Not Getting the Message























October 29, 2010

Fridays I always look forward to Zaldy Dandan's editorials. Send a message to this administration and No one else to blame couldn't get any more accurate. He writes:
"...We look around and we see an economy in shambles, abuse of power, corruption, incompetence, mismanagement and a rising crime rate. And we’re told it’s not the CNMI’s fault. It’s the feds’. Of course.

But it has been 32 long years since the establishment of the commonwealth so why do some local politicians still sound like they’re running for office in the Trust Territory era? The islands have changed and continue to change before our very eyes, but some politicians are still stuck in the past and fighting “battles” that have already been fought.

...The CNMI is where it is now because of the choices it made. It is time for the commonwealth to take full responsibility for the mess it has created. And no, voters. You can’t blame your officials past and present. You voted for them. Again and again. And even though you complain now about the current set of leadership on Capital Hill, you will re-elect and even “promote” most of them to higher office."
Has the CNMI become an out-of-control Wild West of lawlessness, corruption and deceit?  It sure looks that way. It will only get worse if people continue to support and re-elect and re-elect and re-elect the current Administration and the candidates that they back.

Despite the work of the MVA and CNMI agencies, tourists and investors who research the CNMI, may just reject the islands as a destination.  The mafia-style government is not going to attract retirees either. In fact, there could be an exodus of residents who seek higher paying jobs in places with quality healthcare and less crime.  The Administration's campaign to keep workers permanently disenfranchised and under their thumb could also result in the loss of many long-term professionals and skilled workers who may decide to leave for the U.S., Australia, Canada and other more secure places that offer not only a job, but a future.

The Attorney General is a puppet of the governor as massage-gate, gun-gate, parole-gate and election-gate have shown.  Expect no stop to corruption, special interest contracts, nepotism within the government offices, illegal campaign activities, abuse of power, or crimes committed under the color of the law as long as Buckingham is AG.

Eleven days ago a Chinese national was beaten by a CNMI police officer.  The CNMI Department of Public Safety has not even issued a statement releasing the name of the offending officer/s  and no arrest/s has been made. This is not a Department of Public "Safety" at all.  The governor reinstated his hand-picked Covenant Party bully, Ambrosio Ogumoro to perform his work there.  Grievances against Ogumoro blame him for "harassment, abuse of authority and creating a hostile work environment."

The CNMI squandered it's limited funds on lobbying, suing the federal government, hiring special advisors and filling unnecessary government positions with family members and political allies.  As a result, people's lives are at risk because of a lack of money for essential services.  The in-debt CNMI government owes the travel agencies over $180,000, and they are refusing to issue any more tickets for off-island medical referrals until they are paid. Anyone who has or develops a serious health issue or meets a serious accident that requires immediate off-island care, may not survive if they can't raise the funds for airfare and medical expenses.

When will Finance get the money to pay the travel agencies? Where will all the money that is need come from? The line for those waiting to be paid by the CNMI government is long and growing:
Feel free to add to the list above.

Cha-ching!  The coffers are empty, and more unpaid bills are piling up.  No wonder the Secretary of Finance retired.

Payless paydays are the norm, cheating nurses of their wages is common practice, the number of tourists being robbed has increased, and thousands of government employees have 16-hour work cuts per pay period.


Zaldy wrote in his editorial No one else to blame:
The CNMI’s problems can only be solved in the CNMI not in D.C. The feds and your congressional delegate could help you get some of the tools you need to get out of this financial wreck. But it’s still up to you, people of the CNMI, to use these tools and use them wisely.

Clearly, you can’t trust politicians who tell you it’s not your fault. It is your fault. That’s the bad news. But the good news is because you’re in charge, you can do better. You can improve. You can be the change you want to see in this beautiful community.

One last note: Nothing in the CNMI or U.S. Constitution says that a lawmaker should “work” with the governor. Come on CNMI voters. Do you really want your congressional delegate working with the governor — like the way he has been working with the Legislature? How’s that working for you so far?
From Send a message to this administration, Zaldy wrote:
This administration is a colossal failure by any standard. Its mismanagement and corruption have brought the CNMI to its knees, but it is skillful and ruthless in exercising power and now it wants voters to support its candidate, or at least anyone but the incumbent congressman who has the audacity to work for you, the people, and not for the governor.

Voters, on Tuesday, do the CNMI a favor by reminding yourself that you’re supposed to elect a delegate and not a puppet to the U.S. Congress.
Exactly!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

People (government employees) are being forced to fill out absentee ballots in the presence of Covenant "enforcers," making a joke of the idea of a secret ballot. I hope someone agrees to wear a wire for the FBI. They do pay their cooperating sources, and their checks don't bounce.

By the way, the feds WILL investigate and prosecute local (non-federal) election fraud, when it has been demonstrated that there is a longstanding pattern of local authorities not acting.

Anonymous said...

That's exactly what's happening in the CNMI now, and that's only in CNMI. What a shame and too much abuse of irresponsible power. Unless the people and FEDS allows these all to happen, it will continue to happen until such time that CNMI will experience the EXTREME HARDSHIP. Wake up now all people in the CNMI... do something. It's NEVER TOO LATE. KICK ALL THOSE CORRUPT AND IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE OUT... AND LET START FROM THE TOP.

Anonymous said...

Let our VOICE BE HEARD... SPEAK OUT LOUD. NOW IS THE TIME... DON'T WASTE TIME AND MONEY ANYMORE. WE ARE NOT GETTING SUPPORT FROM PEOPLE WE PUT OUR TRUST BEFORE. THEY'RE TOO ABUSIVE AND ONLY THINK FOR THEIR SELF INTERESTS. THERE'S NOTHING IN THE CNMI THAT WE ARE PROUD OF TO THE WORLD. PEOPLE OUTSIDE FEEL PITY OF US. WE ARE THE POOREST OF ALL THE US TERRITORIES AND STATES BECAUSE OF OUR WRONGDOINGS AND FAILURES. PEOPLE IN THE GOV'T WORKING WITH VERY LESS HOURS AND VERY LOW PAY RATES. A GOV AND LT GOV AND ONLY 3 SEN AND 6 CONG IS ENOUGH. A MAYOR AND VICE MAYOR AND 2 COUNCILORS EACH ISLANDS. NO MORE SPECIAL ASSISTANTS AND ADVISERS. WITH THAT CNMI CAN SAVE AND CAN DECIDE FAST AND LESS CORRUPTIONS.

Anonymous said...

BIBA KILILI!

Anonymous said...

My question is, where are the Feds? Not a peep?

Anonymous said...

ANYONE CAN HELP US!!!!!
WE NEED OUR 2009 CHILD TAX AND STIMULUS TAX.........IT"S ALMOST 2011.