'At least somebody is thinking'
JAMAICA Observer online readers are largely in support of a suggestion by Opposition spokesman on finance, Audley Shaw, for the Government to cut waste and inefficiency to fund the budget instead of imposing the proposed ABM tax. The readers were reacting to a story published yesterday on Shaw's budget presentation in Parliament on Tuesday. Here are some edited comments:
I totally agree, Audley. But the Government will pay no one any attention. They will go right along.
CHUCK EMANUEL THE Original
1. Tax those who make more than $500,000 per month.
$1M or more - 1percent (200)
$.75M - .5 percent (300)
$.5M - .25 percent (500)
Total per month --$3.750M/monthly, $45M/annually)
2..Reduce the number of constituencies from 63 to 55
3. Reduce size of Cabinet -- enact legislation allowing for only 13 ministries plus offices of the PM and deputy PM.
4. Give great autonomy to parish councils
5. Consolidate statutory bodies where services overlap. for example merge the JIS with PBCJ and no ministry of information. Who need a Cabinet secretary and minister of information.
6. No budgetary allocation from Office of the Opposition
7. Cut government waste, cut government waste.
@CHUCK EMANUEL THE Original: Cut Government pay, cut government pay!
@CHUCK EMANUEL THE Original: Are you saying we mustn't fund the opposition?
Finally! At least somebody is thinking.
The Grand Inquisitor
Talking points. Eighteen more years of opposition fi yuh.
Mr Shaw, at this time I have only one question for you. As a concerned Jamaican, I am very appalled about how out of office-politicians love to criticise the performance of the current government. They ask many, many questions as to why this and that aren't done, and they seem to have the solution to all of our country's problems. Based on this premise, this is my question to you sir. Anything in the list that you are now prescribing to fix Jamaica's economic growth was established during your term in office, if yes, how effective were they, and if no, why they were not established?
Take a look back at Mr Shaw's performance as MOF for the few years he was there. We had a dollar that was stable and he did not bow to the demands of the IMF. Look at several countries in Africa and south America and you will see the IMF has put their economies in the ground. The current government has not done anything to stabilise the dollar or grow the economy. Remember under Bruce Golding the JLP took a pay cut and when asked to do the same the PNP rejected the offer. He is asking the PNP to make some sacrifice and start the cut back in government, what is wrong with that.
I find myself agreeing with Mr Shaw while watching his analysis of the budget on every point discussed. His proposals for the way forward supersedes that of his PNP counterpart. It is quite clear that the PNP did no study of the after effects of this proposed budget. His remarks regarding tourism and agriculture are quite valid and spells disaster if we continue down this path. I appreciate his remarks that we should stop depending on the international players to bail us out of our situation and we do it ourselves cause they aren't doing it for us. Why would you build up the citizen high hope of no new taxes in February then come April, you go against your word without even an apology or explanation to the same people you promised. The only problem is that each party, when not in power, comes up with these promising efforts and solutions then when in power they seldom come to anything.
Your last point is my exact sentiments. Why can't they come up with these grand solutions when in power.
The last time govt downsize was in the 80s when Eddie was prime minister... PNP don't have that in mind. All wha dem fi do is cut govt spending 10 per cent.
"Jamaica just cannot take any more devaluation at this time... We need to build consensus around many things" I like the tone Mr. Shaw. Politicans must put party politics aside for a while to tackle the many problems that face the Jamaican people. Try "country first"!
Finally, the JLP realise that the civil servants are the main obstacle to growth; and their political future.
Now yuh talking Audley, but from what side of yuh mouth?
Worthy bullet points! I wish we had a government which was secure in its sense of purpose, and patriotic enough to consider some if not all of the above stated positions. I'm suspicious however, that since they were raised by the opposition, they will be sum merrily dismissed as unworthy.
We are, wether we chose them or not, ruled by this particular government, and will be for years more. With TIME a valuable commodity, we are better off using good ideas, wherever they originate from. One Love!
You people in Jamaica were living like termites! Nyaming away as if there was no tomorrow, living the life of Riley, drinking champagne and caviar on sugar and water income and borrowing!
Time now has catch up on you all! Pay up and shut up!
All good prescriptions! Now, how to convince people to chose politicians who can move their children out of poverty rather than politicians who 'love' them.
Cut each member of Parliaments' pay in half, then you will see growth in Jamaica!
Now someone is making sense!
I really like that education recommendation. It would serve the country well. I can't believe some of the nonsense that comes out of the mouth of a majority of people these days