Issues are like tissues; you pull one out the other pops up
One of my friends called, she was agitated, it’s the end of the world as we know it, she cries, Douana striking, teachers disgruntled, the people making happiness in a can are unhappy, the director of DIP she said, was so outraged he threw a chair against the wall and broke his wrist.
She went to DIP to beg on her knees for some one-year-old plans to finally be released, and the clerk sprang from her desk and locked herself in the bathroom, refusing to come out until the client leaves. She could not take the disappointed look in my GF’s eyes anymore. She’d rather stay in the toilet.
Nothing moving. It’s all stuck. Said GF.
Sure, some things are moving, but not at the same pace as others, in the words of George Orwell, “ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL / BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.”
The 22 NEW Serlimar garbage collecting trucks were pimped by just one graphic design company, at Awg 6,000 a pop, and I am going to let you guess who got to do that job – hint, the same company that owns Logo Aruba – in spite of the fact that the first truck was initially commissioned from a competitor at 2/3 or the price. The favorites landed the contract and collected the cash.
I told her not to worry, yes, the honeymoon between us and GOA is over, we’re all standing here exposed, the real us, biased and greedy, but Aruba always intuitively finds a way.
There is a lot going on. I asked for a ‘spalation from my neighbor, did he, or didn’t he double dip? He promised to answer, but avoided me like a plague. We have a way of chewing up and spitting out new politicians, Tico Croes, Juan David, now Richard Arends. A fresh talent comes our way, and somehow they misread cues, stumble, and end up on the outside. In the case of that parliamentarian, through his consulting company he is advising privately owned companies at considerable fees while working for the people. If I AM WRONG, he had nothing to fear, but if indeed he double dipped at RDA and the parliament of Aruba, he is in mud up to his eye balls.
Last but not least RDA. As we all said all along, this project while worthwhile perhaps, under different circumstance, was an absolute joke with Venezuela as a partner. It was never-ever-ever going to work. Blaming it now on US sanctions from last year is also an absolute and utter joke. Who are we fooling? We should have never gone into bed with these crooks. Most are in prison, except for the ones on island.
Sly fox, Director Alvin Koolman, hung on, as much as he could, and finally stepped down, despite sisterly protection in the MinPres office. His departure, is due to his own failure to make CITGO meet its obligations. He was certainly technically qualified for the job, just not a strong enough bulldog to go after CITGO to comply with the agreement.
The MinPres now has total control over RDA, terminal and the money making FMSA, that is our life-line, assuring a steady supply of fuel to the airport, our cars, the ships, WEB. She will not be able to run the show, she is a tax lawyer not an oil woman, who will she hand RDA over to?
Her father is in the middle of the mix, having been RDA’s lawyer for 25 years. I hear rumors he is talking to Nelson English, former GM & VP during Coastal & El Paso days.
Loyalty to Aruba FIRST, please.