There have been a few happenings in the last few weeks. There was the VW Super Bowl ad, the Saturn ad, the government’s intention to take billions from the NHT to meet the IMF’s requirements, the announcement of the JDX and more taxes, legislation on flogging and obeah and the list continues.
Before we get our knickers in a knot, I will refrain from saying much about those matters that really do not affect the price of bread. While I have been involved in conversations about the ads, they will not change the fact that in an economy that is showing very little or no growth and talks of a further wage freeze, they mean very little to the average man. And all this talk about symbolism and racism means very little when our leaders are invisible; seem to have no vision and whose actions seem tantamount to a drowning man clutching at straws.
I would like to state that I am not a supporter of any political party. Inevitably what is usually the case is that the conversations in parliament are a re-run of what was said when the other party was in power. The party in power usually implements what it staunchly opposed while in opposition and the opposition opposes for the hell of it, puts things on the table and you wonder why they never thought about them when they were in power. So in the mean time we can just fast forward to the next election.
Everybody talks about tax reform but that is all it is. Talk. And boy, how we love to meet. We love to say we met and discuss but most of the times these meetings are more social occasions than actual work. Nobody is being innovative, possibly because there is no support for innovation. There is support for toeing the line, following the rules, doing things the way they have always been done (just because), and thinking inside the box. No one likes to alter the status quo. And it seems no one dislikes it more than the government. Whenever we have a problem we try to tax our way out of it, but the only way we can pay taxes is if we have money and those of us who try to follow the laws of the land engage in actual legal work to make money and if that avenue is contracting as a spin off of all the so-called measures that are supposed to get us in the black, then where we going to get money to pay the taxes? Obviously our leaders have never read this quote from Winston Churchill: “We contend that for a nation to try and tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
There is also all this talk about the high energy bill, but to the layman like me, there does not seem to be the support for renewables. Businesses complain about the high cost of electricity but I do not see them putting on any pressure to make renewables more accessible. (Just to note, that this is my observation and so if there is pressure I apologize in advance of any comments in this regard).
We are a great nation. We have great coffee, cocoa, marijuana (so I’m told, LOL), among other things but we are not very big on value added products. And while we are listening to people tell us how to run our shop even as they do the opposite and look out only for themselves while we play “nice”, things keep getting worse. So who’s ready for the revolution?