OPINION: And the rich man drives by

La Prensa cartoonist Lowi highlights government proglifacy while other needs like justice, health, education, security, and the cost of the basic food basket go unattended

 
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The Ministry of the Presidency manages the rental of 251 vehicles for an amount greater than $ 10 million. Under less pressing circumstances, this hire wouldn't be so outrageous. But our officials seem to forget that we are in the midst of a pandemic, that tens of thousands of people have been left without work, that many small businesses have probably gone bankrupt, that we have much higher priorities than meeting this expense. What should be done is to invest every penny to boost the economy, as there will be a serious impact from this health emergency that will continue for several more months. Allocating such an amount of money to rent cars reveals the human smallness of our rulers, while thousands of Panamanians who trusted them remain mired in uncertainty, wondering what will become of them and their families. The few resources of the country should not be wasted on trivialities that only seek the comfort of those who spend these millions. How can you call this good government? How empty these words sound in the face of such waste! - LA PRENSA, Sep.11



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Ajd

For the time ever I agree with Oh Ya and mhogan. The very law of economics dictates that the abundance of anything decreases its value. It is only a matter of time until the collapse happens. Humpty keeps touting the strength of the stock market but this too is another one his lies. The stock market is only boosted and sustained by all the cash beinh printed and injected into the economy. There are no production or consumption increases and most of the work force is still unemployed. Those who are working are near the bottom of the wage scale. But no worries.....when the crash comes, probably not long after the Nov election, humpty will blame the Democrats and take absolytely " "no responsibility". Closer to home though, it amazes me thr level of greed of Panamanian politicians. They continue to loot the ship as it is slowly sinking around them. Nito is a major disappointment and the white shark Martinelli is circling to pounce on the chaos that appears soon to come. It is not inevitable though if corrective measures are taken. Govt needs to wake up!!

15 days ago
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Boquete Kid

I hear ya JB a poor man never gave me a job either.

15 days ago
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Jbbrown

Thank God everyday for the rich! A poor man never have me a job!!!!

15 days ago
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Oh ya

MHogan is correct but it is not just here. The wheels are coming off the wagon worldwide, the central banks think they can print our way out of this world collapse and the US is leading the charge with the Fed printing trillions of unbacked dollars. Countries are starting to dump their USD as they know where this is leading. Look at Zimbabwe and Venezuela, they tried printing their way out . And it will not be the 1st time the USD has collapsed, it has done it twice before. Between creating the FED in 1913 (which is federal as federal express) 6 jew run banks, and bone head Nixon on 1971 closing the gold window sealed the fate of the USD.

16 days ago
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Oh ya

MHogan is correct but it is not just here. The wheels are coming off the wagon worldwide, the central banks think they can print our way out of this world collapse and the US is leading the charge with the Fed printing trillions of unbacked dollars. Countries are starting to dump their USD as they know where this is leading. Look at Zimbabwe and Venezuela, they tried printing their way out . And it will not be the 1st time the USD has collapsed, it has done it twice before. Between creating the FED in 1913 (which is federal as federal express) 6 jew run banks, and bone head Nixon on 1971 closing the gold window sealed the fate of the USD.

16 days ago
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George Klk

Panama | Requiem: Act or token of remembrance. Fact is... Panama did nothing on its own for its own glory. Panama wanted only independence from Columbia. United States did this for them with U.S....-CASH!-. U.S. built the...First and Second Set of Locks. U.S. handed over the canals in less than a 100 years. U.S. provided money for the improvements and maintenance of the canals. Panama had Mossack Fonseca a... legal entity for the wealthy foreigners for hidden assets of nation's state funds. Panama complicit operation of foreign hidden assets provided sources for nation's bombings... parts of Africa. Panama state funds (PAN) for purchase of a nation's (Israel) Pegasus spy equipment for... Panama political control by a...tryrant...former president Ricardo Martinelli / $14 million. Panama use of state funds to provide free ham giveaways to bribe election voters. Panama secret contract deals with Brazil's Odebrecht to provide campaign money for contract work at Panama's citizens expense. What has Panama past and current presidents done to work for the citizens glory? Panama allowed and raised a...Manual Noriega dictatorship...ultimately captured by the... United States!!! Panama suffers undue economic crises with their wealth promising new...Fourth Set of Locks! Where is the...Panama Glory Remembrance - Requiem? 1. National Assembly beach houses, and horse race track bets. 2. Misdirected funds for important sporting events. 3. Unaccountable misdirected funds for the N.A. deputy staffs. 4. New Administration's Comptroller General with non-transparent audits. United States knew...knew Panama was corrupt and yet... students patriotic loyalties to the government, state and the citizens were fighting for the future corrupt government and now... United States has little jurisdiction with a Panama Varela / China relationship and an underground corruption of money laundries with investigation of a legal corrupt system of judges, lawyers and presidents and their administrations looking for respect through power and money. Panama has no integrity and is on the... Grey list and Black list that hurts the economy even more. Where is the Glory of Panama except by an through the... UNITED STATES AND TAX PAYING CITIZENS...for a broken mutual relationship of honesty with the United States and Panama's own citizens!

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George Klk

Panama | Some Latin Nations...Hoard Money For Their Emergencies. Latin government leaders know certain historical facts. 1. The U.S. provided Panama with a...- FREE-...canal handed over with the Carter / Torrijos treaty. 2. The U.S. provided money for the repair and service maintenance of the canal. 3. The U.S. provided Panama their own complete government autonomy over unoccupied U.S. military territory. 4. Panama had their Mossack Fonseca underground connection operation...$$$!!! 5. Panama presidential elections opened the door for self-enrichment contracts for government officials that included theft of...PAN. 6. Panama became a bribery state for tourists and traffic police. 7. Panama became a Guatemala Parlacen political underground connection with... Panama sheriffs. 8. Panama knew a new...Fourth Canal Project...would bring $100's millions more to government state coffers. 9. Panama government wanted...[POLITICAL UNITY]....to oil the ... MONEY LAUNDRY AND STATE COLLATERAL INTERNATIONAL DEALS with... CHINA and BRAZIL'S ODEBRECHT contracts to control bribery and election party operations. 10. Panama / China secretly proposes new...Fifth Canal Project...with hidden agendas to control domestic and international maritime trade and statistic operations. 11. Panama new...Fifth Canal Project...(would have) provide China with global trade political leverage! 12. Panama government emergency money with presidential state allowances... $$$millions$$$...secures president's financially in the event of a political and economic meltdown. 13. Panama's has paid bonuses to police sheriffs ready to throw citizen protesters in cages along with... brutal violent murderous gangs with minimal privacy and use of restrooms...buckets and little water. 14. Panama National Assembly legislature laws designed for self enrichment entitlements and impunities as part of current...PANAMA PRESIDENT'S MANTRA FOR POLITICAL UNITY. 15. Panama has the... a. State government self enrichment operations. b. Sheriff/s and police bonus paid controlled underground operations. c. National Assembly legislature laws in their favor for their underground self enrichment operations. d. Government assured...$$$MONEY$$$ / CONTRACTS...for political...RE-ELECTIONS...at the... EXPENSE...of Panamanian tax payers. e. Panamanians suffers shortage of... medicines...Social Security...delayed children hospital construction...farmers not paid...medical staff not paid... cuts and more future cuts in state tuitions programs such as the...University of Panama. f. Panama former president...Ricardo Martinelli...muzzles the news publications of his... corrupt government operations for self enrichment purposes with his battery of lawyer through...deceased letters. g. Martinelli continues to have political ambitions to control Panama government for...impunity and self-enrichments. h. Former president Varela withheld $600 million for the Panama - Colon renovation project while visiting...China! I. President Cortizo corrals Panama citizens like they were his...cattle...at his ranch. h. President Cortizo and family can always enjoy the... luxuries of his new found wealth with political asylum (free U.S. Visa) in the...UNITED STATES. J. Panama presidents learn from their leader's corrupt operations. Conclusion of government...EMERGENCY MONEY AND POWER!

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MHogan

Welcome to socialism as the “needs” of the common citizenry are neglected for the “wants” of the elite. The former are expected to tighten their belts even more as the latter flouts their advantage. The middle class and foreign investment money from retired expats has been driven out of the country or succumbed to financial pressures caused by their business shutdowns. “Other people’s money” (Margaret Thatcher on Socialism) is drying up faster than we could have imagined and consequence is a regime that begins confiscation and government take-over of what’s left of people’s assets. A police state is necessary to quell the unrest of the “little people”. If all this sounds familiar, well it should. We’re in for a world of hurt. It’s not too late to turn this ship around but soon it will be and we’ll have a requiem for Panamá and its past glory. So sad!

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