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Dec 29, 2008

KMT legislator Diana Lee: My US property proves nothing about my citizenship

Technically true, but hardly convincing.

Note: Taiwan Echo mentions in the comments that Diana is answering a non-issue:

DPP provides evidence that Diane Lee filed INCOME TAX this year, that's why she is illegible to receive the Economic Stimulus Payment (ESP).

Diane Lee replied with: "I filed for US PROPERTY TAX doesn't mean that I have US Citizenship."

huh ??

US IRS website clearly shows that only INCOME TAX counts for the ESP return.

5 comments:

Taiwan Echo said...

DPP provides evidence that Diane Lee filed INCOME TAX this year, that's why she is illegible to receive the Economic Stimulus Payment (ESP).

Diane Lee replied with: "I filed for US PROPERTY TAX doesn't mean that I have US Citizenship."

huh ??

US IRS website clearly shows that only INCOME TAX counts for the ESP return.

Lies after lies after lies after lies ... KMT covers up, Ma Ying-jeou keeps both eyes blind, Prosecution Office suddenly crippled ...

How far will Ma Ying-jeou and KMT keep insulting people's intelligence ?

Sean Su said...

A lot of my American (especially Taiwanese American) friends asked me this:

"How come Taiwanese living in Taiwan with this everyday are okay with this? How come they won't voice their concerns? Do they not care, is this acceptable in Taiwanese society?"

Anyone want to respond?

Haitien said...

Anyone want to respond?

Its a sad fact of human nature when faced with real danger that it is easier to sit back, do nothing, and hope that if you remain quiet nothing bad will happen to you.

Taiwan Echo said...

Sean Su: "Do they not care, is this acceptable in Taiwanese society?"

I will say it's a phenomena of "general lack of social responsibility."

After living in USA for many years, I came to realize that any one who prospers in a society -- or even being able to just survive -- owe largely to the existence of that society. It's therefore every one's responsibility to improve the environment that nourishes your life.

This concept just doesn't seem to register in average Taiwanese. Every one wants a better society, but most of them think it's none of their business.

I believe this is a remnant of old authoritarian systems in which people's fate depends totally on the quality of the king. So people hope, but don't want to take responsibility.

You can see it clearly when you find that Taiwanese hand over the power, but never insist on the right of monitoring it. They just vote, and hope for the elected to behave. If they don't, Taiwanese just hope to choose a better one next time.

Where is the monitor and control process in between elections?

If you have a boy, and he doesn't behave, will you give up guiding him and say, "well, we can only make another child 4 years later" ???

Certainly won't. A voting is a power hand-over; a power hand-over without monitoring is not democracy. Only when average people understand that they should take responsibility to monitor the behavior of whom they vote, can a real democracy be reached.

Iceman said...

T Echo, thanks for the clarification. Taiwanese rely way too much on the gov. to determine their fate. Yet, they allow the KMT to waste all their resources on propaganda and efforts to illegally prosecute Chen. What have they done to help the country?
Makes me want to puke.
As a Taiwanese living in USA, I keep hoping people will wake up.