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So who will be America’s next president?


Mollette, Glenn New               Glenn Mollette

Most Americans cannot tell you how many Republicans are running for president. If they are like me at this point, they don’t care. I suppose that, if 10 more people announce their candidacy, we would just nod our heads sort of like Linda Blair did in the movie The Exorcist. If you didn’t see the movie, it wasn’t pretty.
There is not much pretty right now about all the political rhetoric in our country. I guess we shrug our shoulders and say: “That’s politics in America.”
Actually, it’s entertaining and will become more so. We have Lindsey Graham shattering his cell phone after Donald Trump gave out his phone number. Rand Paul tried to become theatrical by sawing up a copy of the tax code. Ted Cruz recently called Mitch McConnell a liar and Mike Huckabee has Jews at the door of a furnace if the Iran nuclear-arms deal goes through.
Personally, I don’t like the idea of trusting anything to Iran either. If they get a bomb, we will be the second people they will drop one on, right after Israel.
All the while, Trump’s hairdo has not changed. If I had $10 billion, I would at least get a different haircut.
While the Republicans get louder, Hillary Clinton is still dealing with her e-mail problems and fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders is turning up the chase just a bit.
Trying to answer the question of who will be our next president is a little scary. Just exactly who will be our next commander in chief? Who really has the best ideas and the leadership ability to pull this country together and save us from going the way of Greece?
While politicians slug it out, ordinary Americans are dealing with their own worries. How long will we have social security for retirement? How will Medicare ever pay all the growing medical bills? My wife recently had three tests done in one of our esteemed clinics and the bill was more than $10,000! Fortunately our insurance paid $7,700 but that left us with a nice balance.
In my opinion, the three tests were worth about $2,300.00. I suspect we paid the bill and our insurance company was slammed for $7,700 of gravy money.
Stuff like this is happening all around. We have university presidents in this nation making close to $1m a year while 22-year-old kids try to pay back their $60,000 college loans. All the while, many of the corporations and unions that promised to pay their employees generous lifelong retirements plus all their medical bills are trying to renege on the deals or at least edit what they promised.
Many Americans watch the news and know that Islamic State and terrorism are growing. They know our jobs are leaving America. They know education is expensive. Even with Obamacare, going to the doctor is often cost-prohibitive. They know our country is being flooded with illegal immigrants and they realize that, in many cases, our kids might not have the American life that our parents did.
In the midst of all this, many Americans are depressed and feel hopeless and many don’t give an iota about who is a Democrat or a Republican. They want somebody that gives them a feeling of hope. The man or woman who for the next 16 months can convince the average American that he or she can pull this country together and truly make us a leading and prosperous nation again will be our next president.
Glenn Mollette is an American author whose syndicated column is read in all 50 states.

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