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The American Way (8.3.2004)
Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister: Our Economy Came Back Because We Cut Taxes and Reduced Regulations
Singapore was one of the world's most-free economies, according to the Fraser Institute's recent report. Take heed.

Threats to Western Civilization (8.3.2004)
Worst Flooding in 15 Years Hits Bangladesh Hard
Food aid for 20 million people requested; 30 million are forced from their homes. 30 million is more than twice the population of New England. Floodwaters are putting a huge pinch on Bangladesh's exports of clothing to the United States, which makes up 80% of their foreign earnings. Did you read that? 80% of that country's export money comes from trade with the United States. Which raises the moral issue: If the opponents of free trade win, millions of Bangladeshi people will starve. Don't think it matters to you? It should: Bangladesh is presently the world's 8th largest country, and its population is set to almost double in the next 50 years. Bangladesh is already more populous than Germany, France, Japan, or the UK. Want to make some serious enemies for your American grandchildren to deal with? Keep telling the people of Bangladesh that your job is more important than their life.

Socialism Doesn't Work: Never Has, Never Will (8.3.2004)
UK Has Rules on What Kinds of Homes You Can Build in the Country
They also use speed cameras to bring in ticket revenue. Isn't there a point at which these accumulated rules get tiresome? More discussion is needed about one of the reasons America is great: We blow things up and tear them down when they get old.

Threats to Western Civilization (8.3.2004)
Jane's: North Korea Has Submarine-Based Missiles with 1,500-Mile Range
Could reach the United States. Working on nuclear weapons as well. The North Korean people starve while the Axis of Evil continues its mischief.

The American Way (8.3.2004)
Poland Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising
In less than half a century, the Poles revolted against both Nazism and Communism. Today, they're helping rebuild Iraq.

The United States of America (8.3.2004)
Mileage Chart from Des Moines to Elsewhere
Barely of interest to many folks, but useful info for Central Iowans

Threats to Western Civilization (8.3.2004)
Big Terror Raid in UK
13 suspects being held

The American Way (8.3.2004)
Funding Their Own Tourism Projects
Unless I'm sorely mistaken, the Wasserbahn Waterpark Resort at the Amana Colonies (it started as a Holiday Inn and has grown) hasn't been one of the recipients of any state grants or loans from anything like the Vision Iowa program. How should the private investors behind the Wasserbahn resort feel about their tax dollars being used to fund competing tourism projects?

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