Thanks For Your Vote â€“ Now Give Me Your Resignation Letter
This is a reminder to all you exempt government employees that your Governor Re-Elect John P. deJongh, Jr., wants your resignation letter today â€“ but donâ€™t put a date on it.
Thatâ€™s right. And in case you werenâ€™t clear, that message you got yesterday means that you are to write that you are resigning your position – but donâ€™t include an effective date – and get it to the Good Governor before you leave work today.
And then just wait to see whether you are one of the few who is chosen to retain your position or whether you are going to join the rolls of the unemployed who inhabit your community.
The irony is painful â€“ but we arenâ€™t the least bit surprised â€“ and no one else should be either.
You cannot â€“ we repeat â€“ cannot operate a government or any other business by borrowing to meet payroll and other operating expenses. Weâ€™ve been saying it for months. Revenues in the Territory remain flat and any money that does come in is consumed by debt service on the borrowing that has already occurred, including that tasty chunk of bonds and the cover over thatâ€™s been committed to Diageo.
The payroll has been consistently bloated for the past 18 months, with workers dropped mysteriously into positions where they did not perform, at salaries higher than long-time employees, and hefty pay increases for those who were to do no more than support â€śfour more years!â€ť
And although the damaging truth was right in front of us, some of you fell prey to the ridiculous campaign rhetoric centered on the flawed theme â€śwe have not laid off any government employees.â€ť
So we hope you enjoyed your fried fish. We hope you had fun while you danced in the parking lot with â€śJohn and Gregâ€ť and â€śWootoopedâ€ť your way into the unemployment line.
And itâ€™s not over. This is only the beginning of the actions that will be taken because there is no way to maintain this level of government expense in the deficit position that weâ€™re now operating.
And we know that there will be a request for more borrowing in the final session of this Legislature on December 28th â€“ and those of you who re-elected those same senators and that same Governor can thank yourselves.
So tell the kids not to expect Santa this year, and get ready to understand what itâ€™s been like for the rest of us â€“ because while youâ€™ve been dancing in the streets the Territory has been crumbling around you.
And if you want to do one more favor for your Governor, write that resignation letter and in doing so, waive your right to apply for unemployment compensation. Thatâ€™s even less money this Government will have to spend to clean up this financial mess theyâ€™ve made â€“ with your support if you cast your vote for them.
So Merry Christmas everybody.
See how much food â€śWootoopâ€ť will put on the table.