Welcome to The Bahamas: where your government can raise taxes without license, spend your money without oversight and dictate your children’s future without your input. We as a people haven’t said anything to the contrary. We haven’t raised any fuss worth noting. So they continue.
This isn’t about party politics. It’s about what is right and wrong. Whether this administration is voted out or in, whoever the successor is will have noticed a significant lack of grit from the Bahamian people. We can be walked over. We can be ignored. We can be bought.
Are you angry yet?
There are no Saviors to be found in Parliament. Good people? Sure. Some even have good intentions. Let’s talk about our own MP’s. Despite your thoughts about them, Mr. Key has had more years of serving the public under his belt that I have been alive, and Mr. Curry shows a genuine love for his people… for our people. But have they fought tooth and nail with their respective parties when they were in party to help realize our community’s full potential?
Good people. Sure. Just as there are other good people in Parliament. But no one’s perfect. And Parliament seems to have attracted the least perfect.
Those we have voted in to serve our best interests seem to either be cowards toeing the party line, ineffective blowhards making a name for themselves, or, at worst, traitors selling out the Bahamian people to further themselves. I do genuinely feel sorry for the good men and women in Parliament.
We’re being sold to the Chinese. We’re being taxed to fund vanity projects. We’re being involuntarily conscripted to bail out our government’s mistakes. Need more votes? Hire the incompetent into the public system in return for loyalty. Need to impress the international community? Enforce a new “solve everything” tax that does not mesh with our economic model. Need to hang your hat on a legacy? Why not healthcare reform?
Let me be clear. I don’t have anything against universal healthcare. I’m not smart enough to pretend to know the perfect system to care for our sick.
What I do know is that our government is too corrupt to trust with more money. What I do know is a January 2016 deadline for a new healthcare system rollout is too short. What I do know is that we don’t know enough. Our government got an idea in its head and declined to inform us until 10 months before implementation.
But then again we don’t need to know, do we? This is THEIR country after all. We just vote for them.
We don’t know many details because our government decided it is against THEIR best interest for us to know.
Ask yourself, though. What is in OUR best interest?