If their Parliamentary colleagues missed them from yesterday’s Standing Finance Committee meeting, Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar (and UNC’s Roodal Moonilal) were on other duty calls:...
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Sterile debate, academic discussions a T&T thing
I agree totally with the words used by our Minister of Finance and originating from President Barack Obama. They ably describe the expected responses to the TT 2018 budget. It is not just the trade unions expecting freeness, big business, bless their greedy little hearts, also want impossible concessions.
T&T is a country, so spoiled by oil revenues for so many years, that the thought of personal sacrifice is beyond the comprehension of rich and poor alike. The poor will always be the most affected because those on top cannot exist without obscene profits. The bankers, the business chambers, and particularly the Supermarkets Association believe that they must have the last word on how best to run T&T.
The most important subsidy to be cut, like it or not, has to be on fuel. We have to learn to live with that or perish. The country must adjust to reality. Welcome to the rest of the world.
Every single public gathering, faithfully covered by our long suffering media, appear to be indeed mostly sterile debates and academic postulations. Each leading light in politics and finance, when interviewed on TV and radio, conveys self-believed superior knowledge for fixing T&T.
Rich or poor, the government is expected to give everybody exactly what they want. This untrammelled greed for untouched profit margins and handouts from every single sector of our society, is what is killing T&T.
I sometimes think that the frightening upsurge in crime is a manifestation of each of us wanting to grab from the next citizen, some of their money before it all disappears from sight. Collective personal robbery and financial domestic violence against each other is the order of the day.
I sympathise very closely with the Minister of Finance because like me, nobody understands my jokes. It is my belief that we have more ungrateful and greedy people living and breathing right here in T&T than in any other country in the world.
Sterile debate and academic discussions are just fancy words for saying that we are all of us just full of some very expensive personal garbage.