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Liberal redneck on progress in rural America

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, May 17th, 2020 - 21 comments
Categories: us politics - Tags: , ,

US comedian and political commentator Trae Crowder on the rural vote (<4 mins)

21 comments on “Liberal redneck on progress in rural America ”

  1. bwaghorn 1

    Mandatory viewing for anyone involved in labour

  2. Adrian Thornton 2

    If you are looking for a good "Redneck" insight into the heart of rural USA, here is a very good youtube channel,,,

  3. I Feel Love 4

    What an incredible vocabulary, very well said.

  4. Ad 5

    Like it was written for the current government.

    Pretty much the only industry sector they aren't providing direct subsidies to is farmers.

    • KJT 5.1

      Just continuing the usual ones.

      • Ad 5.1.1

        They are one of the few that can continue anything usual.

        And they are the main export sector keeping this country viable.

        • KJT

          Are you sure. If farming really earned that much, why do we always have to prop it up?

          • Ad

            Sport, media, tourism, construction are all fully propped.


            • KJT

              Farming has always been protected and subsidised in New Zealand.

              I'm not opposed to that for our export industries.

              In fact we should have done it with more variety of them.

              The overall success of dairying, even though like too many things here it has been, overdone, proves the benefit of helping export sectors,

              But, farming is in denial about how much they've depended on our, tax payer, support. The irony of the same people who go on about "pretty communists" while depending on State socialist support, infrastructure and services.

              Tourism is currently complaining about not enough Government support. Though what they are supposed to do with an industry, international tourism, that is simply gone, for now…..

              The smart and resilient ones will survive on domestic tourism. Which was about half their market.

              The people who jumped in to make a quick buck with cheap labour and inefficient business models will struggle. That’s capitalism for you.

            • KJT

              A friend who depended on cruise ships, is already negotiating with the bank, how he can get some headroom to pivot to local customers.

    • bwaghorn 5.2

      The only sector covid has knocked badly is venison, it's the drought that's hurting,its the lack of health care and the long slow death of small town nz .

      • KJT 5.2.1

        Small town New Zealand would need a lot less life support, if the average farmer employed locals at reasonable pay rates.

        • Ad

          Farmers get paid for making commodities. They pay accordingly.

          They don't need as many workers as they used to, through mechanisation and robotics.

          The only party other than National that gave a damn about small towns is New Zealand First.

          • KJT

            National doesn't give a shit about small towns. Richardson closed them down. And they have been destroying them ever since.

            NZF, as always, goes where they get funding, and votes. Which is why Winston went quiet about immigration and short term work visa's, gutting Northland.

            Mechanisation, in most cases, results in higher pay for the remaining workers, which would have also supported services in small towns.

            Are you trying to say that farming really doesn't earn very much?

            • Ad

              Each agricultural commodity goes up and down. So margins are unstable but usually thin.

              They make their long term money on land.

              • KJT

                Capital gains.

                If land was cheaper they could be viable businesses. And pay wages…

                Instead of mortgages. With the idea of making all their money when they sell the farm.

              • KJT

                Therein lies the problem.

                If they were in the business of, farming, rather than land speculation?

  5. Adrian 6

    Farming gets propped up when it gets the equivilant of agri-covid…cyclones, big floods, grass fires and hail etc and it is quite hard to access it, any off-farm income or assets is deducted from the assistance. The wine industry can't for instance get the steam off a turd for frost damage, that is considered normal growing risk.

    After the Kaikoura earthquakes I think farmers got fuck all; just some help to fix fences.

    Farmers always do better under Labour, National take them for granted but it bit Bill English in the arse in the early 90s, Nats on 22% was because farmers stayed home on election day and their wives who voted went Labour.

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