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Rick Lowe
Nassau, Bahamas
Human action...not political design
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Dear Hanna: Read the thread and you will see where I worked with the vendors and Mr. Pierre Dupuch to bring sensible changes to the fiasco that we call the Montagu Ramp. If what they are doing is negative as we all agree, why do I have to be politically correct? Compromise has us where we are. If you do not have title to land, or a rental contract, where you live or operate a business, what are you if not a squatter? As I said before, I will be pleasantly surprised if any order comes to that area.
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Okay guys enough with the name calling. I'm fine with a little sarcasm every now and then, but we can do better. Let's debate the points without ad hominem stuff please. Rick
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The numbers come form the Central Bank and the Government's budget. See this article and review the spreadsheet: http://www.nassauinstitute.org/articles/article839.php But you have insurance no? By the way, we were running serious deficits before he economic crisis.
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Sorry. Don't forget the people that have stolen the land (squatted) want more land and infrastructure for free.
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Hey DP: Bearing in mind that politics got us into this mess, unless there is a sustained out cry and personal letters to each MP etc it might take another 25 years. It's taken about that long for it to develop into the mess it is. In the scheme of things, it's a minor issue. Let me put it this way, I'll be surprised, big time, if anything happens with this new initiative. I helped Mr. Pierre Dupuch when he was an FNM MP try to bring some sanity there and still nothing happened.
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Absolutely Chris. We're not to be outdone here either where subsidies are concerned. Remember farmers being paid for produce that rotted at the exchange? These are classic stories of our political class simply buying votes.
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Why is it that many of us tend to believe there is a political solution? The answer is smaller government where politics plays a less significant role in our lives. You can bring in four parties, their objective remains the same. To get elected. To get elected you have to compromise your principles. Once your principles are compromised, voila! You're back to square one. Read our Constitution and you will see that personal responsibility is paramount. Politicians, while many are well intentioned, do not really want us to be independent critical thinkers.
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Hi Hanna: According to some numbers compiled recently: GDP: $7,564,000,000 Health Expenditures: $271,533,000 Social Benefits & Services: $99,434,000 Other Community & Social Services: $28,857,000 Total expenses 2008/9 $399,824,000 for 5.29% of GDP Hope this helps?
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Hey Hanna: Self interested like the rest of the human crowd, maybe. Greedy, I don't think so.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2009 on The Bahamas Colonial Past... at WeblogBahamas.com
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Hi Chris: Their scheme includes price controls and what amounts to a government take over of the purchasing of the 93 drugs identified through a new government tendering agency and several other government committees to oversee the programme. These drugs will still be sold through the local pharmaceutical suppliers but “managed” by the new government agencies. This amounts to a takeover and your points are well taken!
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Dear Mr. Hanna: Did you make an assumption or is that your impression of my posts? Help me here please...
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2009 on The Bahamas Colonial Past... at WeblogBahamas.com
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Dear Lynn: Thank you for dropping by and commenting. I can't answer for Tradewinds, but I'll take a stab at your question for myself. My point was that at this day and age, after self rule of 42 years, which amounts to three or four generations in our country, we need to start blaming ourselves for our deficiencies. Personally, I find I can't hold on to the crutches many in my family still do. It does not help us develop as a people or country. It could be my continual reading of economics that helps me better understand human nature, I don't know? Hope that makes sense?
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2009 on The Bahamas Colonial Past... at WeblogBahamas.com
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But I'm curious Hanna, why do/did you consider me a corporatist?
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2009 on The Bahamas Colonial Past... at WeblogBahamas.com
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Sorry Hanna: I got the impression you were suggesting the current policies were the correct ones? They're all Keynesians these days. Most Republicans and most Democrats, as well as most PLP's and FNM's, not to mention the G20 countries. Now I'm a corporatist! How do you reach that conclusion? I can assure you, if I controlled the state, things would be a lot different.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2009 on The Bahamas Colonial Past... at WeblogBahamas.com
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And then the Justice lets him off with a warning. Here is a man that is a lawmaker (Member of Parliament) basically walking on such a serious matter. Public ridicule not withstanding. I wonder what would have happened if they found a juror "texting" a message as was implied? Would they have gotten off with a warning? Of course not. I'm sick of the cronyism. You don't pay your NIB tax for years, you are given a break. You don't pay your property tax for years, you are given a break. The list goes on and on. Is there any wonder so many of us have lost our "give a damn"?
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Sorry to jump into this one Tradewinds, but I couldn't pass the opportunity up. Seems to me the debt doctrine is that of the Keynesians no? Check their pedigree. Too much debt, without the capacity to repay is what is destroying the US at this time. Here at home, we are borrowing to pay debt. The path to bankruptcy. So should Tradewinds and the rest of us not worry about the the debt levels? Are you suggesting it doesn't matter?
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2009 on The Bahamas Colonial Past... at WeblogBahamas.com
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Dear Hanna: Protection for the individual is paramount - not protection for the the majority. Rick
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Chris you are spot on. It's really a farce. I watched about 30 minutes of the PLP convention for example. They call themselves the party of the small man (whom I am still waiting to meet by the way) yet after they had 30 years in power, there are more "small men" than ever before. How is that possible? Then I'm sure the FNM will be patting themselves on their collective backs at their upcoming convention telling us how great they are, etc, etc... The exact same thing with the laws. They create little fiefdoms and the problems get worse. But just look how much fun we have jumping up and down and signing hymns at these conventions.
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Sorry I keep forgetting that in your world view only white people play the race card. You just keep telling the single story about people like me. Keep going...
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Can't help but respond to this one Hanna. So I take it from your remarks that no greed exists in people that are politicians or bureaucrats? Only saints seek those positions because they care so much about everyone else. Come on man...
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Unfortunately you miss the point that ever larger government increases the taxation necessary on all people, and to use a word governments like, it is unsustainable. This also slows the economic growth necessary to create the wealth that keeps it all going. Canada, the UK, the US etc are all developed nations and their tax load is getting out of control. Governments desire to "help" and "develop" their nations never stop as we as citizens demand more and more. I'm sorry for our children, and their children.
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See Hanna, I don't have to. You tell the single story with each comment. In your world were all stereotypical.
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It is obvious I was impressed by the video or I would not have posted it or said it was an excellent video. My point was made.
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Dear Hanna: It's patently obvious that you missed the point of her presentation and buy into the single story about people like me.
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That's what I'm afraid of J.U. Having been robbed at gun point in a North American city it's not unusual this day and age. The point of the blog is hopefully to get us up off our collective tushes to do something about it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
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