Barbados Improvements Part 4: Looking Forward
Submitted by Freedom Crier
If you want to look forward you first must know our past, where we are, what we are doing and the choices we are making, then we can see what the future may hold for we have seen the direction we are on. The future is easy to predict/extrapolate based on the above where it gets complicated is when people change their mind that hits the normal projections/predictions for a six. (Sometimes a good thing)
Everything decays all Organisations, Governments, Systems, and Ideas. The vision of the original crafters gets corrupted, the original vision is still great but the corruption starts from within by one small idea at a time being believed and instituted, at the end the entity is far removed from the original vision. Ask anyone who belongs to or have belonged to any type of organisation and they can tell you of the changes and sometimes they cannot point to when these changes had even started, they just know that everything is different now and not as good/comfortable/happy as compared to when things were hard.
Change may not always be good but we change and do new things hoping for the better but the consequences that follow show us if it is better or not. If it is better keep it, if it is not dump it, why would you want to keep it if it is bad or have shown itself to be bad. The scriptures talk of a method of change for the better not only for yourself but for everyone who is in society or any organisation that can improve our lives.
Man is a fallen creature we are all given to many embarrassing/stupid/wrong/evil thoughts, actions and ideas. Our haste to implement our ideas above listening to others first, most times leads us in the wrong direction. We may be correct but it is still good to hear others that if there are any flaws in our thinking/actions we can and should correct them before continuing.
As all the previous articles submitted by freedom crier have shown I am not only talking about curing a person with cancer using medical marijuana, I am talking about curing a nation of its ills and asking the body to take the right medicine. We as a nation have grown oversized and the surgeon (IMF) is at the door and he is proposing radical surgery. Cut this, cut that, after he is done you would have lost weight and the recovery will be long and painful, hoping we do not die before we recover.
Now when we have recovered we will face the same temptations we faced as before, the call to freeness is great. Who does not want something for free and the politicians will start the process again carrying us to the same result by saying we deserve it whatever it is to bring us to being overweight, bloated and unhealthy. We need to learn why we are heading there and how to stop it we need to teach everyone that oversized Government keeps a man in chains he cannot move as good as he used to, prone to disease, and if he gets diabetes he can lose a limb or his sight. Guyana lost nearly half of its population because of Forbes and Jagan. How many people from Barbados have we lost to England, to Canada, the USA and we educate the brightest (island scholars) to go to the best schools in the world and they hardly ever come back. Now you may begin to understand why we need Immigration by investments with benefits trying to reduce this trend of the best leaving and attracting those who have succeeded to help propel Barbados forward.
“When one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone.
Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone”
Let us look at the freeness that has allowed us to get oversized
- Free bus fare for school children and retired persons
- Free school lunches
- Free primary & secondary education
- Free university education
- Free health care. Once you check into the hospital the government has to deal with you including sending you overseas to have treatment. I know of persons who went to Cuba & Venezuela for operations
- People expect free housing and some get it
- Free sports facilities. Stadium, gymnasium
- Free sports centre in every community
- Free welfare services, food, housing, garments
- Free abortions
- Income tax credits $750-$1,500 to persons who do not pay income tax
- Government agencies whose name we do not know that should not exist
- Add your own as I do not know all
Let’s look at the things that have put us in ducks guts (stifling growth)
- Highest corporate taxes in the Caribbean
- High gasoline rates
- High personal tax rates and no deductibles
- High electricity rates
- Low mortgage deductibles slowing housing growth
- High prices for automobiles >200% duty
- Vat at 17.5% and 22%
- NIS rates keeps going up
- Retirement age keeps going up
- Government borrowing that we have to repay with interest on a schedule we cannot live with.
- The sheer size of government and its attendant taxes to keep it alive
- Government reach into people life’s with its regulations
- All statutory corps that charge fees and lose money e.g.: CBC
- Sky high rates of duty that makes everything cost more than they should
- Duty free subsidies that exacerbate the situation
- A undersize police force with not enough equipment E.g.: patrol cars, individual guns
- A bloated bureaucracy that needs modernising and streamlining
- What do the teachers teach the children in government schools (is it self reliance?)
- What do the Profs teach at UWI other than socialism? Methinks that is all!
- You add the rest my fingers are tired of typing
The monster we now face is us, we have allowed this to happen it is how we have grown, it is what we as a nation have been led to believe. The ideology that have been fostered on us by beguiling politicians to get our vote we have been taught to ask what the country can do for me instead of what can I do for my country not realising that for the government to give anything it first must take from another with a big cut for itself. We have to change how we think. Government is and has been and should be “by the people for the people” it was made/created to serve us not we serve it, the government is supposed to be the peoples servant not its master. Remember we used to say civil servants, when last you felt in a government office that they were there to serve/help you or are you there to jump when they say jump.
I am not advocating we change the Westminster model although there is better a model out there. We need to change our beliefs (Christians call it repentance), all life is filled with choices what do we choose, that which leads to life/freedom/righteousness or that which leads to bondage/servitude/sin? We are faced with this everyday of our lives, each man via our personal choices as individuals and as a nation when we choose the path as a government. It is as simple as that. The quote from Kahlil Gibran is applicable. That Stone is Socialism, it is the legacy of Marxism everyone who have tried it has suffered/bondage/servitude some are on the way still.
We have felt it and more castor oil is coming open your mouth wide. Remember phase 2. The patient must take the castor oil as many doses as the PM sees fit I pray we get better soon. The surgery cutting, pain and the castor oil dreadful, I do not want to see socialism again ever for Barbados and so should you, we should turn our back on it as we have turned our backs on the DLP, a clean sweep. Tell your children, we lost more of us than who are left here now, we have lost much, our dignity, our pride and our industry to the likes of “dead men’s bones” (the ideologies of Marx’s)
Choose: life/freedom/prosperity/civility/individuality/freedom of religion not freedom from religion/goodness: shun evil/self-governance/respect for each other/free speech/teach, encourage never force.
Now we have a statue in its remembrance paid for by the Government who treats us as serfs to pay its debt via taxes.
Isn’t it Ironic that we celebrate at the Emancipation Statue paid for by Government and they are the ones who Tax Barbadians into being serfs. People received their Freedom and it was Heralded as something Great they even Erected a Statue to Celebrate Emancipation paid for by the Government, and then they proceeded to make us Serfs. We have thrown off the Colonial Masters and now we have another one, Government and they are Celebrating Freedom with us while making us Slaves to the State!…That is the Ultimate Deception!! That is Socialism on Steroids!
The Alinsky Model Steps to Socialism “How to Create a Communist State by Saul Alinsky …
“There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a communist state.”
1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people
2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)
6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools
8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
Does Any of the above sound Familiar? Socialism is Communism with patience!
People have been told that when the Government acts in given more freeness it is acting like a Christian and we as a Christian nation should not object we should welcome it. This is untrue, a lie fostered on us and by those who know that it is not true. How many God fearing politicians you know? How do they know what the scripture teach, they do not read it, their thoughts are as a little child remembering something they were taught as a 4year old with their reasoning to match. It would take a long discussion to show how much of a lie this is. Let me point you in a proper direction, read the parable of the talents.
Freedom is an easy concept to imagine when you are talking physical freedom but harder to imagine when talking spiritual freedom, after the Israelites’ were freed from Egypt physically it took them 40 years wandering in the desert to learn what spiritual freedom was and only then they entered the promise land. Real freedom is hard to live because so many of us try to force others to do what they want done done. It takes time and education of the rightness of the way and when it is won we then have to teach it to the next generation hence the saying “freedom only lasts a generation”. Freedom is not free it take our lifetimes if we want to pass it on to the next. The verse prefacing the ten commandments reads as follows: I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.(Exodus 20:2). The house of bondage was the system that held them back not just physical bondage as they were already freed physically but they wanted to go back for the “melons & leaks” they had to be schooled what freedom was and will be, but they needed to follow the following ten commandments. I do not expect us to completely switch, I wish we could but that would be asking the not practical. We need to be schooled as the Israelites’ were to want it, to “repent and choose whom ye will serve, Freedom or Socialism”
What Percentage of Your Income Equates To Serfdom 90%? 80%? 50%?
In history that some people cite after the slaves were free in America they continued to work the fields of cotton as free men but had to pay a tax of 10%-20% to their former masters for the use of the land and we called that exploitive but now we pay over 50% of our income in taxes hidden and unhidden what would you call it?
Do not while you are carrying your personal compass let a person stand next to you carrying a magnet and hugs you like a friend as in offering freeness. Your compass will cease pointing in the right direction because of the magnet’s influence and you will be led astray.
It is near the end of life for me, the windscreen has less road ahead than the rearward, I can no longer offer my strength as my bones are weary and the muscle mass is going but my spirit is strong and I can only offer my thoughts/insight/understanding/wisdom as these offer direction. I can only appeal for us to do the right thing and put it as simply as I can. The choice is always up to us chose life and live or choose wrong and suffer.
God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform. He has not forgotten us he has always cared for us, we need only pay attention and listen. This PM has been given a free hand a clean sweep to do as she sees fit by His hand and blessing, she should use it prayfully and wisely for the people and the nation’s benefit. He does not only choose the righteous but sometime chooses flawed men or women who are equal to the job. The PM have been given this task/job/calling. He has demonstrated His care for Barbados by this act and choosing you Prime Minister, it now falls on you to do the job. He will not be far as it is Him who has chosen you; He will bear you up and hear your pleas and will answer your prayers/concerns/tribulations. Do not fear to ask, the responsibility was given yes, but that also implied His guidance will be always available to you as long as you do what’s right.
Merit Based Immigration & Citizenship by Investment:
Barbados Improvements Part 1: Bridgetown
Barbados Improvements Part 2: Thoughts & Ideas
Barbados Improvements Part 3: Agriculture