Who’s the idiot that said this 5-billion aid program called Ahon Pamilyang Pilipino was a good idea?
I’m not gonna dwell to much on the utter stupidity of a program that would give stipends of up to P1,400 monthly to the poorest families in the 20 poorest provinces simply because I know that enough people will be doing that. And most everyone will really just serve up variations on give-a-man-a-fish and all that.
So, for the record, yeah, I agree that this Ahon program is stupid because it will not solve anything; and that it will inevitably teach our people – many of whom already possessed of a mendicant mentality to begin with – to be lazy; and because Machiavelli has already pointed out that if a Prince is too generous, he will find that his people will eventually take his generosity for granted and cross over from being appreciative to just being plain greedy. In the end, he will have to tax his people more and more just to maintain his generosity, and the additional burden will just lead to people hating him. Worse, if he does decide to cut back on his largesse, he will be immediately labeled a miser, leading people to, yep-you guessed it, hate him.
But apart from all that, what really bugs me about this Ahon program is that it is a warning. It is a day-glo orange sign, written on the wall in ten-foot high letters, that this government is either running out of imagination or is setting up the most ambitious and vicious embezzlement scheme ever.