Less welfare means a rise in poverty and social gaps, and that is exactly what is happening now. But that is what happens in every difficult surgery. It is only when the economy is free that it can move forward, freeing more resources and enabling giving more to the weak.
Netanyahu is well aware of history. He knows that what is left behind, after all the arguments, is a book. It is hard to argue with a book, and that booklet from Sunday is the raw material for a book that he is currently working on.
Shinui proudly announced to the media this week what it had "changed the order of priorities in the budget" when it transferred NIS 700 million to objectives "that are not sectorial, but for the common good."
Shlomo Nehama and Danny Dankner did not invent the system, they just took it to extraordinary heights of cynicism and chutzpah.
The Likud is already deep into its next primaries. The running assumption there is that Labor will quit the coalition immediately after the Gaza disengagement is completed and topple the government, so the battle for the Likud Central Committee is heating up.
The Peter Principle says that every individual will advance to their highest level of competence and then be promoted to and remain at a level at which they are incompetent and cause damage. The office of prime minister is one level beyond Netanyahu's skill set.
The Knesset rejected the referendum proposal yesterday by a large majority. Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was disappointed. The Sharon government survived. Now only the 2005 state budget needs to be passed.
The Knesset this week approved a reform that will make it possible for cellular phone clients to transfer to another provider while keeping their original phone number, including the dialing prefix.