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According to a story in USA Today this week, 80% of economists who were surveyed said they are now less optimistic about the nation’s economic outlook this year.  They further opined that the biggest threat to the economy is high energy costs.  That should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been to their local gas station to fill up lately as we’re now seeing $4 per gallon.  How far away can $5 per gallon be if this insanity continues?

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Canoeing Down the Mill Creek

Congress is not in session this week, so rather than being in Washington, I’m back home in Cincinnati. Two days ago (Monday), after visiting La Salle High School (my alma mater) and congratulating them on winning the Ohio State Division One Basketball Championship, I headed down North Bend Road in my ’93 Buick to the Mill Creek.

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Let Pete In

Now there are far more important things on Congress’ plate than whether Pete Rose should be admitted to baseball’s Hall of Fame or not: the economy, potential government shutdowns, instability in the Middle East, gas prices, and the federal deficit, to name but a few.

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A Pretty Typical Week

Since I wrote last week’s blog, I’ve been quite busy representing you in Washington.  Here’s a taste of some of the things I’ve been involved in over the past week.  (Keep in mind that I’m a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.)

I attended a classified briefing along with quite a few other members of the House in which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates briefed Congress on their strategy in Libya.  (Even though it was classified, you could learn 99.99% of what we heard by watching the news.) 

I attended a dinner at which New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was the keynote speaker.  (One of the best speeches I’ve heard in quite some time.)  I joined some of my new freshmen Republican colleagues to hear former House Speaker Newt Gingrich opine on most major issues facing our nation.  (Newt’s one of the smartest guys I’ve served in Congress with – he didn’t announce whether he’ll run for President in 2012.  My guess is, he will.)

I met in my office with Adel Aljubeir, the Ambassador to the United States from Saudi Arabia.  (We talked mostly about fighting terrorism, the uprisings throughout the Middle East, and of course – oil.)  I also met with Antoine Chedid, the Ambassador to the United States from Lebanon.  I emphasized to the Ambassador that future aid from the United States may well be at risk if the terrorist organization Hezbollah continues to play a significant role in their government.  (It’s my view that the U.S.

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