'Swallow the bitter medicine, folks!'

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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THE Government's hint at new tax measures this year has generated much debate among Jamaica Observer online readers. Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips signalled the Administration's intent at a special post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on MOnday while updating journalists on "prior actions" that needed to be settled before an agreement with the International Monetary Fund can be reached. He, however, did not go into details. The press briefing followed a three-day Cabinet retreat which ended on Saturday. Below are some comments from our online readers.


Tun up di ting!


Can the people ask to null and void this Government? Don't bother to fight with them; just tell them to go!


Guys, the unfortunate thing is they are 'not willing' to change. Our ministers are scared out of their pants, but then why should they change. Are we asking them to be better leaders? Are we demanding it? Are we insisting on it? Swallow the bitter medicine folks, you get exactly what you voted for!


The Government just increased the threshold for PAYE, which now has 60 per cent of employed Jamaicans not paying tax and now the 40 per cent being pressured. Every Jamaican should pay no matter how small it is. So, the end result now is after the Government has mismanaged Jamaica, we the 40 per cent have to now pay the bill and increases that are now being hinted.


I still can't get over the idea of them spending millions of dollars on SUVs, and then telling us to make sacrifices for our country. What a joke!


I think peope are willing to go the extra mile for the sake of their country. But that extra mile must begin with the shedding of government consultants & advisors, a smaller cabinet and a pay cut for government members and ministers. Let's start from there, we should lead by example. It should not be the poor that bears the burden. Remember, we put people first.


What this Government doesn't understand is that you have to lead by example. We had a junior minister shelling down England; the PM bought new expensive SUV's for the Cabinet. It is hard to ask people to accept a wage freeze when you are splashing out money like that. I agree that a lot of sacrifices are needed, but it can't just rest on the hardworking people of this country. My suggestion to the PM is, order a wage cut for all MP's — both JLP and PNP; return all SUVs; a pay cut for all advisors and consultants, and minimise all Government spending. Then go back to the table and ask the unions to follow along to better this country. If the unions refuse then I would say they are being unreasonable. Until then, there can be no deal for a wage freeze.


Gas tax coming!


Everybody knows the term "wage freeze", is "wage restraint". Why the finance minister used that term instead of the one that people used to.


Dear Prime Minister, where are you going to find the money to pay them if you are not going to be cutting jobs. You must get rid of the paper pushers. Efficiency begins here.




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