When I was a boy living in Taiwan, the most popular campaign slogan was “I am the representative of the poor.” This slogan is simple, direct and worked.
At that time, 95 percent of the population in Taiwan was poor and living under the poverty level. Much has changed since I was a little boy.
If any politician in Taiwan wants to be elected in today’s world, he or she would never use this slogan. Currently, less than 2 percent of Taiwan’s population is classified as poor. Most are considered middle class.