Here are two triumphs of socialist centralized planning.

In Vietnam, a surgeon is paid less for an operation than the cost of fixing a punctured bicycle tire. In China, the head of a research institute suggested that full professors receive the same salary as waitresses at Beijing's Shangri-La Hotel. That is unliklely to happen, since it would mean huge pay increases for the professors.No doubt authorities in Hanoi are puzzled by the public's dissatisfaction with health care, and those in China fret about the crisis in education.