SAMOA NEWS EDITORIAL: GONG SHOW 5
President Obama has signed the bill that puts the federal government back to work; this includes our workers who get paid with federal dollars. It looks like these workers will be paid the hours they didn’t work while they were furloughed, so the local government won’t be out of pocket.
The bill is good until January 15, 2014 and most are predicting it will not come to another shutdown, but with Tea Partiers still going on about Obamacare — nothing is a sure thing — except taxes — GONG!
Which brings me to the Lolo Administration’s cry for money — they want more, because of the services they say must be offered to the People, because the People want and need the services… at least I think that’s what they’re saying.
The Treasurer recently mixed it up, and threw the federal government in there somewhere, talking about depending less on federal money as another reason for increasing local taxes through a Gross Receipts Tax.
I’m against the GRT because I don’t believe it’s good for the local economy. Remember that pesky thing called ‘cash flow’? The government is about to take ”hard cash” directly out of the business owners’ hands and says it’s going to be used for the ‘good of the People’.
(GONG! GONG! GONG!)
I think there’s a glaring problem with this: It’s called TRUST.
TRUST between businesses and government — especially with the Legislative and the Administrative Branches and TRUST between the People and Their government.
For the businesses, in particular, there is a sense of betrayal each time the local government talks about raising taxes because it just doesn’t make sense to them.
How do you ask for more money, when you don’t even use the money you have without ‘waste, fraud and corruption’? How do you ask for more money, when you can’t even figure out how to collect ALL the money you should be collecting through taxes?
And, how exactly is this good for business in American Samoa? You (ASG) are planning to take ‘our’ hard earned cash flow to make up for your inability to live within your means, and expect us businesses to pay for it.
Well the last laugh isn’t on the businesses or even on ASG, in the end it’s the People who will pay. GONG!
For the government and the People, the government’s track record (this includes past administrations) shows they often do not use the money wisely for ‘the good of the People’.
More likely the government gets the cash windfall resulting in: undeserved pay raises and overtime, more travel and certainly an increase in ASG employees, both contract and regular, in jobs that have nothing to do with offering better public services, but more with ‘maintaining the status quo’ and paying off favors owed.
So, indeed — the last laugh is on the People… Trust in the GONG!
Talking more about Trust…
The Governor’s Education Summit is indeed a historic event on many levels, including the fact that, as the governor said, “This summit deserves recognition as a significant event in history, for it memorializes our collective acknowledgement that the children and future generations of American Samoa deserve the best of our God given talents, to establish an effective pathway guaranteeing their future success.”
The problem is that the message and questions posed by the Summit — how do we solve the problem of our students performing poorly academically? — got lost every time the television audience saw HTC Fofo Sunia and Dr. Sili Sataua front stage center as it was televised on KVZK TV Channel 2 at night.
Both men played key roles in the summit, with Fofo as the Governor’s Task Force on Education Vice Chair and Dr. Sataua the Secretary— so they were out front ‘a lot’. Both men are federally convicted felons — essentially they betrayed the People’s Trust, when they were Public Servants.
Samoa News has been getting phone calls and emails, as well as comments online, asking what kind of message is Gov. Lolo M. Moliga sending to the students or youth of American Samoa by putting these two men on the Task Force?
The stars of the show were supposed to be “Students First…” GONG!
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