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Huntsmania: It Begins

Are you ready for it? Are you? Jon Hunstman announces his presidential bid at 10 a.m., which means that for the first times reporters can cease wasting time with him asking when he’s running for president. We have some early scraps from the text.

What we need now is leadership that trusts in our strength.  Leadership that doesn’t promise Washington has all the solutions to our problems, but rather looks to local solutions in our cities, towns and states. Leadership that knows we need more than hope, leadership that knows we need Answers!

 

And we must make hard decisions that are necessary to avert disaster. If we don’t, in less than a decade, every dollar of federal revenue will go to covering the costs of Medicare, Social Security and interest payments on our debt. Meanwhile, we’ll sink deeper in debt to pay for everything else – from national security to disaster relief. Our country will fall behind the productivity of other countries.  Our influence in the world will wane.  Our security will be more precarious. The 21st Century then will be known as the end of the American Century.  We can’t accept this, and we won’t. 
 
We must make broad and bold changes to our tax code and regulatory policies; seize the lost opportunity of energy independence and reestablish what it means to be a teacher in society.

This is exactly what, say, Jim DeMint says, but with cream instead of cyanide. The cream:

I don’t think you need to run down anyone’s reputation to run for President.  Of course we’ll have our disagreements. I respect my fellow Republican candidates.  And I respect the President.  He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help the country we both love. But the question each of us wants the voters to answer is who will be the better President; not who’s the better American.

Country first!