I’m interested to know if there are many who would disagree with this article on why branding international aid is a net negative – privately, at least. Publicly, the head of USAID, Rajiv Shah, highlights the need for “transparency;” the UK argues that “Britain will not shy away from celebrating and taking credit…” Shah’s argument seems beside the point; the UK’s, self-serving. Neither supports the case that branding aid is good for those it seeks to help
Play with Ezra Klein’s and Dylan Matthews’s Wonk Calculator – it’s enlightening and fun. The takeaway, though, isn’t the dollars cut, or even the politics of those cuts; it’s the effect on Americans of cutting certain expenditures or raising taxes.