“Moderate their greed,” as said by Romulo Neri to Jun Lozada in the full-blown ZTE scam, is my favorite phrase of the year.
Of course, people say the scrapped deal was disadvantageous to the government and would further widen the gap between this country’s rich and poor. Hmm, what about the gap between the rich and the greedy rich?
Here are some reasons why the already-rich won’t “moderate their greed” and would like to be filthy rich by all means possible: (as quoted/adapted from an old article in the Sunday Times of London clipped by this blogger)
Rich is a house in the country; very rich is a house in another country.
Rich is having two cars; very rich is having two chauffeurs . (heck, five chauffeurs even!)
Rich is owning offshore investments; very rich is owning offshore islands.
Rich is being able to hire an accountant; very rich is being able to fire an accountant.
Rich is a eating a large steak in a top restaurant… in New York! ; very rich is a large stake in a top restaurant… in New York!
Rich is a $1 million mortgage; very rich is no mortgage.
Rich is being able to pay school fees in Switzerland; very rich is not caring what the school fees are.
Rich is a private clinic when you’re ill; very rich is a private clinic when you want pampering.
Rich is paying higher rate tax; very rich is tax exile in Geneva.
And the last word goes to Madame Imelda Marcos: