Friday, 30 October 2009

For She Herself Has Said It

Hillary Clinton Sees Some Tax Dollars - US Senate portrait, public domain
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is concerned that her Pakistani hosts have failed to grasp the nettle of good governance, and reminds them of the high purpose and duty for which democratic societies entrust their representatives with the sovereign power:



"We (the US) tax everything that moves and doesn't move, and that's not what we see in Pakistan."

That sure explains Pakistan's little handful of problems at present.  I'm ashamed I never thought of it.  I had some childish intuition that they might have something to do with a civil society sufficiently dysfunctional that making a living by taking other people's stuff off them, was far too easy in comparison to getting paid for producing stuff they wanted.  But of course, the counter-intuitive truth is that it is not easy enough for the power-classes in Pakistani society to take other people's stuff off them!  Thank you, Secretary Clinton, for straightening me out on that one.  With statesmustelids of this calibre at the helm, surely it will be morning again in America soon.

Of course, the sea-green incorruptible Clinton can be partly excused for allowing so alien a concept as actual governmental corruption to slip past her logic whilst she has her eye on higher and better things.  She does, after all, have one valid point.  If the Pakistani government wishes to spend $7.5 billion it does not have, on making its people's lives better in its usual inimitable fashion, it would perhaps better behoove it to raise it from its own manor than from hers.  Know what I mean, .gov?  The alternative of not spending it at all is, of course, quite unthinkable.

Because as the Secretary warns us, the Pakistani authorities will soon be saddled with a new and dreadful burden:

"You do have 180 million people. Your population is projected to be about 300 million. And I don't know what you're gonna do with that kind of challenge, unless you start planning right now."

Another 120 million mewling, puking, useless and helpless dependents for the hard-working productive powerhouses of Islamabad!  What a horror, what a pollution, what a collective monkey on the bureaucracy's back!  Imagine how much paperwork they will generate just by getting born!  This dangerous invasion of Pakistani State territory by hordes of uninvited and unscheduled Pakistani people must be stringently and expensively managed by any means necessary.  For who will plan and give meaning to so many lives?  Who will procure them the simple needs of existence, or provide the tax-base with which to prosecute them all for selling unauthorized chapatis?  Eh?

Oh, wait a minute...

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