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Chain Smoker Pnoy’s ‘Christmas Gift’: A Trojan Horse for Welfare Dictatorship on Steroids

December 21, 2012

Only in politics will you find or witness welfare politicians who demonize, insult and spit on the goose that lays the golden egg. Also, only in politics will you see self-righteous, corrupt politicians who shamelessly take credit for welfare programs funded by companies and industries they call “enemy” or destroyers of people’s health.

The beloved son of the country’s most revered Marxist proudly described his signing of the ‘sin tax’ bill into law as “an early Christmas gift” for his constituents.

A role model to pinoy chain smokers...

A role model to pinoy chain smokers…

Chain Smoker President Noynoy Aquino blissfully announced: “Today, we signed, finally—I repeat, finally—a law that will serve as an early Christmas gift for millions of Filipinos.”

So, the government can now justifiably extort or steal money from successful companies so long as it is done in the name of the poor and the greater good.

The “gift rhetoric” of the credit-grabber CEO shows everything that is wrong with our government and welfare culture.

Last time I checked tobacco and alcohol companies achieved success because millions of people patronize their products. Personally, I don’t smoke and I only drink very occasionally, but the “sin companies” do not force anyone to buy their products and services. Also last time I checked Filipinos were still free to choose thanks to our American-inspired yet slightly distorted Bill of Rights.

First, our delusional politicians tried – and succeeded- in fooling millions of Filipinos that the poor are currently deprived of their right to other RH services despite the fact that condoms and contraceptives are available at every convenience and grocery store in the Philippines. Their main solution to the fabricated problem is the RH bill. The government does not provide us food and other basic necessities, does that mean we’re also deprived of our right to life? Common sense is indeed dead in these parts.

Second, the President said the passage of the sin tax bill was a victory against the powerful tobacco lobby and would provide additional money for better healthcare and facilities.

Observe the dishonest attempt of PNoy to demonize the country’s tobacco industry and companies that provide jobs to thousands of Filipinos. Powerful in what way? There is a big difference between economic power and political power.

American philosopher Ayn Rand best explained the difference between these two powers that usually confuse the average minds.  She said:

“What is economic power? It is the power to produce and to trade what one has produced. In a free economy, where no man or group of men can use physical coercion against anyone, economic power can be achieved only by voluntary means: by the voluntary choice and agreement of all those who participate in the process of production and trade. In a free market, all prices, wages, and profits are determined—not by the arbitrary whim of the rich or of the poor, not by anyone’s “greed” or by anyone’s need—but by the law of supply and demand. The mechanism of a free market reflects and sums up all the economic choices and decisions made by all the participants. Men trade their goods or services by mutual consent to mutual advantage, according to their own independent, uncoerced judgment. A man can grow rich only if he is able to offer better values—better products or services, at a lower price—than others are able to offer.”

How is wealth achieved in a free market or capitalist society? Ms. Rand said it is achieved–

“by a free, general, “democratic” vote—by the sales and the purchases of every individual who takes part in the economic life of the country. Whenever you buy one product rather than another, you are voting for the success of some manufacturer. And, in this type of voting, every man votes only on those matters which he is qualified to judge: on his own preferences, interests, and needs. No one has the power to decide for others or to substitute his judgment for theirs; no one has the power to appoint himself “the voice of the public” and to leave the public voiceless and disfranchised.”


Furthermore, the main difference between economic power and economic power is as follows:

“economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman’s tool is values; the bureaucrat’s tool is fear.”

The chain-smoking president is currently exploiting his political power by punishing the successful and those that make wealth and jobs possible in this country. There’s no doubt that our semi-socialist political system breeds cronies and oligarchs, but never underestimate the political power of the regime to create new cronies and destroy or replace the existing oligarchs.

Now, there are only two reasons why the government wants to bilk  cigarette and alcohol companies out of billions of money:

  • They’re too financially successful. Like the President said: “The enemy was strong, noisy, organized and had deep pockets…” Did the “enemy” employ force or coercion against Aquino, himself a smoker, to buy its ‘sin’ products? The real enemy is not the tobacco and cigarette industry that has been allegedly lobbying the government for more power, protection and benefits; it is the government and our failed economic system.
  • The “enemy”, which includes the alcohol industry and companies, destroys the health of millions of Filipinos and costs the country billions, according to the Aquino regime. Since the country is a welfare state, our politicians believe they have a duty or obligation to protect the ‘collective health’ of the Filipino people.

The government said the Philippines has the highest incidence of smoking in the region, with tobacco-related diseases costing the country P177 billion last year.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona billed the new measure as “a game changer” and a “victory for the health of the Filipino people.”

What’s very ironic is that the President can’t even quit smoking. Since he’s trying to portray himself as an anti-tobacco lobby and as protector of the health of the people, he should act as a role model to millions of chain smokers by simply not smoking.

Yet what is undeniably clear is that the Aquino regime is badly in need of more money and resources to fund its growing, increasing welfare programs like the RH bill, Conditional Cash Transfer program, and universal health care program.

Why didn’t the President and his minions have the courage to exactly tell the Filipinos what they wanted. They wanted more money. More welfare means higher budget.

Instead of telling the people their real intention in passing the bill, Aquino and his boys went to great lengths to tell the people they simply wanted to help liberate “more Filipinos from the vices of smoking and drinking” and to fight the “enemy”.

From the Inquirer:

Ona pointed out that the new law would discourage smoking in the country while injecting P146.7 billion into the country’s public health sector.

The President said the increased revenues would benefit more people under the universal healthcare program and enable Filipinos to avail themselves of new and/or improved clinics and hospitals.

He also delighted in the possibility of more and more Filipinos eventually quitting smoking and binge drinking because of higher excise taxes on cigarettes, distilled spirits and fermented alcohol.

“The fundamental principle of this law is unequivocal: We want health benefits within reach of everyone, rich or poor, because every Filipino’s life is sacred. We will elevate the quality of public health of our nation. This will be the key to the nation robustly benefiting from the opportunities (afforded by an) improving economy,” he said.

Only in politics will you find or witness welfare politicians who demonize, insult and spit on the goose that lays the golden egg. Also, only in politics will you see self-righteous, corrupt politicians who shamelessly take credit for welfare programs funded by companies and industries they call “enemy” or destroyers of people’s health.

Yes, because “every Filipino’s life is sacred”, our politicians and policy-planners felt empowered or authorized to extort more money from job and wealth creators and then brazenly took credit for the country’s welfare programs. Because millions of poor Filipinos and women do not have access to RH services (which is one of the biggest scams in Philippine’s political history), our politicians felt empowered to use force against employers and health care providers. Isn’t that great and fantastic?

What millions of Filipinos don’t understand is that every welfare idea has its corresponding, logical consequences. Every welfare program requires additional funding, and the government has no magical, supernatural power at all to create concrete, real wealth out of nothing. It only has the power to create artificial money out of thin air by printing more paper money that inevitably dilutes the currency and causes inflation. Also, the government would be empowered to create more taxes and increase tax rates.

To increase its revenue collection, first the Aquino regime came to tax the country’s sin industries and companies. It’s always safe to denounce the rich and the successful industries that destroy people’s health.

The government might target any of the following tax options next :

  • Tax on telecommunication companies and their related services (e.g., texts, calls, etc.)
  • Tax on blogging and other related social network activities.
  • Tax on e-selling or any other money-making ventures or activities online.
  • Tax on other internet ventures or activities.
  • Tax on mining companies.
  • Tax on government benefits and insurance.
  • Tax on OFWs. Remember that tax is defined as “a fee charged (“levied”) by a government on a product, income, or activity.”
  • More taxes on the industries companies run by oligarchs who support the system.
  • Imposition of more or higher regulatory fees and payments. Any kinds of processing, permits, application fees, etc. that we pay to the government (e.g., NBI clearance, LTO permits, among many others).

If the government provides you contraceptives and family planning services you need, it would be justified and empowered to tell you how to plan your family and to take away your rights and the rights of others  (e.g., employers, doctors, etc.).

If you want the government to pay for your medical and health care services, it would be empowered to police the food you eat, the kinds of beverages (their sizes, content, etc.) you drink, including your lifestyle and daily activities. Take the soda ban and other regulations imposed by limousine liberal Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York.

If you want the government to pay for your basic and college education, it would be justified to impose high taxes on industries and successful people and to tell you what to think. In France, socialist President Francois Hollande’s 75% tax on high income earners led to mass exodus of French millionaires and job creators.

Millions of Filipinos who support the government’s welfare programs don’t have any idea they give more statist, intrusive powers to corrupt politicians to rule our lives. Remember that evil ideas have evil consequences.

No, Mr. President, your sin tax law is not a gift for millions of Filipinos; it’s a Trojan horse for a higher degree of welfare dictatorship.


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