Monday, May 11, 2009

President Ma - Stupidest Remark of The Year

“I think my administration handles it rather well,” he said, adding that Beijing does not seek political gains in all its dealings with Taiwan and that a win-win situation for both sides of the Strait is possible.

From this article in the TaipeiTimes, discussing the issue of Ma's opinion on peace talks and whether it will happen during his presidency.

Since when has China ever acted on behalf of Taiwan? Ma is clearly lying to the public, as I'm sure a Harvard grad is intelligent enough about the ways of China. China only thinks about their own well being and their own agenda. Anyone slightly intelligent knows that Taiwan is a super materialistic country in that the majority of Taiwanese think in terms of money and not about their future. Let's review the two main reasons why Ma was elected:

1) Ma and his administration promised "633" economic figures, high stock prices, and gold in the streets-- what's not to love?
2) To "teach" the DPP (specifically against CSB) a lesson

Taiwanese voted in Ma, not because they necessarily liked him, but because of the above two. So what better way for Ma to get re-elected than by cuddling with China and trying to get them to throw money into the Taiwan economy in order to fulfill his lost cause of the "633". Yeah, did you forget about that promise he made? You might have, and that's what the KMT and Ma hope you do. Because the original promise of 6% GDP Growth Rate, 3% Unemployment, and 30k per capita income, is clearly off track. What do we have now? Projections of anywhere from 0% GDP Growth Rate for 2009 to the negative percentage GDP Growth Rate, 5.7% Unemployment rate, and per capita income of about 17k. So what does the government do? Boost the stock market for what it's worth, and hopefully the Taiwanese are dumb enough to re-elect him- that's what he's thinking- and he's counting on it.

But that's not the end of it, China knows this too, and will do everything in their power to keep the KMT in power and prevent the DPP from coming back on 2012. So what do they do? Make it seem like Ma is doing great things in these cross-strait talks. Here's the giveaway:

Ma said Beijing was hesitant to sign an economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA), possibly because of differences between Taiwan’s ruling and opposition parties. However, Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) and Premier Wen Jiabao (溫家寶) have both expressed interest in an ECFA.

From this we can surmise that China and their commies have already planned out how to get Ma re-elected in 2012. Why else would they sign all these agreements if they thought the DPP had a chance to comeback in 2012?

So what's there left to do? Taiwanese still have the right to protest, as of now. Use it. No, of course one "May 17th protest" isn't going to solve the problem of Ma's continual disregard for the opinion of the people, and lack of transparency in what the KMT/CCP are doing- but, it's a start. How did Taiwan get to this democracatic state that we have today? It was done in the same way, slowly gathering and protesting against the government.

For those who think the people who have been critical of Ma and the KMT (including me and this blog) are exaggerating and thinking Ma will never take Taiwan towards the path of unification-- take a step back, and think about what is happening objectively. Chinese police in Taiwan? Economic agreements to allow Chinese workers in Taiwan? Chinese investments in Taiwanese companies? Chinese students in Taiwan colleges?

I know what you're thinking-- this is good! They can help boost the economy in Taiwan, do the dirty low-level work, and increase the revenue of Taiwan colleges. Well what about the Chinese police? Do we seriously need communists in Taiwan? And again, look at the "economic boost" from another angle. If Taiwan puts all its eggs in one basket (China), what happens when China's economic busts as well (and it will, what goes up, must come down)-- or what happens when China uses their economic leverage they have on Taiwan as a way towards achieving their political agenda. Taiwan will have nothing it can do by be swallowed up. That is a shitty way to go out.

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