I won't be back for about four hours, so here's what to read in the meantime with a couple of quick comments (before taking Littlest to school):
- Great Yushchenko op-ed in the Journal. Money graf in my view:
Currently the outgoing regime is menacing Europe with the threat of separatism and the dissolution of Ukraine. I state with full responsibility for my words: This is a fictional, artificial threat. It does not exist. The people of Ukraine recognize that an economically prosperous nation-state tolerant of its bilingualism and multiethnic society, and respectful of all religious confessions, is Ukraine's strength and not her weakness.Plenty more there, RTWT.
- Foreign Notes says the parliament may have passed price controls. I can understand this. The strike should have led to a decrease in the supply of goods. This would lead shopkeepers who don't know when more goods will come to raise prices. Price controls are a bad idea because it will lead to nothing being on the shelves. In winter in Ukraine, that's a bad thing. Sentence often heard in my principles classes: "All scarce goods are rationed; if you don't want to use price to ration, what do you want to use?" I hope dacha production of food was good this year. (One thing I remember from my time there was a stat by a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture specialist that 80% of potatoes grown in Ukraine were from dacha plots of land, like growing your vegetables at your lake cabin.)
- Nader for Ukraine?!? (Thanks, Craig!)
- Veronica compares Russian and Western coverage of the same event. You'll wish you could read Russian better.
- Parliament is in session all weekend. What was it Will Rogers said?
Dad-taxi being paged. More later.