Rudy: Lessons From New York Can Help Save Iraq
January 12th, 2007

Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich share bylines in an article in the Wall Street Journal today suggesting that there are many lessons from the successful welfare reforms in New York City that can be readily applied in Iraq. Workfare required able-bodied welfare recipients to work 20 hours a week in exchange for their benefits, thus reasserting the value of the social contract, which says that for every right there is a responsibility, for every benefit an obligation. Workfare, the authors say, resulted in a visible improvement in the quality of life of the city (cleaner streets, less graffiti, etc.), and helped reduce crime. A similar model can work in Iraq an Iraqi Citizen Job Corps. Subsidizing unemployed Iraqis with a meaningful wage in exchange for meaningful work rebuilding their society is well within the means of the U.S. and its allies. The entire effort will help stabilize and grow the Iraqi economyOne word of caution: The program should be overseen by the U.S. military, not private contractors, to avoid unnecessary delays in deployment or accusations of cronyism in the bidding process.

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