Our country is sick. So we are being administered this NHI scheme. It is expensive. It is vague. And what’s worse: it was designed behind closed doors in secret. That’s an immediate red flag. Any detractors of the government’s plan are labelled as “rich [doctors, insurance agents, insert profession here] who don’t care about the Bahamian people.” It seems that demanding answers about a scheme that will completely alter the country is wrong.
Our country is broke. So we were prescribed Value Added Tax. A year later we have no paper trail. Our businesses are struggling more with nothing to show for it. And worse: the government went into even MORE debt last year. But answering questions about the country’s financials have proven beneath the government and too tedious. So are we facing another year of rising national debt all while accepting we won’t know how VAT is being spent?
Our country is lost. For a quick buck we grovel to the Chinese. To “fix” our broken culture we adopted Carnival. Our politicians can’t decide who they want leading their own parties. And worse, we follow these same leaders without much question. We must shout and be more vocal if we are to find our way.
Many solutions offered for our country’s problems have been ineffective, benefitting the few, or worse. Thank God for the Bahamian people themselves. The people who speak up, who are their brothers’ keeper and who lead by example keep things together. Make no mistake about that. There are those who fight for what is right and we must join them.
Because our country is beautiful. And it is worth fighting for. Politicians and the government are not the enemy. I have to believe some have the country’s best interest at heart. The enemy is a system spawned from a status quo of secrecy, corruption and expectation of complacency. That last one is the one we can change now. Our country is beautiful, so fight for it.