Playtime Is Over …
Playtime is over.
The false respite of Carnival is done.
While elected officials have been partying on our dime at the Festivities, we at CIF have taken a step back and the view is ominous – but not irreparable.
You may not realize it, but the depth and scope of national attention on the corruption in the Virgin Islands is reaching its zenith at the best possible time for the VI and the worst possible time for the Administration.
From the Delegate to the Governor to the Legislature to the Commissioners – all are now on the Federal radar screen and – unlike the VI – US politics in an election year has a long memory.
Just the activities that we know about in the past five years have put us in an extremely vicarious position – this increased and widespread scrutiny, the ongoing precariousness of the cover-over rum revenue, the now very real Hovensa closure, and no solid plan from anyone on how we’re going to address not just its labor implications but the ongoing energy emergency – leave us rife for outside intervention.
And lest we forget, Tuesday is May 1st – and the FY 2013 budget is due at the end of the month.
Sometimes when you don’t solve your own problems, someone will step in an solve them for you.
And just to be sure we document what we believe is the last time this crew thumbs its nose at the law, we’ve begun with this article what will be an ongoing archive of the Daily Caller stories and other sources that first broke the bribery allegations, and have grown into an ever expanding web of complicity that now includes questions about the Delegate’s campaign financing and even information from another source implicating Gov. deJongh in tampering with Federal contract awards.
Also starting today you will notice a tab at the top of the website, tagged “Daily Caller” where you can review all past and future stories chronicling these events.
Meanwhile, it’s time for us to get serious about what comes next – because we believe we’re going to need new leadership sooner than later.