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Bolivia’s Morales seeks better ties with Obama; Continues to reject U.S. DEA

November 18, 2008

Bolivia’s left-wing President Evo Morales said on Monday he wanted improved ties with the incoming U.S. administration of Barack Obama but ruled out having U.S. anti-drug agents resume work under his rule.

“My interest is how to improve relations with the new president,” Morales told a news conference after addressing the U.N. General Assembly. “I think we could have a lot of things in common.

By Patrick Worsnip

Bolivian president Evo Morales participates in a news conference ... 
Bolivian president Evo Morales participates in a news conference after he addressed the U.N. General Assembly, at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, November 17, 2008.REUTERS/Chip East

“If we talk about change I have some experience now,” he said, referring to the Obama presidential campaign‘s slogans based on the need for change. “I think it would be good to share experiences with the new president-elect.”

Morales, the first Indian to become Bolivian president, compared himself with Obama as the first black to win the U.S. presidency. He said better relations had to be based on “respect from one government to another.”

He also ruled out reversing his November 1 move barring U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents from fighting cocaine traffickers in his country. Morales had accused them of spying and maintaining ties with anti-government groups that staged violent protests in September. Washington denied the charge.

“The DEA will not return whilst I am still president,” Morales said, speaking in Spanish through an interpreter.

Read the rest from reuters:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081117/wl_nm/us_bolivia_morales_un_1

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Capitalism, fiscal woes; contempt for economic liberty

November 9, 2008

There has always been contempt for economic liberty. Historically, our nation was an important, not complete, exception. It took the calamity of the Great Depression to bring about today’s level of restrictions on economic liberty. Now we have another government-created calamity that has the prospect of moving us even further away from economic liberty with the news media and pundits creating the perception that the current crisis can be blamed on capitalism.

We see comments such as those in the New York Times: “The United States  has a culture that celebrates laissez-faire capitalism as the economic ideal.” Or, “For 30 years, the nation’s political system has been tilted in favor of business deregulation and against new rules.” Another says, “Since 1997, Mr. Brown [the British prime minister] has been a powerful voice behind the Labor Party’s embrace of an American-style economic philosophy that was light on regulation.”

By Walter E. Williams
The Washington Times

First, let’s establish what laissez-faire capitalism is. Broadly defined, it is an economic system based on private ownership and control over of the means of production. Under laissez-faire capitalism, government activity is restricted to the protection of the individual’s rights against fraud, theft and the initiation of physical force.

Professor George Reisman has written a very insightful article on his blog titled “The Myth that Laissez Faire Is Responsible for Our Financial Crisis.” (http://georgereisman.com/blog/2008/10/myth-that-laissez-faire-is-respo nsible.html) You can decide whether we have an unregulated laissez-faire economy. There are 15 Cabinet departments, nine of which control various aspects of the U.S. economy. They are the Departments of: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Education, Energy, Labor, Agriculture, Commerce and Interior. In addition, there is the alphabet soup cluster of federal agencies such as: the IRS, the FRB and FDIC, the EPA, FDA, SEC, CFTC, NLRB, FTC, FCC, FERC, FEMA, FAA, CAA, INS, OHSA, CPSC, NHTSA, EEOC, BATF, DEA, NIH and NASA.

Here’s my question to you: Can one be sane and at the same time hold that ours is an unregulated laissez-faire economy? Better yet, tell me what a businessman, or for that matter you, can do that does not involve some kind of government regulation.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov
/09/capitalism-and-fiscal-woes/

D.E.A. Exposes a Steroid Web With China Tie

September 25, 2007

By DUFF WILSON and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
The New York Times
September 25, 2007

Federal authorities said yesterday that they had exposed a sprawling underground distribution network for steroids, human growth hormone and other illicit bodybuilding drugs supplied by 37 companies in China.The operation revealed a much wider, more diffuse commerce in performance-enhancing drugs than previously known, with a latticework of bathroom and basement manufacturers and distributors. That contrasted with the more centralized drug network from past years that tapped into established pharmaceutical pipelines.

A network of Internet-based chemical wholesalers, anonymous e-mail services and password-protected chat rooms fueled the trade, federal and state officials said.

Read the rest at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/25/sports/25steroids.html?hp