Farmers in crosshairs
In our trade dispute with China, the Chinese seemed to have targeted our farm community. Probably because it strikes at the heart of the president’s base. We cannot let the farm community bear the brunt of this dispute. We need to subsidize the commodity that they tariff in equal amounts. Paid for by tariffs on the goods they already subsidize.
Where does this end? This is the problem with the whole free-trade ideology. In order to be free trade, government much stay out of these transactions. This a virtual impossibility using different currencies, different labor and environmental laws and different health-care systems and other regulations. These regulations and laws, plus currency manipulation, destroys any efficiency that comparative advantage brings.
I do not believe in unicorns, Sasquatch or space aliens because to my knowledge they do not exist. I do not believe in free trade for the same reason — it simply does not exist. We must play this game not to be fair but to win. Remember, they sell us four times what we sell them. They have much more to lose.
Mike Hubbell, Kingman
Gee, Cal Thomas, what a dilemma you have presented to fellow citizens (“Following Jesus or following Trump?” April 25 Eagle). But you were listening to the wrong music growing up. I think the Rolling Stones back in the 1960s summed it up with some of these words from their song, “Symphony for the Devil.”
“Please allow me to introduce myself, I am a man of wealth and taste.” And, “Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name; Ah, what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game.”
I am not sure who you are obedient to, Cal, but I sure would be careful about who you are defending with your words.
Ray Thorp, Wichita
State of the news
To get a feel for how our moral compass is doing, look no further than the daily news.
Illegal gambling is a big story because state and local government didn’t get their cut. But don’t worry, you can now start drinking alcohol at 6 a.m. with the state’s blessing.
The secretary of state can use my hard-earned tax dollars to pay off debts he incurred while trying to further his personal crusade. And if the Department of Justice gets too close to anything, “You’re fired” will resonate thru the White House halls.
Dan Gentry, Andover
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