You know, I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but lately I’ve been called a racist and been labeled discriminatory for some of my opinions on the immigration policy and more recently the HSA snafu over firing Craig Brown, so I’d like to clear things up a bit.
First of all: the HSA fired Craig Brown – which makes them a bunch of freaking idiots. This isn’t racist or discriminatory, this is simply fact.
What the dumb-asses on the HSA board fail to realize is that there is a distinct difference between business decisions and personal decisions. The decisions that Mr. Brown made and was making, up and until the morons on the HSA board fired him, were business decisions.
The way it played out in the media was that the HSA board didn’t like the way he ran the hospital – when in fact he was the first CEO to produce a financial statement in years, he began collecting some of the tens of millions of dollars the hospital was owed, and he dusted off the $5,000,000 computer system that “didn’t work” and got the staff trained on it so that – praise God it’s a miracle – it began working. He did the same with some of the staff, but we’ll leave that alone.
Was Craig Brown making personal decisions? I doubt it. I know the guy, and he’s one of the most impersonal (in a good way) guys I know when it comes to business decisions – and he’s a professional. Two things, dare I say, most long-term and indigenous people are not always familiar with. And I don’t mean that in a bad way either.
Second. When I say the immigration policy is a joke, I’m not being a racist, nor am I being discriminatory. I’m simply saying that the immigration policy is a joke and it’s unfair.
You want racism and discrimination? How about a government and an immigration system that targets specific nationalities and tries to reduce their numbers by implementing policy specifically aimed at that sub-group's expulsion. It’s a human rights law suit waiting to happen.
And before you scream “Well America is putting up a fence to keep out the Mexicans!” I say this: the day Cayman shares a nearly 2,000 mile long border with another country with a GDP that is 1/20 of that of Cayman where people sneak in specifically and solely to bilk the government out of billions of dollars in social services paid for by the legal and tax-paying citizenry, shut the hell up.
Furthermore, you have Cubans floating here on inflated tire inner tubes – and they don’t want to stay. Why? Because they want to get to Honduras so they can trek 1,000 miles north. To where? America.
That’s right. Swallow your pride Cayman. This “jewel of the Caribbean” is nothing more than a comfort break as thousands of Cubans would rather chance death at sea for the mere possibility of touching the continent that leads to America than stay here (semi-enforced MOU notwithstanding) – and you’re kicking out the ex-pats who want to be here to work to maintain your “5th leading financial center” label.
Sure, there are some people that want to come here and take advantage of Cayman – but THAT’S THE ENVIRONMENT THAT CAYMAN HAS CREATED. It’s called a tax-free or tax-advantaged jurisdiction. But for the most part, the people who come here do so to support the tax-advantaged industry; and – yes – to make better lives for themselves. And for that they are accused of "stealing jobs" and diluting the Caymanian culture.
Guess what? This is your culture now. It's called a "global environment" - and unless you all want to go back to farming and making rum cakes for export, you'd better embrace it.
By and large you don’t see many bankers, or attorneys or accountants washing up on the beach in a flotilla of rafts. And you don’t see many penny-less Cubans or destitute Jamaicans buying multi-million dollar homes.
But what you shouldn’t see at all is a government with an openly discriminatory immigration policy, firing professionals that are here to pull their asses out of the fire and turn a financial pile of dog-poo into a viable operation, just because he or she fired or hired the wrong person.
And no one is going to want to come here if your hospital can’t pay the bills and if the staff whinge and moan because they have to work over and above the government’s grueling 37.5 hour work week.
Craig Brown was making a life for himself. He was taking steps to make the Cayman hospital system better. And the idiots on the HSA board fired him because someone got their feelings hurt over a prudent business decision aimed at making the hospital a better place.
At the end of the day, the ex-pats here do their jobs and do them quite well – otherwise you wouldn’t be the “5th leading financial center in the world.”
Craig Brown was doing his job, and doing it better than anyone (regardless of nationality) had done it – and for that he was fired. That means the HSA board is populated by unintelligent and hyper-sensitive morons who care more about preserving the feelings of “their people” than doing their job that SHOUILD be to ensure the health and welfare of ALL people.
So if that makes me racist, fine - I'm a racist. There. Everyone happy now? But that means the HSA board is disgracist.
I'm sure the Caymanian that Eden and Pastor Al put in charge will continue the status quo of mediocre service, poor human resources practices, bad and irresponsible fiscal management and low quality of care for the patient.
Well done you idiots. By firing Craig Brown you didn't kill the goose that laid the golden egg - you cut down the freaking beanstalk.
If anyone needs me I'll be at the Glass House dressed in my white cape and hood burning a cross.