<<< As Bodie would say, “What kind a ‘sugar’ is this?” A ‘Steady Hand’ man flying the country on a one way ticket to HELL! The country is losing cabin pressure and the one man captain is not asking for help. BAHAMAS!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED CHANGE! (Photo by http://bahamian.ebloggy.com website)
Nassau, Bahamas — Some, who continue to suggest that Hubert Ingraham has a ‘Steady Hand’ to run the country, tires Bahamas Press with their bilious pronouncements. Now they can say that once they properly define ‘STEADY’, especially when it comes to Ingraham. We believe this is utterly untrue and is a false statement when one examines the facts.
In 2007 Ingraham himself said when he took office how ‘SHOCKED…Indeed surprise’ he was when he saw the level of reserves and management of the state affairs upon coming into power. More than $800 million was stacked to the roof sitting in the Central Bank collecting dust under the former administration. Unemployment was down to 6.5%. Foreign Direct investment was high nearing some $20 billion dollars. Standards & Poors gave the Bahamas an A- rating. Bahamian could buy chicken ‘n’ the bag for lunch and supper cause the dollar was stronger and inflation was down! Breakfast at the van in the morning was .99¢ before the ‘Steady Hand’ man came back to power. Taxes was down on more than 160,000 items, and Bahamians outside of the great United States and Canada lived much better that anyone one else on this side of the world. We went to family island regatta so much, Novie Pierre wrote a song about it! Those were that facts prior 2007.
But look what we are facing in two short years since Ingraham’s administration rolled into office on a ‘Trust & Colour Red’ agenda. Bahamians are beginning to see a different picture. If ‘Blind Blake’ was with us today perhaps he will stroke the cords of his tenor banjo and begin the song, “Run come see Jerusalem”. It would not 1929 anymore, but 2009.
Run come see the man with the ‘Steady Hand’ Blake would write. Oh boy, we can hear the loud chorus with the tears of the unemployed Bahamians who would sing in the background, “RUN COME SEE, RUN COME SEE…. The man they say with the ‘steady hands’”.
We wonder, where was the ‘Steady Hand’ man when the homeless on Grand Bahama was being kicked out of shelter trailers. The ‘Steady Hand’ man ordered them onto the streets, babies and all!
What a wicked ‘Steady Hand’ that must be to force the Cabinet into agreement and demanded BEC to discontinue allowing consumers the chance to pay their bills bit by bit. And those who failed to pay were quickly shutoff supply, all 6,000 customers. We remember the old pensioners on the island of Bimini protesting against BEC. And with no lights, mama only could sing in the dark.
Perhaps one could say those shriveled creepy looking ‘Steady Hands’ was clearly not concern about the Bahamian public when it STOPPED, Cancelled and Reviewed million of dollars in projects. Running them back into the ground. The loss is still being calculated and yet persons have the gall to describe Ingraham as having ‘Steady Hands’?
Those hunted ‘Steady Hands’ didn’t care about the more than 1,200 temporary government workers who needed a job and a chance to work. Many were hanging on a thread of survival in 2007. But thanks to ‘Steady Hand’, they’re all sitting home looking through the porch window. Mother home, the daughter (who cannot pay her college fees) home, the son in the back yard smoke leaf, home. And by June 15th, the father will join them all because Ingraham is sending him home on retirement at age 48. Boy, that sounds like one cold iron hand to me.
The ‘Steady Hand’ man didn’t stop there! He began weeding out law enforcement officer, customs officers, teachers, senior public servants and immigration staff. And after his Stop, Cancel and Review policy took affect on the owners of the many projects, it lead to mass layoffs: masons, carpenters, tile layers, painters, plumbers, steal workers, and associated construction staff. Yes, that’s the man with a ‘Steady Hand’.
Now one must not forget this all happened before the global crisis. Let’s now look and examine what the ‘Steady Hand’ man is now doing. Miss Universe is coming to the Bahamas and no one knows yet, what it the cost to the taxpayers, but the transparent ‘Steady Hand’ man says he has a stimulus package. He says Miss Universe will bring jobs to the ‘PLANTATION” site on Paradise Island. And so he must use those ‘STEADY HANDS’ and burrow money on the backs of the poor to build roads. Like an auction house, the burrowing started at $200 million to give to an Argentina based company the road contract. The burrowing started at $200m, then it was $210m, the last time it was published the burrowing stood at $230m for roads. Does anyone know yet how much chicken ‘n’ da bag money that is? ‘Steady Hand’ man has auctioned off our children future to the IDB! AND PEOPLE TALKING BOUT RAPE?
And look what the ‘Steady Hand’ man has done to the cultural artists in this country. He has canceled Carifesta, but is bending over backward to host Miss Universe. That must be one SLAP IN THE FACE TO ARTISTS IN THIS COUNTRY! But we say no more on that! Ingraham has a ‘Steady Hand’, so they say.
‘Steady Hand’ has delivered the largest tax increase on the Bahamian people in the history of this country. ‘Steady Hand’ has delivered the highest levels of unemployment ever seen in a post independent Bahamas, with unemployment now over 12%. ‘Steady Hand’ has delivered three deficit budgets in two years, with this year [2008/09] alone closing the country with a deficit of $422 million dollars, the highest ever! Now listen people, do you know how much chicken snacks that is? That’s more than all the chicken ‘n’ the bag sold by ‘Dirties’, “Keith’s’, ‘Sammy’s’, ‘Bamboo Shack’, ‘Father Allen’, ‘Kentucky’, Bertha’s, ‘Dominos’, ‘Super Value’, ‘City Markets’ and any other place you know selling chicken everywhere in the country.
Bahamians are seeing a decline in their country. The traffic lights don’t work. The ATMs don’t work. The small businesses closing their doors in droves, 10 a day! The police don’t know rape from rash. Traffic death from gunshot wounds, murder from suicide. And people have the nerve to say someone running this jungle, and possesses steady hands? They gat to be just as crazy as the ‘Steady Hand’ man!
‘Steady Hand’ has failed once again like successive government to fix the #1 problem in the Bahamas, THE COLLAPSE OF JUSTICE! Those paralyze withered hands has once again deferred the construction of a judicial complex. And he has failed appoint badly needed judges to the bench! But commonsense just isn’t common these days.
Some pride in suggesting Ingraham has a ‘Steady Hand’, all we say is this, the hand might be steady, but the head is ‘shaky’.