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Tool of the Week: Farmer Barnes

Empower Wisconsin  | April 18, 2022

MADISON — What’s more preposterous than climate change alarmist Mandela Barnes’ rural road trip, dubbed “Barnes for Barns”?

It’s hard to imagine.

Wisconsin’s part-time lieutenant governor, full-time Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate, is on a two-week tour “to help inform his policy proposals on agriculture and rural parts of the state,” reports the liberal Cap Times.

“Our farmers feed the country and are a pillar of our state’s economy,” Barnes said in a statement. “But corporate consolidation, bad trade deals, and climate change have put our farmers on the backfoot.”

The kinds of radical policies the 35-year-old Barnes has supported over his short and unimpressive political career would knock the state’s $105 billion agri-business industry right off its pillar.

The presumed front-runner in a crowded field of Democrats vying to take out incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Johnson) has been the left’s go-to guy for the Green New Deal in the Badger State. He led Gov Tony Evers’ Task Force on Climate Change, although he struggled to name even one of the panel’s 55 policy recommendations had been “implemented.”

“I’m really, really jogging my brain here,” Barnes said in response to a question at a photo-op event.

It’s probably best Barnes can’t remember what the leftist task force would do — at least not on his barns tour. The policies pitched would be disastrous for Wisconsin farmers already dealing with exorbitant fuel and fertilzer costs thanks in large part to the Biden administration’s extreme climate change agenda.

Here’s a task force recommendation Barnes is sure to bring up while chatting around the tractor: A carbon tax that would raise energy and transportation costs for Wisconsin farmers.

His beloved Green New Deal would shackle Wisconsin families with $40,000 in new costs, and the Dairy State’s struggling agricultural sector would be crippled, according to a multi-state analysis authored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and Power the Future. The study found the radical plan would force dairy farmers to pay an additional $500 to $2,000 per cow per year in compliance costs.

Those are the kind of ideas sure to win over farmers trying to hang on to their multi-generation family farms,  to not join the 40,000 Wisconsin dairy farms lost over the last four decades.

Barnes’ left-wing ideas will fit in like Eva Gabor on “Green Acres.”

The lieutenant governor who would rather be senator is no representative of the Wisconsin farmer. He’s a tool of the climate change alarmist set.

And he’s Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.

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