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Help? Show Off? Or Just Create Chaos?

Recently Taiwanese media paid a lot of attention to 陳光標, a Chinese tycoon that come to Taiwan to “throw money around.”  I used the phrase “throw money around” instead of “donation,” because indeed, he is literally throwing money around instead of donating.

I have never seen anyone, west and east, who is so “flamboyant” when trying to help others (he even pile cash into a wall…now you don’t see people do that every day).  Especially in Taiwan, a lot of people prefer not to gain too much publicity when helping others.  There is a large amount of anonymous donation made in Taiwan every year.  (For example, 陳光標 plans to throw out 100 million NTD, which is actually quite small in comparison to Taiwan’s 6.8 billion NTD donation to Sichuan earth quake.)  In any case, the sum is not the real point.  Sure, some money will help people to get by for a few months…but then what?  They will face the same money problem.  Once again, social safety net, sincerity, kindness of the society, and government or NGO’s ability to help those to help themselves, are what really counts.  This whole thing is more like a fiasco and propaganda.

Let’s pull up stuff just for some interesting comparisons:

  • First, remember those car chase in movies…sometimes the one being chase just throw money and expensive stuff out of the car to create chaos on the road in order to delay the chasers.  Remember the movie Batman (the old one, not the new one), where Joker and his gang goes to downtown to throw money around during the New Year?  That is so similar to this situation.  Of course, 陳光標 is not releasing some physical poison gas…but, is he not releasing some psychological poison into Taiwanese society?  Just look at the madness and chaos that follows him.
  • Let’s look at what other NGOs are doing in Taiwan, and those other donors in Taiwan…and compare…don’t you find this really weird.  Why didn’t the media reports more on this?  Just because a guy is a lot more eager to show off? 
  • Finally let’s look at how the US helped Taiwanese during the 1950s when Taiwan was in real trouble…do they just throw money around and create chaos?  Or do they try to help Taiwan catching its own fish?

But in any case, perhaps the most important thing to remember is that all these are caused partially by the lousy job Ma is doing.  The weird, stupid and crazy phenomenon is a reflection of how much worse Taiwan has become after Ma become president.  (Man…if you look at the 18% interest shit and this…you really wonder, WTF is Ma thinking?)

UPDATE: A very good point brought out by this short article.

Keep It Simple, Stupid

This is what happens when you have a government that is incompetent and likes to show off.

Funny how KMT accused Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu of DPP that the only she is capable of is doing fireworks, because KMT is not even able to get fireworks right.  I have a tip for KMT and Taipei 101 in terms of fireworks: don’t try to make it too complicated, because you will waste huge amount of money and  trip yourself.

DPP Needs to be Ready to Clean Up the Mess That KMT Will Leave Behind

In DPP chairwoman Tsai’s New Years Statement, she outlined DPP’s objectives in the coming years.  One of the chief political objective of DPP is of course to gain more (a lot more) seats in Legislature, and win the presidential race.  Make no mistake, KMT will do everything in its power to stop this from happening, as the 18% interest legalization can attest.  Not only this, CCP will also get involved for sure.  The “vote buying” action will be in full swing.  I hope Taiwanese can see that when these supporters speak for KMT and CCP, if they are  just doing so for THEIR OWN INTERESTS.  (Example: all these public employees that defend Ma and support KMT candidates.  Now you really have to wonder, maybe they just do this so they or their relatives can get their 18%).

However, more important issue is, DPP really has to be prepared to clean up the mess that KMT will leave behind, and it will not be easy.  A few things DPP has to deal with that I can think of:

  • The impact of ECFA and potential economic retaliation and threat from CCP
  • 18% interest and its side effect on Taiwanese economy and society
  • Large amount of government deficit
  • Lack of budget for local government

And those are only the immediate problems.  Medium term problems would include problems from education and judiciary system.  The task would be daunting, and DPP cannot underestimate it.

Ma’s New Year Gift: Organized Corruption of 18% Interest Rate

http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2011/new/jan/3/today-p1.htm

This news make me extremely angry, and I believe I am not the only one feeling that way.  Basically Ma re-initiated the 18% interest rate (and fully legalize it) to the public employees (軍公教, Military, Government officials, and teachers).  There are no words to define this atrocity.

18%!  You don’t often get that much return even if you take on substantial risk like stock market investment.  And what is the current interest rate banks pay: between 1 and 2%.  Are they out of their fucking mind?!?!  Many decades ago, 18% made a little more sense because during that time interest rate were at 8 to 10%.  But now, 18%!!!  WTF!

I do not know if they have a special term for this type of stupidity.  I just want to call it organized/legalized corruption.  Majority of these group of people in the past decade constantly accusing DPP government of corruption, but they are the one that steal money from the national treasury / tax payers.  These people cover for the government’s action and feel no shame in doing this.  Despicable!!!

One teacher call-in to a talk show and just said they get more money because they work hard, pass the examination and are highly educated.  BULL SHIT!  Taiwanese private sectors have many talented, highly educated and hard working people that do not get paid as much.  Why you government workforce deserve that much more security and payment than the private sector workers.

The only people that I think deserved to get paid a little more are the military because they put their life on the line for the country’s security (more risk), and therefore, they might deserve a bit more.  But government workers and teachers?  In what way are they contributing more than private sector work force?  Even if for some fiscal economic policy reason, the government wants to raise the wages of public workforce, this is WAY TOO MUCH, especially under the current economic condition.

All I can say is: DAMN!

UPDATE: List of Legislators who passed this stupid law (all KMT).  Taiwanese history shall mark these people for their vote-buying corruption.  Source: http://www.twimi.net/

Mr. 曹 Has A Very Good Point

http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2011/new/jan/2/today-p4.htm

Mr. 曹長青 has a very good point, especially the following paragraph is once again a very good warning:

如果民進黨的中國政策最後也是向中國傾斜,以所謂「不讓國民黨壟斷」,要讓北京聽到民進黨的聲音為由,也爭相跑去北京,那麼在這場「傾斜中國」的比賽中,民進黨一定是輸家。因為民進黨不管怎麼傾斜,都比不過國民黨。事實上,北京對台灣的情況相當瞭解,並不存在不瞭解民進黨的問題。那些提出「不讓國民黨壟斷」的人,其實只是為他們「傾斜中國」的企圖找藉口。綠營的一位高層人士來美國演講時,曾擬定講題「調整兩岸關係,縮短兩黨距離」,說白了,就是要民進黨高層也往中國跑,要民進黨的中國政策朝向國民黨。在五十步笑百步的情況下,誰是贏家呢?

Once again, people in Taiwan (both KMT and DPP) have to realize the nature of CCP.  CCP is a dictator that attempts to build a “China Centric” world and holding on its power tightly.  But most importantly, like what Mr. 曹 said, THEY ARE NOT MORONS, so don’t treat them like one.

The accusation of a few DPP members being 傾斜中國 might not necessarily be true.  However, the human mind is a complex thing that can change in an instance, and who is to say there are not some truth in this statement.  Certainly, in the past, both DPP and TSU (Taiwan Solitary Union) have many traitorous members and Chinese centric thinkers (許信良、陳文茜、賴幸媛,just to name a few).

Ma is Still Living in Fantasy Land

http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2011/new/jan/2/today-fo1.htm

I cannot believe Ma said such things in the new year.  He seems to be living in a fantasy land.  Somehow he thinks this ghost of ROC is the “chosen one” of some sort that will be the leader of greater China and Chinese civilization lol.

Only 2 types of people will share this “wet dream.”  One, those arrogant morons who somehow think they are “superior Chinese” that can “lead” the “Chinese civilization.”  Two, those in China who want to annex Taiwan and are glad that such arrogance exist, and would like to use the false pride of the few as a tool against Taiwan.

Look, the only people that can decide the path of China are Chinese.  They don’t need a bunch of fools to lead them around, especially not KMT.

In any case, whatever he said in this part completely lost the point to any pragmatic Taiwanese.  What he said and what his party do is not in the interest of Taiwan.  All Ma and his party did in the past 3 years in strengthening China and CCP while weakening Taiwan.  Any pragmatic person would have a more concrete vision such as a better Taiwan instead of this weird and illusive “greater China” imperial dream.

I also fear that these type of people who strongly believe in some borderline lunatic theology are prone to extreme emotion and actions.  However, due to the fact that Ma and his government hides all ROC flags and symbols during the visit of small officials from China, it is possible that they are doing and saying this as a facade and lie.

Similar to some of the religious leaders, they uphold this religion not for their beliefs in  Heaven or God, but for money and power.  Whether they are a bunch of religious fanatics or religious hustlers remain to be seen.  But in either case they are most likely leading Taiwan to disaster. 

Fortunately I do think that those who truly believe them are extremely minority in Taiwan.  However, with KMT spending huge amount of government money in advertisement and changing school curriculum, I fear they are once again spreading their drug throughout Taiwanese society.