NYTimes, (h/t Loomis at LGM, who actually analyzes this)
MERCED, Calif. — Jeff Marchini and others in the Central Valley here bet their farms on the election of Donald J. Trump. His message of reducing regulations and taxes appealed to this Republican stronghold, one of Mr. Trump’s strongest bases of support in the state.
As for his promises about cracking down on illegal immigrants, many assumed Mr. Trump’s pledges were mostly just talk. But two weeks into his administration, Mr. Trump has signed executive orders that have upended the country’s immigration laws. Now farmers here are deeply alarmed about what the new policies could mean for their workers, most of whom are unauthorized, and the businesses that depend on them.
“Everything’s coming so quickly,” Mr. Marchini said. “We’re not loading people into buses or deporting them, that’s not happening yet.” As he looked out over a crew of workers bent over as they rifled through muddy leaves to find purple heads of radicchio, he said that as a businessman, Mr. Trump would know that farmers had invested millions of dollars into produce that is growing right now, and that not being able to pick and sell those crops would represent huge losses for the state economy. “I’m confident that he can grasp the magnitude and the anxiety of what’s happening now.”
It is becoming increasingly clear that every Donald Trump voter just thought their man was only being serious when talking about screwing over someone else, but was joking around about how he’d make their life a disaster.
Well, I guess there were people concerned about EMAILS and the HINT OF CORRUPTION. You know, morons.
Beautifully stated and to the point.
Thank you, brother.
I’d like to read your thoughts on how the Dems can win the White House again, Brian. Populist zeitgeist and so forth, God forbid. Is Cory Candian Drugs Kill Booker et al. and other corporatist DNC ‘centrist’s’ the answer? There’s hardly much change from what I can see.
Hi Sean- that’s a great question. I agree that Cory Booker is not the answer (or, if he is, we’re asking the wrong question). I think the way forward is to harness the populist energy we have now and not break the coalition, but expand it to include the fabled “White working class”. There was a time where the “left” included labor (building and construction trades) but capital flight helped put a wedge in that, by splitting environmental movements and unions. I think that there are steps we can take, including trying to regulate supply chains, that can strengthen labor without giving up what makes the actual left so important. That’s a simple answer to a complicated question, but I think the germs of an idea are there. Thanks for reading!
Thanks, Brian. That’s pretty much spot on.