Premier Brown’s remarks with regards to tax cuts are disappointing. While I have my criticisms of the UBP’s plan, the PLP’s position lacks sense and employs very sad rhetoric.
“We came to the conclusion that blanket, across-the-board payroll tax relief for everyone is a bad idea.”
Right, tax cuts are ‘unwise’ in the face of more useful initiatives such as fancy trips abroad, un-hindered expense accounts and GP cars.
“Considering the current plight of our families, it is impractical, unaffordable, and unwise to give the same tax cut to a 19-year-old making $40,000 while living with her wealthy parents, as we give to a Bermudian mother-of-four making $40,000 living in a rental apartment.”
Here’s the thing. Life is about making choices, good and bad choices. I love how “wealthy parents” is used to describe someone with no children still living with their parents and “Bermudian” is applied to the mother-of-four.
Very easily, both could come from the same family, rich or poor, and both could be Bermudian.
The 19 year old is an example of someone making good life choices. Rather than running out, getting her own place and getting pregnant under an income in which she couldn’t sustain children, she’s living with her parents and likely saving her money before starting a family.
Contrast that to the mother-of-four who made the decision to have four more children than she could afford, who is living in a rental apartment.
So here we have two people, one who is making good life choices, another who has made some poor life choices, repeatedly. Since both are under the reasonable income level, should both be rewarded with a tax cut or just one?
Premier Brown’s suggestion is that we should reward the bad behavior and punish the good, because the 19 year old doesn’t deserve a tax cut because she has made good life choices. Even though she may well be Bermudian, may not have wealthy parents and may be reasonably saving all she can to one day afford a home, she doesn’t deserve a break despite the fact that she’s also earning a less than reasonable income. The mother-of-four is the one who deserves all the breaks despite not having learned that she cannot afford anymore children after the first or even the second child.
Perhaps Premier Brown should think of that Bermudian mother-of-four struggling to sustain herself the next time he jets off to some exotic destination like Dubai or China on the public dollar.