Panama's revolting politcal class

 
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What happened in recent years with dozens of minors in shelters subsidized by the National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and the Family (Senniaf) is unforgivable. The lack of supervision and the laziness of Senniaf officials made it possible for children and adolescents to be victims of sexual abuse and physical and psychological violence. Senniaf social workers reported these abuses and the institution's response was to dismiss them and look the other way, while a vulnerable population was victimized. The enormous gravity of the events investigated by a legislative subcommittee does not seem to have impressed the Ministry of Social Development, which in a recent statement on the scandal only seems concerned about the subsidies it gives to shelters, when what is serious is the negligence and incompetence of the officials in charge of guarding these shelters. Where was the Senniaf board of directors, made up of the ministers of Social Development, Health, Education, Labor and Economy? This is one of the most serious government failures in the guardianship of minors, and shows the most inhumane indolence of not a few militants of our - increasingly - repulsive political class. lLA PRENSA,Feb. 1


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sral

Thanks for the words of wisdom Brian! First cut/paste that makes a hell of a lot of sense, especially in the shared, rotation of power in Panamá. The George Orwell statement is also a truism in the US. We had 43 traitorous Congress critters put their stamp of approval on the corrupt and criminal regime of DJT. They are accomplices to trump´s white nationalist terrorism in the US Capitol.

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Brian

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.” - George Orwell

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George

Panama | Politicians Fear of Subjugation Panama National Assembly is...ALL...about rank and security. What does this mean and what are the facts? 1. Rank and security...How do I get to the 'Millionaire's Club' rank status. 2. Re-election...$$$[ Money ]$$$ and high monthly salary job security...not an errand boy - nope! 3. Re-election more opportunities for political jurisdiction and territory representation. 4. Jurisdiction - control more money, more impunity and the access power for a dictatorship. 5. Power struggle is not the balance of political democracy, but... placing limits on the executive branch and ruling with a party majority. 6. Broadening the powers of police security with bonuses and increasing citizen poverty rate. 7. Executive...United...leadership aligned with foreign nation/s for aid and surveillance equipment. 8. News media is muzzled and told what to print when a run away tyrant with state funds.... returns for a hero's welcome to publish his own news media prints. 9. Panama...tyrant...has done this with the compliments of...Panama state funds... battery of lawyers, complicit General Comptroller, control of business unions and more schemes. Panama has let the tigers loose that tasted...PANAMANIAN BLOOD!!!

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johninchiriqui

So true. You put Mother Theresa in politics in Panama today and tomorrow she's a crack whore. The whole system needs to be abolished and restructured.......with responsibility and consequences for the elected/appointed instead of rights to steal, rape and pillage.

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MHogan

An axiom is if you want to corrupt an honest man, put him in politics. Lawmakers are supposed to represent the “average” man in his/her district but more than likely they are not voted in because their intelligence but rather how many “hams” they can supply to their supporters. So, we shouldn’t expect too much of them. On the other hand, Politicians appointed to positions of authority are expected to have expertise in the area of their appointment. And because of their so-called higher knowledge — intelligencia —they regard that their policy pronouncements do not deserve critique. But why should we trust these “experts” (those appointed to high-level positions based on their educational CV) without question? The fact is: we should not! These experts are biased and self-interested like everyone else. There is a strong case for us to be skeptical of their pronouncements and skepticism is healthy despite that we are encouraged to put 100% faith in those appointed positions BECAUSE of their declared higher intelligence and expertise for sociological, cultural, and economic reasons. These upper-class professional politicians holding ministerial positions are more invested in acquiring status than working people, so we should not expect them to jettison incorrect beliefs in the name of pursuing truth, fairness or concern for the electorate. Let us not fool ourselves. People occupying powerful offices in government have less concern of being toppled from positions of influence since they possess a lesser ability to identify their own bias or weakness while at the same time, stemming from their greater levels of cognitive development, it is easier to rationalize nonsense. As such, they will seek to minimize views that threaten their professional or intellectual authority. Expecting influential bureaucrats to value truth is unwise. Truth to a bureaucrat is merely the consensus of the intelligentsia at any given time. >> Counter to their pronouncements on matters of health, social programs, education, etc., we should implore more people to express skepticism of their ideas for solutions. Due to their higher expected intelligence for holding higher offices, they in fact tend to be more inflexible and partisan than other people. This is solid justification for ordinary people to be skeptical of the intellectuals in charge of national affairs. Never to forget, all bureaucrats — the political class — are insulated from the economic and social fallout of their bad ideas, the poor or otherwise compromised usually bear that burden.

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