I foresaw this. China wanted our Beef. The Lord of New York ruled this was Un-American.
Just a few hours earlier, Bullock announced himself as the 22nd democratic contender in the 2020 presidential race. So appropriately, Taylor Swift’s “22” played in the kitchen as kids studied and dad signed forms declaring himself a candidate. It was momentous for the man who grew up in Helena, in which he still lives; his daughter joked it was “anti-climatic,” but had some insight into the kick-off.
Where’s the beef? Not in China.
President Trump’s escalating trade beef with China has frozen plans to sell more Montana steaks, hamburgers and jerky to Chinese consumers.
“The trade disputes have really slowed down efforts to try to get Montana beef to Chinese markets,” Jay Bodner, executive vice president of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, said.
High tariffs mean high prices for American beef, according to Bodner, and that’s scaring away Chinese buyers. While the market is small, Montana was one of the only states to aggressively pursue it after the country lifted its 13-year ban on U.S. beef in 2016.
The ban was originally spurred in 2003 after a handful of American cattle contracted so-called mad cow disease.
After the ban was lifted, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., traveled to China and presented President Xi Jinping with a cut of Montana-raised beef.
Then, in 2017, Montana ranchers struck a $300 million deal with an online retailer to sell their beef in China, and to build a processing plant in the state.
But the ongoing trade dispute has put a damper on that deal, according to Bodner.
“Those discussions have slowed down dramatically,” he said. “We know that they’re not off the table but they probably won’t resume until we start to see some of these trade negotiations get resolved.”
During a Senate hearing Wednesday, Daines applauded Trump’s stance on China but warned Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin that he wanted the trade war to resolve .
“We need results,” he said. “We need them soon.”
This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUER in Salt Lake City, KUNR in Nevada, and KRCC and KUNC in Colorado.
John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security advisor, announced last week that the US would send an aircraft carrier, 5-52 bombers and a missile battery to the Middle East because of a sudden escalation of that threat. The Pentagon has reportedly drawn up contingency plans for conflict including the deployment of 120,000 troops.
Maj Gen Chris Ghika, the deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, told reporters in a conference call on Monday: “No, there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria.”
Hours later US Central Command, which is responsible for US military operations in the Middle East, took the unusual step of publicly contradicting him.
“Recent comments from OIR’s Deputy Commander run counter to identified credible threats available to intelligence from US and allies regarding Iranian-backed forces in the region,” said Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman, in a statement.
“These are the people the president cares about. And he wants them to enjoy the American Dream just like all the people in the cities.”
I suspected this is what Rena was trying to tell me in her letter, that she and her rancher husband was deprived of “enjoying the American Dream”. Somehow, this is partially my fault, and, I got to pay. Did my muse think I was mocking her and her husband in my letter, and thus she tore it to shreds? It is not clear she is still married to Bruce, or, this is wishful thinking. Did he read my letter and fly into a rage, because, he is not a city-dweller, a eloquent man of words? Indeed, he is boring as all hell, as is most life outside the cities, out there on the vast plains. As to ownership, the white men killed all the buffalo and stole the land of ancient hunters who carved into hunks of meat twenty-thousand years ago. Being bored goes with the choices we make.
There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.”
I don’t think I heard Rena laugh. Nor did I see her smile that much. I think she thought these things ruined her good looks. She took herself very seriously. After reading about these Political Range Wars, I now understand that taking yourself seriously may be the only recreation and entertainment – for miles around! Then comes getting mean with outsiders who don’t take you seriously………and your American Dream.
Here is the ranch Rena lived on with her third husband. I think they may be divorced. They lived in a three bedroom trailer that has just over a thousand square feet that overlooks a cattle ranch that is owned by Bruce, and possibly his father or brother. This dream is up for sale.
“My second husband was an alcoholic and the marriage ended after two painful years.”
“I walked with you tonight, my dear Rena, in the field of your forever fears, you fearing the wolves rather then the rapists. Is this you preparing me for the truth you are not that stunning beautiful for of perfection, anymore, and just a redneck meal on the way t the outhouse?
I heard you debate for the last six months, you wondering whether I would judge you because the man you love is a cowboy, and you his cowgirl. I heard you arguments, and you read mine? Have you been peeking at my Rosemond blog. Do you recall my plan to move to Lincoln and rent an old barn that would be my studio. I mean, I was willing to come on over, and buy me a chicken or two?
“You won’t like it here.” You said. “There’s nothing here!”
“You’re here!” Was my reply. And you could hear the sound of the tumbling tumble weeds way off in the distance.
“Here I am!” You could not have began you letter a better way. I guess you changed your mind? LOL!
I come from real Redneck stock, and of late I have admitted I always wanted to be a cowboy. And you were my land-loven archetype who feared the sea. That you lived on the Isle of Wight with a Sailor man – blows my mind. Did Ian get you in his boat – and out to sea!
For you, my dear, I will kiss the first redneck I see. For you, I will overcome my fear of them. If he don’t break my neck, I’ll let you know how it go.
In an e-mail to Radiant Engineering, Rena Easton, and Bruce Vesser, thanks the folks that fixed a heater in West Yellowstone where Rena used to live. Does she live there now? Who owns the house? Bruce lives on Vesser Road. He works a ranch/farm that got subsidized by Big Government. So much for his Redneck ways.
“Farmers are the president’s people,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in an interview with Morning Edition on Monday. “These are the people that elected the president. The president knows that. These are the people the president cares about. And he wants them to enjoy the American Dream just like all the people in the cities.”
“Beef is a big deal in China and I’m convinced that when the Chinese people get a taste of U.S. beef, they’re going to want more of it. These products coming into China are safe, wholesome, and very delicious. This is also a good harbinger of the kind of relationship that can be developed. We hope there are other things we can cooperate on and we’re going to use U.S. beef as the forerunner.”
Some Democratic House members are planning to invite victims of sexual assault to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address later this month to highlight the issue, according to an aide to a lawmaker who has been a prominent voice on sexual misconduct.
“Some members will be bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates as their guests,” the aide to Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., a leader of the Democratic Women’s Working Group in the House, told NBC News.
Party leaders generally don’t dictate who rank-and-file members can invite with the one guest ticket each lawmaker is given. And there’s still some uncertainty within Democratic ranks over where to draw the line between addressing sexual misconduct and turning the topic into a partisan political war.