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Who will be the
2016 candidates
for President of
the United States?


Republicans


SCOTT WALKER!

Walker has broad appeal to
GOP constituencies and is a
proven winner. Look for him
to select New Mexico
Governor Susanna Marinez
as his running mate.



Who, from among this
strong, diverse field , will
emerge victorious to return
the GOP to the White
House?

COMPETITORS
The road to the White House
leads past the Governor's
mansion. Marco Rubio, Rand
Paul and Ted Cruz need to
go back to their state capitals
and fill out their resumes.
Among governors, Jeb Bush
and Rick Perry are stale, and
worse, remind people of
GWB 43. John Kasich is
unappealing to the base.
Mike Pence is an intriguing
alternative to Walker; the
other Mike (Huckabee) is
NOT!

Democrats


ANDREW CUOMO!????

Look for Hillary to drop out
and open the way for Bill
Clinton's HUD Secretary.
Cuomo, also Cinton's
neighbor in Westchester
County, finished his 2014
re-election with $8.8 million
in the bank, and would have
no problem raising much,
much more. Look for him to
pick MA Senator Elizabeth
Warren - or even Hillary
Clinton! - as his running
mate.



Is Hillary a foregone
conclusion, or will
someone else swoop in and
steal the show?


COMPETITORS
A Clinton run is a 50/50
proposition at best, given
her failures as First Lady
(HIllaryCare) and SecState
(Reset). In the meantime the
prospect keeps her speaking
fees in the stratosphere, and
keeps a path open for the
Clinton's hand-picked
designee: Cuomo. Warren is
an instant contender if she
jumps in. Everyone else is an
also-ran at this point. Webb
is an interesting Presidential
candidate, but a non-starter
in the Primaries: this is the
extreme left Democratic
Party of Sanders and
Warren.

Challenge The Premise is an advocate for political freedom and economic freedom - free peoples, free markets, and a conviction that with freedom comes responsibility.

Two of the greatest documents to espouse freedom, one proclaiming the principles of political freedom, the other, proclaiming the principles of economic freedom, were written without consultation, on separate continents an ocean apart, in the same year. That momentous year was 1776. The Declaration of Independence", along with the United States Constitution, and The Wealth of Nations" provide the Freedom Principles upon which a truly great nation must be established.

Our hard-fought freedoms, that have been bequeathed to us, and indeed, the whole world, came to us through the efforts, hard work, sacrifice, blood, and indeed, the very lives of so many who have gone before.

We are in the fourth century since those timeless Freedom Principles were first brought to fruition. We must ever be vigilant to uphold those Freedom Principles, lest our liberty, peace, prosperity and happiness decline, and our country fall into ruin.

These freedoms will decay and die, and will descend back into the tyranny from whence they came, if our freedoms are not wielded responsibly.



ECONOMY


All public policy starts with economic growth - a growing economy increases tax revenue, and reduces claims on those revenues.



EDUCATION


Ensuring that all of our children have access to a great education must always be a main public policy objective.



ENERGY


Abundant low-cost energy is one of the most important drivers for economic growth.



ENVIRONMENT


In his 2015 State of the Union address President Obama called climate change the "greatest threat to future generations". But what about the climate lobby special interest groups that funded his campaigns and control his administration? Are those climate interest radicals, led by President Obama himself, pulling a "bait-and-switch" on us"?

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HEALTHCARE


What policies will ensure that the most people will have the easiest access to the best healthcare? Policies that embrace Free Markets, of course, and eschew Big Government.

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IMMIGRATION


Rule of Law is one of the fundamental principles of a civil society.

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TAXATION


Tax is necessary. Tax is also a penalty. "Tax" and "Penalty" are synonymous. What are the policy implications?



THE PLAGUE OF DEBT

Current debt burden: $
Debt added by Obama - and he's not done!: $
Debt when Obama took office: $10,626,877,048,913
Debt added by Bush: $4,898,960,624,649
Debt when Bush took office: $5,727,916,424,264

QUESTION - Who made the following statement?

"The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents - #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back -- $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic."

ANSWER - That would be Senator Barack H. Obama, speaking of President George W. Bush, In Iowa on July 3, 2008. Yes, a sitting US Senator had the insolence to question the patriotism of a sitting US President.

Yet, Obama is adding to our debt burden at twice the rate Bush did. If, as Obama insinuated, a President's patriotism can be denigrated by the extent to which they have added to the debt, then Barack H. Obama is only half the patriot that George W. Bush is.

Yet, on February 18, 2015 in New York City, when Rudy Giuliani called Obama's patriotism into question, he was excoriated by Obama's liberal media. There's that double standard again - Obama can call out other Presidents' patriotism, but his own patriotism cannot be questioned, not even by the same measure he calls out others.

So, who's unpatriotic now?

"My own mouth condemns me, and not Rudy Giuliani; and my own lips testify against me."
- Job 15:6, paraphrased (NIV)










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