The Kensington Review

14 August 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 96
Governors Resist Administrationís National Guard Power Grab -- Since the founding of the American Republic, the National Guard has been under the command of the governor of the state from which each unit hails. The National Defense Authorization Act as passed by the House of Representatives and which is currently in conference committee with members of the Senate, would give the president the authority to command the Guard in the even of a natural disaster or a threat to American territory. This miserable idea would concentrate even more power in the Oval Office at the expense of the federal system.

Cease Fire in Lebanon Reveals Little Positive Political Change -- As of this morning, the Israelis and Hezbollah are not shooting at each other. Itís the first time in about a month that that has been the case. A dispassionate assessment of the results of the fighting shows losses all around, some more significant than others, but no victor insight. How every Middle Eastern.

CPI Changes Considered -- The Bureau of Labor Statistics is part of the Department of Labor, and it is in charge of various economic measurements, including the Consumer Price Index. The CPI is a reasonable measure of the rate of inflation as experienced by the average American. It isnít the best possible measure (the Producer Price Index is a better window to the future), but it is part of the set of numbers Wall Street and others watch. The BLS is considering changes to the CPI that will improve its accuracy, and may it do so quickly.

Nobel Laureate Gunther Grass Served in Waffen SS -- Gunther Grass is one of the great literary figures of the 20th century. The Nobel folks donít hand out prizes to hacks. And his works, even in translation, capture the war years and their aftermath as few others have. He admitted late last week that he was a member of the Waffen SS during the Second World War. This has put the political cat amongst the literary pigeons.

© Copyright 2006 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.

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