First let me say that I’m not being critical; more like putting critical thinking to work before I jump in with both feet. I wouldn’t bother w/critical thinking if the idea didn’t intrigue me in the first place. So, here goes…
They had me right up to this point:
Strong said that the agreement with the Honduran government states that the only tax will be on property.
Along w/the part about there being no sales tax because I prefer a sales tax to one on property; mainly because that means you never actually own it. Besides, define, “Property.” Is that to mean land?, the building structures? Vehicles? the swing in your backyard? They’re all property.
And to which gov’t is this property tax to go? The Honduran one, or the “Free City.”
First, we will build the critical infrastructure – roads, water, power, sewers," Strong said. "In collaboration with the [Honduran] government, we will then create the city’s government system and the security, and 3 to 6 months after that we will build the first factories.”
Aren’t they putting the cart before the horse? Wouldn’t it make more sense to build the framework on which you want to build before you build it?
And if they’re going to put together a City Government and a security system, just what is to pay for these ‘neccessary evils?’ (for lack of a better phrase at the moment.)
The city government, I can see as not all the difficult to compensate. I’d like to see it be what the U.S.’ government was intended to be - People w/a full-time job who served the country out of civic duty and the goodness of their hearts, meeting once or twice a year, and/or in cases of emergency.
The security, however, might be another story. 200,000 jobs is a lot of people, so it sounds like the ‘security dept.’ will be a lot bigger than a one-man operation, and a full-time job. How is it they plan to pay for this? Yes, it could be a private enterprise, but they still have to be paid.
The only geographical descriptions I saw were “tiny”, and “on the Carribean coast.” How crowded will it be w/enough jobs for 200,000 people? (The more crowded, the more security concerns there’ll be.)
Obviously, there’ll be disputes. Who’s to, and how will, these be settled. I realize they haven’t formed their ‘constitution’, so to speak yet, but there’s gonna be disputes before the infrastructure is finished. Promise.
Due to curiosity of the general outlay, the Contra/Sandanista probs, I did a wee bit of homework to see how things lie w/the current Honduras gov’t. (Have they ever not been in turmoil?) Anywho, I came across this.
In mid-May 2012, protestors in Ahuas rioted in the streets and set fire to government buildings. They demanded that all the U.S. drug enforcement agents leave. The protest was over a dispute involving an anti-drug operation on May 11 which killed four innocent people while they were fishing. Two of the people killed were pregnant women. The protesting began after the mayor of Ahuas, Lucio Baquedano, and others accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the local police of killing the four people. Security officials for both the U.S. and Honduras disputed the accusation, saying that the operation had seized 1,000 pounds of cocaine and resulted in the death of two drug traffickers. U.S. officials added that only Honduran police had fired weapons. Despite these disputes, human rights organizations and Honduran officials called for a further investigation into the May 11 operation.
Read more: Honduras: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel/Holidays/Cities — Infoplease.com
I’m starting to take back any possitives I may have had about going anywhere near that place.
Sorry, but no thanks.