The Christmas holidays are nice. For that matter, all holidays are nice. This country is built around holidays: ours and tourists’. Bahamians know how to holiday. Unlike education, as I discussed in the December 1 issue, holidays are a priority for us.
Something else our government, and by extension you and I, prioritize less than holidays? Something that we just don’t care about, like our broken education system? Our economy. The stability of our nation’s finances.
Right off the bat let’s deal with VAT. By the time this paper is on your coffee table the new Value Added Tax has been in effect for at least a day. I’m sure the rollout is going smoothly, but the implementation is not what I’m going to address here.
I don’t think the government, either the current or previous, was ever bashful about saying they need more money. They seem to have the same mentality as the years of our nation’s politics have implanted on the voters. A mindset of “Give me, give me, give me.” Shameless and unaccounted for.
I’m not opposed to new taxes. In fact I think we did need to overhaul the system seeing as how corrupt and incompetent things have been. For example, the half million dollars still missing from our coffers after a deposit from our Port mysteriously “disappeared.”
But when they ask for more money and they keep spending like they currently are it leaves us a little frustrated. Frustrated, sure, but obviously it does not make it a priority for us since we remain silent. Our government is bankrupting us and selling out your children’s future so they can better position themselves for kickbacks and a win in their next election cycle.
Give me. Give me. Give me.
The long term stability of this country does not matter to them. They’ve made their buck. They’ve given us the debt to pay. Yes, not all politicians and those in government or behind the scenes are some malevolent boogeyman seeking to further their own agenda. But look around our country and tell me that everything is squeaky clean.
But we don’t care. The same set of candidates can come around next election cycle and get their votes.
It’s not a priority for them. And it’s not a priority for us.
The truth hurts. But the truth can also allow us to seek change. And I believe we as Bahamians can bring about that change sooner rather than later.
Demand your MP vote for legislation that grows the whole pie, not slice larger chunks from a smaller one.
Encourage your brother or auntie or friend to get involved in ways that make a change.
Plead with your fellow Bahamians to change their priorities.