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it cost us about a billion a year to pay the public service and service our debt ,that's before one nail for infrastructure or maintenance . Considering the cupboard was bare what would you have them do default on the debt and send tens of thousands of civil servants home so we could crash headlong into a major depression and achieve fourth world status .The way you trim the civil service is stop hiring ..
The truth be told and there are many long term studies to back it , the last one released on 140,000 kids to adults over 50 years . As long as we keep beating the snot out of kids in anger under the guise of spare the rod spoil the child , we will continue to produce anti social violent teens and young adults that use force and violence for conflict resolution . The other problem that is common w/ young nations ,it is drummed into our heads so much that "just " being Bahamian is enough to makes us special despite achievement and many of us w a sub par education are too arrogant to be taught or learn ,,
I say close to a billion ,,200 million walked out the front door OF BOB ,then a least another 100 million to crooked foreign consultants that gets divide up abroad ,one of Bagman Bethels long standing scams
We did not get here here overnight ,actually it took forty odd years of a bloated civil service , lack of productivity , corruption and teefin on an epic scale , ever increasing cost for tourist w/ decreasing level of service , a large amount of ignorance combined w arrogance and this is where you end up .We are doing the same amount of stopover guest we did in the nineties ,actually our arrivals were down 6% last year , as others in the region give value for money and their numbers have increased .
He is not condoning corruption , he is saying go after the cases that there is a good chance of getting a conviction .If a minister gives a bloated contract to a friend but you can not prove there was a kickback ,which is usually done in cash , it is very hard to prove its a crime .
how many times do I have to tell you Hubert Ingraham ordered the defense force boats ,,lets not even get into naming something that has no accreditation a university
No where does he say Sarkis should take legal recourse to try and recoup financial damages ,,what he says is don,t stop the sale
No he did not ,He is a lawyer and he knows ,malfeasance and wasteful spending are bad judgement and even corrupt ,but its a hard criminal case to make .unless you have solid evidence of Ash kicking back .HAI says where there is corruption AND a provable case by all means prosecute ..
The roads were needed to be done for years and when they were dug up a lot of the water works had to be repaired ,,,400 Bahamians worked on the roads ,,and JCC did NOT make 200 million ,,maybe 30 million profit after payroll ,fuel for vehicles ,tar , vehicle etc etc .,,Thus a lot of the money circulated here ,,400 million in the airport I can touch ,the harbor for bigger ships and the fill for awarak cay.. Keynesian economics you spend on infrastructure during a recession and try to keep taxes low to stimulate growth ..He knew we needed to broaden our tax base b/c we were only getting 40% of customs revenue ,but did not do VAT during a recession ..Say what you will but things got done w/ HAI ..The money for the roads was a very low interest long term IDB loan b/c we still had good credit then ,,unlike now.The PLP started the roads w/ Bethel trucking btw 2002 and 2007 and the IDB yanked the loan ,,HAi had to use a foreign firm ..
You can see and touch the things HAI built w our money ...
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