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LETTER OF THE DAY - Let's abandon beggar mentality

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2013 | 12:00 AM


We all know that the reason we need the International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal is simply because 'wi luv beg'. Expert beggars we have become. And we are rife with excuses why we MUST beg.

The Jamaican Government sits around waiting for handouts and with a new JDX; S&P has spared nothing in downgrading us to disgrace. Those of us looking forward to owning a home will soon abandon our hopes of a 'dream home' and dream of owning our own little hut instead - that's if we can actually afford a sizable piece of tarp.

Sir, we need to be investing heavily in the development of industries to generate revenue (such as in textiles, utensils, stationery, electronics, microchips, small tools, clothing fixtures - zippers, buttons, needles, thread and pins).

We should also assiduously pursue the large-scale cultivation of rice, corn, wheat and soy, ALL of which we import as if we are so rich. If the Chinese, the super industrialists, should go on vacation, it would spell sure doom for us, 10,000 miles away from the Zhong Guo smog.

AND what is Jamaica doing being a net importer of sugar? Sugar, of all things? We are spending more than five times what we earn. How is that for economic growth? Cheers?

No production

Only because we don't produce we end up begging the IMF. It's that simple. The IMF now has the right to tell us what to do with our fiscal Budget and dictate tax reform because it needs to know we can pay them back!

Politicians DO NOT feel the pinch. They are very comfortable and enjoying the abundance and luxury of life while our productive capacity remains grossly underdeveloped.

We need to move away from the theory that 'this or that will happen, ceteris paribus, and actually start making things happen here or we'll just continue being the country sitting on the roadside knocking a cup begging something.

It is said that there are three types of people in the world - those who watch things happen, those who make things happen, and those who wonder what on earth just happened. Which will we be?

The choice is ours. But as the popular saying goes, 'Beggars have no choice.'



Mandeville, Manchester