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Mexico’s Reforms: The Good,
the Bad, and the Ugly

American Magazine, by Roger F. Noriega*

Original Article

Posted By:eagleblurst, 12/17/2013 10:16:40 AM

The Mexican Congress has exceeded expectations and produced a reform package that could revitalize the country’s crucial energy sector, allaying concerns about the energy plans President Enrique Peña Nieto had earlier presented. This hopeful development is the most important achievement under thePacto por Mexico (Pact for Mexico) — an agreement among the leaders of the country’s three major political parties and the presidency to work together on shared priorities. That agreement also led to a fiscal reform plan that fell short of the critical goal of modernizing Mexico’s tax structure, and to an education package whose real impact depends entirely on

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Mexico’s Reforms: The Good,
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American Magazine, by Roger F. Noriega*    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/17/2013 10:16:40 AM     Post Reply
The Mexican Congress has exceeded expectations and produced a reform package that could revitalize the country’s crucial energy sector, allaying concerns about the energy plans President Enrique Peña Nieto had earlier presented. This hopeful development is the most important achievement under thePacto por Mexico (Pact for Mexico) — an agreement among the leaders of the country’s three major political parties and the presidency to work together on shared priorities. That agreement also led to a fiscal reform plan that fell short of the critical goal of modernizing Mexico’s tax structure, and to an education package whose real impact depends entirely on

   

 

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Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/12/2013 3:20:09 AM     Post Reply
The Senate was no longer functioning properly, a member of the majority party leadership argued on the floor of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body, as a prickly minority single-mindedly thwarted the president’s appointment powers, thus abusing its role of advising on and consenting to White House nominations. “To correct this abuse,” the member went on, “the majority in the Senate is prepared to restore the Senate’s traditions and precedents to ensure that regardless of party, any president’s judicial nominees, after full and fair debate, receive a simple up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. It is time to move away from

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Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/11/2013 11:19:55 AM     Post Reply
Nothing is more important in agriculture than place. What is successful on one kind of soil in one kind of climate won’t necessarily work in another place with a different soil or different weather patterns. Farmers have always gained the knowledge necessary to understand a place through hard-won and rarely transferable experience. What farmer Brown knows about his land might travel down the road a few miles, but it is less applicable on a similar farm in a different part of the country. This idea of place is what drives the local food movement. Wineries brag about the perfection of

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Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/10/2013 4:01:17 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/5/2013 9:24:27 AM     Post Reply
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Did President Obama lie to Americans when he said that those who liked their current health insurance policies could keep them? Or was he simply out of the loop when it came down to the details of his health care reform, as he has claimed in his own defense — a defense that comes suspiciously close to Bart Simpson’s “I didn’t do it” denials. How could a man of Obama’s obvious intelligence fail to know something so critical to the success of his most significant piece of legislation? Since Obama is not a fool, he must be a liar.

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As the old saying goes, you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows — or doesn’t blow nearly as much as in earlier years, as the data show for tornado activity in the United States, and for tornadoes and cyclone activity more generally. The global warming/climate change industrial complex, confronted with growing bodies of scientific analysis and data both inconsistent with climate change orthodoxy and difficult to dismiss, slowly is coming unglued, producing analyses that conflict and ancillary effects — in particular, the collapse of “carbon trading” programs — not helpful to the cause.

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In May of 1541, Spanish explorers under Francisco Vásquez de Coronado camped on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon and joined together in a celebration of thanksgiving. Nearly a quarter-century later, French Huguenot colonists at Fort Caroline, Florida, set aside a day for solemn praise and thanksgiving in June 1564. In the summer of 1607, English settlers in Maine united with Abnaki Indians for a harvest feast. Three years later, English colonists in Jamestown held a jubilant day of thanksgiving when fresh supply ships arrived, providing the surviving colonists with much-needed food after a severe winter and disastrous drought.

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For everyone then alive, it remains a moment frozen in time. I was a 19-year-old Vanderbilt University sophomore having lunch in the Gold Room, Vanderbilt’s snack bar. I was sitting in an overstuffed leather chair and in the act of inserting a hot dog into my mouth when one of the ladies who worked the counter came in from another room where there was a television. In a voice as devoid of emotion as if she were announcing, “They say it’s going to rain this weekend,” she said, to no one in particular, “They say the president’s been shot.”

   

 

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Whether it’s a second shooter on the grassy knoll, inconsistencies in the Warren Commission investigation, or the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby, Americans are still drawn to conspiracy theories surrounding the death of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. But what contributes to the durability of these conspiracy theories? Certainly their plausibility has something to do with it. But like a good conspiracy theory itself, there’s more to it than the immediate explanation. In the days following President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, the National Opinion Research Center was in the field polling a stunned nation.



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