Birth and Taxes

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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who talks to God (but doesn’t always listen), bowed to Church fathers on their stand against contraception and population control. Supposedly, Arroyo decided “to maintain her stand against the use of contraceptives because of the weak lobby for artificial family planning methods.” This may be as much because people are too busy fucking as it is because people don’t want access to artificial family-planning methods, one must note.

Because the Church is against it, and because very few people are apparently advocating artificial birth control, the issue of 88.57 million Filipinos procreating and scrabbling over limited resources becomes a political question instead of simple math: People > Resources.

On the Expanded Value-Added Tax (EVAT) on petroleum products that makes our already-expensive fuel 12% more so, which the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and almost every Filipino who leaves his house regularly, wants suspended, or even scrapped, the President points at a P73 billion windfall that can be used for pro-poor projects (presumably by making everyone poor.)

When the CBCP called for a review on the EVAT, as with many of its anti-administration statements, the government invoked the separation of Church and State. The issue of whether the middle and upper classes who can (just barely) afford P60-per-liter fuel should subsidize government’s delivery of basic services, which the State should already be doing in the first place, becomes simple math: billions from EVAT trump disenchantment of the Filipino people. Also, P500 million in energy-efficient light bulbs for government buildings outweighs 88.57 million cries of “putang ina naman eh.

While the extra P73 billion take from EVAT will, probably, trickle down and help the poor, here’s a revolutionary idea: birth control will also help them by virtue of not having a baby nine months after having sex, which, increasingly, is the only form of recreation that we can still afford.

4 Comments

  1. i think the one of the reason isn’t that there’s a weak lobby for artificial contraceptives, but that she doesn’t want to piss the church off.

    I’ve recently been interested in this population issue, and it make my nerves cringe hearing the priest and pro-life view that population control isn’t matter of concern, they still think that its purely the government fault, though i don’t totally contest that notion at all.

    “birth control will also help them by virtue of not having a baby nine months after having sex, which, increasingly, is the only form of recreation that we can still afford.” -from the way i see it, it couldn’t be better said.

  2. Thanks for dropping by, Pavliuts.

    I think that the whole rationale behind the population not being a concern is in the sense that it is all in God’s plan.

    According to the Humanae Vitae that the Vatican issued in ’68, because God doesn’t allow each instance of intercourse to result in a pregnancy, all pregnancies are regulated by God in His own way of family planning. I doubt, though, whether the Vatican includes budget planning in there.

  3. i see what you mean by the whole rationale,but i think that’s an obsolete, escapist thinking.

    i would want to explain more but it takes time for me to coalese my thoughts, and i’ll just leave you with that. and i figured we’d pretty much have the same view regarding this.

    nice site you have here. really enjoyed this blog. you deserve the hit.

  4. I believe that we do need some sort of population management. Not as strict as a one-child policy, say, but something that will keep our numbers from ballooning out of control.

    Thanks again for dropping by. Do tell your friends about us.

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