Giveaways and discounts offered again

Giveaways and discounts offered again - translated and summarized from Komchadluek, February 10, 2008
The new Cabinet has indicated that it intends to work for the benefit of the country as a whole, with all of its ministers having put together policies that aim to please both government officials and the general public.
The Public Health Minister has announced a raise in the basic salary of the government officials it employs, but has not expressed any intention to improve his ministry or to stem the spread of bird flu.
The Finance Ministry has also revived the populist policies of the past, by allocating thousands of billions of baht to projects that will increase its popularity with the poor - and help to revive their hopes.
The new government plans to boost the economy by spending money in a way that will increase consumer purchasing power; but such policies could have a negative impact, and waste the expenditure of a government that is already working on a tight budget.
This administration has no ministers who are particularly experienced in economic management, so it will be forced to heed the advice of outside economic experts and gurus.

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