The trade war’s long-term legacy will be felt by our farmers for a generation. Because when President Donald Trump miscalculated that he could tweet out a 280-character tariff threat and bring China quickly to its knees, he unwittingly set in motion an expansion of soybean capacity that will permanently change global production and prices.
Blackjewel’s recent bankruptcy has left 700 workers without a paycheck, and was the sixth of its kind in only four years. While our delegation in Washington has offered their sympathies to struggling families, what Campbell County and our state economy really need is a plan, not condolences.
Here’s one: rejoin the Paris Agreement.
Donald Trump has his work cut out for him in 2020, leaving Wyoming staring down the possibility that in about a year, not only will one or both houses of Congress be controlled by the Democrats, but the Oval Office as well. Which means that with our deep reliance on energy policy and half of our land controlled by the Federal government, we need to start making some friends across the aisle provided we care more about our state than we do about scoring points on Twitter.
After President Trump instructed the Justice Department this past winter to support a Texas ruling invalidating the legality of former President Barack Obama’s health care law, he then correctly suggested that the GOP get serious about the No. 1 problem facing Americans: “The Republican Party will become The Party of Healthcare!” he tweeted. But within days, Republican Congressional leaders said that while they were fine invalidating the Affordable Care Act, they had no intention of working on a replacement.
This week’s announcement of the Cloud Peak Energy bankruptcy brought me back eleven years ago to when I visited the Appalachia region where my grandfather and great-uncle once mined the coal that fueled America’s industrial expansion. In much the same way that today our energy needs are shifting, years earlier America shifted its energy appetite from the anthracite coal of my father’s mines to bituminous coal, and I wanted to learn what became of the schools, main streets, playgrounds and hospitals after the coal mines were gone.
Early in my 2018 campaign for US Senate, I found myself beside a rack of shotguns in Wheatland, Wyo., where a father told me that his son had been diagnosed with diabetes. The father was on Medicaid and disability. He had no insurance for his son, and during the past decade the price of insulin had risen 300 percent. For him, the choice was groceries or health insurance. “I don’t know what to do,” he admitted to his son. “No one cares about us little people.”
By Dave Dodson, former Wyoming candidate for U.S. Senate and faculty member with the Stanford Graduate School of Business .
The Special Counsel missed the point. It’s clear that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections, but America would have been better off investigating how to protect our election process and defend democracy.
By: Dave Dodson, Contributer to CST and former candidate for U.S. Senate
The Wyoming GOP listed its three top priorities during our most recent legislative session as eliminating “party raiding” in primaries, requiring that the weight and gestation of aborted fetuses be recorded in a public record and defeating a bill to raise state revenue through a retail tax.
Dave Dodson discusses why Senator Elizabeth Warren has lost her mind by proposing the government use a regulatory chain saw to break up companies just because they are successful
Will the economy tank? Corporate earnings are off and consumer and corporate debt are at all time highs; the economy has been fueled by debt, not productivity gains, which is bad news for everyone. Dave Dodson discusses the economy with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business.
David Dodson discusses talks with China
What does the Fed's announcement that it will stop raising rates mean? With an overheated economy fueled by debt (not productivity gains), we may have trouble ahead. David Dodson speaks with Yahoo Finance about the recent Fed Minutes.
Dave Dodson speaks on KTWO about ranked choice voting.
Dave Dodson comments on election reform.
Dave Dodson comments on rank choice voting.
Note: Also published in WyoFile, Casper Star Tribune, and Laramie Boomerang circa Feb 15, 2019
The current legislative initiatives advocated by Foster Friess and the Wyoming GOP to limit voters’ ability to switch party affiliation is understandable but misguided.
The proposed bills in the state Legislature — SF160 – Change in political party affiliation-2 and HB106 – Party affiliation changes — will disenfranchise one-third of Wyoming voters, and does not solve Friess’ actual problem.