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Archive for December 28th, 2015

Flipping channels and I found Elvis and “Wild in the country”

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December 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Happy # 69 to Bill Lee, a.k.a. “The Spaceman”

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December 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

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Monday’s political thoughts and a word about the weather in North Texas

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December 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

RIP: Meadowlark Lemon died at age 83

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December 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm

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Congratulations to Fausta’s Blog, American Thinker & Babalu

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December 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Why are young Cubans coming?

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(My new Babalu blog post)

We’ve read several news accounts about Cubans in Central America or heading to the US.   

It’s true that some want to get to the US before the Cuban act or law changes.   

However, there is another reason.    They want to leave Cuba period, as we read in this article at The Telegraph:

Yenis Rojas should be a symbol of Cuba’s future. A doctor, she has worked all her life for the state, and is full of drive, energy and ambition.

And yet, despite the announcement a year ago that America and Cuba were re-establishing ties after half a century of hostilities, she sees no promise in her homeland and has fled.

“I had to get out,” she said, speaking from the Costa Rica, close to the border with Nicaragua, where she is camped out. “I couldn’t stand it any more.”

And that’s the story!

They want to leave because they “can’t stand it anymore”.

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December 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Maybe a little ‘capitalismo’ is what Latin America really needs

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(My new American Thinker post)

We just had two important elections in Latin America.   

In Venezuela, the center-right opposition took over the legislature. They plan to challenge, and perhaps, reverse President Nicolas Maduro’s populism. To be fair, there was more to that election than ideology. In other words, corruption, crime, chaos and simple bureaucratic arrogance were behind the anger in Venezuela.   

In Argentina, newly-elected President Mauricio Macri is committed to moving the country to the right and improving the damage that left-wing policies have done to Argentina.   

Will the trend continue? Yes and my guess is that “king of crony capitalism” Brazil is next! How can the 8th largest GPD in the world be so inefficient and corrupt? More and more Brazilians are asking that question!

I think that the Latin America middle class is finally figuring out that “populismo” is a scam and not a good economic development policy. It benefits three groups: big business, corrupt public sector unions and the politicians who carry their water!

Maybe the time has arrived to give “capitalismo” a chance, as James Pethokoukis reminds us.

The bad news is that there are entrenched interests from Mexico to Argentina to protect “crony capitalism”. We saw the left’s reaction in Mexico when President Enrique Pena-Nieto tried to reform PEMEX and the teachers’ union. We saw in Mexico the same kind of childish demonstrations that Governor Scott Walker faced in Wisconsin.

The good news is that voters in Venezuela and Venezuela turned the ships of state. In Peru, President Ollanta Humala, a former leftist, is talking sense with economic reforms intended to invite more foreign investment.

We see small steps but steps in the right direction.  

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December 28, 2015 at 6:00 am