Gov­ern­ment be­com­ing more par­a­sitic

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pop­u­la­tion of the regime has not only in­creased greatly but many of the big boys/girls are de­mand­ing new ve­hi­cles that are cus­tomer-fit­ted.

This process is not a one off. It is hap­pen­ing con­tin­u­ously.

Re­cently, Dr. Ru­pert Roop­nar­ine was re­moved as the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion. He is now given a new Min­istry and it must be staffed and pro­vided with ve­hi­cles and other ameni­ties all of which are costs to the tax­pay­ers.

More­over, the regime is ex­press­ing some lack of con­fi­dence in the com­pe­tence of the new sub­stan­tial Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and her tech­ni­cal staff. That is why they are creating an­other depart­ment in the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency to man­age the Min­is­ter and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

At the same time, the amount of Ad­vi­sors shot up greatly. The Pres­i­dent has an army of Ad­vi­sors. That is not all.

Al­most ev­ery Min­is­ter has one or many more Ad­vi­sors. The At­tor­ney Gen­eral alone has four such per­sons. Min­is­ters also have Le­gal Ad­vi­sors and Pub­lic Re­la­tions Ad­vi­sors. Added to this is how the gov­ern­ment func­tions. They are us­ing Com­mis­sions of In­quiry a lot. Many of these are re­ally to give jobs to their friends for they prove to be use­less. The APNU regime it­self often ig­nores the recom­men- da­tions com­ing out of these Com­mis­sions of In­quiry.

An ex­am­ple that im­me­di­ately comes to mind is the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry that was es­tab­lished to look at Guy­suco. The Regime spent more than eighty mil­lion dol­lars on this ex­er­cise and their ig­nored the rec­om­men­da­tions.

The re­ports of many of the Com­mis­sions of In­quiry are yet to be ex­am­ined by the pub­lic. This is a cal­lous use and mis­use of money. This is tax­pay­ers money.It is also ap­po­site to note that costs have gone up as­tro­nom­i­cally in the pub­lic cor­po­ra­tion and the semi-au­tonomous agen­cies.

Board of Di­rec­tors fees have gone through the roof. Those are non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tors but are col­lect­ing fees equiv­a­lent to se­nior per­son­nel salaries. These bodies are be­ing raped as chair­per­sons have to have ex­ec­u­tive ve­hi­cles and be pro­vided with huge perks.

It is as­ton­ish­ing to see what is go­ing on. With­out doubt this bu­reau­cratic cap­i­tal­ist elite is grow­ing greatly at the ex­pense of the pro­duc­tive workers of our coun­try.

It is in­struc­tive to note that while this mad, seem­ingly un­con­cerned spend­ing is tak­ing place, the regime has done very lit­tle to im­prove in­come gen­er­a­tion. In­deed, what this regime is do­ing is suck­ing resources from the pro­duc­tive sec­tor to bol­ster the elite.

In the first place, many of the ben­e­fits that the peo­ple en­joyed un­der the PPP/C ad­min­is­tra­tion are be­ing taken away to fi­nance the elite’s new life­style. Value Added Tax has been added on ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als, school fees, medicines and med­i­cal equip­ment. The es­sen­tial items that peo­ple use ev­ery­day, food­stuff, etc. are now at­tract­ing VAT. VAT is also now placed on elec­tric­ity and wa­ter. Pen­sion­ers who used to ben­e­fit from some amount of free elec­tric­ity and wa­ter charges have found that those con­ces­sions have been re­moved.

Very early, the regime with­drew the subsidy that the PPP/C gov­ern­ment was giv­ing to par­ents who had chil­dren in schools - The $10,000 Be­cause We Care scheme. That was to en­cour­age par­ents to keep their chil­dren in school. It was one of the rea­sons that Guyana has the low­est drop-out rate in the re­gion. The end of the year bonuses that were given to per­son­nel in the se­cu­rity forces have also been re­moved.All of this money is now go­ing to fi­nance the con­sump­tion of the elite that this gov­ern­ment has cre­ated.

But this is not all. The regime has in­sti­tuted some two hun­dred new tax mea­sures on the pop­u­la­tion, in­clud­ing on busi­nesses. These taxes are hav­ing a de­bil­i­tat­ing ef­fect on eco­nomic life of the coun­try. The taxes are also suck­ing up money from the pop­u­la­tion. Imag­ine per­sons with kitchen gar­dens are be­ing pressed to pay taxes. Peo­ple with more than two dogs are tar­geted. Many small self-em­ployed per­sons with a road­side Bar-B-Que or other small en­ter­prises are now hav­ing to pay taxes. Many of these per­sons are sin­gle par­ents hus­tling to put food on the ta­ble.

As a re­sult, the pur­chas­ing power of the pop­u­la­tion has dras­ti­cally fallen. This is hav­ing a se­ri­ous im­pact on the com­mer­cial sec­tor. These are lead­ing to more and more dis­missal of workers. Many workers are beg­ging to ac­cept lower wages in order to keep their jobs.

The new elite in gov­ern­ment in just about two years have be­come very wealthy, and are obliv­i­ous of the harm their ac­tions are caus­ing. They keep shout­ing slo­gans about ‘green econ­omy’ and pros­per­ity with­out un­der­stand­ing much of what they are mouthing.

The sit­u­a­tion is dire and it is get­ting worse.

This regime, like a pre­vi­ous PNC regime, has taken a strong and healthy econ­omy and is drag­ging it into the mire.

Things would not get bet­ter be­cause the char­ac­ter of this regime. They are in politics to get rich and in their own words to live ‘the good life’.

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