The Kensington Review

30 May 2005

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Senators Demand Documents on Base Closing -- The Senate Republicans are turning out to be the real opposition to the Bush administration, with some help from Democrats in the upper body. This week-end, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who happens to be chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a statement, also signed by the ranking Democrat on the committee, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, saying she was going to subpoena documents related to base closings in New England. This is just how the founding fathers wanted it to work.

French Reject EU Constitution -- How many Frenchmen does it take to change a light bulb? Just one. He holds it while all of Europe revolves around him. So, when 55% of the French electorate turned out to vote down the proposed EU constitution, drafted by Frenchman and former President of the Republic, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the whole world stopped. The “yes” camp claimed this was the end of the European project, while the victorious “no” crowd claimed to have saved France and its social model. In truth, the people merely opted for a revolution in favor of the status quo.

Euro Capped by Political Worries -- Currency traders aren’t focused on the long-term. Many trades last only a few minutes. But in the coming months, long-term political events are going to whipsaw trading. As the Europeans try to decide what to do now that the EU constitution has been mortally wounded by French voters, capital flows in Europe will change. And that means, volatility.

Gold Star Mothers Reject Legal Resident -- The Gold Star Mothers is an organization no woman could possibly want to join. The price of admission is one dead child, in uniform, for the protection of the republic. And it may seem churlish to criticize such a group on Memorial Day, but when people do a stupid and selfish thing, churlish is as churlish does. The group of women has decided that another mother, a legal resident of Yonkers, New York, does not qualify as a member. Staff Sergeant Anthony Lagman died in Afghanistan, and his mother Ligaya Lagman cannot attend the meetings of the other grieving mothers because she is a legal resident and not a citizen of the US.

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