Same Old...

February 7, 2011

"History never repeats itself. Man always does." Voltaire


Does anyone else notice that the "news" from the CNMI is like television reruns? Or maybe like the movie Groundhog Day where the weatherman is destined to repeat the same day over and over until he gets it right?

It seems that no problem gets solved and everything problem or issue just keeps popping up over and over and over. Sometimes in a different wrapping, or from the lips of a different elected official, but nevertheless, same old...

Look at these recent news stories:
  • The CNMI government wants the federal taxpayers to bail them out.  This same story has been hiccuped for decades.  Today's Marianas Variety headline is the latest: Senate wants feds to pay NMI for immigration takeover.  Of course it does. There are a few problems with the proposal. First, the federal takeover had nothing to do with the demise of the garment industry as the Senate claims.  Secondly, there is no federal money. Reoccurring themes here are "blame the federal officials and government", "accept no responsibility", and repeat the same mantra. 
  • Another reoccurring story also appears in today's Marianas Variety: CUC fails to meet federal deadline.  What is the incentive to meet a federal EPA violation deadline? Are the fines enforced and are there consequences? Hasn't this been a headline several other times over the past year? 
  • Another repeated news story is found in this familiar headline: More food stamps please. This story comes up annually. Legislators identified problems as the increasing cost of living, loss of jobs, cut hours, and the increasing cost of utilities, commodities, gasoline and other necessities. Does the fact that the CNMI requested that the annual minimum wage increase be passed over last year affect this problem? Would more money in workers' pockets have lessened the need?
Other reoccurring headlines: casinos will raise revenue (not); Fitial (or another CNMI leader) switches political party; lobbyists or consultants hired; election improprieties...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about spending federal money on a $6M plane that can be burned over and over and over. Think the $ could have been used for something else? I sure do.

Anonymous said...

I don't think federal grants can be used for anything other than for the explicit, express purpose written into the grant contract by the funder -- in this case the Federal Aviation Administration for aircraft firefighting training equipment.

Federal funding is not just a big pot of money where the CNMI gets to pick and choose what it feels is important. That's not how it works.

Anonymous said...

I want them to burn and reburn that plane as many times as they feel they need to, in order to have procedures down pat, when a real plane mislands.

Let's not confuse waste with the improvement of safety and lifesaving.