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Focus a little less on taxing the rest of us just to subsidize the few and instead create real tax reform. Incentivize the small and medium businesses to spend and build. Give consumers a reason to go to mom and pop stores instead of importing US and Chinese goods.

From the Editor’s Desk: More Taxes, Please

Bradley AlburyNational unemployment recently increased to 15.7%. Abaco’s unemployment stands at 20.3%.

We keep getting promised Baha Mar and how it will solve all our ills like Atlantis did before it. “Five thousand new jobs.” Putting all our eggs in one basket doesn’t seem, to me, to be the right way forward.

Focus a little less on taxing the rest of us just to subsidize the few and instead create real tax reform. Incentivize the small and medium businesses to spend and build. Give consumers a reason to go to mom and pop stores instead of importing US and Chinese goods.

Make it cheaper for the rest of us to build our nation. Don’t make success more expensive.

If more local businesses were given favourable duty rates then you and I would be more inclined to shop locally. What reason do we as consumers have now to go to a parts store and pay for the item, the 45% duty, and the store’s markup? …And now VAT? Give businesses a better deal.

Make it appealing to consumers to buy through venues that must hire local workers.

Unlike a new 7.5% tax every few year, this method will create jobs. This will make businesses hire to supply demand. This will get our youth off the streets.

Speaking of youth, did you know that youth unemployment stands at 31%? It seems as though our country can’t educate our youth OR give them jobs. Of course the government can keep hiring more civil servants to absorb the uneducated jobless. But before too long we’ll be raising more taxes to pay for that too.

We can’t educate our youth. We can’t create secure jobs. We can’t curb crime.

But you better believe we can institute new holidays that require your student to spend even more time out of the classroom. You better believe we can start public works projects that create just enough temporary jobs while providing the most consistent lining in our politicians’ pockets. You better believe we can make our officers work overtime while underlying social issues remain unaddressed.

These are all problems. But they are not insurmountable. Continue to fight for what is right in our country. Continue to do what you can to help your neighbor. And continue to smile because despite all our problems we are blessed in this nation.

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About Bradley Albury

Bradley Albury
Editor-in-Chief of The Abaconian.

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