Working at our expense
I have been doing my best to figure out something in regards to the people who we cast our votes to have elected to help fight our causes.
Maybe I can get some help from one of you kind and understanding folks in Barbados, or in any part of the world that reads the Barbados Today.
We go to the polls whenever there is an election, and vote for the person who we feel will have our best interest at heart. Not only through our feelings for this person, but also from what the person states that they are willing to do to help us to gain a better quality of life. Oh, and by the way, this is about all the different elected officials, Republicans, Democrats, or whoever.
Please allow me to make it clear that I am not in Barbados, I am in the US and not picking on any political folks in Barbados. And I am also sure that there are many US readers who might jump on this chance to help me to understand this situation I am about to present to you.
We elect the person that we believe will help us. That person wins the election, and is now our representative.
These elected officials, who by the way happens to be working for the people, have everything going in their favour from day one. They can come together without you or I having any say, and give themselves a raise of pay. But meanwhile we are killing ourselves every day for so much less than they are working for, and hoping that the company will give us a raise for the work that we do faithfully each day we show up.
They can have all-expenses-paid vacations, fly first class, drive an expensive car which mostly is furnished by us for them – although we have no say in the matter. Most of them make being in politics a way of life; honestly, not because of our interests, but because of the rewards that the position creates for them.
I think that they should all be allowed a standard amount of time in office, and not allowed to continue at our expense.
Here in the US, anyone who’s running for office has to declare what they have from day one. This way you’ll be able to keep track on how any of them might be able to become millionaires within a short, or long, period of time at the salaries they pay themselves from our tax dollars.
What I am having a problem understanding is, if these men and women are working for you and I, then how is it that we have no say in what they are paid?
And before I forget, they all have a pension plan, and medical coverage for the family. Can anyone be as so kind as to help me with this employee being able to pay his or herself along with all the perks?
I’m looking forward to an answer, and hoping that some of you reading this will ask yourselves these same questions.
— Charles Cadogan