President Donald Trump received a standing ovation after he addressed the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday.
The entire crowd burst to their feet with admiration after he spoke about the 2017 tax cuts and Jobs Act.
All American businesses, including American farmers, will be able to deduct 100% of the cost of new equipment in the year you make the investment. That is something that I think is going to be the sleeper of the bill, you deduct it all in one year as opposed to over many years, that’s a tremendous thing.
And from now on, most family farms and small business owners will be spared, and you’re gonna be spared and it really is the word punishment, of the deeply unfair estate tax known as the death tax — so you can keep your farms in the family.
The estate tax comments were met with huge applause and a standing ovation from the crowd. Trump even stepped back from the podium for a moment as the crowd rose.
“Obviously you love your families or you wouldn’t be standing for that one,” Trump said, “We are fighting for our farmers, and we’re fighting for our country, and for our GREAT AMERICAN FLAG. We are fighting for that flag. We want our flag respected. We want our flag respected. And we want our national anthem respected also.”
Some versions of the tax cut and reform bill eliminated the estate tax completely, but the final bill did not. The final version doubled the estate “death” tax threshold of exemption to $11 million dollars but did not eliminate it.
He spoke of how farms will do well, but that the value of the farm can outweigh the level of income, forcing families to sell their farms at a “fire-sale price.” He said they “go out and borrow too much money and they end up losing the farm.” Trump said that’s not going to happen anymore. He remarked that it was a tough provision of the tax bill to get approved.
The crowd cheered and whistled and began chanting, “USA, USA, USA.”
“As we put money back in the pockets of all Americans — including our farmers and ranchers, we are also putting an end to the regulatory assault on your way of life,” Trump said
He continued, “For years, many of you have endured burdensome fines, inspections, paperwork, and relentless intrusion from an army of regulators at the EPA, the FDA, and countless other federal agencies.”
He also said in a joking manner, “Oh are you happy that you voted for me. You are so lucky that I gave you that privilege. The other choice wasn’t going to work out too well for the farmers — r the miners or anybody else.”
“Because we know that our farmers are the future,” Trump added, “We are removing harmful restrictions on forestry so you can log more timber, plant more trees, and export more renewable resources to other countries. Make money doing it.”
“Farm country is God’s country,” he concluded.
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