We’re still in Cleveland for a pit stop. Tonight I took our kids up to play some football in a league at a neighborhood Rec. Center. When we arrived, there were four police cars and an ambulance in front of the Center. A boy in his teens had been shot in the leg (apparently during a drug related incident) and then ran to the Rec. Center for protection. He collapsed on the gym floor, blood everywhere. He was eventually taken to the hospital… The kids down here live with this, day in and day out. Guns, knives, drugs, poverty… It’s a veritable war zone. For many here it’s not about excelling (in sports, in school…). It’s about surviving. This has to stop. And as president I’d do everything I could to stop it… After things calmed down, the football game was played. Our son Joseph played quarterback a bit and completed a couple passes. Our daughter Sarah caught a 25 yard pass. And our son Jonathan, 7, lost a front tooth (it was a baby tooth) tackling a kid on the opening kick off. He’s a linebacker in the making. Note: Today the NY Times carried an article that, in part, said Republican Senator Mitch McConnel has introduced the Tax Hike Prevention Act, which, as it’s name implies, ensures that nobody gets an income tax hike. Ok, common sense on this one: Our national debt is approaching a staggering $13 trillion. Without increased tax hikes and/or major cuts in government spending — we’re not going to balance the budget. That simple.