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|Latest Commentary:||Volume XVI, Number 218|
House Passes Doomed Tax Bill -- The House of Representatives passed its tax cut bill yesterday, 227 for and 205 against the measure. No Democrats voted in favor of the bill while 13 Republicans joined them in opposing it. The Senate will be considering its own version of the legislation after the Thanksgiving break. Given the arithmetic of Congress and of budgets, it is more likely than not that this legislation will fail. Certain limitations exist in the Senate that the House doesn’t have and vice versa. This suggests that there just isn’t enough common ground. [17 November]
Zimbabwe Army Takes Over in ‘Non-Coup’- This journal has disliked Robert Mugabe for decades. While he may have led his country to black majority rule, he certain has not led it to freedom nor to prosperity. For 37 years, he has been an embarrassment to decent government, has plundered the nation for himself and his hangers-on, and has certainly outlived any good he might have done. The fact that the army has now stepped in is probably the least bad option. Military men taking over a government is never desirable, but this case makes it easier to defend. [16 November]
Parliament to Get Up-Or-Down Vote on Brexit Deal -- The British government caved in to Tory rebels and the opposition yesterday when it announced both Commons and Lords would get an up-or-down vote on the final deal between Britain and the EU governing relations after the country leaves the trading bloc. This announcement came th day before the committee stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill begins. While there will be no chance for amendments nor will there be a hope of stopping the actual departure, the concession points up just how weak the government is. Theresa May is Prime Minister right now only because no one else in the Conservative Party wants the poisoned chalice the job represents.. [14 November]
Saudi Meddling in Lebanon May Clash with Iranian Ambitions -- The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MbS among Saudis] is making quick use of his recently acquired power. Having arrested many fellow princes and ministers on corruption charges, he appears to be well settled in at home. However, he is not resting on his laurels. He seems to have kidnapped and deposed the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad al Hariri, who was not tough enough on Hezbollah, which is Iran’s proxy in that nation. [13 November]
Roy Moore Accused of Sex Abuse, Alabama Senate Bid Endangered -- Judge Roy Moore is the Republican nominee for the US Senate in the December special election. He was just accused of sexual assault by a woman who was 14 at the time. The time was 1979. Two other women have also said he assaulted them around that time. Both were over 16, the age of consent in Alabama. Although they did not give consent, this means he did not assault a minor in their cases. However, this journal takes the view that Judge Moore was unsuited for the Senate before these allegations were made. [10 November]
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