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April 03, 2006
Small Goverment

Because of a limited budget.

No, not the USofA. Iraq.

The price of some staple food has increased in Iraq after the Ministry of Trade announced last week that several items provided by a monthly food-ration programme would be cancelled. This prompted shopkeepers to raise the cost of items which are being imported at a high price.


According to officials at the trade ministry, which is largely responsible for food distribution, the cut in rations is a direct result of a 25-percent, government-imposed reduction of the annual budget. In an effort to curtail state spending on subsidies and develop a free market economy, the national budget was reduced from US $4 billion to US $3 billion for the current fiscal year.

Nice in theory.

Pity about the actual citizens, though. Somehow it's never that simple at the micro-level.

“My family depends on food rations,” said Muhammad Wissam, a Baghdad resident and father of four. “I earn US $50 a month as a painter, but our rent alone is $42.”

Hey, it's his own fault for being lazy and poor, right, George?

Posted by AnneZook at 01:33 PM


It is so terrifying when people actual try to govern based on an untested idiology. The first thing the CPA did in Iraq was cut social programs and start deregulating, as if the idiology of the Grover Norquists of the world is so perfect iy would instantly lead to magic freedom economic powerhouse land.

Posted by: Stephen at April 4, 2006 01:25 PM