Teach me how to fish…not to dougie

First he called it a “pro-poor budget”; now he calls it an “empowering national budget”.

Read in the papers that the President calls the PhP2.006 trillion national budget “…an instrument to give the common man the power to control and improve his life…”

I find three items in the General Appropriations Act of 2013 that wouldn’t fit my simple definition of “control and power over how to improve one’s life”, these items are:

• PhP8.4 billion allocation to programs and projects proposed by local officials
• PhP17.5 billion allocation to local government units
• PhP44.2 billion allocation to the conditional cash transfer program

Bullet number 1 is controlled by local officials and politicians while bullet number 2 is the same dog with a different collar. Bullet number 3, it is like – I play the music and you dance.

For bullet number 1, a local government unit proposes a project to the Palace and the Palace grants. Will the Palace favors one local government unit from another? Is that a question?

For bullet number 2, the delivery of that allocation is delayed or fast-tracked depending on which side of the fence you are in.

For bullet number 3, they say it is promoting a “culture of dependency”. Why are they doing it? Because it is easier to give “dole-outs” than to fix, for example, our problem on joblessness with the recent National Statistics Office (NSO) figures at 2.8 million unemployed people.

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All bullets are “popular” budgeting move; designed to create waves and a lot of noise.

The budget secretary was quoted and he identified two factors that will “…support the economic upswing we have enjoyed this year…” and these two are: pre-election infrastructure spending by local government units (from bullets 1 and 2); and, “the feverish spending for the May 2013 elections”.

Popular and short-sighted.

I wish it is as simple as saying that all we need is a good economy and this starts with jobs for everyone or at least for the majority. Jobs come from business and from investments. I wish it is as simple as saying that we need to attract investments and investors with the government coming up with sound policies and regulations and not be tempted to change business and economic policies and regulations midway just because that move or change is “popular”.

I wish the government would stop dancing; or making us dance.

Well, isn’t it that the key to life is going back to basics; making things and solutions simpler?

You want to empower me? Give me a job.

Teach me how to fish.

Do not teach me how to dougie to your music.

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Pastor Ernie
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What is wrong with serving the poor? The Bible is very clear that we must serve and help the poor. Luke 14:13, 14 “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” I am tired of you “fake Christians” who just talk about being a Catholic or a Christian yet do not do what their Bible says is required of them. You can’t just talk the talk you need to walk the walk. Do you even know your own Bible? Why don’t actually spend time on reading… Read more »
Vergil
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And I’m tired of “fake Christians” like yourself who never see the bigger picture. I’m all for that “helping the poor” stuff but we need to change their mindset

No wonder why this nation as a basketcase. That’s why we cannot move forward as a country. BTW, you don’t want them to help themselves?

God bless. Oh yeah, you’re sarcastic. 🙂

Proud Pinoy
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Vergil, Obama is doing the same thing yet many of you call him a visionary. Under Obama: 1. Historical Record EBT (free food) issuance 2. Historical Record Unemployment benefits 3. Historical Record Disability Benefits. When you exceed you unemployment benefits, you can apply for disability. Bill Clinton made it difficult but Obama took away all the barriers that we have not seen more “disabled” people in the USA in history. 4. Pro-poor and anti-Rich (productive people) tax policy. 5. Unwilling to make meaningful cuts to entitlement spending despite trillion dollar budget deficits leading to gov’t insolvency before 2020 unless meaningful… Read more »
T4Man
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“Obama is doing the same thing yet many of you call him a visionary.”
For the record; not me.

Vergil
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Speaking of socialism, most of Noynoy’s cabinet and his supporters are composed of socialists. So you’re not making any sense either. 😛

Aegis-Judex
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“Socialism has never been more cool.”

A system that punishes those who produce for the sake of palamunin leeches cannot possibly be considered just.

alconce
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You’re such a hypocrite. Helping the poor you say while you drown yourself with outrageously priced coffee praying comfortably at starbucks. Has it occured to you that the characters called pharisees in the bible fit your description?

Pastor Ernie
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Alconce, I do not understand your hostility towards Starbucks. It makes for a great venue for Bible Study. The place is clean, air conditioned, and has wi-fi. The coffee may be expensive but have you considered all the employment that Starbucks creates out of their success? As for our tithe system, fear not for it all goes to a good cause. We shall be doing missionary work in Vietnam and Malaysia in the next few months. All of this would not be possible without the donations of our church members who understand that “to those much hath been given, much… Read more »
Vergil
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I hope you’re sarcastic. There’s even a smoking area in there. So your loss.

I just hope the mods will delete his comments. They’re all spam.

LA702
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@ Pastor Ernie

Your response to @Alconce showed a lot of arrogance for somebody making his living out of peoples kindness to you and your family. Consider that Starbucks coffee is not your average Joe’s coffee I’m quite sure most member of your congregation can not afford to have.

As a pastor, you don’t show the sensitivity and respect to the people that give their hard earned money to support you and your family.

T4Man
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“pastor”; I’ve known people like you all my life: Self-important and self-righteous people who’s desire to control others is covered with a veneer of holiness. Still, you have the right to voice your opinion. At least it gives others the opportunity to understand what type of person you represent.

Pastor Ernie
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T4Man, And more importantly, it gives others to learn about the teaching of Christ and that he was sacrificed for our sins so that we may enter the kingdom of heaven. But, T4Man, if there is something I hope people will remember, that is JOHN 14:6. Jesus only okay? No Buddah, Allah, Hindu Vishnu, Morality, etc. To deny JOHN 14:6 is to call Jesus a liar. He’s a liar? HEESALAYER? Got it? No Jesus is not a liar. That is why John 14:6 is the truth: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one… Read more »
Vergil
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I’ll just do that in a more sensical manner than for trolling purposes. So… your point. Oh yeah, just want to remind you: fact you are also the same guy who said this – “Well I was using old spoof nicks all the time. So old folks like you, benign0, Toro, etc knew all along what was up. I am still flabbergasted why so many Pinoys don’t appreciate satire and sarcasm. Sometimes you can make a point more devastatingly effective that way. Oh well, back to life. Until the next Philippine catastrophe. Have fun guys. The Philippines will remain a… Read more »
Pastor Ernie
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Virgil, I challenge you with a single verse from the Bible, John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This verse is crystal clear. Only through Jesus can we attain salvation. This is what I stand for. And what is your counter argument? Nothing! All you can come up with is an old post from a troll? Seriously dude. I challenge you to counter my argument. Please discuss the implications of John 14:6 ! Is it not clear that its Jesus or damnation. Next time… Read more »
Vergil
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I remember John 14:6 and I will never use that to TROLL on someone else. But this is all about the situation in the country and yet your dragging your nonsense as a comment? And yes, I’ll label you as a TROLL because you never put things on perspective. Oh yeah, I’ll just use it as for real-life perspective, not pretenders. Oh yeah, here’s my counter-argument. It’s not about John 14:6. It’s about WHAT YOU’VE DONE: “Well I was using old spoof nicks all the time. So old folks like you, benign0, Toro, etc knew all along what was up.… Read more »
Pastor Ernie
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Still you cannot counter John 14:6

Why? Because you cannot and so you resort to personal attacks.

Have I personally attacked you? No. I will not. In fact, like Jesus, I offer you my other cheek to slap.

God bless.

Vergil
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@Pastor Ernie: Well, I can never counter it but do you know about the verse that says “Those who have no sin should cast the first stone”? Actually, you are personally attacking everyone by your anti-intellectual comments, glorifying mediocrity and stupidity. Who would cringe on that? Don’t tell me you don’t believe that. So I can go on like this: t’s about WHAT YOU’VE DONE: “Well I was using old spoof nicks all the time. So old folks like you, benign0, Toro, etc knew all along what was up. I am still flabbergasted why so many Pinoys don’t appreciate satire… Read more »
OnesimusUnbound
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@Pastor

You post the wrong quote from the Bible. the verse you posted is from Matt 19:21. Even if Luke 14:13-14 speaks of helping the poor, which is within the context of what you’re saying, as a pastor, you shouldn’t wrongly cite. Moreover, Biblegateway.com is just one google away, so you’re not excused 🙂

BTW, Ever read of 2 Thess 3:6-12?

It’s not enough to help the poor, we have to help them to be self-sufficient and to be productive. We shouldn’t encourage the rise of palamunin :->

upNngrad
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…. maybe that is why Persinoynoy is giving Mindanao to Murad and Jaffar’s troops and political allies ???

alconce
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“If Jesus is the son of god, but also god himself, then he supposedly sacrificed himself to himself to save what he created from himself. He also, therefore, prayed to himself and begged himself not to require himself be crucified in order to appease himself and save the world from the wrath of himself.” – Anonymous

Your god must be tooo narcissistic and insecure about getting the attention of others.

Danny
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Dear Pastor, I sincerely believe in God and the Bible. But let me refer to what had been statistically (as fact) published. The Philippines is the only “Christian” nation in the Far East. All religions in this country are so amazingly consistent in preaching about “repentance of sins”, “salvation”, and whatever so called “righteousness” for over a century now. However, have you ever observed (by looking outside the box of your dogmas) that the Filipino moral values have already collapsed as what ex-Senator Saguisag have said before, and that most Filipinos are becoming more and more arrogantly haters of the… Read more »
anti bigot
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Pastor ernie is a trolling bigot. Wag niyo na siyang pansinin. You are just fuelling his idiocy.

T4Man
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If “kindness is your goal” are you sure what you are doing is actually a kindness? Giving someone sustenance rather than giving them the opportunity and freedom to earn it for themselves is slavery, not kindness. 15% of discretionary funds at the disposal of congressman and senators lack any proper accounting. They are considered “unspecified” because of the lack of information about the projects the money is used for. Deputy House Speaker Lorenzo Tanada III justified this by saying detailing all the information “becomes too tedious” for the barangays. Politicians at the Provincial and Municipal levels regularly grant contracts to… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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I am for teaching the poor how to fish. It is more acceptable than the palliative mendicancy program of the current yellow administration. But then, BS Aquino is teaching all of us examples. Examples that should not be emulated.

http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/commentary/item/8391-dirty-politics-played-in-tuwid-na-daan

http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/headlines/item/8421-cj-sereno-fires-court-psychologists

BlueStreak
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Points to consider. 1. In reality, we can’t have every able-bodied and unemployed person get a job.(given there are other factors on not getting a job like qualification and unemployment will always exists)and at most cases, the job is way underpaid. 2. Doling out the poor is a good way for the tax payer in “helping the poor” who can’t find no means at all. 3. If you think dole-outs given to the poor with taxpayer money is not well-managed, might as well do it yourself.(charity works) 4.Of course you can teach a man how to fish the only question… Read more »
Lord Chimera
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Jesus a socialist? Next we know the imposition of a socialist system on our state is justified because it is the lord’s Will. Pastor I will tell this to your face Jesus had no particular affiliation and no amount sweet talking in your part will not hide the fact that your sweet words have poison in them. Truth be told your are interpreting the Good Book according to your will not God’s will. Hmph, false teacher…..

T4Man
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I suggest you folks ignore “Pastor” Ernie. GRP is starting to turn into a theological forum.

Capitalism is the noblest triumph of humanity. Not the kind of government controlled, crony capitalism that is crippling economies around the world but the kind that encourages creativity and ingenuity. In a vibrant, successful economy there will always be found people willing to help others.

OnesimusUnbound
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How about worker cooperative?

In this set up the workers are also the owner of the business enterprise. This is different from state owned enterprises common in communist countries and from corporate capitalism, where the investors are the only ones who can decide for the company.

Moreover, it can operate in capitalist economy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worker_cooperative

T4Man
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One criteria would be that each worker is rewarded based on their production and if they don’t produce to an established baseline they will be “expelled” from the group. These actions are automatic in a true capitalist system. If that is met I don’t see why it wouldn’t work although I haven’t contemplated the concept much. The failure of the communist ideal occurs at the point when members figure out they can do nothing and still have an equal share in the product of the group.

Impaler Triumphant
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Yeahh, and by captialism, it isn’t just about money. It’s resources, in general, so it also includes human resource (intellectual captialism). Human psychology even works so well with capitalism.

Yeah, and before you help other people, you help yourself. We can’t give away what we don’t have. 😀

ChinoF
Member

Pastor Ernie forgot one important scripture:

2 Thessalonians 3:10

“He who does not work should not eat.”

Makes me wonder: Are the poor, poor because they refuse to work? In the end people need jobs. They should work for their own keep.

T4Man
Guest

Life isn’t fair. Some people have abundance but didn’t earn it. Some who have suffered loss did nothing wrong. However, many have worked hard to achieve what they have and many that have nothing earned that as well.

jonaz*
Guest

Teach people ‘how to fish’ is really a simple solution, basically. But we all know that our problem is not really that simple. It would take a president longer than a regular term to address the complexity of the problem. Or it would require a not so simple approach to solve it even beyond the current administration’s watch.

joeld
Guest

So, your somewhat insulating your president from this problem?

MidwayHaven
Guest

Didn’t you say that you would gladly leave this place when we asked you to? Why are you barging in again?

Trosp
Guest

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach him to use the Internet, and he won’t bother you for weeks!

christy
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Dear pastor, Stop giving genuine believers a bad name. And stop misinterpretting and taking the word of God out of context. Remember how the devil tempted and tested Jesus by distorting a passage from the book of Deutoronomy? Look this up in the godspells of Matthew and Luke. And it’s a shame that you think our Lord is a socialist. Socialism even negates the authority of an absolute leader. And God is an absolute who actually walks his talks unlike the rest of us. Remember this quote from Jesus “My kingdom is not of this world”? Shouldn’t it be clear… Read more »
Lord Chimera
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Well said, but since the “pastor” is a false teacher who has his own vision of what Jesus is (a socialist) your words fall on deaf ear, stubborn will and harden heart. Still I applaud you for trying…..

MidwayHaven
Guest

He’s not even a real pastor. Remember that his other handle is “Proud Pinoy,” and he sure slurs like hell when he uses it.

K3
Guest

LOL. I thought everyone knew that already and would just ignore him.

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