The Test for Kim Jong Un Will Be the North Korean Economy
If the only thing North Korea's new dictator Kim Jong Un has to do to consolidate power is improve the economy, that seems to be a very low benchmark.
NORTH KOREAN POLLSTER: How do you think our leader is doing on the economy?
NK CITIZEN: Last year, my family had one bag of rice between us. Now we have a bag of rice and a bottle of ketchup! Things really seem to be looking up. It's soooo much better than when that economic disaster Kim Jong Il was in charge.
NORTH KOREAN POLLSTER: Oh, really.
NK CITIZEN: No, wait!
NORTH KOREAN POLLSTER: Off to the gulag with you. And you can leave your ketchup on the table. You won't be needing it where you're going.