There is so much nonsense in our country.
Millions go missing from various government departments and instead of our leaders tackling the issue we get political blame games. We should be more upset about this – instead we continue to feed into it. You and I have been robbed and swindled to the tune of tens of millions by the Road Traffic Department alone – yet our conversations with our neighbors get sidetracked into political blame games as well. We are just as guilty.
Our National debt is no longer “near the danger zone.” It’s there. We watched it happen as waste drained the coffers and unnecessary spending on pet projects kept the government accountants busy. The government forced VAT on us and keeps us guessing where the money goes.
Taxes and fees on everything else keep creeping up yet services rendered remain subpar and a detriment to growth. The government promised to reduce Duty rates once Vat came along –they didn’t. Actually, I’m sorry, they did reduce it on a number of trivial items just to say that they HAVE reduced rates. A friend I have who works in imports noted one duty reduction that’s sure to help Bahamians everywhere: bovine semen dropped from 35% to zero.
Basic services on Abaco alone are not reliable. It’s a fifty-fifty chance that you’ll get to wash dishes. It’s Schrodinger’s Faucet: the only way to know if I have water pressure is to observe it. Electricity is worse than unreliable. BEC has three states: On, off and HURRY UP QUICK UNPLUG YOUR ELECTRONICS! Promises come easily and excuses are thrown at us by the handful.
We grumble, pay our bill, pay the VAT on our bill, pay the “facilitation fee” of $20 or a bag of fish to move us to the front of the line and then call the service number because it is off again. Rinse and repeat.
These are just a few of the problems facing our country. Some are large and dangerous while some are local and frustrating. But we have a duty to shed decades of subservience to party lines and cast off our meek countenance the politicians play on.
Take back the country by speaking out, volunteering your time, leading by example and refusing to accept what you know is wrong.