Elizabeth Warren says big farming companies should be dissolved
STORM LAKE, Iowa – Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar announced on Saturday their support for strengthening antitrust laws and enforcement in order to break up the great agricultural monopolists.
"" They have these big corporations that are getting bigger and bigger … and they're pushing for family farms and small farms, "Warren said at the Heartland Forum, which focused on rural issues.
The US Senator from Massachusetts called for the dissolution of some of the largest agricultural corporations, so they not only have such economic power that they eliminate competition, so they all bear profits for themselves … But Also, so that they do not have this kind of political power. "
Senator Klobuchar and the Minnesota Democrat proposed an antitrust approach, but also proposed a merger fee to investigate uncompetitive practices. [1
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"If we hinder competition through monopolies, we will not only increase prices for consumers, we" "We will stifle entrepreneurship," she said.
The fight against monopolies was an integral part of the agricultural policy that Warren introduced this week. These included a series of proposals designed to help family farmers operate in a market increasingly saturated by large-scale enterprises
Klobuchar and former US Representative John Delaney of Maryland, another White House hope bearer participated in the forum, also introduced a country-related policy this week. Klobuchar announced a $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan that would help expand access to rural broadband and strengthen roads and bridges. Delaney offered a comprehensive rural plan that included proposals to strengthen family farmers and rural infrastructure.
White House candidates for the Forum included former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, and US Representative Tim Ryan, of Ohio, who is considering launching an offer
Attention to Rural Communities and Issues are the result of a recognition that Democrats need to do more to win voters in rural areas, especially in countries like Iowa. The state has long been a battleground for the president, but Iowa has found a more solid Republican in the past two election cycles, a worrying sign for the Democrats who want to topple President Trump.
"There needs to be a better link between politicians and politicians rural Americans," said Aaron Heley Lehman, the president of the Iowa Farmers' Union, which hosted the forum and ran with candidates from neighboring countries to the candidates.
In the early days of the 2020 Democratic primary, many candidates are focusing on building this connection, with several competitors, including former US representative Beto O'Rourke of Texas, leading campaigns in rural Iowa for years Not having had much democratic activity, Delaney is the only Democrat candidate to date to visit all 99 districts of Iowa.
This is an essential part of what Democrats need to do to regain rural America, says Mary Gaskill , Representative of the State of Iowa – just turn up.
"There are many people who are reluctant to emerge as a Democrat because they all feel neglected or mistreated or shunned by their neighbor, "she said.
Gaskill is the only democratic legislator in their area. and represents a red county that Trump has voted for over 20 percentage points in 2016 – but one that Barack Obama won in 2012 with nearly 12 points. Now at least two candidates – Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand – have made a campaign there that welcomes Gaskill.
"We could see our neighbors there whom we did not know were Democrats," she said.
O & Rourke did not visit the forum on Saturday. His first Iowa sweep as a presidential candidate included stations in small towns that switched from Democrats to Republicans in 2016.
He did not change his message – during the swing, O'Rourke was still talking about the need for gun control, legal marijuana and a compassionate immigration program. But Norm Sterzenbach, his top strategist in the state, said the key was to bring people the politics they had not heard directly from the Democrats before.
"Maybe you do not have those ideas that you like, but you" I'll never know if we do not communicate in there, "he said.
Gillibrand from New York recently visited the same part of eastern Iowa and introduced himself to the electorate as a candidate who could defeat Trump because she had won in red areas of her state. She also did not shy away from progressive policies such as gun control, general health care and the Green New Deal, and she announced her work to say "do not ask, do not say". Politics prohibits gays from serving overtly in the military ,
Neither Gillibrand nor O & Rourke convinced everyone. Tom Courtney, chairman of the Dem Moines County Democratic Party, held an event for both candidates and said he was not impressed by their message.
& # 39; & # 39; O'Rourke not, and [Gillibrand] did not do anything for rural Iowa too – no one ever does. She talked about many issues that liberals keep talking about, "he said, citing global leadership, the president's morality, or the right to abortion. "Trump was chosen by telling people he would fix their lives, I do not hear that here."
However, some Heartland Forum participants were impressed by the country's deep understanding of and understanding of rural issues. Jeri Neal, a retired Sustainable Agriculture Adviser from Ames, said she was impressed with how agile Klobuchar is on rural issues, and also appreciated the "hope and optimism" shown by the candidates as they discussed policy solutions. 19659002] "What I liked today was that they were really willing to think about what is causing the problem and how we are changing that. & # 39; & # 39; She said. & # 39; & # 39; Instead of dealing with the problem, they are really ready to say: "Why do we have this problem?" And to treat that. & # 39; & # 39;
But Matt Russell, a farmer from Lacona, said he wanted the candidate Farmers were a major player in some of their proposals to solve the problems of rural America.
"I was a little disappointed that there were many descriptions of the problems in rural America, but there was not much talk about where farmers could play a really good role in providing solutions," he said
Russell believes that Democrats are spending too much money on advocacy to find out what strategic policies they should support, and not enough time to actually invest in democratic leadership and organize it locally in rural America remains a key question for Democrats: Will the renewed emphasis on rural issues lead to additional on-site support?
Becky Bryant, a retired teacher who grew up in Storm Lake and comes from a peasant family, even said new efforts by Democrats to bring their message into rural America, in areas where the Republicans in the DNA of the V peoples live, let up.
"I waited until my father died because he was horrified, I attacked people because I changed parties," she said.
When asked how Democrats could win over voters and their families, she stopped for a long minute.
& # 39; & # 39; If they do not understand the tariffs They've caused problems, if they believe that Trump is biblically here, it's a hard thing to hack, "she said.