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Letter: Is the dam issue a pretext to line up the pocket of political operatives in St Lucia?
Published on June 7, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

As taxpayers we must often question the motive of proposals that come into view as the main subject topic of the agenda, essentially when it’s reckoned to be matters with the purpose of digging into our already bare pockets.

One doesn’t have to be a genius in understanding the sagacity of the government’s new devious ideas to continue using force on the poor to pay more. Just take a look at the way they have hatched out a scheme to discontinue the subvention on basic brown sugar in exchange for VAT relief on medicine.

Whereas, while the health of our young vibrant society continues to deteriorate over grieving through the government bluffs of pumping EC$100 million upon coming into office and equally the over-indulgence of cheap available tobacco and alcohol drugs, this selfish myopic government has ridiculously bent backward (due to public outcry) and has now agreed to lift the VAT on medicine in exchange to asking the public indirectly to change their unhealthy lifestyle by using white sugar which they will continue to subsidize as opposed to what is now being describe as ‘killer’ brown sugar.

What a load of BS, when one can clearly see that the government’s only concern is to protect their interest of survival -- staying in power at whatever cost -- by avoiding putting maximum tax on such needless relaxation habits… tobacco and alcohol drugs… will theoretically guarantee them a longer stay in office. We are not gonna sit by and allow our hard earned tax monies go into political campaign funding, nor are we prepared to lavish monies into the pockets of foreigners who have no genuine intention of improving our livelihood.

The International Monetary Fund is forever keeping watch over the reckless spenders/fraudsters with lofty ideas with the aim of sustaining power through whatever means. St Lucia has now found itself in this dilemma, as what were presented to us as problem-solvers may very well turn out to be just ordinary swindlers with communistic inclinations. These very same individuals who have wrecked financial system in nearby islands are now showing washed-up on our shores. Albeit their threats -- when in opposition -- to write to the international corps warning them against investing in this island have now obviously backfired, as they are not attractive in their bid to woo investors to this small nation.

Are we now to believe the ploy over the Roseau Dam was another publicity stunt to make it appear to be a bad visualization in planning by their predecessor and as result they will have to seek professional personnel from abroad to secretly line their pockets, thus leaving all disbelieving taxpayers thinking otherwise?

Such responsibility, I strongly believe, can be resolved by employing local contractors with manual workers to bring about sustainable benefits to an already dwindling economy -- just look island-wide at the amount of heavy equipment not being put to full potential. And if there’s an issue with the disposal of the created silt, then I hereby recommend another opportunity in putting our resources to benefit unemployed locals in filling up the nearby low-lying Roseau, Cul de Sac and Bexon areas.

To further add support to my investigations, I will now make public a quote from one of the individuals who engineered the building of the Roseau Dam, recently disclosing to the media that the present condition of dam can be resolved by St Lucians. Oh yes!

This former foreigner, who has obtained local nationality status in recent times, said: “Ever since Tomas, the silt problem has been mentioned. But nothing has been done about it. Governments have been sitting on this and nobody has been willing to tackle it. We have local companies here, we have the boats, the dredgers, and they have the know-how. There are different ways of doing it; you can suck it, pump it, it can be done with a crane or other equipment. There’s no need to go outside the country and spend money that we don’t have. The local contractors are the cheapest option for the government at this present time.”

According to my reliable source, St Lucians should be also informed by now that this government interest payments are projected at over 15%, as reported in the 2014/2015 estimates of expenditures, coupled with transfers somewhere between 11-12% to cap government at 70% fixed expenditure of gross domestic product (GDP), along with other things that placed government in the red, which means many financial institutions will consider our debt level as a high risk bailout.

I rest my case by further reminding St Lucians to be vigilant of common thieves portraying themselves as governors of the people. A constitutional lawyer who is famously known to have said that public servants are his toys.

Stanley Leonaire
 
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