What the hell is going on with our leaders?! City Council allegedly couldn’t make their payments to Social Security (yet Mayor Zenaida could pay her brother’s business) for several months. Her only answer to the ongoing accusations on the matter is to, in her usual arrogant way, state that she has answered the matter already and that the previous City Council was equally irregular in its payments. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that why we fired that crowd?!?! And didn’t you promise us that you’d be better? Well, saying they were just as bad doesn’t exactly scream improvement, does it? The more things change....
Speaking of how bad things are at City Hall, where’s our Municipal Audit? Mr. Auditor General, are you allowing yourself to be compromised by political necessities? Because I’ll tell you this: you are paid by us and as such you answer to us, and we want our audit -before March 4th. Hell, if you’re just a little behind, feel free to give us what you’ve got and tell us when the rest will be ready. You readers remember when Ralph wouldn’t allow any criminal charges against his brother? This crowd promised to be better. The more things change….
Connected friends can avoid paying taxes with impunity while businesses that already pay more than their fair share get taxed further to pay for those friends. Try avoiding your SSB payment for a month and see what happens. Try owing money for your trade and liquor license and see how long you can stay open. Try to keep from paying your property tax and see how that goes over with Zenaida & Co. Try talking Customs down on the duty they want to charge you and see how helpful they are. Ever made a mistake of a few cents on your GST or Business Tax or been late by a day on either? But there are those who can do all that and much, much more. It's just not Archie Lee's turn anymore. The more things change….
The Labour Ministry wants businesspeople to pay more severance to their employees –three and five times more than they’ve planned for. Not a bad idea, until you look around you and see how quiet things are with businesses. Then the government complains about businesses not lowering their prices. How can they? What costs have declined for them? Not taxes, labour, or utility costs, that’s for sure. You see, the PUP claimed to be all about social justice, then proceeded to help their favoured few shred the economy. The UDP claim to be all about social justice, and are doing everything to help their favoured few take what’s left. The more things change….
The current Prime Minister says that “corruption has been eliminated at the topmost level of government,” meaning him personally, one assumes –or maybe the Governor General. Who the hell cares that one athlete is clean when the whole rest of the team is on steroids? Same argument goes for any member of PUP who sanctioned what happened by keeping silent while it was happening. Guilt by association, it’s all the rage around here. The more things change….
Look guys, economic patriotism does not mean killing the cow for a steak dinner tonight then wondering why you can’t have milk with your cereal tomorrow. Economic patriotism means keeping your local businesses in business and able to do business without the constant fear of starvation through taxation. Economic patriotism actually means embracing certain free market principles so that consumers have a choice and local businesses have to learn to compete and work toward exporting their products in order to thrive –protectionism kills innovation and quality, did you know that? Have some pasta and think about that. Hell, economic patriotism even means creating a climate that allows shoppers to be able to afford to shop in their own country -but remember, do it without starving businesses to make it happen.
You know, you can at least try to pretend you love your country. So far you aren’t fooling anyone into thinking that you want to win the job again in 2013. Did you notice that there’s a global crisis on? Has anyone told you it’s now hitting home and that your actions determine how Belize comes out of it? Trust them, they’re not the ones telling lies.