30 Sept 2012

Fool the people

I have come to the conclusion that the masses of morons (or is it moronic masses?) that reside on that small rock I call Monkey Island are actually pleased to be fooled, fooled and fooled again.

Take this for example:

The Prime Minister, at a ‘pre-budget rally’ held in Chaguanas, announced that the Government (her Government) is removing VAT (Value Added Tax – 15%) from food items, “except for luxury items such as Champagne and Caviar”.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said yesterday it was an initiative designed to stem rising food prices and reduce the country's food import bill.

She pointed out that consumers will have to pay 15 per cent less for pigtails, 15 per cent less for local fruit juices such as pineapple and mango and shell out less money to purchase tinned pigeon peas, red beans and black-eyed peas. [http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/No_VAT_on_food-171958371.html]

The masses fell for the ploy, jumping up and down in an orgasmic frenzy… entirely missing this bit:

Persad-Bissessar said the VAT removal was a short-term measure while the Government continued to work to expand the food production industry. [http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2012-09-30/pm-tells-pre-budget-rally-vat-food-items-gone-nov-15]

Reminds me of that analogy the Cap’n uses often:

When you strangle a person long enough, when you ease the pressure, s/he is actually praising you for the little air s/he gets, before you resume the strangling.

Let the strangling resume!