DLP OBAMA Comparison Attempt Is Laughable at Best
In recent days as expected we have seen the DLP attempt to draw parallels between Prime Minister Stuart and President Obama’s record which can only be called completely “laughable“. I must confess that if I lead such an unproductive government I too might try to grab onto President Obama’s record myself.
A primary strategy of the current DLP appears to be the invoking of the record of past DLP prime ministers (to now include US President Obama) in an effort to get the Bajan people to forget how “empty their pockets have become” under the current DLP government.
So let’s look at some facts and comparisons:
Unemployment has steadily risen under Prime Minister Stuart‘s DLP government., while we know the DLP blame “everything” on the global recession, my position is that they have “significantly compounded” our unemployment situation and many other national challenges with overall ineffective leadership, governance and know-how. They have been totally ineffective at addressing key issues like unemployment, tourist reform and much needed fiscal reforms.
Here is a “factual comparison” of DLPBLP records which bajans need to honestly and “patriotically” consider in the next election … noting that at the end of the President Obama first term unemployment continues on the decline.
DLP 2008-2011 unemployment record
2008 – 8.136%
2009 – 10.20%
2010 – 10.60%
2011 – 12.00%
And still rising in 2012
BLP Unemployment rate prior to DLP:
Less volatile and going down
DLP GDP real growth rate:
2008 = -0.18
2009 = -4.69
2010 = 0.34
2011 = 0.50
And struggling no matter what the central bank reports.
BLP GDP record prior to DLP:
2005 = 3.877
2006 = 3.559
2007 = 3.826
The numbers speak for themselves.
I believe that the bajan electorate made a mistake in 2008 by electing the DLP which got magnified by the unforeseen global recession, as we removed the best team (BLP) to fight the impact of the subsequent global recession.
We “the bajan people” can correct that mistake in 2013 by putting what is best for Barbados before partisanship, by using our God giving intelligence to consider the facts and choose a better path forward for Barbados. The current DLP government has proven that while they may have good intentions, they honestly do not have what it takes to dig Barbados out of the current economic ditch. The BLP is not perfect but has the talent in it’s ranks old and new who can get Barbados back on track. “Be a Bajan Patriot First …”