The government officials are still, with their, lives, set up, perfectly, inside them, IVORY towers high, high up above, the rest of us, ordinary people here, and without a single clue, of how HARD it’s getting down here, where they don’t live! Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…
As the Chinese New Year slowly approached, Omicron is high in action, the cold winter, with the epidemic hitting, the economy isn’t looking up, the end-of-year office banquets, cancelled, we got our year-end bonuses slashed, the price everything is getting higher, higher, and higher still, flattening our, wallets. The skies with MERS-CoV draping over it, grayed and gloomy, no sign of light, but we all, want to have, a happy new year.
We’re all okay!!!
Awhile ago, the president, Tsai called out to the people, “We work together, to defend ourselves against the outbreaks, and have a happy new year together.” Surely, we all want that happy new year, worked all year long, and we’d, longed to, gather with the families; other than staying healthy, we also, need to have enough economical capabilities too. With the people’s strong self-discipline, working hard, to block out the spread of the virus; but, the hardships and trials of those living in poverty, is too hard to, fight off. There’s a proclaimed six-percent economic growth last year, but, most of us, ordinary citizens can’t feel it, around me, the younger generations of friends only makes, $20,000N.T to $30,000N.T. per month, too far away, from what the government posted, and, the younger generations, just, stopped themselves in getting married, and having children, and just, lay down, flat.
My friend told, that back when he was a child, he’d looked forward to the New Year’s holidays, and now, he’d, feared it, because, there are, the endless worries, especially when the costs of everything is still, hiking up, a cup of soymilk cost two dollar extra, the soup for the New Year’s celebrations, fifty-dollars increase, costing over thousands of dollars for a New Year’s meal, but, for most of us, our wages didn’t get added on; the friends who’d gotten their year-end bonus slashed made fun, “how much do we have for the year-end bonuses? The wind came last night, the moon still high up in reflection………”
Under the outbreaks, all the industries, enterprises, slid down, and, the scent of the New Year’s became, less, there were only the roadside stands set up with the red slips for sell, with the people rushing to and from, passing by the local temples, we’d gone in, to light that light for safe passage for our own, loved ones. Those in power, those who are high up in the government in statuses, are all better off than the ordinary citizens, not known, how this life of the ordinary citizens, is nothing easy, that we don’t want much, just, a safe year, with enough food that we can have.
And so, this still just showed, how the government officials are still, with their HEADS up their sorry asses, claiming how wow, we just made sure that your wages get increased by…uh, how many percent again??? And now, LOOK at the cost of everything, and the price hike, is WAY over what the ordinary citizens are making, and the government still feels too proud, that wow, we are giving you all, a happy new year, try coming down your ivory towers, you stupid government officials, and, live as the rest of us down here (on the surfaces of the planet???) do right now, and then, you tell us, HOW we can, have a safe, and a happy new year!