Fri 27th Jan 2017
In his inauguration speech on 20th January 2017, President Donald Trump said that ‘From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First’.
SVG needs a vision for our people, one that puts Vincentians first. Too many of the economic policies of the ULP regime favour foreigners and cater for foreigners’ needs first.
President Donald Trump said that ‘When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice’. Unfortunately, the Vincentian people face a considerable amount of prejudice from the ULP government, which shows that the ULP government is not patriotic.
A number of tax laws discriminate against Vincentians and Vincentian businesses; we are denied access to some of our beaches; and, our fishermen our denied the right to fish in some parts of the sea in Vincentian territory, such as Mustique and Canouan.
President Donald Trump said that ‘For too long a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government, while the people have borne the cost. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed’.
The same can be said for SVG. For too long, a small group of people in SVG has been getting richer, while the majority of our people have been getting poorer. In SVG, unemployment has risen significantly under the ULP government, factories have failed, many businesses are experiencing their worst sales in decades and have had to reduce their number of staff, and many businesses have been forced to close through lack of sales.
President Donald Trump went on to say ‘And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land’. This ULP government love to celebrate, but there is little for our people to celebrate.
Throughout our country, thousands of families struggle in poverty. Thousands of poor households have no mains water and electricity. Many cannot feed their children adequately and cannot afford to send their children to school.
President Donald Trump said that ‘Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families’. This is precisely what we need in SVG – decisions to benefit Vincentian workers and Vincentian families.
The apartheid tax system in SVG is bad for Vincentian families. The tax and customs duty exemptions given to Taiwan and the white, super-rich migrants of Mustique and Canouan, deprive the SVG Treasury of about EC$2 billion a year. This is money that could be invested to create jobs for our people and a world-class education system for our children.
And now, the ULP regime is selling off crown lands cheaply to foreigners; not even giving Vincentians a chance to buy this land. This does not benefit our people, but discriminates against them.
President Donald Trump said that ‘At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America’. SVG needs a government that has total allegiance to our country and our people. At the moment we have a prejudiced government that shows total allegiance to Taiwan, the super-rich of Mustique and Canouan and other foreigners.
President Donald Trump said that ‘Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength’. To make the SVG economy strong, we must protect it from the financial greed of foreigners.
President Donald Trump said that ‘Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighbourhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands’. Vincentians want the same and it is not too much to expect this of their government.
SVG Green Party congratulates Donald Trump on becoming the President of the USA and commends his vision for a strong America.