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Trump Wins Big

April 28, 2016

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

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Last week, I was on the farm in Illinois. Our corn is planted. Field soil conditions have been ideal. We still have soybeans waiting to be put in the ground. This is an exciting season.

Speaking of an exciting season, the politics of our state primaries can get your attention. This week, Donald Trump just clobbered Ted Cruz and John Kasich, winning 5 states – Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island – very impressive. The margin of victory for Trump has to be embarrassing for Ted Cruz.

Here is what I think about the 3 Republicans. I like Kasich but he doesn’t have broad enough support. Cruz is a true Conservative, but he doesn’t have any friends. Donald Trump says things that I would never say but the voters want change. They aren’t sure what Trump would do if elected but he knows how to negotiate and get things done. He isn’t a “war hawk” and neither are the voters.

Republicans need to back away from their tendency to police the world. Our citizens have had enough of war. Take care of the home front. Protect our border. Immigration is fine if it’s legal. Will we really build a wall? I’m not sure.

Trump wants to rip up our trade agreements. I think they have been good for our country and especially agriculture. However, maybe they can be improved. I have become convinced that Donald Trump will get the Republican Presidential nomination. Polls say he can’t beat Hillary Clinton. Don’t be so sure.

In the spring of 1980, Jimmy Carter was expected to win the Presidential election in the fall. Ronald Reagan, leading the Conservative march to the White House, was 20 points behind Carter. He couldn’t beat Jimmy Carter, the peanut farmer. But he did.

A lot of people are starting to wonder what kind of a President Trump would be. Maybe we will find out. Trump and Clinton both have pretty high negatives, but a lot can change between now and November.

To the voters that are concerned about our next President, whoever it may be, just remember this – we have checks and balances. Congress writes the laws. And, the courts ensure that we respect the Constitution and those laws.

Now we need to get those soybeans planted.

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Have a great weekend. Until next week, I am John Block from Washington, D.C.

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Taxes

April 21 2016

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I paid my income taxes this week. You know how the IRS does it. They ask “How much did you make? Okay. Send it in.” I know – it’s not quite that bad. However, every year at this time, we are…

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April 13 2016

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GMOs and Organic

April 7 2016

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March 31 2016

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AG Day

March 23 2016

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Last week was Ag Day. In fact, it was an Ag Week. Agri-Pulse had a panel of speakers talking about one of our industry’s biggest challenges – how do we communicate about our industry today? Very few…

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The President Goes to Cuba

March 17 2016

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President Obama is going to Cuba next week. A little over a year ago, he established diplomatic relations with that island country ninety miles from Florida. Credit the President for bringing to an end a 50-year…

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GMO Legislation

March 10 2016

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Nancy Reagan was laid to rest this week. She was a very elegant First Lady and she was  number one on President Reagan’s list – the love of his life and a trusted defender of the President.  She was…

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Zika Virus

March 3 2016

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EPA Land Grab

February 25 2016

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Last week, I was on the farm in Illinois. Only thing to report is that the pigs are happy  eating that cheap corn and going to market. Before I went to the farm, I spoke at a Pro Farmer  event in…

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February 18 2016

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As the days and weeks go by, we get closer and closer to elections next November. The U.S. House and Senate will find it more difficult each day to get legislation passed. Legislators don’t like…

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