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Week of 10 August 2009


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This Week's Commentary: Volume VIII, Number 24
Health Care Town Hall Meetings Could be Dangerous -- Congress is in recess taking the month of August to go back and visit constituents. Anyone who has spent an August in Washington's swampy weather will appreciate the wisdom. However this year, the legislators return home with the health care debate swirling around everyone's head. Many are holding town hall meetings, where everyday citizens can listen to their representative and ask questions. These are inherently good, but under current circumstances, they could be a recipe for political violence. [August 10]

Three Amigos Summit Accomplished Little -- President Felipe Calderon of Mexico hosted President Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a two day summit in Guadalajara that ended yesterday. They addressed the problems of swine flu, trade, the Honduran crisis and drug trafficking among other issues. The theme of the so-called "Three Amigos Summit" was staying in touch rather than really making any breakthroughs. [August 11]

GM Selling Cars on eBay, Promises 230 MPG Volt -- Having just emerged from bankruptcy, General Motors appears to have become a bit more innovative. Of the 250 GM dealerships in California, 225 are now selling their cars on eBay. If the experiment succeeds, the program will go nationwide. At the same time, GM has announced that its new Volt will get 230 miles per gallon in the city. If only the company had tried such things 10 years ago. [August 12]

Mexico Tops US in World Cup Qualifier 2-1 -- The US men's soccer team has had a good run against Mexico since 2000. Their record is 10 wins, 4 losses and two draws. Yet there remains a single place where the Yanks have never beaten the Mexicans ? Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Yesterday, the Americans had another go a breaking the Aztec curse, and they failed yet again by a score of 2-1. At Azteca, the US now has a dismal record of no wins, 23 losses and a single draw. [August 13]

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