Thursday, August 07, 2014

Enough about the Marshall Plans!!!

Someone (I think Jerry Seinfeld) once said that going to the moon was a terrible thing, because now nothing we ever do seems good enough. e.g. "If they could put a man on the moon, why can't we..."

I'm beginning to think the same thing about the Marshall Plan. Don't get me wrong, the Marshall Plan was a good thing. It's just it seems like people propose a "Marshall Plan for ______" every other day. I'm sure that most, if not all, of these plans would be a good idea. But I'm just as sure that no such plan will ever happen.

Perhaps the least likely of all of these unlikely Marshall Plan 2.0 proposals is the Marshall Plan for Gaza. Putting aside the fact that such a plan would get, if it is lucky, maybe nine votes in Congress, an influx of money and supplies into Gaza would require either the Israeli government signing off on it (which is even less likely than getting nine votes in Congress), or the U.S. military breaking the Israeli blockade by force. That is just not going to happen. We might as well be talking about whether the U.S. will decide to give Alaska back to Russia.