Alert: Non-Jewishness Related Issue!
|People want to talk about policy. Enough with "who's a Jew?", "who hates Jews?", and "who are the Jews who hate Jews?". (Great, now I'm going to come up in a Google search for "hate Jews". Please leave now and re-evaluate your life, Mr. Neo-Nazi.) I've got an issue.|
I wrote about an issue which piqued my interest at RK to little notice and I've gotten into a bit of a dust up about it over at Bearing Drift.
In both debates this week, Allen sounds to me like he advocates nationalizing Iraq's oil industry and giving direct cash payments to the people. [From "Meet the Press" transcript. Emphasis mine.]
SEN. ALLEN: The other aspect of this that I've, I've asked Maliki, I've said it to Jafari and all the ministers, is the key for that country, for their economy is oil. And I think that their oil ought to be a national asset, and they ought to create something like the Alaska Permanent Fund where everybody in Iraq, regardless of where they live, regardless of their ethnicity, has a share in that oil. They'll care about building up the oil capacity, upgrading it-and they'll certainly care about anybody who's blowing up the pipelines, because that would be money out of their pockets. Alaska they get a dividend. Every citizen ought to get a dividend in Iraq as well.Some of you out there delight in calling people socialists. What would you call someone who advocates this policy? It sounds pretty damn socialist to me, except Allen wants direct cash payments to the people (never mind that this is hardlfeasiblele - as a commenter on RK pointed out). This would be wealth redistribution without the veneer of social programs like healthcare and education.
So, you want to debate policy? Tell me why this isn't socialism. And, if you do think it's a good idea, tell me why. Personally, I think it would be a dreadful idea because nationalization of industry has been shown to dissuade foreign investment, particularly in infrastructure. As infrastructure investment is something that Iraq desperately needs right now, I would like to know how this plan will help?
If we want to move away from all the recent bull$#!#, this is how we start.
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