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    • zionist forever
    • 13.02.11 | 20:46 (IST)

    When governments are elected they are given a mandate to decide how to spend the annual budget. One year the education sector will get more money at the expense of some other sector who will get a budget cut. Its for the government to decide who gets what not the general public. As for the current price hikes they were beyond Bibi's control it was based on foreign exchange rates making certain things more expensive. When the products are more expensive for the government to buy like oil or wheat for bread then the prices are passed onto the buyers. Bibi ahas subsidized these things like gas because firstly there are some issues which can make or break an election and this was one of them. It was also popular within his coalition so it wasn't going to risk causing his coalition to break down by subsidizing the goods. The social gaps that exist in Israel are because we are slowly abandoning the socialist agenda which we had for decades and are much more pro free market as a result rather than a shekel thats worth nothing Israel is now a member of the OECD and outside the Gulf has one of the strongest economies in the Middle East. What do you want socialsm where we are all poorer but more equal where the economy is worthless because the government owns everything and subsidizes everything or do we want a free market society where there will be both rich and poor but Israel is a country that foreigners want to invest in? Socialism is dying worldwide and if Israel doesn't move away from the old socialist agenda it will fall behind which long term hurts everybody.

    from the article: Attentive to the people
    First published 01:27 13.02.11 | Last updated 01:27 13.02.11
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