A billion in VAT collected ( $1,000,000,000 ) , $250,000,000 in annual interest payments, with deficits and national debt increasing. We are in trouble. No one party is totally responsible for getting us here. We cannot continue on like this!
So much always happens when we have an extra week between issues as was the case with the one currently in your hands. The police have done a noteworthy job of rounding up suspects of the nefarious boat theft ring. Commendable in the fact that they caught some (hopefully most) …
Dear Editor, The government has released regulations (see Nassau Guardian 17th and 19th August) concerning web shops and I wish to share with you a few of them, along with some information I have researched in Abaco: 1. Distance between web shops from church, schools and residences to be within …
Abaco Chamber President, Vado Bootle, addressed the quarterly Heads of Department meeting on July 29, 2016, that was chaired by Administrator Charles Moss. After his introduction, Mr. Bootle explained the Chamber’s desire to assist government departments in making their contacts with the public an easier, more business-like encounter. Examples were …
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.
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.
The Prime Minister announced during the recent presentation of the budget debate that, thanks to VAT, the country has cut its deficit substantially. That’s great; however deficit does not mean our debt – which continues to grow with vigor. It grows because spending continues to outpace what we collect in tax at the expense of the private sector which, Mr. Christie admitted, grew much slower than expected.
There is a great proverb about trees and planning for the future that goes “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” There are not so many great proverbs detailing the benefits of short-sighted cash-grabs, empty promises or political tricks.
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.
Abaco has three main seasons. “Winter,” “Summer” and “Forest Fire.” I think you can guess which we are in now. I’m not going to speculate about what, or who, lit our most current blaze; all I know is that the smoke is a little close for comfort.