Telling It As It Is
This may not have the graphic style usually associated with Filipino agit-prop banners and murals but the political sentiment could not be clearer. For those of you who can't be bothered reading the message this is what the people are saying to President Macapagal Arroyo:
Before you impose any additional burden on ordinary citizens like new taxes, higher fees, etc., you should first return the hundreds of billions you have already stolen. Then tax the rich - not the poor. If you can do these, we will solve our economic problems instantly. Meantime, please do not insult our intelligence by asking for more sacrifices and donations from the very same people you have already impoverished. Corruption in government is the cause of our misery.I've posted before about the great Philippine tax revolt here (scroll down). This does not come from the usual right-wing, market-loving, tax-cutting fools. It is an articulate accusation against the kleptocracy of the elite. Wasn't tax reform once the centrepiece of a revolutionary slogan?
(Hat tip: Bonn)