Santa (Abhisit) Claus : the never ending subsidies and more holidays

Rome had panem et circense (bred and games)…

The Kingdom of Thailand has free water, free electricity and more holidays.

That’s the Wonderland of Abhisit.

Poor Thais to benefit from measures to curb water, power, bus, train, gas fees

The Cabinet yesterday agreed to keep the five cost-of-living mitigation measures going for three more months, as well as giving the green light for recurring borrowing of Bt35 billion for this fiscal year.

The five measures, extended three times already, were set to expire at year-end
. (Nation)

And :

Cabinet Tuesday approved one additional holiday for the Songkran holidays and the National Mother’s Day period. As a result, Songkran would be for six days from April 13-18, and Mother’s Day would be for four days from August 12-15. (Nation)

The point is : Samak (PM of Thaksin’s party) did it. It was in july 2008. At that time, people were hammered by high inflation (yes I know it sounds like a century ago). The oil prices crisis.

Then Somchai (brother in law of Thaksin) continued the same policy. And of course, Abhisit jumped into the same wagon ! Happy like the Monty Python Flying Circus having intercourse with Benny Hill.

Eventually, the idea is exactly the same : buy with money( you don’t have) some political and popular support.

So the clowns who were waiting for a “Change” with Abhisit are… well… clowns indeed.

Different side, different people, different color, but the same breed actually : dirty, corrupted, neuronless politicians.

The government is broke ? Mai pen rai, more subsidies. The recession should command more effort, more work ? Mai mi pen ha, more holidays.

Anyway. In january 2009, Abhisit extended this package.

Thaiwonderland : Abhisit extends the “Samak Package”, but changes its name

What will he do in 3 months ?

Good. Now you start to understand (thai) politics. 😉

13 Responses to “Santa (Abhisit) Claus : the never ending subsidies and more holidays”

  1. 1 Steve 16 December 2009 at 5:19 am

    Well it’s not just Thai politics. Look at the staggering bailout package (TARP) instituted by the current U.S. leadership. The only difference is that we are not getting more holidays to go along with it, no indeed. The U.S. people will be forced to work even more than they already do for decades to come to pay for these irresponsible bailout packages. High taxes will become higher taxes until the U.S. population become no better than the serfs of the middle age. Instead of Barons and Counts we will have CEO’s and Cabinet members…same same, but different.

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 16 December 2009 at 11:48 am

    That goes without saying it.

    I said it many times, but it’s difficult to repeat it each time, like a mantra : other countries are doing much worse. And I put into this bag the western countries, that’s obvious : US, Uk, France etc.

    The same horror as far as economy, politics and intelligence are concerned, than Thailand. But on a larger (and more vicious probably) scale.

    People might be shocked by the harsh critics I make against thai politicians, thai government… But I can assure you : I think much worse about the super clowns who pretend to govern us in western world !

  3. 3 Pricilla 16 December 2009 at 7:34 pm

    The Western world governments are a disgrace, most have never even held a real job away from the public teat, yet they simply pander to the re-election constituency, those with their hands out for freebies from the public purse. That seems to range from the extremes of US failed millionaire Bankers in the US to unemployed Lesbian surfers in Australia. All are freeloaders wanting society to solve the mistakes they have made in life.

    Only one problem with government welfare programs is they are never wound back, only expanded to include more snouts in the public trough. Failed Central Bank policies combined with bloated bureaucracies and countless handouts ruining economies like Dracula sucking a corpse dry.

    Agree in comparison Thailand isn’t too bad, but they don’t need to go down that road. Australia entered the GFC in great shape, a newly elected socialist government thought, wow, we better copy Gordon Brown & run up a huge deficit, and they did. And what did we get for it – infrastructure, roads, ports, education, errr… no. We got thousands of school halls (empty buildings) with plaques praising the current inept government. So even well positioned countries have been sucked into all this stupidity.

    Let’s not even start on Phase II of the GFC con, the climate change con.

  4. 4 riodon 17 December 2009 at 8:02 am

    So if everything and everywhere is going down the tubes where should I be investing my millions?

  5. 5 African Nomad 19 December 2009 at 9:35 am

    With all this going on, one has to surely beg the questions:

    Does Democracy (Democrazy) work?
    If not, what system can replace it?

  6. 6 Lothar 21 December 2009 at 2:23 am

    Well at the moment we only see the downfall of parlamentarism (you know the system where you can only check one out of 4 preselected lobbyists). Thats a total different concept.

    I have a good running beer bar in Mae Hong Son, give me an hour to show you the best way since Enron to invest your money. The future is bright and profitable.

  7. 7 Patiwat 21 December 2009 at 11:36 am

    The Benevolent Dictator instead of Democrazy

  8. 8 stangoesagain 22 December 2009 at 1:16 pm

    The original subsidy idea was proposed to Samak government by Democrat shadow cabinet.

  9. 9 olive 23 December 2009 at 1:06 am


    did you know that ?

    people who bought condo or house in bangkok will worry soon

  10. 10 ray 23 December 2009 at 7:38 pm


    buy some gold!!! all countries are devauing their currencies to keep export competitve… i think u can double yr investment in 5 years..good luk

  11. 11 Pricilla 31 December 2009 at 7:50 pm

    The question about democracy is an interesting one. We recently had Obama (Change You Can Believe In), the great hope to clean up America and and rout out the corrupt insiders. Well, I think this article, originally in Rolling Stone, puts an end to that sad fallacy:

    Read it and weep…

  12. 12 ray 2 January 2010 at 9:25 pm


    actually obama is the best republican president ever

    1) he gave billions to wall street.
    2) he sent 30,000 troops to afghanistan and is not shy to bomb pakistan.
    3)forcing arericans to buy insurance from insurance companies.

  13. 13 ThaiCrisis 2 January 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Yep Ray. It’s even a caricature.

    The masses, the sheeps, the stupid-idiots like Benny Hill used to say were sooooooo convinced that Jesus (and a black one) came back on earth, to save the world.

    It’s so pathetic. And it was only 1 year ago !

    You can’t imagine the circus we heard in Europe about Obama’s election. European people don’t understand at all how the US political system is working, so they were really convinced that Obama would be a great change compare to Bush… I remember the endless and enthusiastic speeches in France after his election.

    Where are those people now ? I guess in Stockholm thinking about the next Peace Nobel Prize. 😉 Ah ah ah.

    It’s hilarious. It’s really jubilatory. 😉

    Obama is prefectly within the air du temps. A weapon of choice, an advanced puppet to dupe the masses, a brillant Red Herring, a perfect marketing tool.

    And again, we can’t blame the masterminds… we can only blame the people : AKA us.

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