The Mother with little hope, you can see it in her eyes.
The child, looking to its mother, with Hope.
You can see it in his/her eyes.
We have a very sad, and destructive situation, in which President Jovenel Moise is really the good guy, wanting to do good things, for his people, but is faced by an entrenched, implacable team with a better, stronger and heavily more heavily financed infrastructure – the Haitian Business/Economic sector. This Mafia has little, actually NO conscience, and next to zero interest in the Haitian population’s well-being, except where it might generate funds to spend on goods supplied by the business sector.
To accomplish anything positive, the Economic Sector must be reined in to a “civilized point” at which some – if not all taxes must be paid, into the State treasury. Some of the customs duty, if not all, must be collected. APN must collect some, if not all charges from guys who now bring in 1,000 containers a month, while avoiding responsibility. I am against “price control,” however, in real markets the “supply and demand” factor governs price. In Haiti there is no such control and businesses can rape the economy at will.
The only factor that will control this is a situation are “food riots” that finally sweep away the profiteers, a situation that is more destructive, than constructive.
The 12,000,000 Haitians are just viewed as “a market” for the business community, a community that will face disaster if it doesn’t take steps to protect, and nourish this market.
GREED IS GOOD!
On a basic, practical level: Half a pound of beans is now 50 gourdes!
Forget the so-called “minimum wage” many Haitians are paid fractions of this! A houseboy receives 4,000 gds per month. That gives him 80 pound of beans per month = 2.66 pounds per day, if all he wanted was beans, not rice, bread, vegetables, coffee, Tap Tap fare, shoes, a few aspirin…. School fees for his children.
Forget everything else.
This time-bomb will eventually explode when the 12,000,000 realize exactly what is being done to them. Greed will eventually be the match lighting a fire that will sweep these people away in an unquenchable inferno that will continue until the last combustible thing is gone.
Such an event is not in the interest of anyone, but the implacable thrust for wealth, on the part of a few, will eventually see the Mob rise up against them in a flood that will wash them away, leaving barren ground.
To those who have “nothing” now, this finality means little.
Privert carefully created the existing situation. Privert set the time-bomb in place, starting the timer. The count-down is on, the bomb is ticking.
Privert survived because he squandered on Nation’s wealth upon the Grinches. He stole his millions, while sating the rapacious hunger of “the few.” He scattered cash with abandon, knowing he would not be responsible for the long-term result, taking his stolen millions with him as he retired to his Dominican lair.
Anyone who followed Privert faced the problems generated by Privert’s criminality.
Anyone who followed would face the same dangers, unless they also fed the Lion.
“You feed the lion so it won’t eat you. Then it eats you.”
Jovenel is the one who inherited Privert’s “Time Bombs.”
And he has resisted “feeding the lion.”
He doesn’t have the resources to deal with these challenges, since Privert squandered them in advance, both in cash, and by installing thousands within government payrolls. Just regaining control of State vehicles, passed out by Privert, presented too great a threat, to the Jovenel Moise government, so many were left in the hands of people no longer involved with government positions.
People who really needed a vehicle in order to work for Jovenel – had none!
Jovenel struggles to deal with the Privert criminality, and will be critiqued for failing to do so effectively.
And the 12,000,000 blame Jovenel for this inability to solve the the equation with no solution. We heard the comments, from workers in Handal’s place yesterday. Their analysis is superficial, but important since this is what will finally put them “on the streets” in a real, unpaid manifestation.
Todays balance could lead to a situation in which the original “criminals” will take over – again – because of the public criticism of Jovenel, for failing to adequately deal with the Privert land mines, that sees those who planted them return to power.
That was Privert’s plan.
Such is Democracy in Haiti.
HOPE FOR THE BEST.
PREPARE FOR THE WORST.
MERRY CHRISTMAS JOVENEL!
WE WISH YOU THE BEST FOR 2019 SINCE OUR OWN FUTURE DEPENDS UPON YOUR SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS.