Lech Kaczynski of the socially-conservative Law &
Justice (PiS) party scored a stunning victory in the
second round of the presidential race and beat Civic
Platform (PO) candidate Donald Tusk by a margin of
54.47% to 45.53%.
What's worth considering at this point is that Poles
had enough time to listen to ideas presented by both
parties and chose welfare state with progressive tax
rates and rejected flat tax and market reforms.
The only silver lining is that by choosing PiS, Poles
also chose Catholic conservative values. So I guess
even though so called "social justice" is in, same-sex
marriage and abortions on demand are probably out.
Yahoo! Mail - PC Magazine Editors' Choice 2005
If PiS’s populist slogans become policy, government spending is likely to expand, which will exacerbate Poland’s already weak fiscal position and consequently trigger inflationary expectations. Worse, boosting social spending will contribute little to resolving the country’s staggering 17.5% rate of unemployment – most of it structural –while any hope of quick euro adoption will be dashed.
What Poland needs most is fiscal discipline and market-oriented reforms, including relaxation of the rigid labor laws that are inhibiting job creation. After all, over the past two decades, the enduring goals of dismantling communism and central planning, as well as joining the European Union, have served as important driving forces of reform. But can the political will for renewed reform be mustered in a government that is half liberal and half populist?
The statistics are shocking. At least 383,000 babies are born in the United States every year to illegal immigrants; that's 10 percent of all U.S. births and about 40 percent of indigent births.The high cost of illegal immigration, especially of so called "anchor babies" should "shock" our representatives into action.
The cost to U.S. taxpayers is tremendous because all those babies, called anchor babies, claim birthright citizenship. Their mothers and other relatives then sign up for a vast stream of taxpayer benefits.
Korean tiremaker Hankook is considering the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland as possible sites for a $600 mln factory after Slovakia fell out of contention, a Hankook representative said.The deal will create 1,600 jobs by 2008. But that's not all.
Hankook, which also has factories in China, wants to expand overseas production to Eastern Europe to supply Kia Motors Corp. and France's PSA Peugeot Citroen, taking advantage of lower taxes and cheap labor costs.Another Korean company, LG Phillips, will invest EUR 429 mln in a LCD screen factory in the southern town of Kobierzyce. The deal will create 12,000 new jobs.
Kia, South Korea's second-biggest carmaker, is building a EUR 1.1 bln factory in Slovakia that will produce 300,000 vehicles a year.
Volvo [is it Swedish or American?]will receive EU's funds for an investment project in the further development of production capacity at the Volvo Bus plant in Wroclaw.Volvo employs 2,000 people in Poland.
I love being a conservative. We conservatives are proud of our philosophy. Unlike our liberal friends, who are constantly looking for new words to conceal their true beliefs and are in a perpetual state of reinvention, we conservatives are unapologetic about our ideals. We are confident in our principles and energetic about openly advancing them. We believe in individual liberty, limited government, capitalism, the rule of law, faith, a color-blind society and national security. We support school choice, enterprise zones, tax cuts, welfare reform, faith-based initiatives, political speech, homeowner rights and the war on terrorism. And at our core we embrace and celebrate the most magnificent governing document ever ratified by any nation--the U.S. Constitution. Along with the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes our God-given natural right to be free, it is the foundation on which our government is built and has enabled us to flourish as a people.I don't have much to say about Miers and her selection. But I couldn't have said anything more (assuming that "the rule of law" excludes illegal immigration) or take anything away from this paragraph if I had to explain why I am a conservative. Even the part about the faith...
I know you are not loved much lately but I still think
you were a great explorer. We share the first name
and that's good enough for me.
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Makers of Bordeaux wines have been told to reduce their output this year by an unprecedented amount because of overproduction and falling prices, according to the body that controls French winemaking.I can drink to that!
In response to a growing surplus of French wine in a tough global market, France's Institut National des Appellations d'Origine instructed growers in most French wine-producing regions to reduce output for the 2005 grape harvest -- but none by as much as Bordeaux. Bordeaux makers were told to reduce output by about 12 percent, the institute said in a statement.
In the first quarter of 2005, exports of Bordeaux wines fell by 11.4 percent in volume and 17.9 percent in value.
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