Why the State should NOT be Pro-poor for the Philippines to Prosper

Catholicism continues to figure in social and political issues that demand the application of modern critical thought to resolve.
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Did you ever wonder why our government, constitution and laws are so pro-poor? Well, all you have to do is look at a Yellowtard LP rally, and you’ll find many nuns and clergy people holding placards. Catholicism indeed holds a tight grip on the country’s policies and it thrives on a pro-poor philosophy, always siding on the weak, underprivileged and less fortunate.

Being pro-poor actually gives incentives for the poor to remain in their state of poverty. How does that happen? When the state provides freebies like rice and housing to the poor, you actually encourage people to not strive to improve their quality of life. The state is in fact feeding laziness and the mendicant, lethargic mentality and attitude that prevail in poor communities.

Should the poor have the same rights as the rich/educated?

Family Size. At the moment, the state provides equal rights for families of either rich or poor to get as big as anyone wants it to be? But the poor have no capacity to support a large number of children. So why does the state permit this? Why doesn’t it have some sort of one-child policy for low-income couples?

Instead of many professionals nowadays getting married and having children (yes, many are actually gays I know), we have the people least qualified to support a large family in the slums multiplying like rats in damp sewers. We can always blame the lack of education for these poorest of the poor which makes them incapable of making wise calculated decisions. But why does the state allow this by not enacting laws that will prevent this from happening?

If we allow a one-child policy for low-income couples to proceed, each generation of Filipinos will incrementally shift from 20% poverty incidence, to 15%, and down to 10%. Till one morning: we will just wake up to find no more slums exist when we walk along Pasig River.

Right of Suffrage. The right to vote is currently given to every Filipino, as well as the right to run for office. If we set a rule for example that only those with proper minimal education can participate in elections, would this not give an incentive for the poor to finish schooling?

We should not have a full-blown democracy at this stage if we want to progress demographically. If we want fewer poor-quality people in government leadership, we should not allow poor decision makers to have a say in elections. The High School level (grade 12) requirement can filter out these less qualified people from determining the results of elections.

As an added benefit, our politicians will not have to vote-buy these poor people as they would be rendered useless to them for Election Day. Now that’s two birds with one stone.

Super-Pinoys: Breeding the Right Kind of Filipinos

What we have now is a setup where the weak thrive and even multiply. If you were a farmer who owned a ranch, you would want the best cattle to out-breed the inferior. Normally, the farmer will choose the superior bull to pass on its genetic material to the next generation. This can be done on-purpose artificially.

By failing to hand-pick those qualified to generate the next-generation of Filipinos, we have surrendered to letting nature simply take its course, rather than artificially creating a better breed of Pinoys. In tropical countries, it is the cockroaches, rats and flies that thrive more in number than eagles. Unless we do something radical to shift the income-bracket demography of Philippine society, we will forever be swamped by zombies – poor, uneducated, dysfunctional.

Laws and Vision

The huge flaw in Philippine policy-making is the absence of a unification of our laws and our vision for the country. Those who formulate the laws do not have a clear vision of what they want the country to become.

For example, if we truly wanted a country with a comfortable modern public transport system, we could have created laws that prohibited jeepneys that did not have air-conditioning to ply our roads. Or we could have had laws that prohibited jeepneys from squeezing in more people than it has seats for. And if we were really ambitious about developing our own “sariling atin” technology, we could have had a law that required all jeepneys to have engines and gearboxes designed and made in the Philippines – which could have opened up immense opportunities for Pinoy engineers to stay in the country rather than go abroad to work.

Laws are our sails and rudders that will direct us to the destination we seek to reach. We cannot just allow the wind to dictate our course based on whatever random direction it happens to blow us to.

Shhhhh… it’s not “anti-poor”, it’s actually “pro-education”

I know the word “anti-poor” will not sit well with a lot of Filipinos, and can even bring about violent protests. So what about “pro-education” as the new battle cry of Philippine policymakers?

If only people with a High School degree can vote, then it does not necessarily discriminate against the poor since public education till High School is free. Any person can get a degree, whether rich or poor. And if only people with a High School diploma can have more than one child, then it is not necessarily “anti-poor” as well. It only discriminates against the lazy.

The next time around that we get a chance to change the constitution, please keep these principles in mind. Remember, we can shape whatever Philippines we want to have in the future. But in order to do that, we need precise and calculated policies specifically oriented towards making it a reality. We can no longer just be carried away by girly emotional clichés and slogans waved by activists who have no particular vision and strategy for the country.

Ask yourselves, have these rallying activists ever brought the country anywhere since the time of Cory? We are still pathetically the only country around here just known for YELLOW bananas, mangoes, and pineapples, while our other neighbors in the region are producing high-tech state-of-the-art products. Imagine, even starving North Korea is already into rocket science.

In the end, it is the poor who will be thanking the State the most for its “anti-poor” policies. Let’s call in Mang Juan for a short testimony:

I am a poor carpenter who only finished 6th grade and is married to a household helper. We originally wanted to have 7 children, since we have always heard “ang mga anak ay kayamanan”. I was hoping at least one could finish College and become an OFW to provide for us all. But thanks to our government which started to implement a one-child policy for us low-income folks. At first, I wanted to join the protest rallies being held by the Catholic nuns and the Yellows, but then I realized that it really made more sense. We can now afford to provide stuff like Nike shoes and even an iPod to our only son, who is studying hard to finish High School now. Otherwise, all our children would have been just wearing slippers to school if there were 7 of them. My son is now determined to finish schooling because he wants to earn the right to vote. He said he will vote for Duterte’s son instead of Manny in the next elections because he likes the family’s brand of iron-fisted leadership.

In conclusion, anti-poor is actually pro-poor. Gets?

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Post Author: zaxx

Zealous revolutionary advocate of bringing back common sense for the common good in a land of dysfunctional and delusional zombies.

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Robert Haighton
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I want to comment but I cant comment bec I dont know everything about things that is related to this subject. So I will ask a few questions first. Just suppose that I am 35 years old and unemployed. – does the state (government aka the taxpayers) pay me any unemployment benefit(s)? – if yes, how much? – if yes, is it sufficient/enough to pay all my bills/expenses (water, rent, electricity, food, etc) – if yes, till when? – if no, from what do I live? What I do understand (but pls correct me when I am wrong) based on… Read more »
interxavier
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This video explains it:

Robert Haighton
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Interxavier,
watched the video.
Wow, I live in a socialist country.

interxavier
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Over the years since I graduated university, I became increasingly disillusioned by socialist ideas. Don’t get me wrong. I admire the socialist model that serves as the backbone of Western European society like universal healthcare , free higher education, unemployment benefits, and a reliable pension system. However, I am deeply concerned by the implications that these benefits inflict upon the general populace. I don’t like calling Western European countries “nanny states” because the term is disrespectful. However, the socialist paradigm is susceptible to abuse. The cases with migrants and refugees taking advantage of welfare benefits paid for by taxpayer money… Read more »
mrericx
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@Robert Haighton And what country do you live? I’m guessing you’re from a Scandinavian or Nordic countries like in Sweden, Denmark or Norway because they followed of this so-called “Nordic Model” in which it looks like Socialism but actually it’s a Social Democracy.

Maybe the Philippines should also follow this Nordic Model besides the federal system style of Switzerland if there’ll be a constitutional change in my country soon & end the 30 year old “BULOK” Yellowtard Constitution as what I’d said it before from a previous blog of @Zaxx here on GRP about changing our constitution.

Robert Haighton
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mrericx
Not Scandinavia but the Netherlands. For some new things, even Denmark or Sweden are more advanced than the Netherlands is.

Robert Haighton
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Zaxx, what will you do when your suggested one-child-policy is implemented and a (married) couple has 2 kids? In China that 2nd kid had no future whatsoever. It was basically illegal and had no rights at all. No education, no job. And yes, it did happen in China. You also need to replace both parents otherwise the entire PH population will be close to 0. So a one-child-policy is not gonna work. And besides that how will you enforce a 1-kid policy especially in rural, remote areas? I myself am not a socialist but as long as people do buy… Read more »
Hyden007Toro999.999
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“Without Vision, the People will Perish”…it comes from the Old Testament Book of the Christian Bible. The Roman Catholic Church, in the Philippines, is an old institution, with a mindset imposed by the Spanish Friars, who abused the colonized Filipinos. It is a very rich Church, with billions of Philippine Pesos, in wealth. The Roman Catholic Church money, is invested in various Corporations in the Philippines; like: the Ayala Corporation, Philex Mining , etc…it even own various tracts ofagricultural lands, like the Aquino’s Hacienda Luisita. They are called : “Friar Lands”, tenanted by poor Filipino peasants… The Roman Catholic Church… Read more »
interxavier
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You can say that for any religious institution with vast amounts of influence and power because of the large following. Many alt-right members of America are in favour of establishing a theocratic state based on Evangelical principles. They want to bring back the puritanical way of life. Same holds true in the Middle East. Religious fundamentalism spread through political will and insurgency is cancer. Best keep your beliefs to yourself and don’t show off. So yes, a separation of church and state, on paper and as practised, is a must.

Dave
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What happened to breeding with genetically superior foreigners and espousing phrenology nonsense? Your older articles were funnier.

marius
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zaxx: while eugenics might sound workable on paper, it doesn’t work in practice. At least not on humans. A farmer can (and does) cull mercilessly – any defective stock are sold for meat. Unless you’re thinking of “A Modest Proposal” ( Jonathan Swift, 1729), it just isn’t workable in a country where probably 50%+ of the population are genetically defective beyond any hope of redemption. It really freaks me out seeing dull-eyed, slack-jawed teenagers employed to open doors, carry stuff for customers, etc. I bet half of them have dull-eyed, slack-jawed kids of their own. When humans are doing a… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Interxavier, Based on the video-link you provided, it seems like my country is a socialist country. But are we really a socialist country? I doubt it very much. Unlike the Philippines, my country is individually-centered. When you need money, I will NOT help you (even when I am financially capable of helping you). You got in (financial) problems by your own doing, so pls dont take it out on me. Solve your own problems. You get my drift? Secondly, abiout immigration (refugees). I think western Europe has a big history problem that started during WW2. No European government was able… Read more »
interxavier
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Based on the video-link you provided, it seems like my country is a socialist country. But are we really a socialist country? I doubt it very much. Unlike the Philippines, my country is individually-centered. When you need money, I will NOT help you (even when I am financially capable of helping you). You got in (financial) problems by your own doing, so pls dont take it out on me. Solve your own problems. You get my drift? Robert, I hope you didn’t take my comment out of context as I wasn’t attacking anyone’s country or culture for that matter. My… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Interxavier, I am not offended in any way. And everyone is free to attack the Netherlands. Will I defend the Netherlands? Only if the arguments used are serious and sincere. So, is the Netherlands a better country than PH? Well, let me answer that in a different way. I am glad I was born here and not in PH. I still think PH have Middle Age laws and a Middle Age culture and not very different compared to many Muslim countries. I read many times here (GRP) that PH need to progress. It makes me laugh all the time. GRP… Read more »
interxavier
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I am not offended in any way. And everyone is free to attack the Netherlands. Will I defend the Netherlands? Only if the arguments used are serious and sincere. So, is the Netherlands a better country than PH? Well, let me answer that in a different way. I am glad I was born here and not in PH. I still think PH have Middle Age laws and a Middle Age culture and not very different compared to many Muslim countries. I read many times here (GRP) that PH need to progress. It makes me laugh all the time. GRP keeps… Read more »
k
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Resources are getting wasted on many highly funded but incompetent govt workers. Those funds could be used to hire scientists and technocrats who are actually qualified and capable of doing the job. And, they’re less likely to be partisans which means less politics = more work gets done. We definitely need a cultural overhaul, not necessarily following current Western standards. They have issues as well. A literal, one-directional anthropocentric notion isn’t something that makes one civilized. Far from it. If so, then our laws would be moot.

Robert Haighton
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Interxavier, I dont buy your argument defending women not weariong bikini and saying it is shyness. A Mr. Santos (If I have his name right) wrote a piece about this some time ago (here on GRP website) and he excellently said why almost no women wears a bikini. Why? Bercause too much (female) skin will cause Mr Santos get an erection. And god forbid that is not allowed. Mr. Sanros will get a fit bec then he has to explain nudity/nakedness and erection has something to do with lust. And again that is against everything the entire religious Philippines is… Read more »
interxavier
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Robert, It is hard to argue certain groups of people and then put them as a whole representation of the attitudes in the country. The women from the parts I’ve been to had no problems wearing bikinis–whether they are religious or not, I can’t say. I don’t have the statistics to validate my argument but I saw what I saw. There are some who don’t have an issue flashing their bodies. Nudity? No, that is still considered too extreme here. That is something I would agree on being hindered by religiosity. Bikinis? I don’t believe their Christian religion is the… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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I am not here to argue as in “I am right and you are wrong” All I notice – from the ground and in social media – that it looks like wearing a bikini is a big (cultural) “don’t” and has nothing to do with being shy. Nudity (lets not compare that with pornography) is in a way common for me. All I need to do (and everyone with me) is going to a European beach where people (both male and female) sunbathe in the flesh. Private beach? No, we dont have private beaches only public beaches. On the other… Read more »
interxavier
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It all goes back to the idea of saving face and collectivism. People here are still too sensitive about their image and worry too much about what others think of them. In this country, people still resort to name calling such as slut or puta to undermine a woman who had multiple partners. Honestly, who cares? My only concern is that the woman may overlook the necessary precautions to prevent an unwanted pregnancy or an STD. Then again, who am I to judge? Actions have consequences and people should be responsible for their actions. One of the many golden rules… Read more »
dedad
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thats why we need to kill poor yellowtards, good article

Robert Haighton
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Interxavier,
I do hear and see (a lot of) people protesting in PH but I never see/saw people go on strike in PH. Why?
Thursday 5 october 2017 all teachers (male and female) in the primary/elementary schools go on strike in my country. Its nationwide, not local. They go on strike for a higher salary. I never heard something like that happening in PH?

interxavier
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That’s one I’ve heard of, assuming it matches your definition of a strike. I don’t think the average Filipino even knows the difference between a protest or a strike. Before, I didn’t either because the concept of Labour Unions aren’t talked much. I could be wrong. As I’ve never participated in any protests or strikes, I’m not clear on the rules and the expected outcomes (if they are even realistic).

Robert Haighton
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Interxavier, Let me try to give you my translation of going on strike. You stop working and block/blockade the entrance of the company you work for with the goal to get a raise (increase of salary). As long as you do that with a majority of the employees/co-workers and for a few days, the employer (company) have to give in. This can be done organized from within or by a trade union. Protesting – the way i see it – going to the streets to protest against a government’s (new) law/rule/decision that can/will harm the country or certain people. I… Read more »
interxavier
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I know them better now by definition. Unfortunately, I do not have a good answer. You might want to look up how Labour Unions work here and if they are even well-organized.

Robert Haighton
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Interxavier, ” In this country, people still resort to name calling such as slut or puta to undermine a woman who had multiple partners.” It is strange that that happens but when a guy had multiple partners then he is THE guy. Probably I have a more modern (advanced) outlook on this: what a man can do, a woman can do as well (or even better). This is not so much about (legal) equal rights but just it sounds strange for me forbidding a woman to do something that I am allowed to do. “My only concern is that the… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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What was in GRP profile: modern conservatist? What the hell is that? (TYPO) should read as:

What was in his GRP profile (Vladimir’s GRP profile): modern conservatist? What the hell is that?

interxavier
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What was in his GRP profile (Vladimir’s GRP profile): modern conservatist? What the hell is that? Best ask him. From my perspective, it’s an oxymoron. Conservatism as defined by preserving christian fundamentalist principles is not modern. Remember, this is the same belief system used by plantation owners in the United States to justify slavery before the Civil War. When you make a holy text the supreme authority of your life, you are only asking yourself to be encapsulated in an echo chamber. We’re getting off-topic so I’ll let you have the final say. I will be seeing you in the… Read more »
d_forsaken
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