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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 16, 2019, 10:12 PM

2. Glad you liked it Judi.

The big Mesa de Enlace boys get most of the attention because, while they represent just 12% of farmers, they account for 80% of the harvest.

Such is the concentration of farmland in Argentina, as in most of the region.

In fairness to them though, their leadership stopped short of calling for a massive lockout, as they did in 2008. And they took the decision to maintain dialogue with the administration, rather than create conflict, despite intense pressure from right-wing politicians and media.

That, needless to say, took guts.

My impression is that they reacted prudently also because, after all, this tax hike was actually somewhat smaller than Macri's own in September 2018.

As Fernández pointed out, this merely brings export taxes back to slightly above their Sep-Dec. 2018 level (these had been eased somewhat during Macri's last months in office, to try to win back rural voters).

They know it's a similar rate. When Macri hiked export taxes last year, they accepted it as "necessary given the crisis."

So it made no sense to stage a tantrum over pretty much the same tax rate now, just because the president is from another party.

It would've been the kind of destructive childishness we so often see from the GOP here in the U.S.

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