UPDATED: April 17, 2010
ONE YEAR SINCE we published this article about President Obama and his lovely wife releasing their tax returns for public scrutiny. That’s another year passed without the integrity, transparency and accountability laws that David Thompson and his DLP promised to implement “immediately upon taking office” in January of 2008.
Transparency? More like “cover up” especially regarding the CLICO scandal and the Prime Minister’s continuing protection of his old friend Leroy Parris. Some things never change ’bout hey. Now the problem becomes “Who do we vote for in the next election?” because – really – there is only one political party in Barbados.
So how about it Prime Minister Thompson… can we see your income tax filings too?
Here’s our original story published in April of 2009…
Bajans Got Fooled Again When They Believed David Thompson And The DLP
Barbadians were told that the David Thompson government would be “The most transparent, most accountable government Barbados has ever seen…”
Well, we all know what became of that, don’t we? We were promised integrity legislation, freedom of information, and a Ministerial code with conflict of interest rules. Instead, we are still a country without standards of conduct for elected and appointed government officials. It is still legal in Barbados for government officials to award government contracts to companies owned by themselves or their immediate family members.
David Thompson and the DLP government lied to us during their 2007 campaign. Their supporters, who so heavily criticized former Prime Minister Owen Arthur and his government for failing to introduce integrity legislation and conflicts of interest standards, remain silent one year two years and 100 days after David Thompson became Prime Minister of our country.
In the United States though, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have released six years of income tax returns.
It’s called Transparency, Accountability and Integrity.
TaxProf Blog: Obama Releases 2000-2006 Tax Returns