“I support the Waters of the United States Rule, but know we have to work with all stakeholders to ensure its common sense implementation.”
Before all my farm, forestry and landowner friends, including many conservative Democrats, launch a petition drive for my recall, please notice the quotation marks. No, these are not my words. This is the position of the Democratic nominee for president of the United States. The current issue of Farm Futures magazine features a question-and-answer piece from both of the candidates.
If supporting federal control of every drop of water that falls on private property isn’t bad enough, try this Clinton policy position: “I will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship within my first 100 days in office.” She offers no specifics for securing the border or working with farmers to fix the broken guest worker program.
Referencing the next Farm Bill, Clinton’s overuse of phrases like, “I will engage with” and “I will partner with,” lead me to conclude that Clintonian bureaucrats will spend more time filling slots on work groups than actually taking on the challenges facing our farm families.
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“Do you support WOTUS?” Donald Trump says, “No. I will eliminate the unconstitutional Waters of the U.S. rule, and will direct the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA to no longer use this unlawful rule, and related guidance documents, in making jurisdictional determinations.” Trump promises to appoint a “pro-farmer EPA administrator.”
On immigration, Trump is crystal clear. “I recognize the unique labor challenges facing the American farm community and will include farmers and ranchers in the process of determining the best possible immigration policies. Here are my three core principles of real immigration reform:
1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border. 2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our constitutional system of government must be enforced.
3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.”
Donald Trump says “Rational cost-benefit tests will be used to ensure that any regulation is justified before it is adopted. There will be no more “sue and settle” deals with extreme environmentalists.” Amen.
His pledge to “end the death tax” and protect private property rights by “appointing conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court who will defend the constitutional rights and protections of all Americans” should leave most farm families saying “finally someone understands.”
In these closing days of perhaps the most unusual and important election cycle in recent history, farm families everywhere should see that a Manhattan businessman has proposed the most farm-friendly, problem-solving platform in generations. These solutions are also beneficial for consumers. Hillary Clinton is wrong for America, wrong for American agriculture. She cannot be trusted.
Former Georgia Gov. Gene Talmadge used to say, “the poor dirt farmer ain’t got but three friends on this Earth: God Almighty, Sears Roebuck, and Gene Talmadge.” He meant it, and from my reading of history, it was true. In 2016, I celebrate the fact that God is still sovereign and in control; Tractor Supply and others are trying to fill the role once filled by Sears; and Donald Trump is the only friend agriculture has in this race.
Gary W. Black, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture and National Co-chair, Trump-Pence Agriculture and Rural America Team.