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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Another piece of solving the 'housing crisis'

Here's another thing we can do to free up some government money to deal with our 'housing crisis': Cut the number of government ministers.
Chairman of the Movement for quality of Government Eli Sulam calls upon the PM and the ministers to declare that they are reducing the government to 18 ministers. This is to save tens of millions of shekels that can be diverted to public needs. “The government should set an example,” says Sulam.

Other parliaments with more than 120 members have 13-20 ministers. The Israeli government has 40 ministers and deputy-ministers.
He's right. Every government minister costs a couple of million shekels per year, including the cost of an office, office staff, a Volvo (they go for more than $50K apiece in this country), a driver....

I am sure the government will agree with this. But none of the 40+ ministers and deputy ministers will agree to give up their positions for the overall good of the public. And if God forbid Kadima comes in, it will only increase the numbers.

Meanwhile, we keep paying more than half our income in taxes.

What could go wrong?

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At 10:21 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

You guys make me nervous. You fiddle around with having the govt dictate things about your housing. I see the photos on Facebook of the trendy twenty-somethings clubbing at night. If you want to see the results of these two factors, without dictatorial East German govt control of people's day to day behavior, watch a TV series called The Wire. Seasons 1 thru maybe 5 or 6? I can't remember how many seasons, but watch it all. Because it really sounds to me like Israel is actually trying to bring about the public housing syndromes that bedevil Western countries (not to mention the slums in all the countries). Unlike, say, in the U.S. or even the U.K., you guys don't have a lot of room to move away from this kind of blight, so to initiate it On Purpose... good luck.


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