It was recently revealed that seventy-five percent (yes, 75%) of our national income is devoted to servicing the machinery of government -- read concurrent expenditures like salaries and emoluments.
So, our blessed republic is left with ONLY 25% for its capital expenditure -- roads, schools, hospitals and other infrastructural projects.
Do you now begin to understand why we are mired in a seemingly intractable poverty quagmire? Do you now know why our leaders need to go around the world with begging and supplicating like common beggars? Do you now know why any announcement by the Japanese and the Chinese about grants always sends our rulers dizzy with excitement? Do you now begin to realize why we are perpetual recipients of "aid?" Do you now begin to know why we command no respect in any part of the world and why the other races keep looking down on us?
That is not all about the sad state of our affairs. Our elite (remember greedy bastards?) are not satisfied with collaring 75% of our budget for their comfortable upkeep, they still want a share of the paltry 25% left for our development.
Remember that it is from the 25% that government must pay compensation for lands acquired for state's use. So, when our greedy bastards (sorry elite) started parceling out these lands to themselves at simply ridiculous prices, they are literally stealing what belongs to the commonwealth.
Methinks that it is this culture of entitlement by our public officials that must be disabused. Why do our public "servants" think that because "I have served my country, so I am perfectly entitled to loot her meager resources."
We had a departing speaker of parliament, not satisfied with his whopping ex-gratia award, literally and figuratively stripping his bungalow of every item his thieving hands could grab. No sanction was imposed on him. A departing minister also bought his official residence for a song; today he chairs one of our major parties!
Our MPs "serve" for four years and believe that they deserve ex-gratia to the tune of 800 million cedis.
According to Madam CJ: "In order to protect the high office of the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, I would like to relinquish my interest in the plot of land under reference."