OPINION – A Time for Action

Nito Cortizo

 
789Views 7Comments Posted 25/11/2020

 

The economic performance data of the country, for the second quarter of the year, is shocking. As if there were no more, they are published two months late. And just a month ago we saw the MEF present a budget that projected a 9% fall in GDP in 2020. For this projection to be fulfilled, making a simple rule of three, the economy would have to grow at least 0.5% in the second half of the year compared to the same period in 2019. You don't have to be an economist or genius to understand that this will not be the case. . The economic reopening started slowly and there are sectors that have not been able to open directly or have only done so partially. Even so, from the MEF there were no qualms about presenting a budget for 2021 higher than that of 2020. For many years, the country has walked - party after party -, governed by bureaucratic mediocrity, loading a state payroll that grows out of control and sweeping serious problems of justice, education, health, and pensions under the rug. How long will we continue to behave as if all this could continue without dire consequences? The time to act has come.- LA PRENSA Nov. 24



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sral

So wait, the opinion piece is about the irresponsible bureaucrats passing a budget not based on Covid-45 reality. In other words they propose to spend more money, as less money enters the public coffers. BTW George, your last paragraph is readable. Please keep to that standard, flowing and sensible style. And keep it brief. Folks do not have time for long, long paragraphs. Back to the opinion piece. Totally reckless of Panamanian politicians to budget as if we are not in an economic free-fall driven by the pandemic.

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George Klk

Panama | Facts Bleed Into The Psych For Memory. Captain...and his alien commentary scripts from the GK transcripts enigmas. Don't let the last verbiage throw you for a loop...I like complications, this was intended. My style is centered on facts from the Panama News Room articles, and usually involves matching similarities to provide the unresolved crises over the years. A sort of reinforcement to add to the human store of memory for the audience. Facts come from anywhere from aliens to poison lead Micky Mouse toys. I throw it out there because my subconscious has a way to link all of this and I do not have time to explain every detail. Similar facts should point out the the common sense links to the points made. Usually categorized by subject such as money, politicians and state funds. But there is always a twist of new information. Getting more to the lax part from government officials on the surprising complacency at Panama's staggering losses. You will notice the use of new words from time to time such as staggering losses and other phrases. I can easily change my style to sound like a reporter but than it just doesn't carry the credibility and so a few points of far fetched exaggerations to add a little humor or some other non serious reactions can be interjected for a new perspective. I am very flexible and it is all a play for words to add dramatizations and points journalism will miss in my view. So, just hang in there. I have sort of become prolific in this endeavor but there are other repeat sentence writers and politicians like the U.S. politician...Bernie Sanders who I added into my article comments to say...this has now become the norm. Norm was I believe a word I started using frequently and has also been established as a...norm. Just a play of words and flexibility...nothing is really new, I just introduce a lot of wacky new journalism as I can confidently state as with the repetitions of...Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders is a long career politicians who job it is to convince his audience on the matters of political rivalry just what needs to be clear. Certainly, his articles and speeches changes with time and his political influence. The Key is...flexibility and of course some issues need to be clarified but that would take away from the flow of my flow thought processes if I were to be extremely meticulous. Just be flexible and the world will just continue to spin its wheels on clarifying facts.

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MHogan

Captain, lighten up on George. I understand his points because I make the effort to do so. If his style bothers you, pass him over/If the substance is what bothers you, counter his words. Either way, quit griping. His mother tongue is probably Spanish and if so, he does pretty well with English. His grammar may not be as perfect as yours but he’s not a fool whose “verbiage” seems to offend you. Your problem, not his

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Captain

George making up for lost time whilst NP was out hunting for a new server. Can’t believe the verbiage he spills out. Can’t understand a word he says as the sentences (not that there are any )just bleed into each other. I gave up trying long ago when he was obsessing about Chinese restaurants

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George Klk

Panama | Education From State Funds...Cuts! Panama National Assembly cuts funds for the...University of Panama. Cuts for picking up trash and there are numerous broken water lines and more cuts. Water shortages in a hot climate like Panama! Parades after parades and the water authorities has to spray the crowds...extremely hot! Panama coffee...water. Panama canals...water. Panama tourism...water. Panama is basically a tropical paradise with large crabs and prized sword fishes and that warm weather all year round. Warm weather with tourism and you have all sorts of night life activities. Great for the young hot blooded tourists looking for action and risky adventures. One day, its laid back and other days, riots and protests with police clashes for a... small isthmus of...4 million population census and highly prized cash generating canals with a new expansion canal addition recognized as an international marvelous feat? Lots and lots of cement work with Panama cement production for the sales market. Panama is a slum if any tourist will look closely on the global internet... YouTube and documentary. Brazil's Odebrecht...I wonder how they came into the picture? Odebrecht get into the act with Panama's cement? Latino's generally have the skills and come together but do they, say... I am going going to invest and make Panama the greatest global attraction for millions of tourists...no. They see the slums and they know something going on. But...every slum is a man's own castle, right? When I was working, I hardly had any time to fix up my residence. I am fixing it up and its costing me a fortune and...time. Right away...I notice the neighbors recognized me and were very friendly with me. I thought...hmmm, that is strange, am I at the right address? I felt like a different person attaining a measure of recognition and respect. Panama's politicians go through that period of prosperity and recognition. The more money, the better and they really, really enjoy this. I know from experience but then, there is the scandals everyone seems to forget about. Could you imagine having a piece of property with beautiful landscaping, trees and fruits all year round? It has a significant calming effect and no one worries about anything. Panamanians can just enjoy the beaches and the calming effects of visiting their canals. Perfect for the National Assembly deputies and staffs who control and dole out the money. Everyone is happy and have beautiful houses with plenty of food fragrances in the streets. I remembered as a kid a scent I picked up...roast nuts of some kind and man that was some memory. Clean water, plenty of sunshine, rain and beautiful parks and homes and a wild nightlife. What else could a Panamanian and tourist asked for. As a kid, I remembered all those wild noisy parades, I was actually afraid to go out. Population was much smaller than, now it seems everyone is crossing the streets in those heavily congested areas with little to no traffic lights. Those were my experiences and yet... there are certain street you do not walk on at night especially alone. I hardly hear of gang shoot outs but there have been occasions of gang conflicts. I believe the police have that under control. Cement by the way can be very caustic if one is not careful.

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General Butler

Panama needs to emphasize vocational-technical training. There is a dearth of such talent and it is a sphere in which any motivated student can excel and succeed regardless of socio-economic background. Panama needs workers who know how to properly form, pour, and cure high quality and aesthetically appealing concrete because it currently doesn't exist. Panama needs educated electricians and mechanical technicians, and craftsmen of every stripe who take pride in their final product. Before trying to create more computer techs and (God forbid) vultures masquerading as lawyers, Panama needs to emphasize vocational/technical skills and put these people to work fixing, repairing and rebuilding the infrastructure.

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George Klk

Panama | National Assembly Asserts Position...Welfare Providers. Underground Operation Facts: 1. P.N.A designated themselves as knowing what is best for the state...welfare providers. Form of Socialism by a government dictatorship from a fast moving political candidate currently controlling Panama...former president Martinelli. 2. P.N.A. begins by taking the state budget collections and works on the administrative costs...$$$! 3. P.N.A. compete for a large allocation of funds and leaves the rest for the payment of state budgets, knowing technically with low payments the bills are paid. 4. P.N.A. decides on the assessment of Panama's need. 5. P.N.A. know they can get $$$CASH$$$ from new election campaigns doing favors for construction contractors, front men underground operators paying out bribes as in the case of Martinelli's sons payments to their father but not mentioned. 6. P.N.A. has free money lurking with Guatemala's Parliament for impunity. 7. P.N.A. now has their own General Comptroller for easy unaccountable access to state funds. 8. Former president Varela held in stow $600 million of designated money for the... Panama, Colon renovation project and left for China...this money could have easily disappeared. 9. Panama $50 million restaurant for China as part of bridge construction works... Panama pays as tax payers for decades...Varela! 10. Former Panama president Martinelli has the okay from the courts to basically...without mention to run for the presidency in 2024 when the election campaign begins for further...impunity. 11. Martinelli will lead the money financial institution withdrawal under a new executive plan the banks abides to...regardless of whether of not it is for Martinelli's personal gain. 12. Martinelli will undoubtedly have political bases as with his U.S.A. Florida residence replete with his yacht and prized wines for his special guests. All of this has been operating in plain sight and daylight with scandals at every turn and it appears the news media only mentions the bare minimum wondering when all of this will magically disappear. l The news media is under some kind of threat and no one is asking any questions. The Panama Cortizo administration is...[obviously]...behind the suppression and pretends something has to be done. The corruptions of Panama's government are volumes of classical underground operations all the way back to the notorious scandals of Mossack Fonseca during the... former president Varela administration with a non-disclosed number of agreements with China. We're talking $100's of millions here folks! There was a meeting with a...Varela / China! That's it! Just a meeting and a...$50 million restaurant! I recently read an article, I bookmarked on a series of repetition with various lines of information. The U.S. news media is catching on...from me? Let's have a look... How do we avoid future authoritarians? Winning back the working class is key Bernie Sanders Excerpts: Which Side Are You On? was a folk song written by Florence Reece, the wife of an organizer with the United Mine Workers when the union went on strike in Kentucky in 1931. Democrats need to make it absolutely clear whose side they are on. One side is for ending starvation wages and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. One side is not. One side is for expanding unions. One side is not. One side is for creating millions of good paying jobs by combating climate change and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. One side is not. One side is for expanding healthcare. One side is not. One side is for lowering the cost of prescription drugs. One side is not. One side is for paid family and medical leave. One side is not. One side is for universal pre-K for every three- and four-year-old in America. One side is not. One side is for expanding social security. One side is not. One side is for making public colleges and universities tuition-free for working families, and eliminating student debt. One side is not. One side is for ending a broken and racist criminal justice system, and investing in our young people in jobs and education. One side is not. One side is for reforming and making our immigration system fair and humane. One side is not. Democrats’ job during the first 100 days of the Biden administration is to make it absolutely clear whose side they are on, and who is on the other side. That’s not only good public policy to strengthen our country. It’s how to win elections in the future.<> Bernie Sanders says,... is to make it absolutely clear whose side they are on, and who is on the other side. Repetitions and opposition from two political parties on the battle grounds of U.S. democracy. Panama? Just scandals of corruptions that goes unnoticed by complacent judges! Does any one in Panama thinks the judges are going to fix the staggering losses from the state funds? Think again!

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