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Submitted by Shanta on

Ajith: Thanks for that perceptive comment. I agree that we need the middle class to support the financing of public goods. But I think the problem goes beyond getting them to recognize the importance of these public goods. It is for government to stop providing private goods to the middle class for free or at subsidized rates. This includes water, electricity, education and curative health care. Most of the government budget is spent on these items, and the middle-class lobby is able to protect that, leaving little left over for the genuine public goods that could enormously benefit the poor. Shanta