Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Let them eat condoms

The country’s inordinately huge population growth rate threatens food security and aggravates the looming rice shortage, said the Albay Rep. Edsel Lagman, who authored pending house bills on reproductive health, responsible parenthood, family planning and population management.

How wise of the honorable Congressman of Albay. Reduce the people and presto, there is enough rice to eat. Reduce the population growth to half perhaps? If there is still rice shortage, ban population growth altogether. Still more shortage, reduce the population even more, and so on...

I am reminded of the phrase commonly attributed to Marie-Antoinette the Queen. When told that the French populace had no bread to eat, she reportedly said: "Let them eat cake!". At least she didn't say: "Let them eat pills and condoms!".

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