Sunday, November 8, 2009

Dollar-charged texting, anyone?

There’s no doubt we can rarely live without cell phones today. Who among us would dare not to care if we’ll be charged three times the cost for sending a text message?

I really wonder if this government still has some other things on their discussion tables other than giving us “just taxpayers” the extra burden every time they want to venture onto something. Sure, the telecom companies earn a lot, so why not charge their incomes instead?
First it was project blah-blah, now it’s for national computerization of public schools… I wonder what the next alibis are… maybe the computerization of tanod outposts…. Internet connections to Mt. Apo, or day care for stray dogs…

With too much things to worry, with all the prices going up, here comes another government-designed monster, destined to impose taxes on even the simplest caprice the common people could afford. There has been a statement expressing that it was not designed for the common people to pay, it’s for everyone who uses cell phones, including our politicians. I think they need to realize that even if they pay the same text taxes we do, we are still on the losing side. We are not stupid enough to be sure they have their phone lines or call cards charged to the government. This is yet another manifestation of our leech-inspired social structure… we ordinary workers work at hard jobs, pay our taxes for the government to pay the padrino- qualified employees, who have cell phone card allowances. Who suffers in the end? If a rich person sends as many text messages as the poor ones, and they shall be taxed equally, who could feel the burden more? It’s just like giving identical sandwiches to a well-nourished girl and a malnourished one, then taking it back just after the first bite to give it to the dogs instead.

The plan to keep up with the technology by giving our public school children access to the information superhighway is noble, but how can we be sure it will be used that way? A taxpayer like me would hardly agree we can see the developments in society after being deducted monthly for the income taxes we must pay. It has always been like this- you work, pay your taxes, suffer the bumps along the barangay road where you live, or shoulder an additional electricity fee to PECO to lighten up the foot walk in front of your house because the streets lights just don’t function but never get repaired. It’s quite a good motivation to pay taxes, isn’t it? And now this one… just wondering what part of our lives will soon be taxed…

On the otherhand, I have known so many people complaining that the school computer is exclusively for the use of the beloved principal, or supervisor only… wow… that’s how we define access to the internet…I am also a product of the public education system, and I think it will be good to give opportunities like this to poor children. It was only during the college days that I realized I’m too far behind my classmates, graduating from private high schools, when it comes to computer. Back in high school, we did have computers, but for display purposes only. It’s a noble plan, the problem is who would likely do the sufferings again?

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