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Pinoys can learn from recent US elections, really?

November 4, 2010

Was reading the Pinoy congressmen’s reaction about the recent GOP win in the US midterm elections for the lower house.

While the American grassroots demands a stop to bailouts, the Pinoy masa and Pinoy trapos are on a pork barrel and CCT spending spree.

http://politics.inquirer.net/politics/view/20101104-301437/Aquino-govt-can-learn-from-US-congressional-pollssolons

“We have to really sit down and analyze what happened in the US, if it’s a close parallelism of our situation in the Philippines. Of course, that would be a good learning lesson for us,” Cavite Representative Joseph Emilio Abaya said.

Abaya, chairman of the appropriations committee, said that the Aquino administration should “study carefully” the US experience “so that we won’t follow the same track.”

Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone said the domination of the US Republican Party could be good news to the Philippine workers since this could mean that US efforts to rein in job outsourcing, especially in the business process outsourcing, is likely to be thwarted by the Republicans.

“The Republican gains would put brakes to the growing calls within the US to limit the outsourcing of jobs. The Republicans do not normally step into the business of private business and this is the upside of their electoral gains,” Evardone said.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said the win of the Republicans showed the public’s dissatisfaction with some of the policies of US President Barack Obama. But he said he did not see any effect on the Philippines “one way or the other.”

A. Not following the same track

Whose track? The incumbents who were booted out? Of course, they should be booted out. The good news is – the Filipino voters are mostly functional illiterates. The few who make it past college have the degree but don’t necessarily have the rigorous preparation and critical thinking and values that allows them to separate a con man from the real deal. And if they should spot the con man – to have the values not to fall for the con. Thus far, the Pinoy fixation on winnability and pedigree shows no sign of abating.

B. Impact on Outsourcing

The Philippine Congress ought to be looking at Charter amendments instead of just looking at US economic policy. Removing the 60/40 provisions of the constitution will do more at generating jobs than any Republican pushback on outsourcing.

C. No effect on the Philippines

The Philippines is a protectionist wallflower in the global market. Being highly insulated from the global flow of commerce – it only receives crumbs in investments – Singapore, Vietnam, and South Korea have made the Philippines eat dust. Where the former countries open their doors to foreign investment – the Philippines has a constitution that FORCES and COERCES investors to go into 60/40 joint ventures with Filipinos – that is SO WRONG – it’s SHOTGUN MARRIAGE economics – pinikot to do business.

So yes – the Philippines is still the ugliest broad or dude in the bunch – whether the Democrats or Republicans win.

D. The TEA Party Movement

The cry of being T-axed E-nough A-lready started the ball rolling for the Tea party movement.The Tea Party is diametrically opposed to the idea of having an interventionist state, is in favor of free markets, is in favor of lean government.

In contrast, the Pinoy masa wants to be babied, and wants government to do all the lifting – the Filipino has abdicated his personal responsibility and his capacity to create personal wealth to government. The Filipino masa expects that the disastrously-run Philippine government will create personal wealth for him – good luck on that.

The Pinoy middle class however, are voting with plane tickets.

The biggest challenge that the masa has yet to hurdle is an understanding of the policies which drive the Aquino government – protectionism, big government, crony capitalism, wasteful subsidies and pork barrel – and how these factors reduce their odds at financial independence.

After hurdling the first hoop of understanding the issues that drive poverty – the masa then needs to identify the corrective measures that can be taken – from voting bums out of office and blending it with initiatives and referendum – implement a plan, and work the plan.

All of that is hard work – thinking about economic policy is hard work, thinking about an improved future state is hard work – the pinoy masa, however would rather say, bahala na si batman, instead of rolling their sleeves and booting the idiots out of office – they just look for unsubstantiated slogans like “walang mahirap kung walang corrupt”.

Epilogue

The reaction of Pinoy legislators to the US midterm elections was “what can we do so we don’t get voted out?” -even if we don’t do jack.

The bad news is Pinoy-style patronage politics and protectionist tax and spend economics is digging a deeper hole for the Philippines.

The good news is the Pinoy masses are too clueless to vote y’all out .

9 Comments
  1. Hyden Toro permalink

    I don’t believe in modeling our political system to any country. We have our own culture, temperament and weaknesses as a people. Our Political system should grow from it. To wait for jobs from companies abroad to invest in our country; is just an exercise in futility. Companies outsource jobs, because they are low technology jobs, and manually repetitious. It pays crumbs. Once, they find another country that offer lower in pay. They will pack and move out. The OFW program is draining the brains and skills of the nation. The insurgency problems is just one of the problems that the nation has to address to. No country will come to invest in country that has a serious insurgency problem; especially if, Al Queda inspired. Who in his right mind would invest in a problem?

  2. Asa ng asa sa outsourcing tayo…. and as if the US government is the one to decide whether a company should outsource or not. That’s red herring. As if that’s the thing that’s keeping us from having jobs in the country. Bong’s right, it’s the 60/40 rule, along with other factors. Our government is passing the buck again. 

  3. Francis permalink

    Yep that’s true outsourcing is useless job. I’d rather an Independent Entrepreneurship or Find another job. Outsourcing for what for money in PARTY. Trabaho kung trabaho.

  4. Hyden Toro permalink

    In the U.S., or other industrialized countries. It is the corporation’s managements that decide the outsourcing of jobs. The governments have no decision. In Petro Dollar rich countries; mostly monarchy and dictatorial. It is the governments. However, these countries have no industrialized base. They only subsist on Oil Export. They import their food, water and even our OFW slaves…

  5. JOSEPH OPULENCIA permalink

    IN THE US THEY KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING ON THEIR COUNTRY , HERE IN OURS ONLY FEW WHO WELL IN FORM ON THE ISSUED. THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA ARE TOO BUSY TO ENTERTAIN PEOPLE LIKE WIN NA WIN, EAT BULAGA AND WILLIE NEW PROGRAM IN TV-5 IMAGINE THIS THREE TELEVISION NETWORK ARE DOING TO OUR PEOPLE?

  6. concerned_citizens permalink

    When will Filipinos ever learn? I hope we do before time runs out. Oops time has already run out. The “40%” ako-ang-simula-ng-pagkabobo voters elected an imbecile into the presidency.

  7. migs42 permalink

    While I disagree on the American that they are just overreacting on Socialism, I think they deserve some cookies compare to Pinoys. “Bakit mo boboto si X?” “Ewan! Basta” oh my gulay.

  8. The Lazzo permalink

    The Tea Party perated under the impression that the American people have left Obama to do everything, because the electorate is generally ignorant that it’s the perennially-unpopular Congress that creates the legislature, not the Executive Branch. As such, Republicans and the more conservative “Blue Dog” Democrats have watered down and castrated more promising progressive legislation that would actually have struck a better balance between ‘interventionism’ and personal responsibility. Given the crisis, intervention was needed anyway to prevent a new Great Depression. But thanks to opposition obstruction, this intervention generally favored the entities that started the crisis, particularly the corporations.

    In fact, the Supreme Court recently ruled that corporations had NO limits to how much they could spend on a campaign, which means they had as much power to influence these elections toward candidates in their favor as they wanted.

    The cruelest irony lies in the fact that the Tea Party have, by supporting the Republican party ostensibly against “interventionism,” perpetuated this obstruction. Yes, there needs to be more accountability between the people and government. Yes, the people and government need to work together to ensure that personal wealth is created securely and responsibly (especially given America’s encroaching corporatocracy…similar to what we have here!)

    Could they have done that in the Midterms this year, with all the House and much of the Senate at stake?

    Yes They Can, but No They Didn’t.

  9. anthony permalink

    “Oops time has already run out. ”

    huh? since when?

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