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July 20, 2016

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A lot to talk about and not much time.  Here we go.  

As a Republican, I tell you that Donald Trump is officially our Presidential candidate and Gov. Mike Pence is the Vice Presidential running mate.  You have heard a lot about Trump, so I want to focus on Pence.  He is a Conservative with a capital C.  As Governor of Indiana, he has balanced the budget and, as a Congressman for 12 years, he fought for spending cuts and opposed deficit budgets.  He fought to get rid of earmarks which helped to buy votes but just spend more money.  He did not want to expand social programs.  

Gov. Pence said, “I support free trade and so does Trump.  Trump just says he can negotiate better trade deals.”  

Let’s turn to the GMO labeling legislation.  We have been more than two years trying to get new legislation.  It became necessary when Vermont passed its own law.  Other states were ready to do the same.  We can’t afford a patchwork of different labeling laws.  Processors would have to label their products differently in every state.  Consumers would pay the price.  Last summer, the House of Representatives passed legislation giving companies the option of voluntarily labeling GMO foods.  For over a year, the Senate struggled to fix the problem.  The votes were never there to support the House bill.  Finally, the Senate passed a compromise bill.  Their legislation requires the food manufacturer to use a written GMO label, a symbol, or digital link – different options.  Meat and dairy products do not have to be labeled even if they are fed GMO feed.  

The House gave up on their bill and passed the Senate compromise last week.  President Obama will sign it. The Department of Agriculture now has two years to implement the legislation.  This was a big victory for the food and ag industries and consumers.  

Last issue – here is my take on the escalating conflict between our police and “Black Lives Matter.”  The killings we have seen are shocking.  Here is one suggestion that I have.  Both black and white leaders should support this.  If a policeman stops you, do exactly what he says.  If he says raise your hands, do it.  If you start to run and he says stop, you must stop.  Don’t talk back to the policeman.  I learned this in the military and at West Point.  If confronted by authority, you answer “yes sir,” “no sir,” “no excuse sir.”  Follow orders.  Then, you are probably not going to get shot.  Policing our streets is a dangerous job and we need to give our brave police officers proper respect and support.  

If you would like to review my radio shows going back more than 20 years, just go on-line to http://www.johnblockreports.com  .;Have a great weekend.    Until next week, I am John Block from Washington, D.C.    

Previous Weeks

Nobel Laureates

July 14 2016

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How long have we been listening to the relentless insinuations that genetically engineered crops may not be safe? The environmental activists have chosen to ignore science and use every trick to frighten…

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Nations Birthday

July 7 2016

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We celebrated the 4th of July Monday this week.  I’m still celebrating.  Look at the turmoil around the world.  It’s  not perfect here.  We all know that, but I’ll take it.  And now, here is my…

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Brexit and Trade

June 30 2016

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The Brits jump ship and the UK is on its way out of the European Union.  I understand the UK getting sick of the regulations and rules written in Brussels, not London.  European agriculture is heavily…

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Trade

June 23 2016

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Today, I want to concentrate on trade. We are in the process of negotiating a trade agreement with the European Union. We have just completed an agreement with 11 other countries (the Trans Pacific Partnership…

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Regulations and Licensing

June 16 2016

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We hear a lot of talk about the economy. It’s not growing as fast as it should. Two percent growth is just too slow. It has taken forever to recover from the 2008 recession. There are a lot of opinions about…

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A Lot Going On

June 9 2016

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Another week goes by – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton look to be our Presidential candidates.  It’s quite a contrast.  Polls indicate that they are in a dead heat, but it’s a long time until…

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Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) 2016

June 2 2016

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Agriculture is an industry that depends heavily on exports with some 30% of our production sold to other countries. That explains the reason why the ag industry has so much interest in the Trans Pacific…

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GMOs Are Safe

May 26 2016

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Hopefully, we are beginning to set the record straight.  We have heard so much misleading information criticizing biotechnology that we could go down the European road.  In Europe, GE food is not on the…

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Too Much Government

May 19 2016

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I am on the farm this week hoping to wrap up soy bean planting. It was Donald Trump last week. This week, first let me give you my take on the “bathroom bill brawl.” Why won’t the federal government back…

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Trump Wins

May 14 2016

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I have been involved in Republican politics since Governor Jim Thompson appointed me as his Illinois Director of Agriculture 40 years ago. I have never seen a Presidential campaign like this one. We had 17…

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