2005/03/17

Ownership Society Heading the World Bank?



Could someone please explain to this ole' country girl what in the hell a member of the 'Ownership Society' is doing even thinking about heading the World Bank? I keep remembering comments of neocons we've had visit this site and poverty was not one of their priorities. I can hear Wolfie now telling poverty stricken nations their poverty is a result of their own mistakes.

The World Bank is the prime mover in international development with an annual budget of nine billion dollars consecrated to improving the lives of the world's poorest people.

Outgoing World Bank president James Wolfensohn said his successor should be "passionate" about fighting poverty.

Wolfie passionate about fighting poverty? I'm trying to imagine it. Nope, can't do it. Wolfie could care less about the impoverished. So, why I wonder has George Bush nominated him? Anyone care to hazard a guess.

Njoki Njoroge Njehu, director of the 50 Years Is Enough Network, which campaigns for economic fairness, said,

"As the most prominent advocate of imposing the US's will on the world, this appointment signals to developing countries that the US is just as serious about imposing its will on borrowers from the World Bank as on the countries of the Middle East," he said.

Is this why Bush and Condi have been playing footsie with Europe?

I lost the link to the following comment but it's so appropriate.

Having nominated John Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations and now Paul Wolfowitz to the World Bank, it can only be a matter of time before President Bush proposes Dick Cheney to be the next pope.

Will they invade delinquent nations?

4 Comments:

"Wolfie passionate about fighting poverty? "

Absolutely. Kinda like Wolf looking after the Hen House. 

Posted by WhyNot
3/17/2005 05:24:00 pm  
Dianne,

I am laughing because just this morning I said to a friend,
"Just wait - I'll bet Bush makes Donald Rumsfeld the Pope!"

No joke..we think alike.
Scary, eh? ;) 

Posted by Jude
3/18/2005 04:05:00 am  
Hi Jude,

Wolfie is an oil man, militarist and nationalist to the core. For the life of me I cannot see how he will improve the policies of this organization as they pertain to third world countries.

""Just wait - I'll bet Bush makes Donald Rumsfeld the Pope!" "

I will not be a bit surprised to see Bush intervene in choosing the next pope. These days I'm surprised by very little. 

Posted by Dianne
3/18/2005 02:23:00 pm  
"For the life of me I cannot see how he will improve the policies of this organization as they pertain to third world countries "

Hopefully they will do the same as what Brazil did once, if my memory is correct, i.e. told the World Bank to fuck off and forget about the loan being repaid. 

Posted by WhyNot
3/18/2005 03:12:00 pm  

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