Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When It Comes To Trade Policy, South Dakota Is Better Off With Rubio Than Cruz

     Now that Rubio is a factor in the GOP primary thanks to his Iowa surge, it's time to give him the "what's he gonna do for us?" test by South Dakotans. And while I'm at it, Cruz could
Rubio In Farm Country
Will It Be Raining Votes?
(photo from abcnews.com)
stand a going-over too.  Considering that much of our number one industry, ag, is so export dependent, accounting for $3.6 billion in overseas sales, with foreign trade accounting for 22% of our jobs, Rubio's approach to trade policy matters, big time.  I've already slammed that master of hot air, Donald Trump,  and his trade policy rhetoric few times here, so you should be familiar enough with my contempt for him and his campaign.

     Marco Rubio  and Ted Cruz made some waves on the trade issue recently, and their contrasting records are an eye-opener.  Rhetoric is one thing, actual on-the-record voting is another.  That's all I can go by and for that reason, Rubio I like, Cruz I scorn.  Rubio is a champion of freer trade, unequivocally so and to the apparent chagrin of some on the right.  They link him to something they call "Obamatrade," apparently considering "fast-track trade authority" to be an invention of President Obama.  In reality, fast-track has been around since 1974, when Republicans were in charge of the White House. Foreign sales of South Dakota products have grown immensely over the years and will probably
Cruz In Iowa
First You Flip, Then You Flop
(photo from inquistr.com)
continue to do so as trade barriers keep coming down.  By supprting fast-track, Rubio supports their continuation.  That makes him a big friend of South Dakota's ag community.

     Cruz, meanwhile, seems to have chosen the political route when it comes to trade policy, resulting in a wishy-washiness that makes it hard to pin him down on just how he views fast-track.  Last April he was praising it in the Wall Street Journal, saying it was "vital for economic growth."  Two months later he voted against it in the Senate, making some dubious claims that smacked of political cover for his flip-flop--claims so transparently self-serving that Politifact rated his change of position a "Full Flop."  I just don't trust this guy when it comes to consistency.  The fact that he went on the record against fast-track puts him in the "no way" column when it comes to considering him as my party's nominee.
     Neither Trump and his idiotic Mexican wall (and that poorly thought out 25% tariff on Chinese imports) nor Cruz and his inconsistency when it comes to trade policy make the cut.  Rubio seems unequivocal and supportive when it comes to international commerce, a fact that South Dakotans and our immense ag industry need to consider when it comes time to decide on our next prez.  


  1. Rubio is more friendly to ethanol. Cruz has flipped on ethanol. He liked it in Iowa, but his Texas oil money questioned him and likes oil.

  2. Trump is whacko. Don't know how else to describe him. When asked for any policy specifics he rambles on endlessly about everything,especially about how,like the Wizzard of Oz,how great and powerful he is until he obscures facts and reality and instead hypnotizes his followers into aqueeseing their own self interest in favor of his insatiable need for power. The fact he has such a huge following is disturbing. He's a deal maker alright but a dangerous one. Bob Olson

  3. With the topic of international trade policy, any of the Republican candidates seem to equate to the Tin Man -- no brain.