Wednesday, December 26, 2012
First nominee for Libertarian of the Year 2012!
Germany's chancellor for her policies of fiscal restraint by Clifford F. Thies Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany since 2005 - Chancellor Merkel is ranked by Forbes as the second most powerful person in the world, the highest ever ranking for a woman. During a time of deep crisis in Europe, with many countries running unsustainable deficits, she has steered a steady course for the creditor nations and provided enough incentive and enough discipline to enable the deficit countries to return to the convergence criteria upon which the European Community depends. We do yet not know how this will work out, although there are gathering indications of recovery in some of the deficit countries, most notably Portugal. Angela Merkel joins a list of heroes we have recognized, the sole criterion for which is that they have done the most for the cause of Liberty during the prior year. Past female winners of this award include Yulia Tymoshenko of Ukraine, Neda Agha-Soltan of Iran, and our own Sarah Palin. Last year's winner was the guy with the Yankee baseball cap who killed Moamar Khadafi, of Libya. From the Editor: We encourage our readers to submit other nominees before Dec. 30. An accompanying brief article explaining the reasons why this person should be Libertarian nominee would be helpful. Our editorial board (Cliff, Eric, Jim, Chuck, Jerry, Andrew and special adviser Ran), will then pick a winner. To be announced on Dec. 31.