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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Yanukovych: “I Hear Everyone. And I’m Ready to Help Everyone.”

Presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych: You're seniors and worried about your pension. You’re young and concerned about unemployment. You’re a farmer and don’t know how to harvest your crops. You’re concerned about whether there’ll be heating in your home in the winter. You believe that the government only cares about how to stay in power. You feel betrayed and humiliated. I hear everyone. And I’m ready to help everyone.

He forgot to say:

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

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John Kalitka said...


elmer said...

Let's see - this is the same guy who was a part of the election fraud in the last presidential election in Ukraine. when he was a candidate for president.

He and his party, the Party of Regions, were found to have been instrumental in falsifying the election.

This is the same guy who helped himself in many, many ways, at the expense of government. That includes his huge mansion, complete with kiddie park and soccer field - Mezhihirya, which he got under mysterious circumstances.

So why would people believe him? Why would anyone believe Yanukovych, after 5 years of his demonstrated lies?

Why would anyone believe a guy who actively participated in election fraud?

Why would anyone believe a guy who, as a member of Parliament, belongs to a party, the Party of Regions, which for the past year has simply blocked the rostrum in Parliament, so that Parliament can't conduct any sessions?

Why would anyone believe a guy who actively plotted to change the constitution of Ukraine to eliminate presidential elections?

Oh, how ever so sincere he seems - he's a very good LIAR!

elmer said...

Tymoshenko just announced some money for medical clinics in Ukraine.

I wish everyone could see the English documentary about the English neurosurgeon, Henry March, and his Ukrainian colleague, Ihor Kurilets, to see what health care is really like in Ukraine.

Dr. Marsh has been coming to Ukraine for 15 years to provide his services at no charge, under appalling conditions in Ukraine.

The Kyiv Post has written about him.

Trailer here:

and here:

Update here, including how Dr. Kurilets is being "investigated":

As Dr. Marsh very modestly says, Dr. Ihor Kurilets is the real hero, in part because he is working with the legacy of the sovok system in Ukraine.

In the meantime, Yanukovych goes to Spain and elsewhere for his medical care.

But he's ready to "help everyone."

Anonymous said...

Does this mean that if Ukrainians vote elect Yanuk as president, they will be "Rick Rolled"?

Taras said...


Yeah, I know the trick!:) As you probably remember, I invented the term Reaganrolling: using Reagan's quotes to make the man roll over in his grave.


Same guy. The guy who hired Paul Manafort and Rick Davis, not to mention the folks at the American Institute in Ukraine.

The crisis, and especially its mismanagement, comes in handy as Yanukovych grandstands on the sidelines, swinging the pendulum of public opinion his way.

Thank you for the PBS links!

The politicians are always ready to help Ukrainians fool themselves — just as they're ready to seek medical/political/financial help outside Ukraine.


Rickrolled bigtime. Yanuk-yoked!

John Kalitka said...

Thanks to Elmer's link and your original post, Taras, I won't miss the encore broadcast of "P.O.V.: The English Surgeon." Fascinating...especially the comments by Dr. Marsh regarding the bias against individualism and its threat to the status quo in a collectivist society.

Taras said...

In non-collectivist societies like America, individualism can both help and hurt people. When I was 17, I read a very interesting book called Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life. Last year, I discovered that one of my blog readers happens to be in touch with one of the book’s authors:)

Now, based on my knowledge of American individualism, I need to set the record straight on Ukrainian individualism.

1. Ukraine is no longer the collectivist society it was 20-30 years ago, although some institutional and generational elements refuse to go away.

2. Compared to American individualism, Ukrainian individualism often has more to do with social inhibitors than social enablers.

What we have is illegal, irresponsible, autocratic, self-serving and unhealthy behavior vs. libertarianism, ambition, introspection, entrepreneurship and innovation. Our elites can be extremely individualistic when they put their greed and reckless lifestyles above the law and get away with it. This kind of individualism sends Ukraine to the lower tiers of every economic index.

Meanwhile, our youths smoke and drink too much, watch Western movies, listen to Western music, and — oops — have to live with their parents. Their incomes can buy them cigarettes and alcohol, but not homes and kids. One may call it post-communist collectivism, capitalist collectivism, crony capitalism, laissez-unfair, whatever. It all boils down to this: a corrupt minority that prospers and a silent majority that suffers.

How does the present situation compare to the 70s-80s? According to Soviet 5-year plans, the miracle of communism was supposed to have set in by 1980, the year I was born. It never did. While more Ukrainians had access to housing and health care, the economy was badly mismanaged. The “guns” would kill much of the “butter.” Instead of incentives and innovation, we had petrodollars and red tape.

Overall, living standards have not improved in Ukraine since then. In many respects, they have deteriorated. The command-and-control economy has been replaced with the steal-and-stifle one. The status quo has simply changed hands.

The bottom line: depopulation.