Some days, I can only throw my hands and laugh at the some of the ridiculous stories and statements concocted by some Western media, and wonder why there aren’t more people in the West with their eyes bleeding after reading such “news”.
which contained this little paradoxical statement:
While the legislature, with about 3,000 members, is often derided as a rubberstamp parliament, its members are some of China’s most powerful politicians and executives, wielding power in their home provinces and weighing in on proposals such as whether to impose a nationwide property tax.
because apparently, there are 83 Chinese Parliament members who are “billionaires”, out of about 3000 Parliament members.
How does a “rubberstamp” parliament contain the “most powerful” politicians is a complete mystery of a logic to me.
So I can only attribute it to some kind of modern Western media fantasy football-ish statistical game.
First, it hardly clear how Bloomberg and others came to the conclusion of these 83 “billionaires” are actually billionaires. Previous accounting practices by Western companies have not been exactly very in the up and up. In some cases such as Wen Jiabao, estimates from the Western media groups even included the entire fortune of his brother-in-law and his cousins.
By such accounting practices, I would be a Millionaire, and yet I certainly don’t feel or live like one.
By the same estimate practices, most US politicians would also be BILLIONAIRES.
Second, if one has the “most powerful” and very wealthy individuals in a political decision making body, I doubt they would gather to “rubberstamp” anything.
I have certainly heard of Rich and Powerful people being rumored to control entire World Politics via Golf Course luncheons, but “rubberstamping” meetings?! That’s just plainly ridiculous. Rich and Powerful billionaires do not gather to waste their time in “rubberstamping”. They could easily hire other people to do that for them.
The very assertion that 83 Billionaires are participating in the Chinese Parliament should tell you some thing about the importance of that Chinese Parliament, because those 83 people see it as important enough to take their time in it, to participate in the Chinese political process.
Perhaps there is a prestige factor, but 83 Billionaires??
Political office is always prestigious, but I doubt you can entice 83 billionaires to go for it just for Prestige, especially if they are just “rubberstamping”.
Beneath the story from Bloomberg, I am detecting almost a sense of envy from Bloomberg. As if the Western media are collectively wondering, “Why can’t we in the West have more Rich People in political office? You know, like China has.”
So, instead of straight admitting to that envy, they reach for the usual derision of any thing that feels like done better by China. Yes, China has more rich and powerful people participating in the Chinese political process, BUT they are just “rubberstampers,” so now the West should feel better. Oh yeah, the Chinese Parliament shows how unequal China is now.
Nevermind that most of these 83 Billionaires, especially the top 2, were just “Chinese private executives such as Zong and Lu have built their fortunes on the back of economic growth that has averaged 10.1 percent in the last 30 years.”
Yes, Envy and Ah-Q.