Samoa News Editorial: The Gong Show
Does anyone remember a television show back in the 1970s, called "The Gong Show"?
Basically they had people getting out on stage to perform their 'talent', who were 'gonged' off the show when the judges could no longer bear the total ineptitude of their performances. It was one of those inane television shows that made one wonder about the native intelligence of both the American people and TV producers.
Anyway, it was good for a laugh the first five minutes, and then was quickly followed by personal guilt — that I had just wasted five minutes of my life that I could never get back.
But, hey — it was the laugh a minute that I enjoyed — so… I’d like to waste five minutes of your life with our own local production.
THE AMERICAN SAMOA GONG SHOW
StarKist Samoa's 50th anniversary was poignant, not only because it was a good celebration and people had lots of fun, but also because it sure is stretching it to say that a company has been here for 50 years when it is just the name that's been here for that long.
Remember it’s now totally foreign owned — that is not the cannery your great grandmother and grandfather worked for in the 60s. GONG!
The GRT tax is interesting — in its pursuit of "show me the money" — but really — exempting churches from yet another tax, and yet making non profit organizations pay? Church activities can be exempted, yes, but faifeaus and their faletuas should pay income taxes on their 'alofa' from their flock — "pay Caesar what is owed to Caesar…”
ASG would have a windfall from just those personal taxes alone — no need for the GRT! GONG!
A $50,000 government check with signatures of the same two people who signed off on the note authorizing the check — and the payee is one of those signing persons.
Wouldn't you have loved to listen in on that meeting? "You sign, no you sign… it's your money, no it’s your money… ok we'll both sign". GONG!
The Fono passed the $1.1Mil supplemental so they can continue to overspend — yet they deny confirmation for some highly qualified and effective candidates for directors' positions — Tim Jones being the latest — is it because they're not part of the "in crowd"? — or in this case — is it because the man is white? I know he's an American, not a Samoa National. And, energy is his field, not education.
(Yes I went there.)
Hon. Governor Lolo M. Moliga — don't sign their supplemental bill. GONG!
ASG's Labor Day Celebration set for today is great! A first time endeavor, not only on its focus, but in the unique way it is making sure the participants show up — it's not a holiday, it's a work day, SWIPE IN, SWIPE OUT.
Nothing like getting paid to honor yourself, by doing it yourself. GONG!
Talking about SWIPE IN, SWIPE OUT, some of DOE's emergency repairs to schools were done by construction companies, with the promise they would be paid in a timely manner — right after the work is done. Samoa News has been getting phone calls; some of them are still waiting to be paid.
I couldn't help but ask: "Did you swipe in and swipe out?" GONG!
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"Cats are God's Work Too!" Meow
Send us your favorite GONGS — this could become a long-running hit show.
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