This pretend-money thing makes no sense

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Our annual budget appears to be a magic trick every year. Now you see it, now you don’t! Where do all those billions go?

We certainly are not a country that ‘looks’ like we spend billions a year! Our roads are just short of becoming tracks, our healthcare makes the average citizen cringe, our education system is stuck in time, our national security cannot solve this epidemic of crime we are facing and so on.

The budget sounds nice on paper but the real story behind these budgets is the money appears to be like Monopoly money. Fake! Ministries cannot pay their suppliers and employees on time, sometimes for months at a time. So what is the purpose of this budget when in fact the money is not dispersed or available?

Six billion here, five billion there, when in reality these ministries are not seeing this money immediately or not in time to execute their jobs and projects! Why in this country does the concept of ‘backpay’ exist? Pay de people! Do you think that could ever happen in a First World country!

We continue to play with people’s money in this country, having no regard for the hard working citizen! How do we expect an agency to implement changes and First World standards if no funds are at their disposal?

We continue to mismanage this country as though technology does not exist. A bank transfer takes minutes!

Once we as citizens understand that our budget is more like a game of Monopoly in which those in charge pretend to spend money on us citizens, when in fact we do not see any evidence or value of our hard paid taxes, change will come!

Michelle Dymally Davis Cedros