Obama Just Can’t Stop Joking About Being a Dictator

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“You’d rather be a dictator.”

Big government: Stop! – The Economist

IN THE aftermath of the Senate election in Massachusetts, the focus of attention is inevitably on what it means for Barack Obama. The impact on the Democratic president of the loss of the late Ted Kennedy’s seat to the Republicans will, no doubt, be significant (see article). Yet the result could be remembered as a […]

Bret Stephens: To Help Haiti, End Foreign Aid – WSJ.com

It’s been a week since Port-au-Prince was destroyed by an earthquake. In the days ahead, Haitians will undergo another trauma as rescue efforts struggle, and often fail, to keep pace with unfolding emergencies. After that—and most disastrously of all—will be the arrival of the soldiers of do-goodness, each with his brilliant plan to save Haitians […]

Iran’s growing desperation – The Economist

WHAT more can Iran’s ruthless rulers do to squash their opponents? Since nationwide protests broke out last June over the disputed results of presidential elections, the official winner, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has pulled few punches. His security apparatus has beaten and arrested thousands, tried scores of dissidents in kangaroo courts, hounded others into exile, throttled the […]

Russia’s Market Reform Architect Dies at 53 – Obituary Obit – NYTimes.com

MOSCOW — Yegor T. Gaidar, the economist who oversaw the largest transition from Communism to capitalism as the first finance minister of post-Soviet Russia, only to be vilified by his countrymen for the decade of poverty that followed, died on Wednesday. He was 53. via Russia’s Market Reform Architect Dies at 53 – Obituary Obit […]