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The Presidency Is No Lovin' Spoonful
Here in South Dakota I get the sense that everything is on hold when it comes to matters that affect our state. Trump's ambivalence about our trade relations with Canada and Mexico come immediately to mind. Last Wednesday he said he was preparing an executive order to set a timeline for withdrawing from NAFTA after just telling a crowd in Kenosha, WI, that "NAFTA's been very bad for our country." Trump followed up by submitting a draft of the order for executive review. The subsequent selloff in corn and soybean futures signaled to our agriculturally-dependent state that a continuation of ultra-low and economy-damaging grain prices would continue for a good long while as one of our best customers, Mexico, would probably start shopping elsewhere for their grain supplies. So what transpired? The very next day, President Consistency changes his mind and decides he wants to negotiate, after all. Along with flip-flops on immigration policy, healthcare reform, NATO, marriage equality--the list goes on--Trump's vacillation has made presidential life for himself and the country a lot more difficult than it has to be
And just where the heck has our trio of Republican congresspeople been during this waffling-in-lieu-of-government era? In a pro forma recitation of political fealty, Senator Rounds
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