Thursday, August 02, 2018

Graves: People in north Missouri are with the president on tariffs

(From Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves)

Threats of a potential trade war spurred by the recently imposed tariffs continue to dominate the headlines and cause concern among many across North Missouri.

I am not a fan of tariffs but I am a fan of free trade. However, free trade must be fair and that hasn’t necessarily been the case in several of these markets.
Just look at China, for example. Their theft of technology and intellectual property coupled with the manipulation of their currency is what got this whole thing going. For far too long, we have gotten the raw end of the deal from China and I think we are now starting to get their attention.

Other countries, such as the European Union, are looking to work out their own deals with the United States, including on important commodities like soybeans. Hopefully, this forces other countries, like China, to the table.

Last week, I told Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network that the President is playing the “long game” to get better trade deals. Unfortunately, the “long game” is a much tougher game to play when you’re looking at rising steel prices and lower soybean prices in the short term.

While many are nervous, and the headlines don’t calm the nerves, many of the folks I talk to in North Missouri want to stick it out. They say they are tired of the U.S. getting the raw deal. I understand that sentiment.

The bottom line is that farmers want access to markets, not a hand out, and they want those markets to be on a level playing field. It will take negotiation to get that level playing field. It’s my hope that we will see long-term gain from the President’s policies and, as I have been doing from the beginning, I will continue to advise the Administration on what folks in North Missouri think about actions directly affecting their bottom line.


Anonymous said...

What people are you lying about Graves? Why don't you pull your head out of Trump's a$$ and actually listen to the people this will hurt. Here is some reading for you, or at least you can act like you read it.

This doesn't sound like someone who believes the moron you call president actually knows what he is doing. Tell your feckless leader that his vendettas against anyone who he can't bully is only hurting the people he conned into believing his lies. Then again, maybe the consequences will give them something to think about while the banks sell off their farms. I know that is a small sacrifice to show China just how much we can hurt them. Uh, yeah, that'll learn 'em. In the meantime, let's see how the republicans play the farm "aid" card. Otherwise known as selective socialism. All the while the orange moron tells you how good you have it. Suckers.

Anonymous said...

I'm loving buying prime pork cuts below $2.00 a pound thanks to the tRUMP maladministration.

I'm sure the farmers are taking in the kiester bigly!

I wonder if their bankers will be helping them MAGA when the payments are overdue?

Got to pay to play all you tRUMP loving MAGAts!

Anonymous said...

Pork producers are only losing 14 dollars per head now. One of these days it will probably get serious.

Anonymous said...

You can loose 14 dollars a head
for a while so long as you make it up on volume!

Also isn't the manure really valuable? Like money in the bank?