T&T, a nation of ‘pork’ spenders
In his recent release, Why ‘A’ students work for ‘C’ students and ‘B’ students work for the government, the best-selling writer Robert Kiyosaki strongly advises parents and schools to focus more on educating our children about money to prepare them for the real world.
Our youths may have to face gorillas such as national debt, higher taxes, and inflation and with more financial education, hopefully, we will all share a greater concern of the investments taking place in our country.
Kiyosaki notes that welfare programmes exist for the poor and the rich. Welfare programmes for the wealthy are sometimes called, ‘pork.’ These generate profit or welfare for the wealthy. The bureaucrats spend our money and the taxpayers pay the price.
In Trinidad, we continually refer to any mega project with billions in spending as a sign of ‘first-world’ development. Cancerous air pollutants are ‘no probs, man’. Build the smelter and visit the Oncology Centre on a regular basis to check body parts for signs of the dreaded illness.
Furthermore, we want to build the connector highway across a lagoon. Destroy homes, businesses, agricultural lands, places of worship and that is supposed to give us ‘first-world’ status. Spend five billion dollars, maybe more, on a nine-mile stretch from Debe to Mon Desir, rather than develop the existing network of roads to connect to the main highway.
Young and old, do the math or face an 800 pound gorilla. Can’t we use these excesses to repair roads, build or refurbish hospitals, schools, and poor drainage systems? Wouldn’t these suggested actions have a greater chance of bringing us closer to ‘first-world’ or ‘developed’ status?
Call it ‘pork’, welfare for the rich, or big spending; we need to be proactive thinkers and planners.