Talk is cheap for the
Urges Shift to Direct Grants for Poor Nations" was the recent
New York Times headline.
"The needs are many and
undeniable," Mr. Bush said. "And they are a challenge to our
conscience and to complacency. A world where some live in comfort and
plenty, while half of the human race lives on less than $2 a day, is
neither just, nor stable."
Sounds wonderful. Until
two paragraphs later:
...Mr. Bush's remarks today did not
take into account nor delineate how expensive such a change in the way the
World Bank operates would be. Nor did the president say how — or whether
— the United States and other wealthy nations that give the bank its
primary financial support would pay for the added cost.
I wouldn't hold my breath
waiting for that funding. See "America
the Most Selfish."