Where there is smoke there is fire

I keep hearing a persistent rumor, that our brave leaders, in an effort to avoid, one, financial disaster and two, financial reform are shopping for loans on the international market, China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, in order to avoid, or postpone signing the aid-agreement with the Dutch.

At the same time, MinTVS – tourism, health, sport – reports on national TV that the Dutch moved personnel and equipment across islands to support our health systems with more professionals, and that they are prepared to assist in all areas. Remember it’s not about beds, nor ventilators, it’s about the highly-trained people assigned to monitor the machinery – no nurses, no cure.

A few years ago I went to Surinam for a jungle vacation, and wanted to drive down the Surinam river to Jodensavanne. The hotel offered the services of a driver, their own maintenance man on his day off, and thus I found myself bumping up and down quasi-dirt roads, about 50km to the south. Not long after leaving the eco lodge we fell upon huge road construction projects. Chinese caterpillars operated by Chinese nationals taking big bites out of the stone walls to the side of the road, making chalk-white naked canyons for the thread of asphalt to run.

I was told at the time that the Republic of Surinam and the People’s Republic of China had a bilateral agreement of cooperation, the Jungle will be conquered, crisscrossed by roads and infrastructure financed by the new partners, bent on exploring further cooperation, and encouraging investment.

That’s how it works, loans in exchange of BIG projects. We understand that language, we see it practiced every day, sponsors get rent opportunities, campaign-runners get jobs.

Take a look at an article from this morning: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-11/27/c_138587311.htm

All that to avoid scrutiny, to maintain the status quo. GOA is fighting structural changes, swimming against the current of public opinion in order to avoid the obvious solution.

This proves again that our government system is dysfunctional and does not serve our people, it just serves itself.

Instead of signing and jump-starting a recovery, GOA is involved in an existential fight against self-improvement.

That desire to explore loans on the international market at 6% vs. 0% from the NL, shows how strong the organization’s inertia force is, when facing a perceived threat to its preservation.

Initially, this plebeian rebellion against scrutiny and control was directed at Curacao. Aruba was part of the federation of Islands under the Netherland Antilles. Aruba then started performing well with tourism booming, but all tax income had to go to Curacao to the Central Government whose job it was to spend lavishly on Curacao, and hand out bobkes – nothing of value – to Aruba.

Aruba was the cash cow, at the time, yet did not enjoy generous budgets, and many foreign investment opportunities went to Curacao, the flagship of the Netherlands Antilles.

Understandably, Aruba wanted to break free from that inconvenient alliance and managed in 1986 to secede, to withdraw from the federation under Status Aparte.

I did not notice at first, but apparently this anti sentiment that was directed against our neighbors from across the pond, was transferred to our neighbors across the sea.

However, this anti sentiment IS NOT WIDELY SHARED. The majority of Aruba’s population, all intelligent members of this community, wish to accept the helping hand extended by the Netherlands.

We understand and appreciate that culture.

We have historical ties.

They are generous, pragmatic and straight-forward.

We could benefit from all that, plus great coffee and de lekkerste broodjes.  

Chinese money at 6%, plus infrastructure project and goods?!

Dutch money at 0%, and let them have Justice, they will do a much better job at it.  

Only a handful of antiquated have-beens still believes in the autonomy myth, now bankrupt and empty.

We wish our MinPres political courage, she is not the problem, it’s the other mules that are not just stubborn but also blind.

Perhaps the solution is a smaller and much more effective gemeenteraad, no more country delusions, no parliament, no central bank, leave all public services in the trusted hands of the Rijk organizations, who knows, perhaps that is the way to go.

Referendum, anyone?

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August 27, 2020
Rona Coster