Donald Trump is about to complete his first 100 days as President of the most powerful nation on earth, and the list of issues that he seems to find ‘amazingly complicated’ is growing.
It began with health care, and the White House has backed away from that one completely. This week, the Donald was in Wisconsin, land of the cheeseheads who were a key group in his election victory in November. Along with cheering for the Packers, dairy farmers in Wisconsin are always in search of something to complain about, and their counterparts in Canada are frequently a target.
The cheeseheads have long argued that our supply management system in this country hurts the American industry, and Trump is only too happy to echo those sentiments, as if he even knew what he was talking about. In fact he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, but he is by no means alone. International trade in agricultural products is hugely complicated, largely because it has seldom if ever been a so-called level playing field.
American agriculture would most likely collapse immediately if it weren’t for the billions in subsidies that farmers receive for producing, and NOT producing a wide range of goods. It has been a war of subsidies between the U.S. and the European Union for decades, and it’s a major reason why Canadians and other North Americans enjoy relative bargains when we go to the grocery store.
It all just goes to show that Justin Trudeau and his cabinet colleagues must continue to spend a lot of time in Washington. Just when you think the American boss is maybe on our side, he goes to a place like Wisconsin.
On the other hand, it might be a good thing if it keeps Trump from rattling nuclear sabres at rogue states like North Korea.
Now there’s a story that’s really complicated, and very very scary.
I’m Roger Currie