UNA is wrong on its “lazy” tag. PNoy works hard to transfer more wealth to the wealthy.
Mr. Aquino is a president with a selective mind-set and orientation. And the accusation leveled at him by the UNA – that he has been a lazy, indecisive president – is only partly true. When it comes to transferring more wealth to the wealthy (at the backs of the exploited class, of course), Mr. Aquino has been driven, inspired and totally engaged.
When it comes to aggressively pushing for upward wealth transfers, no president in our contemporary history can rival the relentlessness and determination of Mr. Aquino.
I will ask the UNA leadership to do some fact-checking to check on the president responsible for the following:
One family having an estimated wealth of over $14 billion and part of the Top 100 wealthy worldwide.
The surge in the number of Filipino dollar billionaires rich enough to buy small insignificant countries.
The Top 11 wealthiest Filipino families owning more than what the 11 million families who have rated themselves as poor collectively own.
The unprecedented and large scale grant of concessions and contracts, from power to infrastructure to utilities, to the top oligarchs and their foreign partners.
Using the government incentives program to double or treble the profit-making efficiencies of the oligarchs.
Designing lax regulatory rules to make it easier for Big Business to exploit the national patrimony.
Institutionalizing the PPP for upward wealth transfers done with impunity.
There is only one president who has done all these things — Mr. Aquino. Do you think, I will ask the UNA this, that a “ lazy” president could have accomplished that much and in a short span of five years?
Early in his term, Mr. Aquino divided the country into two parts, the world of the “creators” or the people who create wealth and generate jumbo incomes and the despicable world of “moochers” and “ takers.” We can only admire him for the Randian straightforwardness, the brutal honesty rather, of his priority – promoting and nurturing the wealth-creating class.
Mr. Aquino’s five years in office have been, indeed, devoted to creating wealth and attracting investments, regardless. Meaning, it does not matter what wealth type is involved. So the wealthy got more wealthy across the board, from the rent-seeking class to those engaged in the actual manufacturing of goods and the delivery of actual services.
A recent statement from the NEDA is a great revelation. It said that the Aquino government now wants to repeal or amend laws that are old, irrelevant and out of date. Now this is the revealing part. The “old” laws targeted are those that impede the ease of doing business, the profit-seeking of the favored enterprises, the flow of investments into the country and those that contravene the efficiency of the markets.
In short, the last year of the Aquino administration will be spent focused on the same old, same old, the reverse-Robin Hood policies of more upward wealth transfers.
On the sad day the bodies of the 44 massacred SAF troopers were brought to Manila for the proper wake, Mr. Aquino opted out of the tragic homecoming to inaugurate a vehicle assembly plant in Laguna. That optic of a president optimistically talking about business and jobs in an overall environment of national sorrow was the great revelation on who is Mr. Aquino and what are his leadership priorities. Mr. Aquino had no time for the vulnerable, wasted lives, hopeless lives. Or even lives that were given to the protection of the country.
If an issue is not about business, that is not his business.
There is this general feeling that Mr. Aquino is not really taking his own sweet time – wavering and meandering – on policies and issues that would give little comfort to the afflicted. He is not really lazy and indecisive on issues that would lift the marginal sectors as the UNA and Mr. Binay have accused him of.
He is just not concerned about the sectors without wealth and capital. All sectors below the “creators” are just useless, can-be-ignored parts of the social and economic fabric. It took him months to sign a token Magna Carta for the Poor on the baseless fears it would hurt his cherished budget.
He glows in inaugurating office towers. He loves hobnobbing with the captains of industry, the Davos crowd, the Makati Business Club types.
The poor, the weak and the meek do not concern him at all. There is a feeling that it is not, as the UNA has claimed, about laziness. It must be lack of conscience.