Monday, December 27, 2004

Yeshenko Wins -- Meet His Wife

OpinionJournal - John Fund on the Trail: "The challenge will be to move Ukraine towards a free-market economy. Mrs. Yushchenko makes clear that her husband makes all of his own political decisions, but she will no doubt be a valuable asset to him. 'She is one of the brightest, most dedicated conservatives I have ever known,' says Bruce Bartlett, a former official in the Treasury Department under the first President Bush. 'Anyone who met Kathy quickly discovered that creating a free, successful Ukraine was her primary mission in life, to the exclusion of almost everything else.'
Now the challenge facing Ukraine is to make the leap towards becoming a democratic society truly governed by the rule of law. Mrs. Yushchenko is realistic about the obstacles facing her husband and his team. '[Some] people are making a lot of money off the current system,' she told ABC News. 'The last thing they want is for the system to change and for the economy to be a free market economy where the general population benefits rather than a small group of people at the top.'"


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