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January 19, 2007

Often, the public conversation about Hispanics centers on illegal immigration. That will be an ongoing political debate, to be certain. But in business circles, the rapidly growing Hispanic population represents some $5 billion in spending power in Utah alone. There are presumably 5 billion reasons Utah businesses would want to capitalize on that potential.

- Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Through a mix of economics, diplomacy and the threat of military action, the U.S. has tried to isolate Iran's ruling mullahs. It seems to be working.

It was clear in the speech President Bush made last week: The U.S. will not let Tehran interfere in the affairs of Iraq. Nor will we let it build a nuclear weapon. The only question was: Apart from ratcheting up the rhetoric, could Mr. Bush make the threat stick? Turns out, maybe he can. Several developments this week show Mr. Bush is quite serious about turning up the heat. The mullahs are looking pretty lonely.

- Investor's Business Daily

The Wall Street Journal reported that corporations are cutting way back on perks for their executives after the Securities and Exchange Commission changed the rules requiring companies to reveal all perks valued at more than $10,000 - instead of the $50,000 required under the old rules.

So, now that stockholders will get more complete reports on perks, companies are ending free private trips on corporate jets and canceling the country-club memberships for their top executives.

If this works for high-paid corporate CEOs, can you imagine what full disclosure would do for public officials?

- Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel

President Bush was interviewed Tuesday on PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Mr. Lehrer asked the president the following question: "Why have you not, as president of the United States, asked more Americans and more American interests to sacrifice something? The people who are now sacrificing are ... the Army and the U.S. Marines and their families. They're the only people who are actually sacrificing anything at this point."

Here is the president's reply: "Well, you know, I think a lot of people are in this fight. I mean, they sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible images of violence on TV every night. I mean, we've got a fantastic economy here in the United States, but yet, when you think about the psychology of the country, it is somewhat down because of this war."

Really. That's what the president said.

William T. Sherman: "War is hell."

George W. Bush: "War's a bummer."

- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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