Old political strategy, if you cannot earn the votes, buy the votes.
Courtesy of NYT:
For the American farmers President Trump counts on for support, the government money is flowing faster than ever.
Federal payments to farmers are projected to hit a record $46 billion this year as the White House funnels money to Mr. Trump’s rural base in the South and Midwest ahead of Election Day.
The gush of funds has accelerated in recent weeks as the president looks to help his core supporters who have been hit hard by the double whammy of his combative trade practices and the coronavirus pandemic. According to the American Farm Bureau, debt in the farm sector is projected to increase by 4 percent to a record $434 billion this year and farm bankruptcies have continued to rise across the country.
Farmers are not the only constituency benefiting from the president’s largess: He has promised $200 prescription drug cards to millions of seniors, approved $13 billion in aid to Puerto Rico, which could help his prospects in Florida, and he directed his Agriculture Department include letters signed by him in millions of food aid boxes that are being distributed to the poor.
But few have gotten more help than the agriculture sector, which this year is expected to receive the largest government contribution to farm income since its previous record in 2005, according to the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. The breadth of the payments means that government support will account for about 40 percent of total farm income this year. If not for those subsidies, U.S. farm income would be poised to decline in 2020.
So Trump hurts the farmers with his careless trade war with China and then tries to just make it all go away by offering them taxpayer money to keep them on his side.
Trump is essentially treating the farmers Puerto Ricans like he treats the Playmates and porn stars he tries to bed.
Sure they will be disappointed with his performance but here is some money, or the promise of future employment, that will make you feel less shame about allowing him to fuck you.
I think this is yet more proof that Trump is in a panic about his chances of winning reelection, and he is pulling out the stops.
And using our money to do it.