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28620: Daily (reply) Re: Sprague (28615) (fwd)
From: Peter Dailey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
According to Sprague, Anoop Singh stated in relevant part: "However, recent
expenditure cuts have been very ambitious and have adversely affected the
ability of the authorities to deliver basic public services."
Sprague then comments: "I explain again. Third time is the charm. Only from
firing real workers would you receive a decline of basic public services when
you are discussing expenditure cuts. This does not mean that ghost workers
could have also been or not been fired. What it does mean, is that real workers
were in fact fired."
Sprague's explanation "explains" nothing of the sort. Nowhere in Singh's
statement does he say that there has been a "decline of basic public services"
as Sprague alleges, and nowhere does he mention Teleco. Budget cuts could force
the curtailing of infrastructural repairs, plans to extend service to areas
outside of P-a-P etc. and in many other ways "adversely (affect) the ability of
the authorities to deliver basic public services." It may very well be that
"Real" workers were terminated and not replaced, but Sprague has so far not
bothered to provide any evidence of it or "sites" to relevant material. And I
would ask again if anyone knows what "basic public services" the Aristide
government provided that had to be curtailed during the Latortue interregnum
because of budget cuts.
Sprague advises me to "check out Michael Parkin's Sixth Edition Macroeconomics
etc." I probably should do so. And in the same friendly spirit, I would urge
him to investigate the history of municipal services and unions in Haiti over
the last thirty years so that he will be able to employ his ideas about
macroeconomic principles to Haiti in a more fruitful and productive way.