Quibian Panay and PRD Whining About Losing Responsibility for Garbage Collection
Tuesday, June 01 2010 @ 10:09 am EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: And, the PRD squeals. Even though Bosco Vallarino won the election and he is the Mayor of Panama City, the PRD retained control of the Municipal City Council with a majority of elected representatives. And, because PRD politician Juan Carlos Navarro was the Mayor of Panama City for ten years (from 1999 - 2009) the administrative ranks of city hall are jammed packed with PRD loyalists. Garbage collection has traditionally been one of the most corrupt areas of municipal government in Panama City, a virtual "cash cow" that has been giving milk in any number of forms for decades. Now, with the PRD in charge of part of the government and Bosco in charge of the other, the entire decades old system of graft and corruption has fallen apart, and the end result has been streets piled high with trash and garbage. The municipal government hit a log jam, so Ricardo Martinelli simply stepped in to take over. Now, the PRD guys are crying because - well - there goes the money. Balbina Herrera also came out bitching this morning - another sign that Martinelli is making exactly the right move. It is absolutely amazing to see these PRD guys saying "there are economic interests at play" as if they are trying to say that now Ricardo Martinelli wants to take over so he can steal the money (like they have been doing for years.) Critics will say this is another "power grab" by Martinelli, but no one ever thinks of garbage collection as a source of political power. Whatever. I see this as just one more step in the slow but sure transformation of this country. These little micro-centers of corruption are being broken apart and swept away, one at a time. Finally...