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More Money, Less Problems? Iraqi Officials Hand Out Cash

Money can't buy me love, but can it buy peace? Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wants to find out — he's passing out cash on the streets of Iraq. Iraqi officials can dole out up to $8,000, to each person only once, as a way to improve the national economy and morale. I guess your $600 surplus check isn't looking so generous now!

Usually getting smaller sums, under $1,000, most Iraqi recipients use the money to get medical care, or cope after a death in the family or job loss. American and Iraqi officials believe money and better conditions will ease extremism; but concerns about favoritism and corruption still remain.

Governments love giving out money these days! While American lawmakers reach for consumer spending (and their own approval) with stimulus cash (and $42 million of taxpayer money used to notify every American that the government might send them money), Iraq wants these funds to spark confidence, and signal upcoming massive oil-revenue investments in Iraq's basic services. Are you buying it?


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True-Song True-Song 9 years
It sounds nice, but it seems like it would be ineffective long term.
stephley stephley 9 years
The U.S. has been paying Iraqi factions not to fight, it's nice to see the Iraqi government thinking of the little people.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
And they say democracy hasn't taken root in Iraq.
syako syako 9 years
bah, my digits should have been the first mailing of the check! It's a conspiracy I tell ya! I even use that little "where is my check" application and it always says "sorry we can't find it!" :rant:
kythera kythera 9 years
Btw, this Stimulus check only helped so much. Most of my friends had to pay off old debt. When I talked about drug money and such, I'm talking about the misapropriated money that is dispensed in that country. I don't think it will last for long. How many people on the street are going to see that money? Not many I assume. 8)
em1282 em1282 9 years
Ooh, sy, hope you get yours soon. My sister hasn't gotten hers either...she checked the website and they said beginning of July, and nothing... $8,000 doesn't sound too shabby. Wonder how corruption will affect this and how many people will actually see the money.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Sy, maybe the government just thought you'd approve of them spending the $$ for you, however they saw fit... :) I kid, I kid! :dog:
kythera kythera 9 years
Well, I got mine (w00t)...and it was $1500 cuz I'm married and my husband claimed his son. I think there is a LOT of money that no one knows about. Sad. A lot of drug money too. Syako, check the site and your stimulus check arrival depends on the last two digits of your social. You could have gotten it quicker when you filed your taxes and had the refund direct deposited. 8)
syako syako 9 years
I never got my surplus check!!! :rant:
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