The scope of arrogance displayed by our leaders is an insult to reason. They seem to believe what they say will not only be eagerly bought by a gullible public, but also that they deserve praise for the flowery delivery of their rhetoric. They’re playing high stakes poker with our money and doubling down on all their bad bluffs; they don’t even care at this point that we can read their blatant tells – or that they’re running out of chips.
They doubled down on the VAT façade. Despite a year of collecting VAT tax, our debt ballooned into dangerous territory. They took a gift from The Bahamian people and squandered it. They buried their talents of gold. They were told to do a book report on “Principles of Economics” and instead handed in a wadded up napkin of doodles at the end of the semester. “What’s this?” the teacher asks. “It shows we cut the deficit!” comes the giddy response from Government. The teacher then notices the classroom is on fire. “This is fine!” exclaims Government.
They are doubling down on their other fine idea, the NHI ‘panacea.’ Somehow private doctors, who have spent years building their practices and getting to know their patients one-on-one, will now willingly accept hundreds more people they have never seen before? Overnight? Well, the government does promise to pay the doctors – promptly and in full, I’m sure. Somehow the money and knowhow is forthcoming to “upgrade” public facilities and clinics across the country? Well, they have had plenty of practice fiddling around with the four year old, unopened, Abaco Mini-Hospital. It will make economic sense? We don’t even know if the whole insurance industry will even survive – because we don’t know anything about it.
They are doubling down politics over people. Read the national headlines, every day it’s one attacking the other. They’re all guilty. Red, green, yellow. My favourite politician is Leslie Miller, he must know where the bodies are buried because he just says whatever he wants even about his own party members and never even gets scolded. At least that’s refreshing in a Trump-like way. But boiled all down it is sad. Murder is politicized. National disasters are politicized. The erosion of our culture is politicized. And it is never anybody’s fault.
The only fault there seems to be is ours for letting their poker game go this long. We know they’ve been bluffing. We know there are no more buy-ins. We know they’re cheaters but all the aces are accounted for, so nothing up their sleeves to save them. Maybe it’s time to get up from the table and leave the poker in the casinos. We have a country to mend and we shouldn’t be gambling with it.