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Cooper should be the last to lecture regarding economy

While some governments around the world chose different responses to the challenge of this global pandemic, ours prioritized saving lives and preserving livelihoods.

There is no playbook for once-in-a-century pandemics. To hear Philip Brave Davis’ deputy, Chester Cooper, tell it, he has all the answers for what is a global crisis.

This is the same Cooper who pulled numbers out of thin air when trying to explain the woeful PLP’s so-called “economic” plan, a document based more on fantasy than reality and data.

Cooper sets aside all the extraordinary measures this government has taken to steer us through this crisis. He ignores the assessment of world organizations like the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI), which cited The Bahamas as among countries that have made the most progress curtailing the spread of the pandemic.

Regardless of Cooper’s latest, predictable broadside, the Minnis administration has provided grants and loans to help businesses keep employees paid; it has provided millions in unemployment benefits to assist those out of work; and, the food assistance program continues to keep struggling families fed.

What is clear by his leadership is that Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis understands the importance of taking care of all Bahamians, not just the chosen few.

But according to Cooper’s logic, the government didn’t need to take such measures to help the people during this crisis. Apparently for Cooper debt reigns supreme. He’s more concerned with debt than helping Bahamians who are suffering.

Cooper’s criticisms of the Minnis administration can’t be taken seriously when the track record of his party is considered.

During their last term, the PLP grew the debt-to-GDP ratio to excessive levels while failing to collect millions in revenue. With the revenue they collected, such as VAT, they couldn’t explain how they spent it.

Bahamians remember the disastrous, incompetent leadership the PLP delivered while in power.

We are still emerging from the financial consequences of that time. From the outset of the pandemic the Minnis administration has made the hard decisions, working to save lives and livelihoods.

That’s what real leaders do. Davis and Cooper should stop with their ill-advised political attacks and take notes.

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