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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-03-04 10:54 AM
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158. Great article, Smirky_W_Binladen. Tremendous.
Edited on Thu Jun-03-04 11:28 AM by JudiLyn
I found the NY Times article mentioned, and found the final lines interesting:
But critics say recipients of endowment aid do not have the same accountability that government programs require, which opens the door for rogue activities and freelancing. The agency overreached, those critics say, in Chile in 1988 and in Nicaragua in 1989, when endowment funds were used to sway the outcomes of elections.

Barbara Conry, an analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, said the organizing philosophy behind the endowment was flawed.

"You ended up with the worst of both worlds," she said. "Everybody knew it was directly funded by Washington. That didn't fool too many people. But it wasn't really accountable."

Commondreams reprinted it.
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