Fri, Sep 09, 2005 - Page 8 News List

Legislators are failing us

By Elisa Wu

The arms-procurement package failed to make it onto the legislative agenda. Can legislators, who speak for and represent the people, do anything outside of these election gimmicks?

Recently, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) urged lawmakers to discuss the long-stalled draft arms package as soon as possible. Yesterday, they failed again.

The arms package has become a political issue. Politicians care only about their own interests and careers, not what people want. I don't care who wins the next election or which party is the most "local," or "Taiwan-loving." I care about the beef. I need to be able to trust their decisions, and know that their objections are based on professional considerations that will guarantee a peaceful, prosperous life.

Elisa Wu


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