View Full Version : Karzai turns deficit hawk, wants to downsize...

08-23-2010, 01:30 AM
The lead to this article (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan-president-20100823,0,4380698.story)is the tragic death of 4 US soldiers (we are too busy to notice because we need to debate the Córdoba Center), but the gem of the piece is where Pres. Karzai worries about raising your taxes. He wants to lay-off workers to reduce government spending. Mind-boggling.

Karzai reaffirmed his support of a quick removal of private security firms from Afghanistan, accusing them of causing corruption and of harassing Afghans.

"Their presence is preventing the growth and the development of the Afghan security forces, especially the police force because 40,000, 50,000 people are given more salaries than the Afghan police," he told "This Week" host Christiane Amanpour. "And here, ma'am, through you I am appealing to the U.S. taxpayer not allow their hard-earned money to be wasted on groups that are not only providing lots of inconveniences to the Afghan people, but actually are God knows in contact with Mafia-like groups and perhaps also funding militants and insurgents and terrorists through those firms."