Auditioning for the title of panderer in chief during this election cycle are two potential masters. On one side, you have Hillary Clinton constantly offering “free” stuff, such as college tuition. On the other side, you have Donald Trump promising to protect Michigan’s cars, Idaho’s potatoes, Harley-Davidson in Wisconsin, Caterpillar in Illinois, and corn-based ethanol in Iowa. But nothing beats Trump’s contention that there is a “war on the American farmer” requiring his help to end. The truth is that if there’s a war on anyone, it’s on taxpayers and individual freedom.
To be fair, there is no doubt that Trump’s promises to implement regulatory reform and to eliminate the estate tax would be an improvement for farmers and everyone else. However, farmers are such a protected class that it’s hard to take the notion of a war against them seriously writes Veronique de Rugy.