The PLP responded to the recent release of the OBA’s brochure detailing some of their planned initiatives calling it a “fairy tale” that doesn’t add up.
Senator David Burt said: “I’d like to take some time to expose the truth about the OBA’s so called plans for this country. And I’d like to focus on one thing, the fact that the numbers in their fairy tale plan just don’t add up!
“On the one hand, they tell us that they are going to massively expand government spending by creating new bureaucracies and commissions, and by “extending” some programmes and ‘expanding; others. Their plans to again radically change education and spend money on a multitude of initiatives would also cost untold hundreds of millions of dollars.
“On the other hand they offer poorly thought out tax concessions that would further reduce government revenues which means more borrowing for Bermuda. Bermudians, the OBA’s fairy tale plan just doesn’t add up! Unless they cut spending somewhere else in the Budget, but once again the OBA is silent about cuts.
“They are silent on DayCare and FutureCare. Are these programmes that help many Bermudians on the OBA’s chopping block? Will they cut the job training programmes we’ve started? Will they raise the Bermuda College tuition we lowered? What are they going to cut?
“The OBA says that they can increase spending, cut taxes and reduce the debt. But, their fairy tale plans just don’t add up! It’s time for the OBA to come clean with Bermudians,” continued Senator Burt.
“The fact is, they’re telling you what they think you want to hear. They are telling you exactly what their pollsters and consultants are telling them to say; however they are not being honest about what they will cut or how much they plan on adding to the debt. Bermudians, don’t believe the hype.
“The opposition is desperate to win and they will say and do anything in order to seize power. But, Bermudians know that 2+2 does not Equal Zero. Over five years, the OBA’s plan would cost an estimated $500 million in new spending and debt!”
“Their numbers don’t add up and It’s time for the OBA to be honest with Bermudians. A few weeks ago, Craig Cannonier said that, ‘austerity isn’t such a bad idea.’ Now just 3 weeks later, he and his party are proposing $500 million in new spending and debt?!
“Austerity means deep and damaging cuts to programmes and benefits like FutureCare, DayCare, and EEZ Grants. In England Austerity has meant rising tuition for colleges, and reduced pensions and benefits for seniors. If as Craig Cannonier said, Austerity isn’t such a bad idea, the he needs to tell the people what he’s going to cut!
“If the opposition is serious about debt reduction they are going to have to tell the people what they are going to cut. If the opposition is serious about their budget busting and debt exploding $500 million dollar spending plans, then they need to tell the Bermudian people how they are going to pay for it.
“The PLP is clear on the challenges our country faces. Our leader has articulated a 10 point plan for growth that we will expand on in the coming election. We will continue to Stand Strong for Bermudians, and we will not insult the intelligence of voters by telling them that 2 + 2 = 0,” concluded Senator Burt.
PLP candidate Stephen Todd said: “Having closely scrutinized the initial outline of the partial platform presented by the OBA, which outlines their proposed initiatives with which to achieve good governance, it is my opinion that it lacks substance as a realistic and viable solution to the current challenging issues which impacts our country.
“On a number of the initiatives outlined in their partial platform, the OBA have totally disregarded the fact that many of the programs they propose are currently in progress and are not novel ideas as the OBA would have you believe.
“For example, the OBA proposes to protect Bermudian jobs by cracking down on employers who do not comply with the rules. Our Government has already implemented policies and procedures that address these issues.
“The OBA have indicated that programs such as Future Care and subsidized Day Care may be in jeopardy, when these programs clearly provide substantial benefits to those who receive them.
“Additionally the OBA provides no clear indication of how they propose to generate increased revenue on the one hand, while they propose to suspend existing revenue channels which support programs that are generating revenue.
“The OBA also proposes to reduce debt and strengthen social programmes, however they have not indicated how they specifically propose to do this other than to imply that they will be growing Government revenues, the source of which is unexplained.
“They have failed to explain that these will require additional funding which will increased taxpayer expense and add to the national debt.
“In conclusion it is my opinion that the OBA intends to give you, the voter, the impression that they have the solutions to remedy the current economic situation and to return our country to prosperity.
“In fact their partial platform does not substantiate a realistic and achievable plan that ensures economic recovery in light of the global recession whose effects we are acutely aware are being felt in Bermuda,” Mr Todd concluded.
The media was also discussed during the press conference, with Minister Patrice Minors stating that: “When businesses open it’ll appear deep within the Business sections of our local news outlets. If we’re unlucky, these deserving new job creating Bermudian businesses get no news coverage at all.
“I’ve noticed another trend as well. If there is ever a shred of bad economic news, it is always front page news. It leads the newscasts. It is splashed around and then screamed about as a negative trend.”
“With the doom and gloom the OBA are preaching I wonder if they even go into the NEHEEZ and visit the entrepreneurs who are opening up new businesses and hiring Bermudians.
“They talk about the business closing, but we never hear them talk about the businesses that are opening, expanding, and seizing opportunities that exist – these are the businesses that need our support the most and we, this government, will give it to them. I see the positive effects of our efforts in training our people for the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow while at the same time promoting Entrepreneurship in the EEZ through the BEDC.”
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