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Lofty Rhetoric from George Bush on Poor Nations Not Matched by Funding

July 21, 2001

Talk is cheap for the Compassionate-Conservative-in-Chief.  "Bush 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."

This was a selection from The Daily Diatribe

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