Anger in the Nation

Author - Ramesh Sujanani
Author – Ramesh Sujanani

In recent months I have noted a definitive negative change in the mood of Jamaicans.

I am not sure what has provoked it: It is not so much a rising sense of insecurity, but more a feeling of frustration and anger.

Possibly it is a consequence of poor economic management of the country. People earn less, borrow more, lose the value of their assets in foreign exchange changes, real estate holdings, pension values; on average we are getting poorer. All investment in the country has realized poor yields for businesses, farmers, and professionals. The costs related to education have soared. Universities, technical schools and other educational institutions find students I gather, but have little qualified teaching and management staff, and the quality of education is not up to an international standards.

On the other hand, Government taxation has reached astronomical proportions; persons are being taxed in every sphere and aspect of work life. GCT is now in every simple commodity that one needs, rich or poor, and at increased rates including energy of 17.5% ( please note approximations).  In Britain taxation is just as high but there are incentives freely allowed to producers, and there exchange rates are more conducive to living.  In Jamaica, many persons are starving, children and adults.

  

jamaica-photoIn addition, Government accounting of public funds paid over in taxation, in saving for a better life, in providing health care, and in infra-structure development is minimal. Our crime management is not as effective as it could be; our social services are depleted beyond any service whatsoever. We are in the hands of the Receiver (IMF), virtually bankrupt. An associate said recently that it is like giving someone $1000 to buy something at the shop; he spends $700, saying when asked, he lost track at the shop, and cannot account for the balance.

In much expenditure by Government the results give the same conclusion: ‘We are investigating’ where the missing funds have gone. Then there are no subsequent explanations, for years (remember FINSAC), and dollars paid out in auditor’s fees, and perhaps legal charges thereafter.

Where do we go from here?  ‘’ Is there any balm left in Gilead? Are there no physicians? Who will take care of the poor and suffering?” Jeremiah’s call goes unanswered.  Where are the solutions to come from, where are the answers?

In the past two years, many suggestions have been made to remedy the situation; some sensible and some frivolous. Perhaps some have been tried and some are in progress. But I see there is no organization in the approach of the suggestion. Committees have been formed, and have been dismissed, without any obvious conclusion formed and disseminated. There was a recent suggestion that the two parties align the most intelligent and acute minds of their supporters, including members of the public. Then put them to the job of improving our circumstances.

This should not be a paid committee: except for lunch and coffee where necessary, and must be assisted by professional trouble shooters in law enforcement, military training, and legal backgrounds. That is my opinion; perhaps that way we shall get a quick response. ©Ramesh Sujanani

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George Bond
8 years ago

what do you expect from a nation of people that have been schooled over the years by politicians to expect a ” you must give me ” mindset….successive governments waste and steal your money by taxation.corruption from the top down is rife…corruption is very damaging to a countries economy so while everybody gets angry and frustrated about the economy and their country they are the ones that make it so…putting blame is the national game.!…blame anyone else except yourselves….and until the main players are held accountable this situation will continue…while its every man for himself nothing will change…x

Robert Farese
8 years ago

legalise it

Sista Hodesh
8 years ago

RASTAFARIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILIVES FORIVERMORE JANUARY 1, 2015 IS 82 YEARS OF STRUGGLE AGAINST COLONIAL AND JLPNP INJUSTICE N GENOCIDE 1933-2015…….ONLY POSITIVE THING WE GAVE EM REGGAE RASTA AND INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION NOW THE HERB…….free up the Afrika nLliberation vehicle NOW !!!!! JLPNP

Howard Bogle
8 years ago

I couldnt agree more. As george stated all the stake holders are responsible, some by choice and some by sphere minority. Where we lack the power to do something. About it. I will not try and make excuses here, the populatio is to be blamedfor the state of this country and i stand behind that a 100%.

Michael Chambers
8 years ago

WHAT WE REALLY NEED IN THIS COUNTRY IS A CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM SO WE CAN HOLD WHO IS RESPONSIBLE . RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY ARE ENTRUSTED TO DO WHEN THEY DO DIFFERENT

Jane Issa
8 years ago

How can a government who pays for votes be a good one?

Proudli
8 years ago

Here is another reason to be an Angry Jamaican https://www.proudli.com/blogs/1/378/why-start-up-jamaica-is-set-up-j

Robert Farese
8 years ago

jamaicans are not afraid to work give them something that will produce good earnings let jamaica supply the world legalize it or the opportunity will go by

Jacob Forbes
8 years ago

United we stand …Divided we will continue on the path of destruction…We have all become a talking band with no action to follow. Everybody and his grandfather have a solution..We all want the same thing but we refuse to join forces for a common cause..There are more splinter groups about Jamaica Solutions than sand on the seashore. Since” independence”(whatever that means) there have been over 47 registered third parties and they all fall by the wayside for almost always the same reason yet more will be formed….The orange and green are an engrained part of the culture of the Nation… Read more »

Onyx Rock
8 years ago

What more evidence do the jamaican people need other than that they are the ones voting in and supporting these egocentric greedy, so called leaders , oppressive puppets and slaves to imperialism and colonialism ?

Anonymous
8 years ago

What Jamaica needs is a system that will keep government straight (an Ombudsman group) for the people – they should be selected by the UN and not be affiliated with any party in Jamaica – because it is time people wake up and see that whether JLP, PNP or NO party every level of government in Jamaica has gotten corrupt and the purging must start from within. Next Jamaicans needs to become informed about GLOBALIZATION, the advantages and the disadvantages because we have become a society of foreigners yes everything must come from abroad for it to be good –… Read more »

Yvette Michael Benny Atkinson

Jamaica is bound by European and America contract which make it impossible for Jamaica to move forward.until we abolish those contract we can’t benefit from one of our biggest asset is the legalization of weed

Judah Law
8 years ago

I think that Jamaica have what it takes to be a driving economic force, the west Indies must unite in a trade and barter framework. Less is more if we have a definite aim

Judah Law
8 years ago

Also, when it pertains to prostitution, Jamaica is not a whore.Jamaica need to turn back to Jah

Paulette Blair
8 years ago

The Jamaican people has lost hope, their is no future for the youths, when you look around poverty and despair every where, Every second person you meet they want to leave. For a small island as Jamaica with Jamaicans who have excels and show their weight in gold something is terrable wrong. Jamaica celebrate its independence yesterday yes we are proud, but we would be better off not freed.

Yvette Bell
8 years ago

Legalize marijuana and capitalize on the medicinal benefits, before foreign investors seize the potential of this lucrative crop.