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30 April 2008


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Latest Commentary: Volume VII, Number 52
Gas Tax Holiday is a Sham Solution -- Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton have both proposed a “gas tax holiday” for the summer to take the sting out of higher gasoline prices. This is a typical Washington, DC, ploy to make it look like the government is doing something to help, when it really isn’t. However, it’s a lot easier to make this kind of suggestion than it is to hold a senate hearing into refinery downtime and charges of price gouging.

Former Neo-Fascist Wins Rome’s Mayor’s Race -- Rome has elected its first rightist mayor in ages. Gianni Alemanno, who ran with the conservative Alleanza Nazionale (part of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom bloc), won 54% of the vote. What is troubling is Mr. Alemanno entered politics through the youth section of the Italian Social Movement, a neo-Fascist party formed by Mussolini’s supporters after the war ended. Often young people make mistakes for which they should be forgiven, but Mr. Alemanno’s platform seemed particularly suspicious.

BP, Royal Dutch Shell Profits Soar -- With money flowing out of drivers’ pockets, it has to go somewhere. That somewhere is to the shareholders of the oil companies. Yesterday, BP and Royal Dutch Shell announced that they were swimming in profits for the first quarter of 2008. Both have increased their dividends.

Freedom House Says World Press Less Free in 2007 -- Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.” According to a new survey from Freedom House, only 18% of the human race in 2007 lived where the press was free. Another 40% lived where the press was partly free. A plurality live where the press isn’t free at all. This is the sixth straight year of diminishing press freedom according to the think tank.

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