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OPINION | Epitaph 104: A Black Swan event with firestorms

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LIKE most of us, I have a lot time on my hands and writing is my “hobby & quest to help society” and the many words of encouragement from commenters and people in the community are the main reason why I keep writing. This Covid-19 pandemic is literally a “black-swan event” that I studied in Economics that is unprecedented in modern times which is sweeping the globe with sickness & death and literally followed by social, economic and political firestorms. A Black Swan event is an unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation like Typhoons and it has potentially severe consequences. Black Swan Events are characterized by their extreme rarity, their severe impact, and the widespread insistence that are obvious in hindsight. Our Governor doesn’t seem to get it that “EVERYTHING” he does is now under the People’s microscope and he will be faced with the “widespread insistence of things that will be obvious in hindsight” that comes with Black Swan Events.

It is clear that virtually no State nor the Federal Government was fully prepared for this pandemic but true to the American Spirit Governors, our Healthcare System/Workers, Businesses, and People are constantly adapting to deal with this global crisis based on what the SCIENTIST SAY DO. It has finally gotten through to most leaders that WE the People & Leaders need to listen to and to follow the instructions of the Medical Scientists, the Social Scientists and the Economists, not picnic table discussions and measures conducted solely by the Governor. What has me so concerned is that I don’t think NONE of these Scientists are really calling any of the shots for our Governor which is very clear in the decisions that are being made by the Governor. I truly believe he is doing what he thinks is BEST for the CNMI but it is also apparent that he is doing what he thinks is best for his own “Poli-tricking” which includes protecting IPI and even ignoring many other options that are at his disposal which were highlighted by Senator Manglona. But the Governor acts like he didn’t hear a thing the Senator said -so sad.
The Governor’s decision to cut the retirees has literally set off a firestorm of hindsight complaints from a variety of stakeholders in the CNMI who are RIGHT about him making the WRONG decision. He obviously doesn’t get it that he CAN’T FOOL anyone with common sense on his decisions in a Black Swan event unless they are just “blind, foolish or a die-heart supporter/follower.” Instead of making scientific decisions he is making “personal decisions” that clearly show his pattern of “attacking PSS & BOE” simply because they are “autonomous and he can’t control their purse” which is obvious and WE the People can THANK this Black Swan event for exposing his continuing lack of support for our Teachers who are our children’s Care-givers and the BOE who are the Guardians of our Public-School System. This Black Swan Event has also shown that there are two BOE Members who ARE in that category of supporters of the Governor which is something for discussion and serious consideration at a later date. But I have said many times that “every cut in education is a real CUT in the potential future of the CNMI.
The Governor’s decisions are going to face more scrutiny than ever before due to the sheer magnitude and nature of this Black Swan Event that is just causing all kinds of social and economic devastation. It is time for the Governor to become a real “straight-shooter” on every point because when he misses the target in these kinds of events EVERYONE is watching and KNOWS he missed the mark. It’s not that the Governor is not being appreciated for his efforts but the fact that People can SEE he could do a FAR BETTER JOB as our leader — it’s not personal and is really constructive-criticism at the highest level of Public Scrutiny & Accountability to the People.
These Black Swan events will either bring out the BEST in a person or the WORSE in a person as it will literally “PREY” on the first law of nature which is “self-preservation.” It is obvious from the firestorm of complaints and the facts that the Governor could have made a different and better decision that he is trying to PRESERVE HIMSELF only and that includes throwing TEACHERS under-the-bus literally just like #45 continues to throw dedicated career professionals under the bus. The Governor is obviously depending upon the fact that “voters have a short memory” and his election is still over two years away so teachers are expendable at this point in time. You can BET that if this was an election year for Governor, he would have made a different decision because NO Gubernatorial Candidate nor any candidate for office would NEVER trash teachers in an election year — for TRUE and can I get an AMEN! This is something I wrote about before but now that it is squarely in the face of EVERYONE it should be obvious the Governor is still poli-tricking instead of fighting FOR EVERYONE in our society who are adversely affected, especially teachers and our children’s education.
Teachers have already taken one “illegal cut” and now he is “illegally cutting retirees.” I TOLD readers our Democracy was DEAD and I hope they can see the lifeless now with virtually NO checks & balances on the decisions of the Governor or should I say our Dictator who “illegally raids OUR autonomous entity (PSS) and openly breaks the law protecting retirees! I knew this ALL “unchecked” POWER for the Governor in this Black Swan Event given to him by HIS GOP Legislature was going to come back and literally BITE us and now it’s a reality for retirees and teachers some of our most IMPORTANT and most RESPECTED citizens. Government employees are also on the Godfather’s (Governor’s) hit-list now and if you are not one of the “CHOSEN ONES” you’re out as it will be DISCRETIONARY firing not Merit Driven. Hopefully Government employees will realize now they need to change their allegiance to the Democrats. The only Branch of our Government that WE the People can trust now is the Judiciary Branch except for our AG who is proving to be a FATAL flaw in our Justice System.
The Governor is literally cooking his OWN-GOOSE with his poor political decisions in a Black Swan Event that calls for GENUINE, HONEST and TRUE Leadership who will fight FOR the People and will listen to and follow the advice of the Scientists, not someone who will blame teachers for THEIR failures. The Governor has only been true to the science of “social distancing, testing and quarantining people” that was late but thankful to that our “virus curve” remains somewhat flatten pending the results of the latest test. But our Governor, who is NOT an economist, is not listening to and economists/financial adviser nor a political scientist, if he even has them on his make-shift Taskforce. I’m sure any economists would have shown him ALL those financial options that Senator Manglona came up with and I’m sure any Political Scientist worth his title would have also told him that “cutting the retirees and blaming teachers when you have other options is political suicide”. He tried to convince HIS People that he was soooo distraught and troubled about cutting the retirees and then puts all the blame on teachers which didn’t fool anyone, not even his GOP Crew who need to start DESERTING and start supporting the PEOPLE before its toooo LATE! The Governor is now literally making “ROOKIE Mistakes” that are going to bring the entire GOP House Down and for that I am soooo THANKFUL! But I truly hate teachers retirees and others have to SUFFER to see the TRUTH!
It should be clear this Black Swan event has highlighted and finally PROVED what most citizens were thinking about how our Leaders SOLD-OUT the CNMI to Chinese Investors when they heard about the Governor and his Crew’s VIP treatment in China on the private jet. Yes, our troubles really started way-back then with that visit to China but only now being fully brought to the light for everyone to see. Everyone at the TOP of IPI who had real integrity and character have QUIT which are telling signals of a things going awry and things to COME! But IPI is just ONE of the Governor’s BOO-BOOs that has finally come to light and thanks to Senator Manglona his “mismanagement of our government’s finances and the Governor’s lying about our financial state has also come to the light” and I’m sure the Feds are going to expose even MORE. THANK YOU Senator Manglona as WE the People need so real HEROES/SHEROES in this Black Swan Event.
This Black Swan event has surely brought out the WORST in our Governor but it has also brought out the BEST in our society coming together as One People in One Direction to defeat this virus. We need to remain One People in One Direction to make SURE we get through this and that our future leaders will NEVER do what Governor Torres has DONE and FAILED to Do. Don’t forget VOTERS that IF “WE the People don’t learn the lessons taught to us by history, WE are DOOMED to repeat the same mistakes.” To be continued: One People One Direction.
The writer is a resident of Kagman, Saipan.

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