2020: Bad start, fiscally


Doubly distracted by news updates of the escalating war in Iraq and Trump’s unprecedented economic success across the fruited plain. Had to pick the Donald for his sheer determination to Make America Great Again.

The strength of the national economy is at its highest since 30 years ago: lots of jobs and better paying jobs too!

Moreover, if you’re black, Hispanic or hailing from minority groups, then Trump is your best bet as titular head of our country. He hears the voices of the downtrodden and ignored Americans. That’s the Donald as abrasive as he may be.

Meanwhile, were pertinent constitutional provisions violated by Trump or was the Dems’ assertion simply empty? Without foundation, it seems the goal is to place its opinions upfront as though a set of facts. Obviously, it’s all about tripping the Donald for this year’s presidential election.

A personal opinion is neither legal nor constitutional. Appalling the purposeful misperception of Dems, convinced they have a case. I’m not going to turn my head if Trump commits “high crime” or anything else that requires his vacating the WH. Ensure his due process rights then send him through the system.

But if there’s nothing up that alley it’s better if the issue is laid to rest. Why push egotistical political agenda that would render thousands upon thousands of fellow Americans jobless? But then hardworking folks have seen through this already.

Increase in wages and salaries require a strong economy. It brings forth the obvious: how many of the policymakers are conversant of the issue?

Without any sense of the concept how could you be good stewards moving healthy policies to upgrade the livelihood of people you represent? The task at hand is humongous therefore the dire need for you to roll up your sleeves and get to work forthwith. Start reading!

The obvious complacency as 21 states increase minimum wage beyond $7.25 per hour. EVERbody home?

It is said that policy determines the quality of life in the villages. What have you done that factually upgraded quality of family life in recent past?

Is this a difficult issue to answer beyond looking at your performance folder? With a good sense of perception you could be conversant on this matter too.

Hoping for a good start this year but it was met with sad tidings of planned budget cuts by agencies doubled down by a shortfall of some $16 million.

It must be the inevitable where we slug out which agency to strangle and suffocate to allow others to float amidst the stormy tide of “natting.”

It must be the “Year of the Natting” or more like “ratting” where all must contend sharing pennies, nickels, and dimes. Its implications are serious, thus the dire need for prudent spending.

Not surprising a newspaper article of the subpoena of custodian of IPI records by the District Court here “to testify before a grand jury in connection with simultaneously executed search warrants by the FBI on Saipan.

The subpoena sought all communications between IPI and Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, discussing and summarizing cash donations to the Friends of Ralph Organization and to any other political campaigns dated on or after Sept. 1, 2013, among other items.

It is rumored the issue involved huge sums of money. Interesting what amount is involved and who were the players. When the party-like atmosphere descends amidst the largess ready for distribution notice the smiling faces? Still smiling or “not yet, already?”

On Nov. 7, 2019, the FBI executed a search and seizure warrant of “all documents, records, and property (whether in the form of printed documents or stored in electronic or digital form) that constitute evidence of violations of pertinent federal law by Governor Torres, his brothers Vincent Torres, Victorino Torres, and Joaquin Torres, Alfred Chi-Yam Yue of Marianas Consultancy LLC or Ron Li Anderson of Legend Realty.

“These U.S. laws pertain to fraud by wire, radio, or television; scheme or artifice to defraud; attempt and conspiracy; laundering of monetary instruments; and contributions and donations by foreign nationals.”

The outcome of the impending probe is a highly anticipated report so we see where things may have gone right or wrong under the twinkling stars of paradise.

John S. Del Rosario Jr. | Contributing Author
John DelRosario Jr. is a former publisher of the Saipan Tribune and a former secretary of the Department of Public Lands.
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