The spokesman from the country’s top poverty reduction authority on Tuesday blamed the “foolish behavior” of a county government in Central China’s Hunan province for posting cheerful remarks about being named a State-level poverty-stricken area.
A picture posted online shows a huge screen with LED lights reading “Warm congratulations to Xinshao county for being successfully included in the country’s poverty-stricken areas, which will become the main battlefield for the country’s poverty alleviation work”. (China Daily)
For pity’s sake, you poor ignorant crackers. It’s not a freakin’ honor, it’s a measure of just how desperate your situation is and how much outside assistance you require. Yes, these folks meant well. It’s good news for them to be allowed into this program, which will undoubtedly mean sorely-needed government funding. Good news, indeed, but really not something you want to advertise on a big screen. Epic fail.