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Thanksgiving

November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

Hello everybody out there in farm country. This radio commentary is brought to you by the
National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association.
They are all friends, supporters, and allies of a healthy farm economy and prosperous rural
America. Thank you.

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We just celebrated another Thanksgiving. At least, I hope we celebrated it. I know these are
chaotic times. The worst problem is that the corona virus has us isolated and shut down. Also, it
may not be on your mind right now but if our Congress doesn’t agree on a spending plan and
budget for the fiscal year, we will shut down. We have until December 11 th to get something
done. If that is not enough, it appears that a new President will be taking charge on January 20th.
We are yet to see what that might mean. Certainly, getting and distributing the new virus
vaccine will be a challenge. Yes – just think about the level of uncertainty in the US and the
other countries in the world. We have a lot on our platter.

Ok – back to Thanksgiving. We had turkey on our platter. And as delicious as it was, it was not expensive. According to the American Farm Bureau a dinner for 10 cost $48.91. For 10 people that is the lowest cost since 2010. That includes Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, rolls and butter, peas, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. That makes me hungry just to think about it. We won’t be having big parties and big crowds this year because of the virus. But we still have a lot to be thankful for. 

It is a great gift to live here in “the land of the free and home of the brave.” Think about the world for a moment. We have to be thankful that we don’t live in the misery that unfortunate others cannot escape. Look at the hunger in so many African countries. Think about the thousands that have been displaced and have no home in the Middle East. Fortunately, we are not in a big war like I remember as a little boy. Our young men were fighting and dying in Europe and Japan. My mother’s cousin was killed in that war.

As difficult as life may be for some here in the US, people from all over the world want to come here. This is the land of opportunity. Even with the challenges that we face – remember what Ronald Reagan said, “It’s morning in America.”

Until next week, this John Block reporting from Washington, D.C. If you would like to review my radio shows going back more than 20 years, just go on-line to www.johnblockreports.com.

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Did you know that September 17 this week was Constitution Day? Our country has the
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