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Dec 22, 2008

What a depressing administration

::Sigh:: Between this bid to buy influence over Taiwan's biggest institutions and and the KMT's silence on CCP comments denouncing TI like this, I just don't know what to say. The battle is not over, of course, but it's going to be a much harder uphill struggle than I would have thought a year or two ago.

10 comments:

STOP Ma said...

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I can't say I'm surprised in the least. The frantic pace at which the PandaMa administration is selling out Taiwan is a bit surprising, however. All of the signs were there since 2004 (or even before).
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Taiwan Echo said...

I know, STOP, all the signs are there. But I am still shocked by how fast it went down that road.

That's, in fact, what really matters. China's stand has always been like that. It's Ma govt quickly brought Taiwan to them.

STOP Ma said...

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Echo,

There was absolutely every indication that the KMT or PandaMa WOULD do this if elected. That's why I will always say that the Taiwanese brought this on themselves.

In 2005, during the legislative election, Taiwan had a prime opportunity to turn things around and to create substantive democratic change. It was a watershed moment that I will always remember.

The Taiwanese blew it in 2005.
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Taiwan Echo said...

Yea. I always say that Taiwanese use democracy to give up democracy, use free will to give up freedom and choose to be slaved.

That's gotta be the biggest joke in the entire human history.

Raj said...
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Raj said...

The Taiwanese blew it in 2005.

I think you meant 2004.

Maybe you're right - time will only tell. But I would say the Greens blew it to an even greater extent by failing to get a majority.

I can't help but feel they could have run a much better campaign that would have made a difference. But the DPP and TSU spent too much time arguing amongst themselves and not fighting their opponents. Their own fault in many ways.

STOP Ma said...

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Raj,

I stand corrected -- 2004, it was.

But I'm sorry, Raj. The Taiwanese had a CLEAR choice in 2004 between long-term democratic goals or short-term local greedy goals. The Taiwanese chose the latter.

The system is corrupt at the local level -- so what can you expect? But make no mistake about it -- the Taiwanes had a clear and unmistakable choice. As they did in 2008.
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Andrew said...

From conversations with lots of Taiwanese, there is large scale dissatisfaction with Ma's policies and governance.

The problem right now is that there is no one with the brains or cajones willing to step forward and offer an alternative.

Anyone courageous enough?

Taiwan Echo said...

Andrew: "Anyone courageous enough?"

Some, but not enough to make significant changes.

Most Taiwanese, no matter how dissatisfied they are, will wait for others to make that changes for us. So the only thing we need to do is sit back and enjoy (and prosper ...) ... over others' dead bodies.

Mashhood said...

活該

吼。。。好慘。。

氣死我了。。

:(