A new report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes Wisconsin’s dairy farms are being absolutely decimated, having lost almost 700 dairy farms in 2018, a rate of nearly two a day.

Here’s more about one of the primary causes for the dairy farm crisis in America’s Dairyland (emphasis added).

At the same time, foreign markets for American dairy products have shrunk in response to tariffs that President Donald Trump placed on foreign steel and aluminum. Cheese shipments to China have fallen almost 65 percent, according to industry figures, and exports to Mexico are down more than 10 percent.

Mexico and Canada have targeted rural America as a way to punish Trump, and the economic harm could be felt for years to come, said Laurie Fischer, CEO of the American Dairy Coalition.

“This should have changed in November when Trump declared success with his newly rechristened U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement replacing NAFTA,” Fischer said.

“In retrospect, it was a disingenuous statement: The administration has not lifted steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexican and Canadian products, and in response, those countries are refusing to (ratify) the pact or lift retaliatory tariffs, impacting dairy products and other items.”

Wisconsin farmers are getting about $10 million in payments from Trump’s farm bailout program announced late last year. It was designed to help producers of milk, pork, soybeans, corn and other commodities who have seen prices tumble in trade battles.

A 55-cow dairy farm would receive a one-time payment of $725 from the bailout but stood to lose between $36,000 and $48,000 in income last year from low milk prices, according to the Wisconsin Farmers Union. A 290-cow dairy would get $4,905 but would lose several hundred thousand dollars.

If Donald Trump and his Republican enablers don’t take this problem seriously Wisconsin’s dairy industry may well collapse – and along with that collapse we could see serious damage to our state’s economy, given how important the dairy industry is to the state’s economy – not to mention the damage such a collapse would do to our collective psyche given how fond so many of us are for living in America’s Dairyland.

Former 2016 Trump campaign chair in Kentucky sentenced to prison for human trafficking

Earlier this month Tim Nolan, the former campaign chair for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Kentucky, was sentenced to 20 years in prison

A former Kentucky judge and conservative political activist has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to human trafficking and other sex crimes.

A special prosecutor said Tim Nolan, 71, targeted young women, gave them opioids and threatened to withhold the drugs or call law enforcement if they didn’t perform sex acts.

News outlets report that prosecutor Barbara Whaley read statements from some of the women. Seven of the 19 victims were under 16 years old.

Given Donald Trump’s own admissions that he’s engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior, it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that some of his highest profile supporters are themselves criminal sex offenders.

This is yet another example of what Donald Trump’s America looks like.

Donald Trump campaign official charged with human trafficking

Well this is awkward…

A former Kentucky campaign official for President Donald Trump is due in court on Friday after being charged with human trafficking in the U.S. southern state.

Timothy Nolan, a retired district court judge, was arrested last month and charged with forcing a minor to engage in commercial sex around August 2016.

He is also charged with inducing a minor to engage in sexual activity and giving alcohol to a minor, according to the complaint.

Nolan’s defense attorney said he denied all the charges.

The 70-year-old was appointed to chair Trump’s electoral campaign in Kentucky’s Campbell County last year, according to court documents in an unrelated civil suit in which he was the plaintiff.

Of course this news comes as supporters of President Donald Trump are defending Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, after allegations were made that Moore sexually assaulted a 14 year-old girl when he was 32 years-old.

And while you’re at it, if you want a real laugh, go visit Twitter and read the #boycottKeurig feed, because it’s chock full of conservative snowflakes caterwauling and destroying the Keurigs they already paid for after Keurig pulled its ads from Sean Hannity’s TV show after Hannity defended Roy Moore.

A Second Opinion

This TYT interview with Stephen Cohen, NYU Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies, is probably the most cleared eyed and sanest 55 minutes I’ve either watched or read regarding the ” Russia stole our election! ” madness. It’s worth watching in its entirety, though I will warn you that you’ll have to endure TYT interviewer Michael Tracey’s attempts to editorialize when he should have just asked questions and let Cohen talk. At roughly the 2:40 mark Cohen says, essentially, that the current Russophobia is more dangerous than anything he saw during the Cold War. We ignore people like Cohen at our peril.