How 2 Governors Slash 50% Budget and Still Achieve More

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This is not a possibility. It’s actually done. About 7 years ago, Jokowi and Ahok became governor in Jakarta.

We’ve heard about Jokowi being the best major in some small town called Solo. He later went on becoming the president of Indonesia. Some say his sidekick, Ahok, is even better than him. Yea. Both are good and popular.

Ahok political career is not as good as Jokowi though. He went to jail for the vague charge of blasphemy and return to being a successful businessman.

Just months after those 2 take over, there is unbelievable news. Basically they have a fight with the legislative branch. The legislative branch tries to insert “unreasonable budget”. The governors do not want to approve it. My country used to be very corrupt by the way. So they “bargain”. The bargain means pretty much “stalling” the budget approval. If the budget isn’t approved, the legislative branches don’t get their salary.

The negotiaton went pretty tough that I’ve heard only 40% of the budget has been used in a year. Actual budget left over may be more modest of 20%.

Yet. Roads are fixed. Rivers are clean. Floods are greatly reduced. New reservoir is built. Kids get education voucher. We got basic universal health care going in Jakarta. The tax isn’t raised. It’s actually lowered.

Things just went very well. It’s as if my city is governed like a business. Both Jokowi and Ahok are businessmen.

How? Well. The unreasonable budget are not necessary anyway. One day, there are proposals that want to spend .5% of the city GRP to buy UPS for schools.

There is another proposal to spend another .5% of city GRP to “improve people’s understanding of governatorial’s policy”. At that time Jokowi has became president and Ahok was the governor. Ahok simply wrote something like Understanding My Ass in the proposal. It became the laughing stock of the people.

Ahok fired incompetent employees. He made budget transparent. So any people can access the budget. He also uses some sort of e-budgeting technology. If corrupt politicians put unreasonable budgets, it’s found out easily who proposed that. Oh ya, some special anti corruption body is waiting for them too.

Ahok created a rule. Anyone selling to anyone else besides the Jakarta government at cheaper price will be banned. So the government always get the best price.

He made all-city meeting public for transparency. He often got mad in those meeting and people can see those.

Overall, Jokowi and Ahok are indeed better managers. Jokowi is more flexible. Ahok is pretty much brute in efficiency.

In Jakarta, entrepreneurs can break the law now and ask exemption latter. This gives them better profit margin. Most normal entrepreneurs can’t compete with that. Only those with “strings” can take that kind of risk knowing that they will get permitted anyway. Ahok is strict on the rule.

There is one time when Ahok allows an exemption. For what? For a lot of money of course. For who? For himself? No. We got a junction flyover built by the company that violated the rule. That’s as close as it gets to bribing him.

Governments officials with 3 wives got to divorce their wives because they can’t make money anymore. Some apartments aren’t built. The developer said, please wait till we change the governor.

If government is like a business, there is no doubt that Ahok is way better than most “typical governor” in Indonesia. Not even in US I’ve heard this kind of efficiency.

People expected him to easily win the reelection. Of course, Ahok supporters, called Ahokers, do not want him to just be the next governor. They want him to be Jokowi’s vice president on the next election and replace Jokowi after Jokowi finishes 2 terms.

Democracy isn’t like a business.

Is it a good idea to have a lot of budget left over? In business, it’s obviously yes. In democracy? Ahok opponents told the people that Ahok is a bad governor precisely because of those budget left over.

And what about the fight against corrupt officials? Ahok isn’t peaceful. He creates strife.

And then? Ahok is a Chinese Christian. The country is Muslim majority. Plenty of Muslim support Ahok. However, many feel that a Chinese Christian governor shouldn’t govern Jakarta.

Ahok is very secular. He also has a strike of libertarianism. He wants to allow legalized prostitution. This anger the religious conservative.

A business needs only to make their customers happy. Those who don’t like it can go somewhere else. Government needs to keep all voters happy.

The religious fundamentalists obviously hate Ahok. They used to earn money beating people up. Those people then pay cops for protection. Ahok ended that.

Then some muslim scholars issue a fatwa, special just for Jakarta election, that muslims must not pick a christian governor. There is a verse in Quran says that muslims shouldn’t pick non muslims “allies” and that is interpreted to mean specifically Jakarta gubernatorial election. Notice that the same parties that use that campaign actually promote non muslim candidates in other territory. They just can’t stand Ahok because they can’t steal money while he’s in place.

Ahok joked about it. Be careful if you’re being lied to by using Al Maidah whatever says Ahok. His political opponent claims that Ahok claims that their scripture is lying. During the preliminary hearing, Ahok called a muslim expert straight from Cairo to defense him. However, muslim politicians in Indonesia told that expert to go home and not “interfering” with Indonesian politic. They insist that Ahok case is purely law and have no political element though.

There are campaigns that if muslims pick Ahok, then they are Kufr and they will not get some death ritual babtism in muslim communities. You can read more about this somewhere else.

So Ahok went to jail for 2 years. He can never be minister or president of Indonesia. He is still a very rich businessman that got another beautiful wife latter. That’s another story.

That 2 years sentence pretty much split the country. The whole country can split apart because of that sort of thing. Proponents of Ahok protest all over the world. His opponents just pay protestors to protest too.

However, there is something that Ahok (and his buddy Jokowi) have achieved. Far better result with far less cost is achievable in government just as it is in business. Jokowi rules also keep chrony capitalism at minimum though he often had to compromise a lot.

It could be done. Would it be the industry standard in a democracy? It doesn’t seem to be that way.

With the new governor, Anies, things back to “normal”. Floods happen again. Rivers are dirty again. Roads are dirty. Traffic jams are everywhere because Anies allows traders to sell stuff on roads. Anies simply blamed Ahok.

And as usual, we keep hearing the normal scarcity rhetoric politicians often throw. We need more money. There isn’t enough. Raise more taxes…. Bla bla bla…

How to Live

If I am poor I will have to work harder for less. If I am weak, people will oppress me. If am stupid people will defraud me.

So? I learn to be a man. I have friends. Choose life carefully. I stop blaming anyone.

Everything is part of the game. I simply have to be rich smart and powerful or group up with people to be rich smart and powerful. I am grateful for what’s actually working and improve upon that. That’s my best chance anyway.

I can fail any time. I am just being careful.

Do you have any other insight that makes you happy in life? Let me know.

Shang Ti

This is pretty crack. I am much more familiar with the bible than ancient Chinese culture.

I think most of the claims are just un related match. In Indonesia we called this “cocoklogy”. So we match (cocok) things that’s not really a match. I wonder what the english words for that.

That being said, I do notice the eery similarity between Chinese Shang Ti and Hebrew ElYon.

Both really mean the ruler above. Shang means above, Ti means ruler. Elyon means most high or something and is seems to be the daddy of Yahweh himself according to Deuteronomy 32:8.

Shang Ti has no form. So he is not depicted. For some reason, he doesn’t like pork either. The Chinese emperor sacrifice bulls.

He is, according to some, worshipped once a year in so-called temple of heaven. To think that the pretty much secular Chinese would share religion and worship one god seems like a historical inaccuracy. Is it? I know the qin emperor is very skeptical of all superstition.

Oh ya, Chinese also practiced humans’ sacrifice. The dynasty that ended that was Qin. Qin ended that not out of benevolence but out of practicality. The first emperor do not believe in superstition.

Pork Peace Theory

We have all heard about McDonald peace theory.

Let me introduce you with pork peace theory. Eating pork is essential for world peace.

War happens in regions where people don’t eat pork. Sunni, Syiah, and Jews don’t eat pork. Guess where all the wars are.

Before we dismiss this theory, can we see some counter examples? Perhaps there is something serious going on here. Something like McDonald peace theory.

Pork symbolizes greed. Capitalistic greed keeps the world peaceful. That could be an explanation.

Also, pork is delicious, nutritious, and cheap. And yea, those who don’t eat pork always do so under religious reasons. Religions cause war.

Why Ahok Case Happens

Why didn’t Ahok appeal?

He didn’t appeal because shit can go higher. Also, his proponents are burning candles all over the world. Indonesia can “split” because of the controversy.

He did PK (review to supreme court straight). The supreme court upheld his conviction.

The supreme court says that the law prohibits what he did and if you don’t like it the place to do so is in the legislative branch of government. There are efforts to change that to the legislative branch of government. Two parties PDIP and PSI, want to change the law. PSI is more militant but doesn’t fill the parliamentary threshold. It has too many progressive agenda.

PDIP is Ahok’s ally. However, in politic, it’s probably not working as advertised. PDIP, being an old party, is as corrupt as any other party. Most members of the legislative branch don’t like Ahok. He doesn’t just eliminate corruption. He Muslim many legal perks that he thinks is spendthrift. Things like the budget for politicians traveling overseas.

So people use religion telling muslims that they cannot vote for non-Muslim governor. Their justification is a verse in Quran that says that you should not have as a “trusted person” or “allies”. The actual arabic word is alwiyah or something. You got to ask a real muslims.

Of course, Muslims ally themselves with Muslims Muslims all the time even when they fight among themselves. Syria comes to mind, and it’s quite far fetched to think some 7th century book to talk about voting. Even political parties that oppose Ahok would help promote non . candidates in other provinces.

Ahok said, jokingly, you are being lied to by using scripture. He tries to tell some fishermen that his program will still help them even if they got a new governor.

Someone post the stuff eliminating the word “using” So many people see as you are lied to by scripture. When it’s found out things already got a bit “big”

Then lots of theologist start framing his statement. Some say that Muslims can be lied to by using scripture. The scripture cannot lie. Another says that Ahok accuses the Ulama of lying. Of course ulama, are just an arabic word for “scholars”

Latter-on, we have cases of people using Quran for corruption, and another company uses umroh travel agents defrauding their customers. Again, Ahok’s opponent claim that those cases are different because it doesn’t change religious laws.

We have another case of other figure (Ahok’s opponent, a radical muslim) also saying that people (the Syiah) are using quranic verses for lying. Almost exact words like Ahok said. The argument is that it’s okay for Muslims to comment on their own religion.

Then we have tons and tons of demonstrations. Usually, all court cases are postponed till until election. However, Jokowi, possibly mistakenly, decided to make the trial public, perhaps thinking that the case is so weak anyway.

Now anyone that doesn’t like Ahok (about 58% of voters) just come up with so many ways to justify that Ahok is guilty.

The article used to screw Ahok says that people must not deliberately express feeling that’s Arabic hostile to religion.

Here, the word deliberately should modify the world “express feeling that’s essentially hostile to religion”.

However, the judge interprets the word deliberately to modify only “express feeling”. Of course, anyone expresses feeling deliberately. If latter, without the defendant, know, his words are deemed “hostile to religion” then that’s illegal.

Of course, you’ll never know whether your words are “hostile to religions” when you said that. Most Muslim just laugh when Ahok made the joke.

The opposition simply says that those Muslims are not “expert” and so “don’t know”.

A Man Called Ahok

What happens when a guy from a job works on another job? Say a businessman becomes a politician? The result is pretty good. At least when it comes to making government cost spending far more effective.

A sample is Ahok.

He went too far. He hired all cleaning workers bypassing their bosses. Making money with the government is so difficult due to rules Ahok implement to save governments fund.

The result? Rivers are clean. Roads are wide and fixed. Flood is gone. We have plenty of budgets left over. Also, kids got free education. Jakarta citizens got universal healthcare. We can do our papers for free or just the official price without giving more money to people.

Wanna reduce budget deficit? Call Ahok.

However, they’re often bad at politic. Ahok went to jail for blasphemy.

Then? The budget leftover is portrayed as “wrong”. Government is different than business. He’s supposed to spend it, says the opposition. His clashes with the legislative branch is labeled hostile.

The oligarch just uses religion, accuse Ahok of blasphemy and he is sent to jail for 2 years. He can’t even be minister even though he’s popular enough to be the next vice president or president of Indonesia.

There’s a movie about this guy called “A Man Called Ahok”. I think he’s similar to Cato the younger. This guy is the reason why I think local government should be more like businesses.

What causes the 2008 crisis?

I am not an expert on this. There are two causes of the crisis in 2008. The intermediary cause is, of course, the drop in real estate prices. Because the real estate is the collateral of the loan, if the price of the collateral is lower than the price of the loan, the rational thing to do is to default.

Of course, a bank isn’t someone that needs more houses. When they have this collateral they don’t need, all they want to do is sell. That creates more sell and lower real estate prices even more.

Most market mechanism is self-balancing. Yet this one is self-perpetuating. I think anything self-perpetuating is a very interesting anomaly. All the huge profit is in there. But that’s really beside the point. Let’s get back to the track.

What’s the original cause? Who knows. The left says too much deregulation. The right says that forcing the lender to blindfold themselves in an industry where adverse selection is common is the cause.

There are regulations that force lenders to lend to “minorities.” The “minorities” here are not Jews, Chinese, Japanese, Italians, Indians, or Russians. It’s just code words for those whose credit rating is bad.

My guess is a little bit of both with fraud involved. So this “subprime” lending is leveraged. A lot of “dangerous” loan is issued. It shouldn’t be.

On average, those dangerous loans shall, on average lost money. However, with creative accounting, somehow, people can make it look healthy and then leverage things out.

Imagine you, putting all your money in bitcoin. Even if bitcoin will, on average, go up, it’s not wise. A subprime mortgage is like that. Someone is taking the interest difference at no risk to himself. He repackages the high-risk loan and mix it up and borrow money at a lower rate to finance that.

Another issue is the failed insurance principle. Say I lend money to 100 high-risk lenders at a high-interest rate. If all 100 lenders may default independently with each other, I am fine. On average, I know a certain percentage will fail to pay, and on average, I still make money. Some investors will realize that this averaging out stuff will lower my risk. I can then borrow at say 2% interest rate from such investors and lend to the high-risk lender at say 10% interest rate. On average, I should be rich.

But then, due to crisis, all those loans collapse at the same time. The bankruptcies of the 100 lenders are not independent events. They are correlated. It’s like putting all your money in crypto and see that when the Bitcoin price drops, so are Ethereum, Litecoin, and everything else.

Of course, the wisest financial experts don’t gamble with their own money. With bankruptcy law, you can gamble with other people’s money. Imagine going to a casino. You borrow $1 million from the bank, and you put it red. If red came out, you repay your loan and have $1 million. If black came out, you would declare bankruptcy. I’ve heard this is what Fannie and Freddie did.

So if things go the way it used to be, I will pocket my 8% interest difference. If shit hits the fan, some government will bail the fuck out of me while taxing innocence.

Knowing how to pull those things up is the cornerstone of financial literacy.

I will teach my kids finance. I am going to be a father again, by the way.

Harsh Punishment?

This girl gets permanent chemical castration for what she did when she was 13.

US laws can be very harsh.

Yet people think having children while being poor should not be subject to temporary sterilization.

I would rather temporarily sterilize my cat than neutering them. It seems we have very different ideas of what serious harm is and what “light punishment” is.

To me, even temporary chemical castration is a very harsh sentence. Life chemical castration?

Wow. That’s pretty much the death penalty.

The death penalty, the maximum sentence western civilization gives, only takes your life.

We all gonna die. Many things worth dying for. If I can risk my life and arrange that sperms in banks are all mine without anyone knowing it, I’ll do it.

Chemical castration kicks you out from the gene pool for real. That’s way harsher.

How does Bible Treat Sugar Relationship

There is no such thing as biblical marriage. The marriage in the bible is so different than our idea of marriage now we shouldn’t call it marriage. We should call it biblical sugar relationship.

I am not joking. Can you have multiple fuck buddies? Under “normal contemporary” marriage you can’t. Polygamy is illegal. At least not openly or easily. Under sugar relationship, you can. In bible? You can.

Does wealth matter a lot in “normal contemporary” marriage? Nope. We have phrases like “till death due us part, for better or worse”. Those phrases are nowhere in the bible by the way. Repeatedly libtards have claimed that “equality” is more important than money. Is money important in sugar relationships? Yes. What’s in the bible? Well. You buy someone else’s daughters, right?

Are you protected from paternity fraud? Under “normal contemporary marriage” no. You will have to pay child support even if the child isn’t yours precisely because you’re married. Under sugar relationship yes because you’re not presumed to be a father till the tests say so. In the Bible? Yes. Most marriages in ancient times evolve out of ways to ensure paternity.

Do you get marriage licenses from the state? In “normal contemporary marriage” you do. In a sugar relationship, you don’t. In the Bible? Do Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob register their marriage to the state? What state?

So you see… Biblical “marriages” are much closer to sugar relationship than “normal contemporary” civil marriage.

We should stop calling biblical marriage, “marriage”. We should call it a biblical sugar relationship.

Fabian Libertarianism

You can’t have full libertarianism or full anything. We can get quite damn close.

Look at uber. That’s a step closer to libertarianism. The government is no longer the one regulating taxi. Private companies do.

Look at bitcoin. That’s a step closer to libertarianism.

Look at competition among nations. Look at how our countries are divided into different provinces/states we can choose. That’s a step closer to libertarianism. That’s because people pick who govern them by foot and wallet like they pick shops.

UBI? That too is good news for libertarianism. Before the government decides how much redistribution of wealth is and how it is spent (say to subsidize poor kids and encouraging them to breed). Now, the market decides where the money goes. That too is a libertarian direction.

UBI also comes with other libertarian packages. What would voters do to increase their UBI? Legalizing and taxing drugs is a way. Simplifying tax so businesses still come despite the tax is another. All those are libertarianism.

Many libertarians say we shouldn’t vote so as not to give legitimacy to the government or we should violently rebel.

Even the commies are smarter. Know fabian society? That’s people trying to make the world communist by moving slowly toward that direction.