They did it in the 70s, at the time the Island had only been a decade into it’s newly found independence .……[of sorts], crime was no worry to anyone, the economy was buzzing from the tourism industry, a vibrant aluminia export sector, our agricultural sector was the envy of the developing world, manufacturing was booming and the government of Hugh Lawson Shearer was only getting started.
Off and running, building schools, hospitals, and infrastructure at a pace unrivaled to this day.
Yup, the term built by labor was on everyone’s lips.…..
Despite all of that progress and development, Micahel Manley, an intensely charismatic politician with extraordinary oratorical skills told the nation (“betta mus cum”).
Better must come was a bullshit pipedream being sold to a population that was already intensely primed by the PNP to expect material things they did not work to earn.
So the building of new schools and the laying of new infrastructure, and the peace and tranquility in the country which allowed for people to be educated, get good-paying jobs, and live their best lives was no good.
What they wanted was free houses, living on top of each other, free electricity, free water in the pipes, free money from jobs they never did, and free stuff that is taken from people who had worked all of their lives and given to them.
By 1972 Michael Manley had ridden into power on the idea that no one has to work for shit. He was the rod-waving magician [Jousha], who would deliver all of the freebies and no one had to work for shit ever again.
By 1980, a mere eight years later, the tourist had stopped coming, the entire manufacturing sector had migrated to Trinidad, agriculture was a distant dream, our once enviable private sector was decimated, investors and business-people had all taken up residence in south Florida, having taken one of the five Air-Jamaica flights they were warned to take.…..Their property by then was taken over by hoodlums who had voted dozens and hundreds of times in a single election, in order to receive the windfall of freebies the wealthy and the not so wealthy had left behind.
In trying to sanitize their pathetic socialist images, not just in Jamaica, but across the Caribbean, the faux Inteligencia indoctrinated at the communist-leaning University of the West Indies, tied themselves to freedom fighters like Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyerere, Jonas Savimbi, Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, and even Robert Mugabe, in order to claim legitimacy in their communist leaning failings.
They heap praise on Michael Manley and his Minions like DK Duncan, Trevor Monroe, Percival Patterson, Arnold Bertram and the other losers who ran our country into the ditch, not just between 1972 to 1980 but for an unprecedented 181⁄2 years of abject failure that has cost Jamaica incalculable treasure, particularly her human brain-drain.
What the fraudsters at the intellectual ghetto, those who left years ago, or even decades ago, will try to convince you of, is that Michael Manley’s raft of social initiatives was necessary, and as a consequence, the damage and destruction done to the economy were unavoidable.
I call bullshit.
Michael Manley was instrumental in ending Jamaica’s bastardy laws. Michael Manley was instrumental in passing legislation that enabled women to go on maternity leave with pay. He helped to establish the National Housing Trust. Michael Manley is credited with the rural electrification program, he should not be credited with that it was an idea whose time had come.
He is credited with offering free education up to the tertiary level. Politicians can give away whatever they chose to in legislation designed to harvest votes, how those programs are paid for is another matter.
Land reform and equal pay for women are to Manleys credit.
None of those social programs singularly, or collectively, had to come at the expense of the Jamaican economy, the destruction of the manufacturing sector, chasing away the private sector, ruining our culture, and creating one that depends on taking from others, rather than people working for what they want.
The resultant brain-drain from people taking flight from Manley’s communist overtures, the destruction of our national airline, the migration of our manufacturing sector to Trinidad, the empowering of the island’s criminals, and the denigration of the rule of law in our country, was way too much for our country to bear.
Whatever victory that may have been derived from the PNP’s tenure, (not just Michael Manley’s tenure) but the tenure of the PNP in the post-independence Jamaica has been a pyrrhic victory.
Yet here we are again, one would have thought that the PNP would have learned something and come back to the table with a plan for Jamaica, one that is not based on the continuation of empty promises of everyone having everything they want and need .…… all for free.
So here comes Damion Crawford promising freebies, more freebies,10,000 scholarships for $3.5 billion. When asked where the fucking money was coming from to pay for it, he remarked, allocations will be made in the budget annually to cover the cost”.
To those of you paying attention, that is not an answer, it is not like there are extra funds lying around that can be used for discretionary spending.
Every fiscal year government is forced to scrape and scratch to meet budgetary obligations that already exist, that must be funded, Health, Education, National Security, Agriculture, and the host of other public sector agencies that must be funded. There is nothing else to tax, and there is no new manufacturing, mining, or another sector that will be providing a windfall from which the 3.5 billion may be sourced.
At the same time, they are promising to give everyone land, free houses, and everything else they need. You guessed it all for free.
Where will all that money come from to fund those promises? The stark reality is that they will not be funded, because they will not materialize.
The PNP has always used promises to fool people into voting for them. This time around, I hope that the Jamaican voters will realize a con-game when they see it, and send them packing.
Send Peter Phillips and his band of thieves a strong message that people will no longer fall for promises when they can see real and tangible results happening in front of their eyes every day.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer,
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