John R. Block Reports from Washington December 11, 2019 “Football”

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And now for today’s commentary –

On November 28 we celebrated Thanksgiving.  Christmas will be here before you know it.  Christmas trees will be decorated with lights and gifts all around.  Here in the United States we have so much to be grateful for.  For much of the year we are so busy we don’t take the time to appreciate what we have.

Unemployment is at a record low of 3.5 percent.  Individuals are coming into the workforce that had been on the outside for too long.  Companies looking for labor are reaching down to individuals that maybe didn’t go to college, but with some training they can satisfy company needs.  You read that income in the last year only rose by 3%, but our low-income workers got a 7% boost.  That’s a lot.  They work so hard on the farm, repairing my combine, building houses and on and on.  I love them.

Fly the stars and stripes, give our pledge of allegiance, sing the National Anthem.  Standing proud of our country reminds me of Colin Kaepernick who played for San Francisco.  He took a knee during the National Anthem in 2016.  Disrespect for the flag has cost him as it should.  His protest of social injustice and police brutality is fine, but not when they play the National Anthem.  He isn’t playing for any team now.  The NFL arranged a league tryout for him in November.  That didn’t work out.  When I turn on the tv to watch Sunday football, I don’t miss that ungrateful protester.

We have something else that makes me cheer.  Remember in 2016 when President Trump ran for office.  He pledged to rewrite the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico (USMCA). We have a deal.  Now it needs to be ratified.  All this good news competes with the impeachment noise that seems to be the only thing the Democrats are working on.

We don’t have a budget for this year.  We don’t have a spending plan.  Congress has only a few days to get this done.  If they don’t, we will shut down the government or pass another continuing resolution.  It’s not surprising that Congress has such a low approval rating.  They have earned it.

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.