What's This? The Republic of China on Taiwan Has No National Day Celebrations?

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Friday October 09, by Jerome F. Keating Ph.D.

Tomorrow is 10/10 day, the National Day of the Republic of China (ROC) and for the first time (as far as I remember), the ROC is not going to have a celebration and parade honoring its founding and/or honoring Taiwan. China just spent billions to honor its national day by parade and festivities, and many KMT supporters even attended those celebrations. So why is Taiwan doing nothing and shame-facedly hiding in the corners?

The word on the street is that President Ma Ying-jeou has refused the national day parade as part of his continued efforts to placate China. He hopes China won't take away ECFA, the ECFA that he as a one-trick pony feels is the only way to prop up his inept economic plans.

To be sure there is a different opinion, i.e. the official stated government reason. The money that is saved by not having the parade will be used to help benefit the recent victims of Typhoon Morakot. Now who believes that?

To help the victims of Typhoon Morakot... that's the typhoon that was so deadly because of the government's incompetent handling of it. So now the government is trying to make amends. Again, do you believe it?

Let's not waste any more time here; there is only one simple answer. Show us the money and show us the paper trail. Just how much money is normally spent on the national day celebrations? Give exact figures please. Then show the paper trail for that amount, from the national treasury all the way till it reaches the hands of those who need it. The flim-flam man has always been so long on promises and short on delivery, that there is no other way.