Belize Politics? An Oligarch Sport
For those people who personally know me, you know that I am not politically driven(If that’s a term) but I am more of a concerned citizen who isn’t loyal to any one of the only two parties that rule Belize. I am similar to most of my friends whom believe education will free Belize from the shackles of the present oligarch and corrupt politicians, after all, information is what elects the politicians –either wrong information, or the lack of. I once posted a status update on facebook and twitter saying: "If everyone in Belize had a 6th form degree, we would have a better country." The reaction from people was surprising, many were against the thought, suggesting Belize wouldn’t properly survive without the uneducated poor since they are needed to do the 'dirty' work.
Yes, that's true, there is the need of the lower class to pay minimum wages. BUT, as little as I know of American history(and yes, we can compare the US with Belize) Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, decided to help the economy by dramatically increasing his workers wages and contributing to the emergence of the American middle-class. He paid his employees twice as much, contributing to a rise in their standard of living and resulting in the increase of sales and profits because now, they themselves could afford Ford vehicles. This is a good example of a win-win situation, by the Rich Man not being selfish, sharing the wealth helped increase his wealth.
I believe we should learn from these examples, teachers should incorporate cases like these to mold the young generation and to mold the future Ministers. When will we get rid of the many unqualified, uneducated individuals in high government positions who aren’t contributing to the development of Belize. How can those unqualified individuals help if they haven’t been exposed to better things, they aren’t even open-minded! The primary issue that should be addressed with the politicians is that our elected ministers must have a proper education, we need smart people making good decisions. How can someone make good decisions when they don’t know better? I couldn’t take up a job as chief editor at the New York Times, right?
Returning to what I wanted to say before I wondered off elaborating on the background of the general topic, I think that the decline of our nation was set on the foundation of our independence. George Price decided to give money to the wealthy in hopes that the "elite" would make the best decisions and have that prosperity "trickle" down to the rest of us. When I say give give money to the wealthy, I am talking about when he educated all his family and friends. Now that same oligarchy rules Belize and of course, won’t share the wealth with others. I wish they would share, I wish they would do what Henry Ford did!
Let's share the wealth, I'm sure building a strong Belizean middle-class would directly benefit everyone.