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senate Bill S. 3258

Should Farmers Hurt by Retaliatory Tariffs Get Financial Assistance?

Argument in favor

The trade war is putting significant economic pressure on farmers. Helping bolster farmers’ bottom lines will help them ride out the trade war either until new trade agreements are made, or they are able to adjust their financial planning to account for the new tariffs.

Christina's Opinion
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09/22/2018
This trade war was beyond foolhardy and is hurting Americans more than anyone else. Helping bolster farmers’ bottom lines will help them ride out this adjustment period.
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Catt's Opinion
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09/22/2018
So long as their financial assistance is funded from the holdings and properties of President Donald Trump himself, yes. And if he has to liquidate some of his properties to cover the bill, then I think that's only fair.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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09/26/2018
My dad , grandpa and myself are a farming and ranching family and the subsidies do help when times are lean. Whether it’s drought or in this case tariffs, Federal government help isn’t a cure all but it helps you stay afloat until things improve. I’m for extending a helping hand, most farmers and ranchers don’t like to ask for help; they are self sufficient, but the hand is there if needed. #MAGA
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Argument opposed

The administration has already announced $12 billion in tariffs to help mitigate the trade war’s impact on farmers. Additionally, there may be World Trade Organization-related restrictions on aid to farmers, and some farmers themselves are skeptical about relying on government aid.

burrkitty's Opinion
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09/22/2018
Suck it up, buttercups. They put that imbecile into office. The government need to stop subsidizing business profits on the taxpayers. If they want to stop this stupid trade war, they can vote in November like the rest of us. It’s their bullet, bite it.
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Kathy's Opinion
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09/22/2018
“Elections have consequences.” You cannot/may not rail against “big government” on the one hand and then ask that same government to lend you a hand when things don’t work out as you wanted. No way to see this as anything other than an entitlement.
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Lisa's Opinion
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09/22/2018
Your POTUS made a decision, you have to live with it
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    This trade war was beyond foolhardy and is hurting Americans more than anyone else. Helping bolster farmers’ bottom lines will help them ride out this adjustment period.
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    Suck it up, buttercups. They put that imbecile into office. The government need to stop subsidizing business profits on the taxpayers. If they want to stop this stupid trade war, they can vote in November like the rest of us. It’s their bullet, bite it.
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    “Elections have consequences.” You cannot/may not rail against “big government” on the one hand and then ask that same government to lend you a hand when things don’t work out as you wanted. No way to see this as anything other than an entitlement.
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    Your POTUS made a decision, you have to live with it
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    I’m sorry that they’re hurting (and I know it’s horribly bad), but others are hurting badly, too! [THEY VOTED FOR THIS]. You cannot bail one group out because it’s making the news the most. The US needs to feel what the SO-CALLED Leader in Chief is doing to our economy. As bad as it may hurt - it MUST be felt.
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    I do have empathy for the farmers and under normal circumstances I would say yes. However, with the amount of additional debt we currently have I have to say no. These tariffs are going to be painful for everyone and the government isn’t going to bailout everyone.
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    How does this make economic sense? Badly thought out tarrifs which hurt America's farmers, then a bailout for those farmers using Billions in taxpayer money which is then not available for healthcare and other vital social programs. This is Trump's idea of economics at its worst
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    No they should not. This is the group that voted for Trump and they should suffer the consequences like the rest of us. You get what you vote for, especially if you state you would vote for him again as they are losing their farms.
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    You voted for a moron that lies, he does what he said on the campaigned with immigrants, tariffs, NAFTA, ACA, tax cuts and climate change to help himself, the wealthy and corporations, now the voters that voted for him need to be baled out. Like duh! What did they expect would happen? Well, Cost of goods gone up wiping out any gains in wages, Jobs are being lost in some markets wiping any gains in others. Unemployment is down because people ran out and no longer are being counted. Homeless is on the rise. Social programs are being cut due to tax cuts for the 1% and corporations. The deficit is higher then world II and corporation are setting on the largest cash in history. The stock market high because corporation buy backs, which doesn't necessarily mean growth, also companies retirement programs have shift to 401k which every week or two companies dumps money into the stock market. Need to Watch what you wish for, your wish may come true, only to regret it! The taste of poor quality, lingers long after the taste of cheap price.
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    They voted trump in, they should reap what they sow, besides a lot of these farmers are standing with trump
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    As with all other citizens impacted by trade and laws, farmers must also understand the impact of their legislative vote.
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    They’re the same people that voted for the guy who is enacting tariffs. Now sleep in the bed you’ve made
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    No. How many times must we, the taxpayers, pay for the poor decisions being made by the narcissist currently residing in the White House? A man who honestly believes that every president before him was horrible, the worst ever. I’m done giving this administration my hard earned dollars to use to make up for their poor decision making. NO MORE!
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    This group overwhelmingly voted for Trump. The tax payers should not have to shield them from the consequences of their actions. Let them go bankrupt.
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    Why should the country aid the Trump Administration’s incompetence with trade negotiations. Repeal the tax break for the rich, that should cover the cost of this bill and then some.
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    So long as their financial assistance is funded from the holdings and properties of President Donald Trump himself, yes. And if he has to liquidate some of his properties to cover the bill, then I think that's only fair.
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    Most voted 🗳 for the idiot...let em reap what the “benefits” of that MORON!!!
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    Sorry, but No. There are a lot of industries that get affected by a number of issues, that never get bailed out. The fact that these farmers generally voted for Republicans and supported the Republican Tariffs, they do not deserve special interests benefits. Republicans have created all recessions in the United States. They have profited hugely off each and bailed out corporations during each while the Citizens lost jobs, houses, marriages, families, their lives. The Citizens never really received bailouts for the Republican-created recessions. People need to learn that Republican’s ideas do not work. They cost everyone and they serve only special interests. Republican ideas are the Root Cause of many of the world’s issues, especially here in the United States. Conservative ideologies are self-serving, greed, oppressive, unhealthy, unethical, immoral, harmful to all Citizens of the world.
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    Do not vote for someone who does not know what they are doing. Stand up and vote for change. Only vote for someone who has your best interests as a goal, not a party puppet or self-serving person. Eliminate crippling tariffs.
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    They wanted him, they got him. Now live with it!!
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