Taiwan News rocks with another great editorial, this time on KMT dysfunctionality and corruption:

Opposition Kuomintang presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou has based his call for a “second transfer of power” largely on claims that the Democratic Progressive Party administration has been “incompetent” and “corrupt” and that only a restored KMT government can “restore” clean government.

Frankly, we doubt whether President Chen Shui-bian’s administration, for all of its faults, merits Ma’s claim in last Friday’s Central Election Commission election forum that “Taiwan history has never seen such a corrupt government.”

Ma’s charge, citing the indictment of nearly 2,300 government functionaries since July 2000, merits closer re-examination, especially since virtually all cases of DPP “corruption” have concerned individual actions while the KMT party-state built a structural system of corruption, the fruits of which are manifested in part in the former ruling party’s vast hoard of ill-gotten assets.

Moreover, while virtually all KMT officials or lawmakers indicted of corruption in the past eight years have fled to China or the United States, all DPP officials indicted have accepted trial and, if found guilty, gone to jail, while many headlined cases, such as those involving former deputy secretary-general Chen Cheh-nan, have ended in acquittals.

The editorial notes that the single Rebar case, involving a business owned by KMT higher-ups, was $40 billion, or far more than all the DPP cases put together. It then observes that the KMT has completely frustrated DPP attempts to foster clean government:

During the last eight years, the KMT-controlled procedural committee boycotted 165 times the DPP’s proposed draft bills to set up an independent anti-corruption agency, blocked the draft law to recover ill-gotten party assets 101 times, stuffed anti-corruption revisions to the Election and Recall Law 60 times, vetoed review of “anti-black and gold” revisions to the local governance law 56 times and stiffed a draft bill to require public functionaries (including legislators) to avoid conflicts of interest 24 times.

Shortly after the new Legislature began operations, four of the above “sunshine” bills were referred for a second reading in the full Legislative Yuan, but the new KMT legislative caucus, which now controls nearly 82 of the Legislative Yuan’s 113 seats, wasted no time in showing its “black and gold” colors by returning these bills to the procedural freezer on the grounds that they “lacked urgency.”

Besides grabbing control over all legislative commissions, KMT lawmakers who are involved in financial business showed their contempt for the values of avoiding conflict of interest by flocking into the fiscal and financial affairs committee while several KMT lawmakers involved in civil or criminal prosecutions, including just released jailbird Chiu Yi, are camped in the judicial and legal affairs committee where they will be in an ideal position to “judge the judges.”

Chiu Yi, readers may recall, was the one who charged the government building in a truck in 2004 during the post election KMT protests, nearly killing several people. He has a long history of lawsuits and absurd claims.

The frightening prospect of a KMT-controlled legislature was captured on TV yesterday. While I was waiting for the dentist to finish with my son, I watched as this event described in the editorial was replayed over and over:

KMT lawmakers have not been shy about abusing their power and their colleagues. News cameras yesterday captured KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng, convener of the Interior Affairs Committee, replying to a question by DPP Legislator Chiu Yi-yin by shouting “What kind of thing are you that I have to answer your question?”

That kind of behavior is just the kind of thing Frank Hsieh needs. Three more years of this crap before we get a chance to return a functioning and Taiwan-centered legislature. It will be a long three years….