Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search


(15,922 posts)
Thu Dec 26, 2019, 08:27 PM Dec 2019

In Trump Country, a season of need on family farms

The grocery list took Anne Lee hours to make, an exercise in her increasingly desperate effort to feed her family of seven.

“Chicken noodle soup?” she wondered as she sat at her kitchen table with a pen and notepad. “No, I’ll make chicken and biscuits. That’s more filling.”

These days, Anne has only about $175 each month to spend on food, beyond the eggs, milk and meat that her family’s dairy operation supplies. So this has become her monthly ritual, going through several drafts to create an affordable meal plan that keeps her husband and five kids from going hungry.

She knows the prices from the discount grocery store by heart. Crushed tomatoes for chili: $1 a can. Potato tots for roast pork: $1.69 a bag.


Here's another sad story about the suffering of a Trump-voting farmer.

5 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
In Trump Country, a season of need on family farms (Original Post) Zorro Dec 2019 OP
Sad to say,there are hundreds more Wellstone ruled Dec 2019 #1
Did they really think that something that began with hate would end up making everybody happy? Girard442 Dec 2019 #2
yes they did Skittles Dec 2019 #3
I feel sympathy for their suffering, but don't expect a change of heart. Aristus Dec 2019 #4
This family is one of the lucky ones. Scarsdale Dec 2019 #5

Wellstone ruled

(34,661 posts)
1. Sad to say,there are hundreds more
Thu Dec 26, 2019, 09:44 PM
Dec 2019

in the same boat.

The only way this Dairy Crisis ends is,two to three million Dairy Animals removed from the system via the Slaughterhouse and the Beef ground and used in the School Lunch Program.

Yes,it will require tax dollars to make this happen. During the 80's,the USDA bought thousands of pounds of Beef,both dairy and Beef Cows in a effort to stabilize the Farm economy. Sad to say,so many folks used this as a leverage to just dig themselves into financial holes that exist yet today .


(154,473 posts)
3. yes they did
Thu Dec 26, 2019, 10:39 PM
Dec 2019

it's hard to feel sorry for people who thought a pussy-grabbing con man would make a swell president but I can't help it, I feel sorry for anyone going through hard times


(67,038 posts)
4. I feel sympathy for their suffering, but don't expect a change of heart.
Fri Dec 27, 2019, 12:54 AM
Dec 2019

These are people who ended up where they are by believing lies. All Trump has to do to keep their loyalty is to lie to them about whose fault their suffering is. They'll believe it.


(9,426 posts)
5. This family is one of the lucky ones.
Fri Dec 27, 2019, 08:39 AM
Dec 2019

Imagine how families manage who do not have eggs, milk and meat available. Think of the disabled people who have had their benefits cut to the bone. Sorry, these people voted for a con man, and they got conned.

Latest Discussions»Editorials & Other Articles»In Trump Country, a seaso...