China’s Communist Party members now have one tablet to rule them all
In addition to common business orientated tasks we are all familiar with on any Android platform, The RedPad Number One enables carriers to perform more communist centric tasks such as verifying identification cards and reading state-run newspapers and blogs. The most shocking feature of the RedPad Number one is the price. Clocking in at 9,999 yuan, which is a little under $1600 in the states, many are pointing out the fact that this device is twice as much as the most expensive iPad 2, which raises the question, “Who is paying for this?”
When RedPad Number One spokesperson Liu Xianri was asked whether public funds were being used to purchase the tablets, Liu only responded by saying, "We are looking to compete against the foreign brands.” Lui went on to justify the price by saying the number of pre-installed apps targeted for bureaucrats and state-owned company managers cause the device to be so expensive.
The public doesn’t seem to be buying it. An online survey conducted by 91wenwen.net shows that most people feel the main purpose of the RedPad Number One is to be a symbol of privilege.
One blogger quipped, “After reading all the articles about this, I am impressed. What an honor it is for you, the taxpayer, that you place a 9,999 yuan into the hands of the leaders!”
source: 91wenwen.net & Reuters
1. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
why not, we have paid for the Obama's vacations which are probably into the 8 digit figures by now. The evil red-pad seems like a bargain by comparison.
BTW, love the photoshop. :)
2. ithinkimjoe (Posts: 25; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
you're aware that Bush took at least twice as many vacations as Obama right?
5. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Obama took more vacations in his first 3 years than bush took in 8. your comparing a 1 term president to a 2 term president.
Also, i dont remember bush sending his wife to europe, renting out ENTIRE 5 star hotels for "security purposes", having custom walk ways built so no one could see his wife, and then letting her have an all-taxpayer funded- spending spree for her and her buddies. All on the taxpayer dime during the worst recession since the 30's. Bush always went home to texas or to martha's vineyard. The obamas have spent more on vacation and frivolous personal items with taxpayer money than the 16 years of clinton and bush combined.
Being president is stressful, and you need vacations. That doesnt mean you think your king and blow through the treasury.
8. Rayzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Actually 31 months into presidency Obama took 70 days of vacation and in the same time Bush took 225 days..... Don't believe everything Donald Trump says.
10. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
dont we love how vacations are measured.
Bush had every day he wasnt in washington counted as a vacation, even though he had an entire command center in his texas ranch. Most of the time he was at the ranch, he was still working.
Obama only gets vacations counted if they are for more than a few days, and for all intensive purposes he turns off the "el presidente" phone (no president is truly off duty but he sure tries hard to be) They dont count his constant days off for golf trips and the fact that he never stopped "campaigning". If he's not doing presidential duty, then it shouldnt count as a work day.. and campaigning the year after you get elected is not a presidential duty. And he used airforce 1 for every trip personal or pleasure.. including his much beloved low fly over of NY city.
Also Obamas vacations and air travel have already cost more than Bush's vacations. I'll take the guy that pretends he's a cowboy over the guy that pretends he's royalty any day of the week.
11. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)
This is a perfect example of right wing proganda in effect. Go double check your facts and check your sources :/
12. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i did, actually. every one of the articles that i found linked back to one main source. Media Matters.. .which is a socialist front group funded by George Soros.
Maybe instead of talking out your butt about "right wing propaganda", you should do a little reading yourself, eh?
3. jbash (Posts: 341; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)
Bush took more vacation days by the same point of his presidency and he had a war to deal with. Being a president is a very high stress job, RnR is necessary.
And do we have any specs on this overpriced tablet?
7. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
So, everyone no matter what should use an i device I'm guessing? To your standards.
6. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
lol china made goods, who knows when it will explode in your face?
Who knows that you might die out of the flood of propaganda one day?