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4/14/2008

The people don't understand

Many people are moaning about all the increases that are driving up the cost of living here. Many are angry. But they don't understand. These are complicated policies that are postulated to mean well. The people should go about their lives normally. Don't worry, all is in good hand. When the time comes, there will be handouts aplenty, and everyone will then understand why the govt has been collecting all the dues. We must believe that our govt thinks very far ahead and policies are implemented after careful thoughts. The whole process will be carefully thought through. And Singaporeans do not have long to wait to see the fruits of such high fee policies. The next GE is not too far away. Remember the last GE? GE are good times, happy times, just like Budget times. Singaporeans will be very happy then. The GE will be days of abundance, dues collected during good times will be shared with the people. We must have more frequent elections and budget readings.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

'and policies are implemented after careful thought'

Ahem, didn't they reverse, oh I should'nt call it reverse because that is not in their vocabulary, refine the recent taxi policy pertaining to taxi-stands in the CBD? Well thought out?

But I am not betting against the same old same old in the next GE lah, despite the moaning now.

Matilah_Singapura said...

> they don't understand. These are complicated policies that are postulated to mean well. <

Exactly. They don't understand because they don't bother to.

Govt policies might be intended to "mean well". But they all have untoward consequences, moral hazards and externalities, which is why govt policies ALWAYS end up HURTING those the policies were meant to "help" in the first place.

Here's some wisdom from a good ol' cowboy:

"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help".
"The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it".
— Ronald Reagan

redbean said...

this actor put it in a very clear and simplified way.