Fall-Out From the Administration’s Trade Policies Will Stretch Far and Wide, often hitting their base hardest.

The following article was posted by the Dallas Morning News, and I’ve provided some additional analysis and commentary.  In summary, it notes that ranchers, and through a real example of “trickle-down economics,” meat processors, grain growers, and a whole host of related industries will suffer the consequences of the trade decisions and foreign diplomacy missteps that the new administration has made in its first month of operation.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/02/16/first-casualties-trumps-trade-wars-texas-cattle-ranchers

Hays County, which includes Kyle (the byline for this story), was a very close vote, but still went for the Exalted Cheeto…33,826 to 33,224 (about 600 vote difference – about 46.9% to 46%, with another 5% going to Gary Johnson and the rest to Jill Stein and other minor candidates).

However, it is important to note that Hays county is a suburb of Austin and, in general, urban centers were either for Clinton or were much closer than the rest of the state. If you look at counties that are “in the middle of the state,” the percentage for the Exalted Cheeto runs as high as the low 90s. And those counties are where a lot of the ranchers are from.  For example, by searching for cattle ranches in Texas, I found the following real estate site, listing ranches of varying sizes in a number of counties around the state:

http://www.texasranchsales.info/cattle-ranches-for-sale.html

And here is the link to county-by-county voting results for the 2016 presidential election:

http://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/texas

Montague County, for example, had 7,526 votes for the Exalted Cheeto and only 885 for Clinton. That’s 89.5%. Rains County was 86.3% for him. Hamilton County was 86.5%. McLennan was “only” 64.1%.  Nearly everywhere you look in the “wide open spaces” of the state, the counties are tinted dark pink, signifying a substantial plurality for the Exalted Cheeto.

As I said…a self-inflicted wound.