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Rice, rice baby

This is the thing that pisses me off the most about this government: it is so bloody quick to take shortcuts. Just like the people they brand ‘destabilizers,’ people like Raul Gonzales show a disturbing predisposition to going for the quick fix.

Gonzalez on Thursday said government has the power to declare a rice and corn emergency, and to seize stocks of rice traders who insist on holding a rice holiday and those found to be engaged in hoarding and price manipulation.

Gonzalez noted that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo “approved” the proposed takeover “option” if the need arose.

WTF is up with that? Is it maybe a desire to appear pro-active; or at least to project GMA as being man enough to grab the bull by the balls or something? Isn’t her voice mannish enough? Seriously. All this saber-rattling – perhaps the Philippine government’s equivalent to Michael Jackson’s crotch-grabbing – is beginning to look alot like overcompensation for an insecurity.

And I’m being kind. If I weren’t being kind, I’d say that this latest rubbish from Gonzales is really an attempt at diverting attention from the government’s inability to solve the problem by shifting the blame to someone else. And I call bullshit.

Hoarders are always around, even when we have surpluses. Let’s face it, hoarding makes for good business. It may suck for the consumer, but does a grains dealer really care about his customers? Hell no. As long as the NFA inspectors take the cash and look the other way, hoarders will hoard. Saying now that the government has the power to seize stocks is really just stating the obvious – like Yap said, the government has always had that power. What Gonzales prolly doesn’t get is that his statement also raises the damning question – if you could do it before, why didn’t you?

Raising the power of government to seize stocks, and using it like a magic wand to ‘reassure’ the public that the government is on top of the situation is plain stupid. It does not reassure the public, and it only makes government look moronic.


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2 Responses

  1. BrianB says:

    It reassures me. It’s killing two birds with one stone.

  2. shiro says:

    luv, you’re completely discounting the fact that gonzalez is a senile and delusional old fart… who just happens to say things entertaining enough for the president to go along with…

    as they say “magkatugma ang sayad”. 😛

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