Senator Mike Rounds dispatches his wife Jean to put her name to a fundraising letter for his reelection campaign as well as a little fluffy flack to keep farmers from fretting all the damage Il Duce is doing to agriculture.
Jean Rounds gives glancing acknowledgment to the fact that the Trump tariffs are bad for South Dakota producers:
My family raises Charolais cattle and so I often get an earful on commodity prices and tariffs. To be honest, I don’t disagree with these concerns. Cattle prices plummet because of one packer fire in Kansas? I’m no market expert, but it just doesn’t seem right, does it? [Jean Rounds, campaign fundraising e-mail, 2019.09.18]
I’m no more of an expert on cattle prices than Jean Rounds, but other observers indicate that the price swings that happened when a Tyson Foods plant in Holcomb, Kansas, caught fire on August 9 were markets doing what markets do… unlike the tariffs, which are acts of one man who thinks he’s God and which tax American buyers for doing what markets do.
But Jean Rounds has not time for a serious exploration of the free market or a serious exploration of her hubby’s inaction thereupon. She must hurry along to her main point, which is to minimize actual political and economic concerns and fluffily encourage us to trust in Jesus and her shutgun-toting boys!
One thing is for certain, there is always something to completely disrupt our lives and plans… this summer has been filled with those moments. But, at the end of the day, what we’ve also realized this summer is that it’s the little things that matter most. These struggles that we all face, we face them together. What we’ve learned is that South Dakota is one big family and one local community.I’ve come to lean on Matthew 6 a lot lately. Verse 25 says; “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”Scattered around in the wheat and corn fields that we’re worried about – stand my kids, grandkids and my husband holding shotguns! They’re laughing, enjoying God’s creation, and even managed to bag a few doves. Today, that’s what I see and treasure. The other “stuff” took a backseat to the things and the people that are important [Jean Rounds, 2019.09.18].