I wonder, with there being an improvement in the condition of the President’s husband, are the gloves already off? Seems that way from Patricia Evangelista‘s Sunday column.
Weekend news was dominated by the Pacquiao win (complete with his being introduced by the emcee as a congressional candidate, and cheers for his candidacy); and general jubilation was the order of the day, though perhaps not the mania that accompanied previous bouts, perhaps because, as Chino Trinidad said in his blog, the whole fight was a mismatch.; his trainers said he took his sweet time in administering the coup de grace.
Anyway, I found the live report of the fight nifty; as was Joey Alarilla’s blogging about it.
Two MNLF camps are overrun, the Organization of Islamic Conference pleads for peace; an American Peace Corps worker is missing; and the President is poised to appoint yet another Supreme Court Justice. The Philippines makes a cameo appearance in a Slate article on trafficking in human organs.
My column for today is After the election, the deluge, which takes a look at the administration’s infrastructure plans, including 21 flagship projects. Even as economists sound a cautionary note on government growth projections in general, some existing projects, such as the Clark-Subic expressway, are delayed. The reasons for the expressway’s delay are particularly instructive. It’s a cause for local officials expressing moderate anxiety. And that’s because a lot is at stake, and will be at stake for people whose hopes will be raised by the announcement of such projects. As will the need to pump-prime the economy by spending more on infrastructure.
My argument is that these flagship projects haven’t really been affected -and can’t be affected- by partisan politics; that their delays, to date, are signs of problems that won’t go away and which can’t be blamed on anyone else by the administration; and that the administration, already boasting of a solid victory in local races plus the House, is inviting even more pressure to deliver over the next three years. But if you read the opinions of economists, etc., the question is: can the spending be achieved, without going back to the heavy deficits of the past, and can the political will be mustered, to accomplish the necessary infrastructure projects to achieve the government’s political aims for 2010?
In the blogosphere, my entry yesterday in Inquirer Current continues an ongoing debate with John Nery. Placeholder reflects on authoritarianism and what, if anything, it has to offer. Armchair Generalist on the US Army recruiting among video gamers.