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New Tax Codes: Are we on crisis management or what?

Posted by vip on Wednesday, 1-April-2009

Through pretty self-congratulatory announcements, some local government units in Cebu have recently let us suffering citizens know that these LGUs have just approved new tax codes.  These codes (read complex vs. pedestrian laws) were filed and passed in a jiffy, letting everybody in that our local legislators are not only super-intelligent but hyper-efficient beings cut for their jobs.

But pretty cut off from reality and from the rest of the people on earth they’re sworn to serve.  The governments of the world, ran by lesser beings, are still debating which industries and sectors to help and how best to help (i.e., where to get the money?).  These governments understand they face the dilemma of needing money and not squeezing it from the already suffering taxpayers. After all, who suffers really? And the US seems to be taking the bull between the horns by just concentrating the attention on their popular president and what his wife may be wearing.

But here in Cebu, are we in crisis or what?  If what, well and good–bring on the taxes.  But if we’re in a crisis, Lord, who can really pay higher taxes?  If we’re in a crisis–heck, do they even know we’re in a crisis?

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