O Intermitente<br> (So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

O Intermitente
(So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

quarta-feira, fevereiro 04, 2004

Comércio Livre pt II

O Innocents Abroad comenta a proposta de Lula da Silva e Jacques Chirac em criar uma taxa a nível global cujas receitas reverteriam para o combate à pobreza.

The foolishness and farce which is Jacques Chirac is becoming almost too predictable. In a move pregnant with cynicism, Jacques Chirac was in Geneva last week with Brazil?s leftist president, ?Lula? da Silva, to announce cooperation on a Franco-Brazilian study group. The goal of this group is to look into possible means, including a ?global tax? administered by the United Nations, to fight poverty and famine in the third world. (And as one who has worked for the UN, I can attest that a good place to start would be to fire most of the UN staff from the respective nations establishing the study group.)

Now, as far as da Silva is concerned, I would say this move is more or less sincere on his part given that he is from the left and seems genuinely to believe in global measure to aid the poor. I may disagree, but I have no reason to question his motives. But, as far as Jacques Chirac goes, it is hard to take this man seriously.

The first reason for doubt is that one of the main complaints coming from the developing world is that agricultural subsidies in developed nations bar third world farmers from access to wealthier markets. This is more or less true and is something I feel should be changed. If a farmer from Zimbabwe can grow something more cheaply than a farmer from Brest, he should also be able to sell the product more cheaply; assuming of course that Robert Mugabe hasn?t already had him shot.

Relembro que a França é o maior beneficiário da Política Agricola Comum.
posted by Miguel Noronha 12:32 da tarde

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