19 government decisions as stupid as the shutdown - foot patch

by:Demi     2019-09-11
19 government decisions as stupid as the shutdown  -  foot patch
BOSTON, Mass. —
Some government is closed.
Starting Tuesday, Washington seems determined to launch a fierce partisan battle that threatens the world's largest economy --
Not to mention the human, political and other damage that this dispute could cause in the United States and around the world.
But Washington is not alone in the short term. sightedness.
When it comes to government action, stupid behavior is everywhere.
We asked senior global Mail reporters around the world to tell some of their favorite examples.
Instead of being disappointed, they came up with 19. Palm, meet face. 1.
North Korea: there are more nuclear weapons on the edge of hunger, known for its fancy war threats and bronze cult of individuals, which has always been an abandoned country.
In fact, many experts believe that the world's most severely sanctioned regime should be largely responsible for its own plight.
Ten years ago, North Korea and South Korea became closer and closer, paving the way for the final reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
The North is in the midst of a famine that has brought the North to the brink of collapse and needs assistance.
As a humanitarian gesture, the South has to hand over millions of dollars worth of aid each year.
Then in 2006, the country tested the first of the three nuclear installations
Resources were invested in the army, but people who were malnourished were sacrificed.
Results: further international isolation.
Southerners felt burned by a nuclear test.
At 2008, voters launched a long-term
The popular Liberal Party and the hard-line election
President Lee Minne
Bak cutting aid to the north
After a third nuclear test last winter, the United Nations stepped up its efforts to pass a severe embargo on the National Financial Bank. —
Jeffrey Kane is in seoul2.
South Korea: As the government closes its doors, the annual parliamentary row, American lawmakers vent their frustration in fierce elections
And speech.
In the National Assembly of South Korea, this deadlock can easily lead to fierce quarrels in the parliament. Yes, really.
It has become a ritual for South Korean politicians.
A newspaper even calls it an "annual budget row" because it is usually triggered by opposition parties who are angry about the state budget.
Melees has seen the creative use of smoke bombs, sledgehammers, chainsaws and fire extinguishers in the past.
While these pictures make people laugh, melee rarely leads to a solution. About two-
Understandably, three South Koreans believe that their party and legislature are "corrupt" or "extremely corrupt", the worst of any body under investigation
Transparent international corruption watchdog. —
Jeffrey Kane is in seoul3.
Thailand: Bangkok destroyed its World
If you are one of 3 farmers, increase rice production by destroying the farm.
5 billion people who eat ricei. e.
Half of human
Chances are you have eaten grains that have sprouted from Thai Jade.
Green rice fields.
For 30 years, the country has exported more rice than any other country on Earth. But no longer.
According to the data, Thailand not only lost its lead position in 2012, but also fell to third place.
The main reason for this development is not the flood or plague.
This is populist politics.
Rice production in Thailand is still large.
But most of these days are state-based.
Own warehouse.
This is because the ruling party promised in elections two years ago that farmers would buy every grain they could produce and pay nearly 50% more wages than the market rate.
This is the secret of happy farmers, a key voting group.
The government also costs $12 billion a year.
About 4% of GDP.
The designers of the program had hoped to drag so much rice supply out of the market and into silos, which would raise global prices and allow them to sell a large amount of rice at a premium.
On the contrary, in order to meet the world's demand for rice, rice growers have attacked.
India is now the largest exporter.
Vietnam beat Thailand in second place.
Most commodity experts predict Thailand will not be able to regain its crown in the next few years. —
Patrick Wen in Bangkok and sunny
Myanmar: The dictator reconfigures the currency according to the lucky number, please quote Myanmar people over the age of 40 to Myanmar Stalin's favorite number Ne Win-esque, longest-
Run strong people
They probably know the answer: nine.
1987, numerology-
The obsessed tyrant ordered all the money in the country to be removed from his lucky numbers.
This leaves two banknotes in circulation: 45 and 90 yuan bills.
All the bills used to be worthless.
This means that every family saving in money suddenly sits on a pile of worthless paper.
Many people went bankrupt overnight and the result was serious.
Demonizing disasters are often seen as a factor in leading to a street uprising that will end with an estimated 3,000 demonstrators dead and the birth of a fierce resistance movement led by Aung San Suu Kyi. —
Patrick Wen in Bangkok and sunny
China: in the tragedy of 1960 and 1970 of China, the government has launched many disastrous self-attacks.
The destructive policy under Mao Zedong's "Great Helmsman" leadership.
One of Mao's earliest policies was to eliminate sparrows, mosquitoes, flies and mice across the country.
People are urged to shoot birds from the sky and beat the pan bowl pans basin to prevent sparrows from landing until they die from fatigue.
While Mao's goal is to preserve more food for China's agricultural population, the result is disastrous.
More than 2 billion birds have been killed, locust populations have surged, and crops have been devastated, paving the way for one of the worst famine in human history. —
Benjamin Carlson, Hong Kong
China: over-reacting to Liu Xiaobo's 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, Chinese writer and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Beijing could have chosen to accept the news calmly, let it calm down over time.
Instead, the Chinese authorities decided to take a big shot.
They reprimanded a Norwegian diplomat.
Cut off salmon imports;
He published a large number of editorials condemning Liu Xiang's award as a "blasphemy" against the Nobel Prize ";
They also bullied other countries to boycott the awards ceremony.
In the end, Beijing only succeeded in making the bad situation worse.
In the West, Liu Xiaobo became a household name. China looks like a country not only ruled by oppressive regimes, but also ruled by a thin regime --
Skin, deaf tone, grumpy. —
Benjamin Carlson, Hong KongEU Blunder No.
1: Cyprus has many questionable decisions in the efforts of European policymakers to try to resolve the debt crisis, but Cyprus's rescue failure is undoubtedly a low point.
The financial situation of the Mediterranean islands was on the verge of collapse three years ago.
Request from the government of Cyprus 17 billion-euro ($23 billion)
Rescue from the EU.
Germany, in particular, is reluctant to dig deeper to help a country with lax banking controls, make it a "washing machine for illegal Russian money" condemned by the tabloid newspaper photo ". "A last-
In the early hours of Saturday, March 16, a ditch compromise was reached.
EU and other international creditors will contribute 10 billion euros ($13. 5 billion)
, Cyprus will get the rest of the money by withdrawing cash from everyone's savings in the country, which is in the bank.
European ministers seemed satisfied and announced an agreement.
Shocked Cypriot citizens took to the streets and condemned the government's case of vandalism and robbery.
The Bank of Cyprus locked the door.
Economists around the world are screaming, a move that could undermine the trust of Savus and trigger a bank run in the south of the euro zone. "Unfair, short-
Vision and self
The economist said: "defeat.
Three days later, the Cyprus parliament voted to reject the agreement.
Eurozone finance ministers had to gather for more urgent talks to reach a new deal --
This time, small investors saved money and earned only 100,000 euros ($130,000)
In their accounts, government aid has contributed.
Although the Cyprus economy represents only 0.
Eurozone finance ministers account for 2% of the EU's total output, enabling them to re-ignite the euro crisis and send chilling messages to the market about their ability to respond with a funny response.
"A major policy error that will have an impact on the EU" is the verdict of Nicholas Veron, a senior researcher at economic think tank Breugel. —
Paul Ames of BrusselsEU Blunder No.
2: In the early days of the exciting 1950 generation of European integration, it seems like a good plan to set the European Parliament in the French city of Strasburg.
The ancient cathedral city across the Rhine towards Germany will symbolize a new spirit of reconciliation, cooperation and unity between the ancient enemies.
For more than 50 years, it doesn't seem like a good idea to host what is better in the EU chamber that has been democratically elected.
Other major institutions of the EU are located in Brussels, 250 miles away, and 766 members of parliament and their support staff must travel to the French city for a week-long plenary session every month.
The difficult price of Europe
The taxpayer under pressure is estimated at 0. 18 billion euros ($245 million)a year.
For decades, Parliament has evolved from a dental-free place of conversation to a mature legislature whose laws apply to 0. 5 billion people in 28 countries.
Its members have a permanent office in Brussels, where the parliamentary committee meets.
About 78% are in favor of ending a monthly trip to Strasburg
In addition to the financial costs, it is estimated that, as legislators shuttle flights and truck fleets back and forth into official documents, 19,000 tons of carbon emissions are generated each year.
A circus tour of Parliament. . .
Is the remains of our history.
But for the modern and efficient Parliament of the 21 st century, this is meaningless.
Of course it is not sustainable, "writes Gerald Hafner, a European lawmaker of the German Greens in May.
However, there is little chance of any action on this.
The division of parliamentary seats was written into the EU founding treaty and could only be changed if all 28 member states agreed.
That means the French president will have to vote to take away an institution that has become the country's seventh-largest cash cow --
The largest city brings about $26 million a year.
No one is ready to consider it.
"I defended the European capital, Strasburg, because history taught us the role that Strasburg must play," President Francois Hollande said during this year's visit . ".
Strasburg is not only the history of Europe, but also the future of Europe. "—
Paul Ames of Brussels
UK: Poll tax 1987, then-
Introduction by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
A "poll tax" that pays for local community services ".
As taxes roll out across the country over the next few years, people get angry. Very angry.
Strong public protests led to the removal of Mrs. Thatcher, and the center of London was almost burned.
On March 1990, London police insisted that organizers of the anti-voting Tax March restricted the protests to Trafalgar Square.
A public space that can accommodate only one person
The third in the expected population
The failure to suspend construction works there provided protesters with access to unsafe bricks and scaffolding.
About 200,000 people poured into the square and spread in central London, causing violent riots that lasted all night.
A few months later, Thatcher resigned, but was still defending a tax that was only 12% public-backed. —
Colin Petit in London.
Britain: the dirty GrassgateIt is 2011, and the Merton commission in southwest London faces spending cuts equivalent to $0. 11 billion.
Resources are very tight, which is why there is still a headache for the council's efforts to protect these 3 feet grasslands. —
Colin Petit in London
Yes, Britain in Iraq, for Britain in Iraq, everything is terrible.
Very, very bad indeed. —
Colin purtier in London
South Africa: on secrecy, electronic charges and "Nkandla-
Gate of the African National Assembly (ANC)
The party has an absolute majority in the South African government, so the United States has little chance --Style deadlocked.
But even so, some government moves have proved so unpopular that an embarrassing retreat is needed.
Taking the national information protection law as an example
Also known as "secrecy act"
This would put journalists and informants at risk of 25 years in prison.
It is no surprise that it has triggered a lot of opposition from all corners, including civil society groups, famous South Africans, and even Cosatu, a powerful union group allied with the ANC.
Last month, President Jacob Zuma unexpectedly sent the bill back to parliament, saying it failed to pass a "constitutional review ".
His critics welcomed the decision, but pointed out that this year is, after all, the election year.
Another mistake is called "e-
Charging, "which is basically a very unpopular electronic road charging system, will be launched in the province, including Johannesburg and Pretoria --
The economic center of the country.
The huge toll station was built at a huge cost, but it has been idle on the highway and terrible e-commerce has begun.
Charges have been delayed again and again due to mass protests and court challenges from driver groups and unions.
At the same time, the South African highway authority's debt is estimated at 36 billion rand, or $3. 6 billion.
But in general, quarrels on government policy tend to decrease, and more attention is paid
Scandals involving senior officials have continued.
It is particularly noteworthy that "Nkandla-
Gate, of which Zuma spent $28 million in public funds to renovate his private village estate in the countryside of KwaZulu --Natal province.
These "security upgrades" include underground bunkers, football stadiums for bouncers, and Tucker stores for one of his four wives.
South Africa's main opposition parties have sought a copy of the court's report on Zuma's expenditures, compiled by the Ministry of Public Works but classified as "top secret ".
And then there's "Gupta-
The "gate", a close friend of Zuma, the Gupta family, was somehow allowed to take over the South African military base, welcoming guests flying from India to attend their niece's wedding, using the "official delegation" as an excuse. ” Good times. —By Erin Conway-
Smith of Burgess
Kenya: international judicial reversal
Following the deaths of thousands of people caused by political violence, Kenya's moribund judiciary and incompetent police forces failed to hold anyone accountable, and Kenyan lawmakers voted in favor of bringing the case to the International Criminal Court in The Hague: "Don't be vague, go to The Hague," which made them speak out.
But earlier this year, when the two highest-ranking defendants were elected president and vice president, the situation changed: now, when the parliament is desperately retreating and trying to ship the case back to Kenya, it has collapsed, where it can be buried safely. —
Tristan McConnell at Nairobi 14
Kenya: Show us your money and you will think that after the election of the newly elected members of Kenya to Parliament this year, they will start working soon, they are eager to show voters how sensible their election choices are. You'd be wrong.
Instead of debating National imports and seeking a commitment to push policy, Kenyan lawmakers are starting to claim a raise, and it doesn't matter, they are already the highest-paid on the planet (
$76,000 a year, excluding one
Drop off allowance of $59,000).
The public's anger was properly triggered, and the protests followed, and the disgusting ordinary people known as the new leader "mpcigs" proved to be very resilient. —
Tristan McConnell at Nairobi 15
Israel: Yom Kippur, October.
On the eve of the Jewish New Year in 1973, Jordan's King Hussein flew to Tel Aviv at considerable risk, warning Prime Minister Gorda Mel that Syria and Egypt were at war.
At that time, the two countries had no diplomatic relations.
After consulting with her senior military officer and listening to the advice of the intelligence chief, Mel decided to treat the warning as a vague warning and did not give any warning.
So Israel was unprepared for the war that broke out a week later, when the Arab army coalition led by Egypt and Syria launched a joint raid on Yom Kippur, the most sacred day on the Jewish calendar, that year was the Muslim month of Ramadan.
Mel eventually lost the post of prime minister because she decided to ignore the King's warning, which cost Israel hundreds or even thousands of lives and left the country with wounds that have never diminished.
The war, known as Israel's Yom Kippur War and the Arab world war of October, ended with Israel's decisive military victory.
But the loss of the first few days
During this time, even the phone-
Foreign exchange reserves in Israel are stopping, and a considerable number of Israeli assets have been hit.
The Arab leaders are full of pride, leaving scars and lasting vulnerability to the Israelis.
Therefore, on every anniversary of the war, the Arab world cheered for its imagined victory, and Israel mourned for its loss of self-consciousness.
Last month, the newly released testimony showed that Egypt's ousted president, hosni mubasak, served as Air Force commander in 1973, boasting that he had fired his first shot in the war. The Hussein-
Until a Reporter published a leak on 1988, the Mel meeting was not open to the public.
Until today, the whole content of their meeting is still confidential. —
Shot by Noga Tarnopolsky in Jerusalem.
Israel: How to not engage in diplomacy with major neighbors in January.
2010. on the 12 th, Israel's deputy foreign minister, Danny ayalong, summoned the Turkish ambassador, Ahmet Oguz silikol, to condemn Turkey's recent criticism of Israel's policies.
Ayalong called an Israeli photographer into his small office and began positioning them so that the visiting ambassador would appear smaller than him.
While the film crew and the mysterious silikol sat there to listen, ayalong explained in Hebrew that there was no Turkish flag on the table and that the ambassador was sitting on a sofa lower than his own higher chair, he did not shake hands.
"Note that he is sitting under the chair," he said, as if facing an unconscious audience.
"There is only one Israeli flag on the table, and we do not smile.
"The whole farce was broadcast on Israeli television that night.
Ayalong was forced to apologize the next day: "My protest against the Turkish attack on Israel is still valid.
However, insulting foreign ambassadors is not my way, and I will clarify my position in the future through more acceptable diplomatic means.
"17 Israeli MPs signed a letter to silikol expressing their regret and embarrassment about ayalong's actions.
Aware of the possibility of damage between Israel and one of its few regional allies, President Shimon Peres called the incident "a mistake for one person, not for the country ".
On May 2010, Israel attacked a vessel bound for Israel, the malmara. blockaded Gaza.
Nine Turks were killed and ambassadors were recalled.
Despite the high level, the new ambassador has not yet been appointed.
During his visit to Israel, President Obama tried to bring about some kind of peace between the two regional economic and military superpowers. —
Shot by Noga Tarnopolsky in Jerusalem.
India: The Prime Minister of India, the famous economist, has a doctorate in economics from Oxford University.
But as Forrest Gump says, it's stupid to be stupid.
Since taking office in 2004, Singh and his government have made some very stupid moves. Despite a long-
India's long-standing efforts to attract foreign direct investment are far behind neighboring China, and Singh's coalition government closed the door in front of Wal-Mart many times last year.
As the financial crisis began to spread around the world, bright sparks revised the tax law to keep Vodafone for $2.
5 billion to acquire 2007 act of one of India's leading telecom operators. Trace back.
Vodafone won the Supreme Court in India.
But Singh did not stop there.
Economy 101 warns high current account deficit
Excess funds issued by the government (
Pay for oil, for example)
Relative (
Export income)—
It will lead to a vicious circle of currency depreciation and increased debt payment.
But Professor Singh ignored more than double the current account deficit.
5% of the textbook suggestions.
To make matters worse, he believes that the special circumstances of India mean that the usual economic rules do not apply.
Of course, it is easier to realize his mistakes afterwards.
But Singh uses bubble logic.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, the only world leader who truly understands the euro crisis, should be immune.
The result of these two moves
And infrastructure projects that fail repeatedly-
It was a dramatic escape for foreign investors and a disastrous plunge in the value of the rupee earlier this summer. —
New delhi18by Jason Overdorf.
Peru: "carved" by Congress"
"When it comes to putting political fringe policy ahead of national interest, Peruvian lawmakers have shown themselves as stubborn as their American counterparts.
Earlier this year, after a strong public opposition to its incompetent key appointment, the entire Congress here was humiliated.
They include three judges of the constitutional court, six officials of the central bank's board of directors, and a new head of Peru's official human rights watchdog.
The positions have been vacant for more than two years as the two sides quarreled and failed to reach two agreements
The appointment will take more than thirty years.
In the end, under tremendous public pressure, Congress agreed to either "la repartija" or "carve-
They divided different positions according to the party line, including the nomination of several party candidates who were widely considered not to meet their new senior qualifications. profile jobs.
Perhaps the most controversial of these nominations is that they chose the Constitutional Court, which is a key body for the protection of human rights in Peru.
They found roandor SUZA, a private lawyer for former President Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year-old.
He was sentenced to one year in prison for crimes against humanity and corruption.
Thousands of people took to the streets and were so strongly opposed that in July Congress was quickly forced to withdraw the appointment unanimously.
10 positions remain vacant. —
Written by Simeon Tegel of lima19.
Paraguay: you don't like Barack Obama's handling of Syria or the economy.
Do you want Congress to fire him suddenly? In fact, the votes of your millions of Americans are unexpected (
Perhaps some of the firm critics nodded and agreed. )
That's exactly what happened in Paraguay in June 2012, when Congress accused and impeached left-wing President Fernando Lugo in about 24 hours.
Lawmakers cited a series of alleged crimes, ranging from a land dispute over the skirt that killed 17 protesters.
Despite almost unanimous condemnation by the international community, the new government insists that the ouster is "constitutional ".
In foreign countries, however, few believe that due process has been followed, or that Lugo has even had the opportunity to defend himself.
More than a year later, after the new presidential election, Paraguay has just returned from the international wilderness. —
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