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By Staff | Jul 10, 2015

Donald Trump and my Congressman Steve King are buddies. I don’t remember which one of them said it, but they claimed to be able “to complete each other’s sentences.”

I don’t know if that is a good thing considering what they have been saying. I heard some of King in Trump’s announcement speech.

King has called Mexican illegals, rapists with calves the size of cantaloupes from carrying drugs across the border and Trump pretty much stole that line.

I was watching a History Channel documentary on the KKK and they were given credit for the political support that resulted in the tightening U.S. immigration laws that blocked many immigrants for 30 to 40 years.

The laws were changed then because of hate and they are not being reformed now for much the same reason. They can’t even tell the difference between desperate refugee kids and an illegal immigrant.

The vast majority of illegal immigrants have been hardworking people who have not broken laws other than entering the U.S. without proper documentation. Farmers and other labor intensive businesses that need legal access to this labor have had more experience than anyone else in working with these undocumented immigrants and they tell an entirely different story about their character and nature than the one Trump and King portray. I am certain that infrequently rapists and murderers have come across the border, but the same could be said of any general population and it is also true that the lazy bums stay home.

The Hispanic populations in the U.S. are generally good people who want the same thing that all other Americans want. They are now making Donald Trump pinatas in Mexico that they will export to the U.S..

Trump doesn’t see win-win situations as tolerable. For Trump, someone has to win and someone has to lose. The loser didn’t lose hard enough if not in tears. I think that any economist would be speechless unable to discern where to even start explaining the World economy to a man who thinks that he is always the smartest guy in the room. Trade, where both parties profit, is not a “win” by Trump’s characterization.

Allies such as Japan or South Korea would be treated much less like allies by Trump’s trade and foreign policy. Some kind of trade war or worse would be a given if Trump were made Emperor. Protectionists want everyone to believe that the reason that U.S. companies took jobs offshore was the result of FTA’s. They have spun trade liberalization as being something bad. The jobs went wherever the cost of production was the lowest and for some things the U.S. is the low cost producer in the world and for others the cost of production is lower overseas. You are not going to get access to sell your goods without providing similar access to others who want to sell here.

Trade is a trade-off that should result in win-win which I believe has been the case. Does anyone really believe that the U.S. cannot compete in trade? Nintey-five percent of the world’s consumers are outside the U.S., and we should wall ourselves off from them? Protectionists use environmental or labor concerns to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. President Obama shares that sentiment, but has crafted the trade agreement with more protections for fair trade than any other trade agreement ever.

Protectionists do not make suggestions for other safeguards to correct whatever they find concerns them in the trade agreement … rather they want to stop it regardless, at all costs. Trade has made the world wealthier and better and no country, not even the U.S., is an island. There has been much gained from trade agreements geopolitically besides economically. The TPP will impact trade in 40 percent of the world economy with countries that make up an even larger percentage of U.S. Ag trade. It is imperative to the U.S. Ag sector that TPP be finished.

Trump doesn’t want to be President. He is not made up to work with Congress or represent people. Trump is already King in his own mind so he thinks the job entitles him to the White House. He is going to be a sharp thorn in the side of a GOP which has been trying to clean up its brand. Trump thinks his brand is worth $3 billion and trumps the GOP brand.

Trump will take the air out of the room for other GOP candidates who should have gotten more oxygen. The press is flocking to cover Trump because he makes a great story for the tabloids and is an irresistible curiosity for the mainstream media. Every inflammatory, arrogant thing that he says will see print and when on stage with the other GOP candidates they become guilty by association.

The Democrats have to be elated with Trump’s candidacy as he will be a loose cannon, that will repeatedly go off becoming a distraction as the GOP is trying to convey its message. It will be a circus for a while and who would the media love to see as the circus barker other than Trump who will grab the job and steal the mic? There is no throttle on this guy because he answers to no one and is self-financing.

The GOP needs more inclusion to broaden its tent and when Trump is done he will have further offended just about everybody and if he stays around long enough can make the transition to broaden the appeal in the general election for whoever will be the GOP nominee all that much more difficult. This may help Jeb Bush as the party looks for someone who can save them from Trump.

I think that it is amazing that my Congressman Steve King and Trump finish each other’s sentences when King represents an Ag district in a state where trade is of such extreme importance and Trump would blow it up.

David Kruse is president of CommStock Investments Inc., author and producer of The CommStock Report, an ag commentary and market analysis available daily by radio and by subscription on DTN/FarmDayta and the Internet.

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