Commentary: John R. Block Reports from Washington March 3, 2021 “Equality”

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“Equality” sounds good.  It is only fair.  Last week the House passed the Equality Act designed to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  President Biden is cheering for transgender rights.

But what about some rights that we have always taken for granted – religious freedom, women’s sports and female privacy?  The equality law will now go to the Senate for consideration.  If passed President Biden has promised to sign it.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in her floor speech “Now with a Democratic Senate we will never stop fighting until it becomes law.”  The law is being sold on promising good things for women and ending unfair treatment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.  Well, it’s not all good.  It runs counter to religious beliefs.  I think about young girls playing on their school basketball team and running track.  Do they want a boy on their team using the girl’s bathroom and taking a shower with the girls?  Physically boys and men are bigger and stronger.  I like watching women’s college basketball on TV and I don’t want men to play on their team.  It is just insane to allow biological men to dominate women’s sports.  I can not understand why any women would vote for the “Equality Act.”

Let’s turn the page and talk about agriculture.  The US Department of Agriculture predicts an 8.1% decrease in farm income this year.  That decrease will primarily be as a result of less federal government support.  I’m not sure I agree that we will experience a decline.  Crop prices are up.  Corn from $3 per bushel to $5.  Soybeans from $8.50 to $13.00.  Livestock prices are up.  Our economy is recovering from the pandemic.  World demand for our farm products is expected to be robust.  An important challenge that we face is an uptick in production costs forecast to be 2.5%.  Fuel, seed, fertilizer, chemicals – everything costs more.  As the weather warms up it is exciting to think about planting the crops.

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