State Rep. Amanda Stuck
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Stuck to Gallagher: Does Your Party Care About Small Business?

Candidate says Wisconsin dairies should be supported

By - Oct 10th, 2019 10:55 am

APPLETON – Congressional candidate Amanda Stuck was deeply critical of comments made by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and urged incumbent Mike Gallagher to break with Republican policy on farming.

Earlier in the week, Federal Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue told a gathering at the World Dairy Expo in Madison it would be “very difficult” for family dairy farms to stay in business unless they expand exponentially, adding, “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out.”

Stuck, whose campaign has focused on the problems of working families, thinks more can be done.

“The American dream isn’t guaranteed, but that doesn’t mean the American government can’t lend a hand,” Stuck said. “Dairy farming is fundamental to our state and small family farms are being squeezed by the GOP’s trade war.  If Mr. Gallagher would spend more time here, he’d understand the struggle of dairy farmers.”

Republican trade policies have spurred retaliatory tariffs on dairy products from Mexico and China. Perdue’s suggestion—that market conditions inevitably create monopolistic economies of scale—didn’t sit well with Stuck.

“Republicans seem to think that the only businesses that matter are the ones that write the big checks,” she said. “From Green Bay to Greenville, Northeast Wisconsin is a patchwork of small, family-owned farms. They’re operated by people who work sunrise to sunset, who are willing to compete and who aren’t asking for guarantees. But they can’t fight alone and what they’re asking for is support.”

Stuck wasn’t alone in her criticism. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers tweeted, “Make no mistake about it, Trump’s administration is no friend to America’s Dairyland.”

Amanda has been a strong advocate for northeast Wisconsin in the Assembly, working to protect jobs in Wisconsin’s paper industry and leading the charge against sweetheart deals for Foxconn. She co- founded the State Assembly’s bipartisan Future caucus. Amanda and her husband, David, a union sheetmetal journeyman, are raising four children together in Appleton.

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19 thoughts on “Norquist: Trump Tariffs Will Hurt State Workers”

  1. JJ says:

    This is what is called inside the box thinking. Yet another sanctimonious lecture on how we can not possible end free trade. The argument here against tariff protection is that there will be microeconomic disruptions and losers. Therefore we should ignore the macroeconomic advantages tariffs would bring. Put another way large gains that tariffs would bring should be forfeited because of small loses. We have a trade deficit. The inescapable fact of having a trade deficit is that international trade produces a net loss to the United States. Tariff will produce a net gain.

    This can be seen in the real world experience of the United States with tariff protection. From 1816 until 1967 we were the most tariff protected nation on earth. The Boogie Man did not get us. Instead we prospered. We will again.

  2. Frank Galvan says:

    Only morons don’t know this already. Unfortunately, we have a significant minority percentage of morons spread out amongst gerrymandered States with Republican Jim Crow laws in place.

  3. Tim Tomann says:

    You all realize it was targeted + 1000cc heavy motorcycle Tariffs +44 percentage that President Reagan signed into law 1983. That gave breathing room for Motor Company that (Harley-Davidson) so they could retool, right their quality control issues, involved all levels of the company. With coming up with ways to survive wow did it work. They went from days away from BK to being one of the most successful Worldwide Brand. Riden’ and Loved by millions across the world. link:

  4. Rich says:

    Thanks for that insight, JJ, but you are aware that the global nature of supply chains is entirely different now than it was during the years you cite, right? Sometimes, the past is not the best predictor of the future.

  5. Diane Buck says:

    Hey, John, what about Charter Steel in Milwaukee? It produces steel!

  6. john norquist says:

    Diane Buck: Charter produces a small amount of steel for their own use. If big steel tariffs are imposed Charter will save some money by not having to pay higher prices for the steel they use. They have protected themselves from protectionism.

    Tim Toman: Yes Harley sought and received tariff protection. To Harley’s credit they also voluntarily gave it up well before its expiration date. It may have saved Harley, but its CEO at the time (Vaughn Beals) said keeping the tariff on any longer would have badly weakened Harley just as keeping a cast on too long atrophies muscle.

  7. JayS says:

    Free Trade ? Familiar with the VAT (Value Added Tax) ?

    I believe the countries in Europe assess VAT on ALL goods sent by the USA and imported to Europe. The USA does not assess a VAT on domestic production or goods imported from Europe (or from anywhere, for that matter).

    Our neighbor, Mexico currently subjects USA goods to a 16% VAT.

    It’s impossible to have ‘free trade’ when goods traveling one direction (USA –> Mexico) are subject to VAT and goods going the other direction (Mexico –> USA) are not subject to the same VAT. The VAT is anti-free-trade.

    Me thinks politicians define ‘free trade’ differently than Economists;good luck fixing that.

  8. John Casper says:


    Your comment is “what is called the box” not “thinking.” It’s “yet another sanctimonious lecture on how we can not possible(sic) end” fair “trade.”

    You wrote, “The inescapable fact of having a trade deficit is that international trade produces a net loss to the United States.

    It’s only “inescapable” if you can’t count and are opposed to liberty and democratic capitalism. Sorry you never heard of the Boston Tea Party.

    Economists love imports. The exporter takes all the risk. It’s their labor, their materials, their natural resources and environment and their time. They exchange their goods for U.S. dollars which are a public monopoly.

    We can run out of clean water, safe food, sustainable energy, some metals, minerals, and medicines, but not dollars. If the U.S. borrows in something other than dollars, gold, oil, …. all bets are off.

    Conservatives and liberals understand that “(Federal) Taxes For Revenue Are Obsolete.”

    Economist Pavlina Tcherneva’s four-page “Antidote to Deficit Phobia” is excellent.

    Local and state governments are different. Their budgets have to balance, just like a family’s.

    You wrote, “Therefore we should ignore the macroeconomic advantages tariffs would bring.”

    Japan has posted huge trade surplus for decades.

    1. Why isn’t their economy dominating the world?

    2. Why is the U.S. dollar still the world’s reserve currency?

    3. Who will receive the “macroeconomic advantages you claim from banning imports?”

    4. Do you see a resurgence of labor unions?

    90-second video of President Reagan saying no “freedom,” without “collective bargaining.”

    “These are the values inspiring those brave workers in Poland, the values that have inspired other dissidents under communist domination, who have been willing to go into the gulag and suffer the torture of imprisonment, because of their dissidence. They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost… They remind us that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. You and I must protect and preserve freedom here, or it will not be passed on to our children and it will disappear everywhere in the world. Today, the workers in Poland are showing a new generation how high is the price of freedom, but also how much, it is worth that price. I want more than anything I’ve ever wanted, to have an administration that will through its actions, at home and in the international arena, let millions of people know, that Miss Liberty, still lifts her lamp beside the golden door.”

    You wrote “From 1816 until 1967 we were the most tariff protected nation on earth.”

    5. Do you have a link?

    During the Civil War, the North blockaded Southern ports, so they couldn’t export cotton.

    5.1 Until the U.S. has a trade surplus, do you want to cut the defense budget so our tax dollars aren’t used to keep the sea lanes open?

    6. If you’re desperate to export, what do other countries have of value that you will take as payment?

    Fair trade is exceedingly complex. It goes to the heart of democratic capitalism, not the money manager/crony capitalism we have. Trump and Sanders were correct to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership. The U.S. and other western nations have exported slave wages and an environmental holocaust to many of our trading partners. That’s created immense wealth for a very few. Slave wages means those workers can’t afford to buy our exports.

    Please apologize to Mayor Norquist.

  9. john norquist says:

    Jay S: Many nations assess a VAT ( Value Added Tax). A VAT is levied on imports as well domestically produced products. It’s a tax on consumption regardless of where the product is made. Mexico’s 16% VAT applies to both imports and Mexican made products. It acts like a sales tax. It does not disadvantage US exports to Mexico.

  10. JayS says:

    john norquist- I think this article does a reasonable job, better than I could in this limited space, of explaining how the VAT disadvantages the US in free trade:

    Remember free trade requires treating all goods, traveling in both directions similarly. The current structure of VAT does not allow bilateral tax treatment of goods between a country with a VAT and one without VAT.

  11. Tom D says:

    JayS (post 10):

    Your WND article is incorrect. Take their example of how Germany’s 16% VAT affects the price of a $23,000 car…

    If the $23,000 car is made in the US and then exported to Germany, it is hit with a 16% VAT ($3,680) when it arrives in Germany, bringing its retail cost up to $26,680.

    This is ENTIRELY FAIR since a $23,000 car built in Germany would be subject to that SAME 16% ($3,680) VAT. The only difference is that the German car is taxed incrementally at each stage of production while the American car is taxed all at once, but the tax in EACH CASE totals the same $3,680.

    To summarize… in Germany, a $23,000 (manufacturing costs plus profit) American-made car retails for $26,680, and a $23,000 German-made car retails for the SAME $26,680. What is unfair about that?

    VAT is also fair for imports INTO America. If that $23,000 German car (which, because of VAT, retails for $26,680 in Germany) is exported to America and sold in Wisconsin (5% sales tax), Germany rebates the $3,680 VAT, allowing the German car to be sold in Wisconsin for $24,150 ($23,000 plus $1,150 sales tax).

    This is the SAME $24,150 PRICE that the $23,000 American car sells for in Wisconsin. Again, totally fair and non-discriminatory.

  12. Terry says:

    Harley Davidson is ALREADY struggling mightily. Trump’s tariffs and trade wars are only going to make things much worse for them and a whole lot of other people. You people that voted for this charlatan were suckered.

    Dump Trump
    Dump Walker

  13. Jake currently of the MKE says:

    True. The average income of a Harley owner is 80,000 a year and is the same demographic for conservative Republicans, which is old and greedy, who are getting older.
    Harley does not make an affordable bike, nor am I a fan of the rightwing fake rebel deplorable Harley attracts.

  14. Troll says:

    This time, though, the tariffs went the other way. “When they send a motorcycle to India, as an example, they have to pay 100 percent tax—100 percent,” Trump told U.S. governors on Monday. “Now, the [Indian] prime minister, who I think is a fantastic man, called me the other day. He said, ‘We are lowering it to 50 percent.’ I said, ‘OK, but so far we’re getting nothing.’ So we get nothing, he gets 50 [percent], and they think we’re doing—like they’re doing us a favor. That’s not a favor.”

  15. Troll says:

    How much steel is there in a Harley Davidson? 500 lbs.- so your looking at a $100 dollar increase and a can of Cambell soup, one penny increase. Trump won by grabbing a majority of blue collar workers. Hillary won the River Hills pinheads.

  16. Eric J. says:

    What do you think the typical Harley motor,shock tubes rims are made of ? ( Answer : AI )

    -The suburban Harley rider/”rebel” is getting old .( Take off the bandana,the vest and grubby jeans and they are just another suburbanite)
    – Not an admirable stereotype to millenials.

  17. Terry says:

    Well thank God Trump’s advisor and good buddy Carl Icahn got to dump his 31 million in stock in the Manitowac Company just before Trump announced his idiotic return to tariffs, mercantilsm and trade wars. Another win for Wisconsin thanks to Trump!

    These Republicans are greasy and dumb as the come folks.

    Dump Trump
    Dump Walker

  18. Troll says:

    On a bright note to you tofu loving lefties guns should become more expensive. Tack On a dollar due to tarrifs

  19. RK says:

    Tammy Baldwin’s on board when it comes to steel:

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