October 26, 2012
|Saipan Tribune photo from previous meeting|
I imagine the "leaders" will request that the DOI toss some more federal tax dollars their way to clean up the messes that they made and they continue to make in the CNMI. The CNMI "leaders" are solely responsible for the failures of the Commonwealth Health Care Corporation, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, the Public School System, the Northern Marinas College, the Department of Public Safety, and other CNMI agencies and departments. They are also solely responsible for the collapse of the Retirement Fund. Years of poor administration, CNMI government underfunding, lack of oversight, nepotism, political hiring, and political interference and manipulation has resulted in total failure.
Like bullies who kicked down a block tower, the CNMI "leaders" expect someone else to come in and build it up again. That someone is always the federal taxpayers. CNMI residents do not pay federal tax. They continually vote in or re-elect incompetent, corrupt "leaders" who screw things up. Then everyone expects the federal taxpayers to come to their rescue. It is a never-ending cycle. Corruption, law breaking, no consequences, fix it with federal tax dollars, repeat. Corruption, law breaking, no consequences, fix it with federal tax dollars repeat. Corruption, law breaking, no consequences, fix it with federal tax dollars, repeat...
Maybe it is so infuriating because there are no consequences in the CNMI for the corrupt leaders who make backdoor contracts like the one CHCC CEO Juan Babauta made with money grabber Kraml, or the illegal deal between Governor Fitial and Michael Ada to secure the ARRA contract, or the latest corrupt CUC deal penned by Fitial, his criminal sidekick, former AG Buckingham and some questionable U.S.-based companies.
Even though the DOI investigated the ARRA contract and concluded it was illegal, nothing was done. There were no consequences. Ditto for the Office of the Special Counsel who acknowledged violations of the Hatch Act committed by former criminal AG Buckingham. Nothing was done, there were no consequences for breaking the law. The non enforcement, no consequences stance of the federal officials has encouraged CNMI corruption.
As long as federal officials view their role in the CNMI primarily as the islands' piggy bank, nothing will change. Reform will never be realized until federal laws are strictly enforced. Corrupt leaders must be held accountable and prosecuted for their crimes. Instead of handing out money, the feds should be handing down sentences.
Who should Tony Babauta meet with? Babauta should meet with Tina Sablan and ask her about being roughed up by the governor's thug squad at an international airport. (So much for homeland security.) He should meet with Glen Hunter and ask him about his lawsuit and efforts to impeach the corrupt governor. He should meet with the noble nine and get their input on the impeachment articles and the lawsuit to stop the CUC contract. He should meet with Peter Camacho and Eric David who are the latest police officers to be transferred because they followed the law. He should ask them about the newest hires with criminal records. He should meet with the foreign workers and ask them how that pathetically botched CNMI-only Guest Worker Program is working.
I hope Assistant Secretary Babauta packed hand sanitizer. He will likely be shaking some very dirty hands.