It is no secret that the editorials
of this newspaper have been against direct taxation and to me being against
taxes is normal; however, irrational.
In the Cayman Islands a majority of
our people believe that the Government is there to support them, not that we
are here to support our government. Perhaps this has to do with ancient
Caymanian history when paternalistic gestures from those in control of the
community were seen as evidence of their benevolence and authority.
It is not what I can do for my
country but what my country can do for me. It must educate my children from
toddler’s age to university. My country must make sure I have a house by
guaranteeing my bank mortgage and if I cannot afford a mortgage then my country
must build me a house because I am a Caymanian and we get; we don’t give. And
Mr. Premier better not change that even if it needs to be changed and if you
think of doing so, we will vote you out and keep you out.
We want roads and schools, that
show we are the richest country in the Caribbean and maybe even in the world.
Remember what happened when I built
those old tin structures and said poor people could afford them? Well we might
have been able to afford them but we are not paying for them although we live
in them, because they are not good enough for us Caymanians. We deserve better
than that, even if we have to wait for the balance of our lives to get better
homes. We are as good as the next person.
I know it is hard to go from
receiving to giving even if the Good Book states that we should give a
percentage of our income back to the church. The doctrine of giving back to
improve the greater good is already enshrined in the Bible and which church
provides hurricane shelters, free schools and universities; which church
provides for our common defense against enemies foreign and domestic? What we
get from government in Cayman is a lot but what is lacking is civic
responsibility and acknowledgement.
I am not suggesting that taxation
will bring forth civil pride and responsibility, but perhaps some may learn for
the first time that the strength and responsibility of our government is our
collective strength and responsibility. And it is my opinion that the interjection
of small town tea party ideology at this crucial time is not good for nation
Yes all governments I know
including the one I was a part of is wasteful, but this only means that
government is not perfect and we must continue to make the collective aspects
of our shared existence more rational rather than turning away from collectivism.
I must continue to applaud Mr. Tim
Ridley for his foresight on the issue of direct taxation. Like him I reject
income taxes for this country and say that this UDP government should stop
electioneering and govern, which will entail the imposition of a direct annual
tax on property. Will this cause people to leave our country? Well if they do I
will be the first to be at the airport or the dock to see how well such selfish
individual manages to attach our land to them and carry it overseas.
I have always been of the opinion
that people work for their income but not for the land they use. God made the
land, like the sea and the air and we should pay for the privilege of occupying
it. Let us all start giving and not waiting for the politicians to give a few
of us what belongs to all of us. This has only confused our ideas of what
government is and what it should work towards becoming. Let us block bad
politicians out of the picture of government and try to imagine a strong
community that could assist us in our times of need; like when there is a hurricane,
or a famine, or drought, or invasion by foreign armies or infestation by
Imagine all of the infrastructural
projects physical and social that must be started and finished within a short
period of time if we are to survive and grow as a community. Imagine that the
I and you
Caymanians can make will be as a nation and not as individuals.
There are so many attempts being
made to convince Caymanians that nation building can take place on sand, but we
know the fate of the foolish man and we are not condemned to repeat it.
Caymanians we must seize these difficult times to make structural changes and
rearrangements in the way we work, think and live. And this will not be easy
when all around us foreign voices are echoing in our ears,