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IRON SHARPENS IRON by Michael "Bro. Scobie" Joseph

posted 13 Nov 2018, 09:42 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 13 Nov 2018, 09:48 ]
The politicians we elect to the seat of governance of this blessed and beautiful twin Island country are, over the years, searching high and low for new ways to squander our hard earned Tax Dollars, while failing to properly govern and maintain the basic facilities and institutions that were inherited from colonialism. Not one is working to near its capacity, so that our citizens can live a fairly comfortable life. Why?

Let us take a look at the condition of our Roads. Are we not blessed with a wonder of the world called the Pitch Lake? Our national Transportation system, Water, Health, Education, Communication, Sports and Culture, National Security you name it, they are all in shambles, but our national budget is billions every year.

Agriculture should be of paramount importance, so we would be able to feed ourselves, but the politicians are putting us on a fragile economy of imports, which is undermining our independence. Why are we not enjoying the fruits of our labour?

For a number of years, this country has been spending more than Fifty Billion dollars a year domestically, with nothing of substance to show. Even our Independence and Republican status is now being devalued and diluted with citizens losing that sense of national pride, only because they don't feel a sense of belonging, and a sense of empowerment. And while we are going through this disenchantment and delusion, our politicians are hell bent on selling us right back into colonialism.

Too many of our politicians cannot resist the temptation of living the Massa lifestyle in the mansion on the hill with our Tax Dollars, while telling us that they meet an empty treasury that we will have to work harder to refill. They make deals and gamble away the people's patrimony, and to justify their dishonesty, they lay blame at the feet of the masses for being non productive and under productive.

Then half way in their term of office, suddenly, there is light at the end of the tunnel, things are slowly turning around. With a little effort, we will be out of the darkness that the previous regime left us in. Why should they change that mantra, when it seems to be working nearly all the time?

And some keep asking, what is wrong with the youths today? The youths today are seeing the struggles of their parents to survive, while big businesses are sucking the blood of the sufferers and the politicians bleeding the treasury to their own ends. Misappropriation of our revenue and resources are part of the reason for most of them leaving school and facing lack of opportunities. With no sign of a better life on the horizon for them and their offspring, they become disenchanted and rebellious. They see the uneven distribution of our wealth, and decide to get theirs by any means necessary.

We allocate the most money to National Security, yet citizens continue to live in fear of each other, while our newly minted Commissioner of Police believes that if he can kill all the "cockroaches" (rebellious black youths), life will be nice in sweet TnT.

What about the flies and the mosquitoes and rats and mongoose and all the other vermin and creatures that create a disease in the minds of citizens? What about the corrupt politicians and cheating corporate and public officials, Mr. Commissioner, are they not part of the problem, a scourge on our society? Or did you get a special assignment to exterminate cockroaches? Once there remains an uneven distribution of wealth in our society, more come!

There is an age old saying that, “the countenance of one man brightens up another, but iron sharpens iron”. “Beware the Ides of March.” A word to the wise!