Caymanians aren’t protected

It never ceases to amaze me what I see going on in my country. I do not really think that our system of government is by definition corrupt however dangerous and inadequate it has been in recent years.

The society may be corrupt, but that is not the same thing; if that is true we are all finished anyway.

How is it that the premier and deputy premier can be absent from the Islands both at the same time? It is true that the governor is in charge of the country; however, the way I see it, the only time we see or hear about him is when he is participating in a walk/run or a swim meet.

Every conference that is going on throughout the world that is related to the deputy premier’s portfolio, she and her entourage – body guard and all – has to attend it; all at taxpayers expense.

I am wondering who she thinks would want to trouble her, but even the blackbirds know what is going on there.

When any professional in the Civil Service wants to attend a conference that will enhance the knowledge of their career, they have to pay the expenses incurred out of their own pocket with no help from government. I know what I am talking about. This is a crying shame.

Government is doing everything possible to keep Caymanians down.

Every regulation or policy that government enacts, they are not for the benefit of Caymanians.

Just take for instance the new immigration policy regarding giving 10-year work permits. Only professionals, managerials and administrators will be eligible for those work permits. What that means is that our Caymanians with university degrees will not get the opportunity to hold those positions, because government needs the revenue from those work permits to help balance the budget.

Furthermore, those category of work permit holders can meet the criteria for the grant of permanent residence and then Caymanian Status. So there we go again Caymanians.

I see no light at the end of the tunnel for my Caymanians. We go and obtain our university degrees, yet when we return we cannot get the job we are qualified for; that is if we get a job. The job ads in the newspapers are tailor made to discourages our Caymanians from applying, it seems to me.

Government protected the work permit holders by removing the 10 per cent income tax from them, but increased tax on everything for Caymanians to make up the shortfall. Is that protecting Caymanians? No!

If we don’t get some drastic changes in the 2013 general elections, God help us.

Edward C. Ebanks

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