With the recent pork scandal, we can see the power of the family as an institution, and how the interests of political families have overshadowed the political process. (Image from annawrites.com)
The pork barrel is, above all, a disciplinary tool, a carrot for donkeys. It also functions to keep those in power in power and to redistribute a trickle of the nation’s wealth to the lower levels (image from Interaksyon).
It is so easy to think normatively and say that what Jeane did was wrong because her parents have illegally acquired large sums of money from tax payers. But many politicians are engaged in worse atrocities. In fact, Janet Napoles would not have gotten away with her actions had the congressmen not agreed to the scam. Many of our government folk also boast lavish lifestyles supported by tax-payer money. What makes us focus on Jeane?