November 22nd 2008

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: How Barack Obama won

CANBERRA OBSERVED: How long will Malcolm Turnbull last?

NATIONAL SECURITY: Executed Bali bombers hailed as martyrs

HUMAN RIGHTS: Beijing's butcher is granted Australian visa

ENVIRONMENT: Arctic melting: don't spoil a good story with the facts

FINANCIAL MARKETS: Regulatory proposals being put to Obama

OPINION: The West's long-running economic malaise

HEALTH CARE: Australian medicine's middle way

AUSTRALIAN POLITICS: A successful conservative party ready to rebuild

RULE OF LAW: The perils of a politicised judiciary

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Assessing the Australian Christian Lobby

POPULATION: The economic consequences of abortion

MEDIA: The facts behind the 1949 coal strike

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Toxic melamine in the food chain in China / African-Americans from victimhood to responsibility

Abandoning the old and sick (letter)

Institutional corruption in our schools (letter)

Absurd expectations about Obama (letter)

BOOKS: THE FAMILY: Power, Politics and Fundamentalism's Shadow Elite, by Jeff Sharlet

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Absurd expectations about Obama (letter)

by M. Gordon

News Weekly, November 22, 2008

Congratulations to Barack Obama on his election. Congratulations to John McCain for his inherent decency. Victors can write the history, but it is not that long ago that John McCain led in the polls before the economic tsunami hit.

Now the reality of having to deal with taxes, trade protectionism, economic management and massive deficits, endless domestic demands, foreign conflicts (Russia got in quick) will bring us back to earth.

Many people have had absurd expectations of what Obama is likely to achieve in office. But personality cults are dangerous, and shortly fans will become apologists or disillusioned.

(Mr) M. Gordon,
Flynn, ACT

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