Trinidad and Tobago foreign exchnage woes – the real reason for the shortage


People and economist are saying that Trinidad and Tobago is living beyond its means and that is contributing to the drain on foreign exchange in the country. This was no doubt made worse in the short term by the flood of back-pay to public servants. Also, our spending habits such as buying too many cars and flooding “skyboxes” with goodies all year round is no doubt a big drain but I can say from observation that the forex drain from buying imported cars far outweigh the purchases via individuals’ skyboxes.

But the real cause of this drain is too much disposal income due to heavily subsidized basic needs such as water, electricity, prescription medicine, gasoline, laptops, GATE and canned foods. If we were to pay a less subsidized portion of  these items then there would be less money to make the unimaginative big time importers of everything even less imaginative and innovative. The motto of these companies seems to be “just bring it down and it will sell.”

Everyday you see oil prices sliding downhill worse than Jack Warner’s reputation. Everyday you see countless ads urging us to buy in order to be happy. Banks, a big beneficiary of the big disposable incomes due to big government subsidies, are all too willing to make it happen with a loan of your choice.  The Minister of Finance hinted that they are concerned with how the reduction in government subsidies will affect the most vulnerable. The most vulnerable has always been the politicians’ pet and best friend so it is always in political parties interest to have as many most-vulnerable as they can create as democracy is one man one vote.

I am anxious for the elections to be over with and I do not envy the next party in power as something drastic will have to be done quickly to prevent our thin-walled economic bubble from bursting. Sink or swim, Kamla or Rowley, I want this thing called General Elections to be over so we can pay attention to the more serious things in life like the economy and how much de Government goe give we.

Flow Trinidad and Tobago – either stupid or corrupt


After reading the interview in the Daily Express today with Flow’s CEO I can’t help come to the conclusion that Flow is a sleazy and even corrupt organization. Imagine they were selling channels they had no rights to for five years and use the excuse they did not know who to pay – yes five years. This is like renting out a house you do not own to people and pocketing all the money because you do not know who owns the house. That is a crime, Flow. Flow had to be either stupid or corrupt and since they are making millions I don’t think they are stupid.

Does Flow know that DirecTV does not behave in this type of underhand and sleazy manner as Flow and DirecTV is now gaining subscribers at a fast rate due to having a superior product at better prices than Flow – honesty pays. All I can conclude is that Flow was playing a waiting game because they know how ineffective the telecom authorities were. Flow was gaining customers with stolen channels and now they are exposed and embarrassed for being big time thieves they are all over the place making feeble excuse after feeble excuse. What a big pack of corrupt jokers. As a customer I don’t want any rebate, I just want to see heads roll, or even flow. That would be satisfying enough. Anyway, I do have some questions for Flow

(1) If the telecom authority (TATT) did not step in would you still be carrying those channels?

(2) Do you think you misrepresented your channel lineup to customers by giving them the impression they were paying for these channels as you were also paying for them?

(3) Is Flow’s corporate policy to steal and not get caught?

Skamla vs Rowdy – Trinidad and Tobago Elections 2015


Skamla vs Rowdy is the best way to summarize the 2015 General Election in Trinidad and Tobago. When a friend from foreign asked how everything was shaping up I had to ask what things. I am probably not as enthralled by the political parties with proven track records as plunderers, and mismanages as the rest of the population so I might just throw away my vote and ask for Jack to be our next Prime Minister. Don’t puke yet since Jack, as sleazy as he looks and probably is, is the real thing. He can’t hide his past as it is in the media, and blogs all over the world as well as YouTube. You see we know Jack only cares about us because he has dedicated much of his current life to sinking the monster he created, Skamla and trying not to go to jail in the U.S.  We know where he stands even if he stands in quicksand. With Skamla and Rowdy you don’t know for sure who is pulling the strings but we are confident the strings are being pulled by unknown forces probably with devious and more devious agendas.

The problem is that Skamla had over five years to be better than Manning and you would have thought that would have been easy but she made this into the hardest job in the world. It should have been so easy not to be mad and run the country sanely but she blew it with bad choice after bad choice. As for Rowdy, I am not afraid of him as Skamla and her minions tell me I should be but I am afraid of several of his visible and invisible followers eyeing the spoils of the land. I am afraid of the typical PNM unfairness waiting to be be unleashed just as the Partnership unleashed theirs over the last five years.

Power is addictive as cocaine and currant rolls so the People’s Partnership need their fix and so does the PNM. When they ask us to vote for them they are asking us to help them and a select handful of people to become dignitaries who will watch down on us with the scorn they think we deserve probably because we were dumb enough to vote for them.

In short, I want a government to be fair, to not thief, to make logical decisions, to get rid of Port of Spain as a place of work, to stabilize the supply of foreign exchange, to lock up the Mr Bigs and to not have to worry about Government created drama featured in every Sunday newspapers. From what I can see this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Why Change The Government? or Why Change the Government


exponential-growthI have a theory which says that a Government must be changed every five years as this is the only way to put the breaks on the corruption juggernaut they have nurtured and cared for during their term in office. If this juggernaut is not stopped then the corruption wave will continue to grow at an exponential rate and by the end of a second five year term it will become an out of control Godzilla. In other words it will become we culture. Also, by putting a new party in power the corruption dollars and favors would have been shared between the very select few and fortunate of the party in power. This is a type of proportional representation that was quietly proposed by the vibrant corrupt sector of our blessed land.

Unfortunately both the proverbial and actual man-in-the-street will be out of pocket by the total amount amount of corruption dollars that is pocketed by the few and fortunate. It will not matter which party you vote as the tax man doesn’t discriminate and 99.999% of all citizens will have to fund both the unelected and elected corrupt.

Like cockroaches and the poor, the corrupt will always be with us only the color of their jerseys may be different. Don’t be fooled by highways and railroads as your vote is not about that. Your vote isn’t even about getting a better quality of life or a reduction in crime or an increase in parking spots in Port of Spain. Your vote is about corruption and only corruption, everything else they say is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of choosing our evil.

To Debate or Not to Debate is not even a Question


debateTrinidad and Tobago is a comical place and it’s not just because the name of the country is so long there is not enough space on many of its own official Forms to accommodate its spelling. No, it is funny because of the amount of people who operate in their own little vacuums all over the place. People who swear their vacuum is the the right vacuum and the best one. Take the so-called Debates Commission vacuum. This Commission is trying to get at least the two most likely potential leaders to debate “issues affecting the Country” on the same day. When I read the daily hullabaloo in the content-starved daily media about the ups and downs of staging this sideshow you would swear this Great Debate would be very influential in influencing the public in deciding which hangman will pull the leaver. Grow up Debates Commission, this is Trinidad and Tobago where people decide which party they voting long before they are even conceived. Besides, politicians always say the the nicest things possible when General Elections is in the air so who needs this sweet talk and cheap talk moderated on live TV by people who most likely don’t even know what the daily life in Biche or Icacos is really like or that these towns even exist. Just tell us who the major shareholders are for each party and we good to go.

How to identify an Idiot in Trinidad and Tobago


In my opinion it’s easy to identify an idiot by the statements they make and politicians are people who generally make stupid statements which the public is not aware are stupid statements. This is so because the public often make these same statements and, through the grace of god, they are not burdened with the ability to even realize this.

However, the healthy minister of health, probably due to a big gut reaction or lack of blood flowing to the brain at the time, unfairly turned the fragile public opinion against Chinese people of Trinidad and Tobago with his pronouncement on the dog-skinning video making its way on social media. This is unfortunate as it seems Mr. Minister was too trigger-happy and probably let his personal biases loose in public as election fever grabs political candidates by their proverbial real balls and squeeze at regular and frequent intervals. The results of this frequent squeezing being the senseless utterances by the numerous and professionally senseless politicians of Trinidad and Tobago.

It is sad to think that despite his lack of a properly wired brain Mr. Minister might be a candidate in the upcoming general elections and sadder that he might still be as popular with the voting public despite strong evidence proving he is the second leading candidate for Country Idiot with Jack Warner being number one for some time now.

The dog-skinning video is sick but even sicker is the Minister’s love for hate. One video dose not a case make, unless you are an idiot, of  course.

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Trinidad and Tobago Elections 2015 – Who to Vote for


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THIS IS HOW WE VOTING in 2015

It is the election season in in Trinidad and Tobago once again and like Christmas of late, I just can’t seem to get into the spirit. Also like Christmas, I have only just realized there is no Santa Clause and too much ham is not good for you. A General Elections in Trinidad and Tobago gives the country hope but with the certified bunch of jokers (politicians) offering themselves to the public like a desperate  prostitute on a Friday night on the Avenue, there is little good to hope for. Tempting after a gallon of rum but deadly for your health. Still, we must exercise our civic duty and vote for, not the best party for the country but the best party for you.

Election season is a time when we must forget the past and think about our future, according to failed politicians and the political parties they represent. For me, I can’t forget the past so I think the future is mostly hopeless. But God is a Trini and loves us for our pan, jam, whine, Shark and Bake, and Ali’s Doubles. But, God and love aside we must make our finger count on Election Day so I have thought of a few issues that may sway a voter to one of the many political parties burdening the public with a choice.

Here are the issues which politicians must have a firm view on else they will be branded wishy-washy or spineless:

(1) Legalizing of marijuana

(2) Legalizing of Gay marriages

(3) Repeal of blasphemy laws

(4) Jack Warner

(5) The insanely low price of gasoline

(6) The insanely low price of electricity

(7) The insanely low price for water

(8) No land and building tax

(9) Keeping people dependent on handouts to get elected

(10) Selling shares in a political party and paying dividends in the form of government awarded contracts

(11) Board members lying about qualifications

(12) Selecting incompetent Board Members and the reappointing them

(13) Making lawyer friends rich for no good reason

(14) Science and mathematics education

(15) Scientific research

(16) The glut of ACCA, Management, MBA and LLB graduates

(17) The shortage of science, mathematics and engineering graduates from real Universities

(18) The useless Information Technology degrees from so-called higher learning institutions (UWI is the only one with a real IT degree)

(19) The intolerable light pollution situation

(20) Victimization of people who look like they from the other party

(21) RaspberryPi in schools

(22) God and atheist

(23) Shortage of affordable housing for middle income earners

(24) Middle income earners

(25) Under employment

(26) Murder, corruption and box drains

If I can think of more I will post them. Ideas from readers are also welcome.