New taxes will increase crime
THE EDITOR, Sir:
As an aura of success floods the thoughts of Jamaicans, we may become blind to the uncertainty which still pervades due to the upsurge of criminality. We all must bask in the hooray of the new staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but should not be oblivious of the raft of issues that compose the reality of my fellow countrymen.
The escalation of crime goes without refutation, but the merriment over the IMF agreement seems to enhance our lopsided view of critical national issues such as crime. Without a shadow of doubt, the new $16-billion tax package will increase unemployment, thus making criminality the only rational option. I am adamant that planning was minute for these new taxes due to the unconstitutionality of some and the 'Nicodemus' nature via which they were introduced.
This prevailing administration has deceived the working class of this country and has the audacity to tag themselves as the 'Poor People's Party'. I offer my utter disdain and repugnance for these new taxes and hope our leaders will start thinking before they act.
NCU G2K Chapter