No. He opposed getting rid of the security laws that the KMT was using to crush dissent, and he opposed direct election of the President. Later he would change on these. [/quote]
He sure cut down on the endemic corruption didn’t he? Perhaps too well – it cost him his job.
Because his party-state masters cut a deal. How do you think things were done in the old days, Chewy? Lien Chan and Soong both have PHDs. Do you think they did it on actual brains? But Ma got in a on KMT scholarship [/quote]
I don’t deny having connections helped them out a great deal. However, going to Harvard, Berkeley, or the University of Chicago for postgrad studies requires hard work and diligence. There is a pressure to succeed – especially within wealthy and well connected political and/or economic families. There is definitely a “to whom much is given, much is expected” philosophy here when it comes to academic achievement. In short, they did not pass or do well solely because of their connections. Doing so makes elite education in the US merely a commodity. It takes hard work and a reasonable amount of intelligence to complete such studies.
and to teach English, although with the research methods course and the econ 101 course I teach, I just don’t have the same kind of time I used to spend on English teaching.[/quote]
And may I ask what your qualifications are to teach Econ 101?
I need experience of government here to determine whether the good mayor Ma is all decked out with brainpower? [/quote]
I was curious if you have had any practical experience in national or municipal politics working with him? Do tell me how you determined he is stupid?
Wow! I must be wrong because one of Chen’s people has an MA from Akron and isn’t very bright. You just can’t argue with logic like that. You must just absolutely slay those Canadians. [/quote]
In my opinion, his performance as justice minister in weeding out corruption, his strong English, and his international education make him better than most Taiwanese politicians. And see, unlike you, I have worked with a lot of political appointments in Taiwan. I never thought I would hear DPP PO appointments preach such a vile, racist form of cultural relativism and make so many blunders and fuckups. I could run a better office with a blindfold around my eyes and with my dick taped to the ceiling.
Christ…you make him sound like John Kerry or Al Gore. heheheheheheheheh.
No, I don’t. There is a rampant xenophobia that underlies the KMT-style nationalism.[/quote]
Again, if you actually had any tangible government experience, I think you would see that it is the KMT that treats foreigners better. I am as pro-US, Israeli, and Japanese as they come. It pains me to admit this. Eighty percent of both parties are filled with xenophobic bigots. A few internationalists in both camps are thoroughly decent people. I do believe Ma fits this profile.
Ma’s internationalism is a veneer, Chewy. The Deep Blues who support Ma and whose values he reflects hate Japan, despise America, and worship China. [/quote]
The DPP being a party of human rights is a veneer. Many DPP political appointments despise foreigners of any sort. IF you aren’t Taiwanese – you don’t exist. “Green…blue…both brown.”
Yes, well, the difference between Ma and the Tainan lawyers is that the latter actually passed their Taiwan bar exams…and the difference between LTH and Ma is like night and day. LTH’s PhD thesis was a classic that won awards. I’ll take the Tainan lawyers, thank you. I know they aren’t going to do a loot-n-scoot on Taiwan, and then sell the place to China.[/quote]
I respect LTH a lot more than Ma. However, LTH and Ma are internationally educated technocrats that are extremely competent. I take issue with you calling Ma stupid. The Tainan lawyers are turning Taiwan into the Philippines instead of Korea or Japan. They may have passed the local bar exams, but that does not make them creative. In fact, I think it means the opposite…they are proponents of rote learning and the “this is the way we do things in Taiwan” mantra.