The Government of Barbados has been sending a mixed message lately to the populace, and in fairness I tell you that whether the DLP or the BLP were in power, that conflicted message would be the same. Your government is scared stiff and they really don’t want to lose control of the message. The message is all they have left.
On one hand the government is assuring citizens that “As bad as things are everywhere, if we work together everything will be OK here. Your government is doing what needs to be done.”
On the other hand, the government is sending out a bigger SOS than anything Rihanna ever recorded. The Thompson gang has been appealing for – get this – philanthropists and the Bajan diaspora to bail out our Barbados.
Whoaloss! You’ve got to be in desperate trouble to be staking the country’s future on begging from charity and the diaspora!
Once again, you can blame the BLP for running gazillions in spending for which Barbados achieved no appreciable benefits, but for the moment it doesn’t matter – any Barbados government in power would be desperate. And it shows, despite their efforts to insulate the citizens from reality.
OK… so tourism is toast for the next few years. What about our offshore banking? Well, we have Thompson appealing to President-Elect Barack Obama to forget about what is good for the United States – don’t hurt our offshore banking and tax-avoidance industry. That should go over really well in Nebraska!
My friends, let me give you some advice to personally get through what we are going to face in the coming three or four years…
1/ Shun debt.
2/ Work hard. Harder than you ever have before. Make your employer and your customers regard you as invaluable and as a friend. Do it.
3/ Economise. Find new ways of saving money and not spending money. Forgo pleasures and materialistic desires. Save cash. Forge real stability in your life, relationships and finances. Reject the culture of “appearances”. Better a 10 year old auto that is paid for than a new 4×4 on the never-never.
4/ Maintain and develop the family relationships and friendships that will function in place of support from THE STATE. If you lose your job, if your company goes under, you will NOT be able to depend upon “de guvmnt.” That day is over although most (and the government) do not realise it. Your family and friends will look after you during the bad periods. Realise this and treat them well. Look after your friends and family when bad things happen – even to your immediate detriment. (Read “Hawaii” by James Michener and focus on the Chinese lady who saved her family with hard work and wisdom.)
Things are much worse than folks let on. Take stock. Change your habits. Love your family and friends.
And that is all I can advise for the moment. Here is the article that made me stop for an hour today and consider the state of my family and the nation…
9 reasons ’09 will be the year of the ‘naycation’
If 2008 was the year of the staycation, then ’09 is bound to be the year of the naycation.
As in, nay — we’re not vacationing.
The conventional wisdom about travel is that it will slip by just a few percentage points next year. But the unconventional wisdom — supported by several troubling surveys — points to a much bigger drop. A recent Allstate poll found nearly half of all Americans plan to cut back on travel in 2009. An International SOS survey says slightly fewer of us — about 4 out of 10 Americans — are reducing their international trips next year. And a Zagat survey says at least 20 percent of us will travel less in ’09.
But that’s just the half of it. I’ve been talking with people in the industry, who tell me — direct quote here — that travel is poised to “drop off a cliff” in January. In other words, people are telling pollsters one thing but making other plans.
Specifically, they’re making no plans.
Here are nine reasons why 2009 will probably be known as the year of the “naycation” — and what it means for you…
… continue reading this article at eTurbo News: 9 reasons ’09 will be the year of the ‘naycation’