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The Three Most Likely Republican Presidential Candidates

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas this week announced that he’s running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.  Will he be the nominee?  I don’t know.

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Here is a somewhat comprehensive list of the most likely Republicans to throw their hats into the ring: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Pence.  There may still be others, but these are the ones most often mentioned, and who have expressed a reasonable degree of interest in running.

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It’s Your Money

Once a year, your elected representatives in Washington decide how they’d like to spend the hard-earned tax dollars you send to the nation’s capital.  Republicans in the House released their version of the budget yesterday.  It’s called the Balanced Budget for a Stronger America, and here are its highlights.

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Creating Jobs

The latest unemployment numbers came out late last week. Unemployment in the U.S. has come down to 5.5% from 5.7% last month. That’s good news and let’s hope unemployment keeps coming down in the future.

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The bad news is that the unemployment number doesn’t take into account the huge number of people who have been so discouraged in their job hunt that they’ve given up looking – they’re not even counted.

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A True Leader

There was considerable drama surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to our nation’s capitol yesterday.  President Obama and some Democrats tried to sabotage the visit.  But to Netanyahu’s credit, the Prime Minister came anyway, and gave an incredibly important and effective speech. 

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Prime Minister Netanyahu started off by thanking President Obama for his support of Israel.  In reality, Netanyahu was just being polite, because Obama has done more to undercut Israel than any president since Israel became a nation back in 1948.  Obama encouraged Democrats to boycott the speech.  Some did, but most showed up anyway.  (As did virtually all Republicans, including me.) 

It’s well known that Speaker John Boehner extended the invitation to Netanyahu to speak before Congress, and not President Obama.  It’s not unprecedented, but it is unusual.  But perfectly understandable when one considers that President Obama is proceeding down a path which Bibi Netanyahu believes could put his country in great danger.

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