The comments at this drezner post on the un millennium project and Jeffrey Sachs' plan to end destitute poverty for $150 billion a year get to be pretty amusing. After a litany from conservative posters on how such a program would be a waste of money, a guy points out that we're spending on the same scale to supposedly help 25 million Iraqis, compared to supposedly lifting 2 billion people out of extreme poverty. The response is that he's the one that "can't tell the difference between spending money constructively and pouring it down a rat hole". That's really precious. Sach's program would without a doubt be a better way to spend $150 billion dollars if the object and motivation has anything to do with humanitarian impulses.
Then come the wingnuts. Speaking of which, the '2 out of 3 ain't bad' sentiment regarding the success of Sach's 'shock therapy' days could maybe stand some gentle criticism from one.
:: posted by buermann @ 2005-03-12 18:24:38 CST |