Don't Give Up on Democracy in Latin America: Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza has done little to assuage concerns that the Organization of American States (OAS) he leads has given up entirely on its original mission of defending democracy in Latin America. Attending a summit of ALBA, the Venezuelan-sponsored alternative to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (a sort of Chavista Warsaw Pact), Insulza threatened to expel Honduras from the OAS lest it allow the safe return of ex-president Manuel Zelaya.
Putting A Cap Where It Matters: Last year when the Indiana state government worked to produce a property tax reform plan that capped property taxes, they took a step in the right direction. The problem of rising property taxes is a regular story in Indiana. It is almost with cyclical frequency that every decade or so we see Hoosier property owners rightfully express indignation about rising property tax bills.
Zelaya's Removal: Necessary and Proper: Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met privately with former president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya. Afterward, she announced that the crisis in that nation would now be mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, saying, "We hope at the end of this mediation there will be a return of democratic constitutional order that is agreed to by all concerned."
Barstool Economist: Globallization and Government Expenditures: Globalization, the extension of investment and business overseas, is always a hot button issue during election time in every country. Each party tries to please both the Unions and investors in order to get reelected. Just last year in the United States, 2008 Democratic Presidential primary, both candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama promised to reopen negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), because of anti-globalization sentiment.
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