Well, sorry we missed you again yesterday. We were just in the middle of typing up our post when the power went out again, and we decided to cut our losses and just go home. So from now on, if it’s during the week and you don’t see a post from us, just assume that the power went out and we’re in the dark. At any rate, we finished putting up yesterday’s post this morning.
It’s funny to see the way that the Indonesian government advertises itself to its citizens. It seems that bureaucracies have their own ad agencies, kind of like the US military has. They do not have advertisements for the Indonesian army or navy here that make war look like a video game–in fact, they don’t have commercials for those at all. However, they do have ads for two particularly interesting government fuctions: corruption policing and the Indonesian tax bureau. The first bureaucracy produces commercials that feature SBY talking about how important clean government and transparent business practices are, and these commercials end with the admonition/warning "Don’t mess around with corruption." The second bureaucracy produces very professional-looking billboards reminding Indonesians to pay their taxes because taxes help to create a prosperous society. Can you imagine if the IRS sponsored billboards?
And on a slightly related note, you should all read Paul Krugman’s column about Social Security in the NYTimes yesterday, but you should probably ignore all the partisan bluster.