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The World Moves Against Hunger, But…

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Reuters reports that more that more than 100 countries signed on to a plan to combat world hunger – $50 billion in aid, and innovative ideas like “global tax on financial transactions, a tax on the sale of heavy arms, an international borrowing facility and a scheme for marketing credit cards whose users would donate a small percentage of their charges to the cause.” But…

But the leader of the U.S. delegation, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, coolly dismissed it.
“Economic growth is the long-term solution to hunger and poverty,” she told the meeting.
“The report should give more attention to practical steps to sustained growth. There is too much emphasis on schemes such as global taxes to raise external resources. Global taxes are inherently undemocratic. Implementation is impossible.”

Hearts and minds, hearts and minds…

Written by adswithoutproducts

September 21, 2004 at 12:11 am

Posted in Politics

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