China trade tariffs give U.S. agriculture what it wants


Talk about blended messaging.

Two home made marketing campaign indicators from final fall’s presidential election stay on the sting of a sprawling, well-kept dairy farm I not too long ago handed. One, massive and white towards a inexperienced backdrop of tasseled corn, touts Donald Trump; the opposite, smaller and extra wordy, declares that if Biden wins, all Americans quickly might be “working for China.”

In massive components of the U.S., many — possibly even most — American farmers already are working for China and, much more sarcastically, they received there courtesy of former President Donald Trump, not Joe Biden.

Perhaps extra the wrong way up, not less than in line with the logic contained within the Wisconsin indicators, President Joe Biden seems to be in no hurry to undo the Trump trade insurance policies that proceed to ship right now’s large American ag gross sales to China. In reality, trade with China was simply one of many two geopolitical subjects the 2020 presidential foes agreed on.

How did we get to this who’s-on-first mashup? Let’s assessment. 

In the 2016 presidential race, candidate Donald Trump threatened a tariff combat with China and, after his election, acted rapidly to maintain his phrase. Then, for nearly two years thereafter, if China made it — washing machines, metal, aluminum, photo voltaic panels — Trump put a tariff on it.