July 27, 2007, - 3:50 pm
grants that pay up to half of what Iraqis need to start a business.
“This is my golden opportunity,” [Hamid] Hussein said. “Nobody before offered such a great favor to jobless people.”
And nobody offered it to jobless Americans, either. So, why are Americans paying for 1/2 of new businesses for Iraqis? And by the way, the government isn’t even doing the vetting. It’s giving the money and the job of vetting to the politically-charged Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce. Bad move.
I’m all for helping Iraq become a civilization (if that’s possible). But to treat Iraqis better than we treat Americans is a little ridiculous. The article, entitled “U.S. Grants Help Iraqis Launch Business Dreams,” begs the question:
What about Americans’ business dreams?–Don’t they deserve launching?
This is going way overboard and way beyond our duty as Americans. If we aren’t going to fund 1/2 of all new businesses for Americans on American soil, don’t do it for them.
Oh, and what was that about us going into Iraq “for cheap oil” and funding 1/2 of all new Iraqi business start-ups?
Tags: Debbie Schlussel, Iraq, Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce, oil, U.S. government, United States, USA Today