Why pork will continue

8/17/13

Why pork will continue

 The root of the rot in Philippine politics was the Marcos dictatorship.  It was Marcos who originated pork barrel, Marcos-style.  The US “pork barrel” is the “earmark” wherein an item in the budget is “earmarked” for a project of the individual congressman or senator in  his district or state.  But the item must be approved by the entire House and Senate, and not allocated separately and individually.  It is part of the national budget. That was the situation in our Congress before martial law.  

 

But then Marcos thought of buying not just individual congressmen, based on theirR loyalty or usefulness, but of buying the entire congress.  So all members of congress were allocated “pork” by the President’s budget and management office.  The recalcitrants’ pork were withheld or delayed by budget office, until they too kowtowed.  This rendered the Congress a lapdog of the Executive.  The Supreme Court also got it pork through a lump sum entitlement and the power to raise its own funds from its fees, making the rendition of justice more expensive,and also giving it participation in the looting of the state.  

 

All Presidents after Marcos succumbed to the Totalitarian Temptation of wealth and power, and thereby adopted the Marcos system of subverting the check and balance system of government, by making the Executive more powerful.  That is why the pork barrel will not be abolished.  Everybody in the three branches of government are happy.  Except the people. 

 

8/17/13

Why pork will continue

 

The root of the rot in Philippine politics was the Marcos dictatorship.  It was Marcos who originated pork barrel, Marcos-style.  The US “pork barrel” is the “earmark” wherein an item in the budget is “earmarked” for a project of the individual congressman or senator in  his district or state.  But the item must be approved by the entire House and Senate, and not allocated separately and individually.  It is part of the national budget. That was the situation in our Congress before martial law.  

 

But then Marcos thought of buying not just individual congressmen, based on theirR loyalty or usefulness, but of buying the entire congress.  So all members of congress were allocated “pork” by the President’s budget and management office.  The recalcitrants’ pork were withheld or delayed by budget office, until they too kowtowed.  This rendered the Congress a lapdog of the Executive.  The Supreme Court also got it pork through a lump sum entitlement and the power to raise its own funds from its fees, making the rendition of justice more expensive,and also giving it participation in the looting of the state.  

 

All Presidents after Marcos succumbed to the Totalitarian Temptation of wealth and power, and thereby adopted the Marcos system of subverting the check and balance system of government, by making the Executive more powerful.  That is why the pork barrel will not be abolished.  Everybody in the three branches of government are happy.  Except the people. 

 

 

 

 

 

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