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The_Lurker
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Re: Dutch government firm on conditions [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1750071 - 10/24/17 08:23 AM (24.44.41.166)

I can't get the article.

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Re: Dutch government firm on conditions [Re: The_Lurker]
      #1750076 - 10/24/17 09:06 AM (73.255.141.246)

The Daily Herald has been having a lot of problems recently. Try back later.

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deputydog1157
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Re: Dutch government firm on conditions [Re: The_Lurker]
      #1750078 - 10/24/17 09:21 AM (199.47.254.33)

I was able to get the article after a few attempts. Like Carol said the DH servers have been acting up. Having said that I re-read the article and it seems to me, reading in between the lines, that the Dutch government doesn't have much faith in the St. Maarten government to be good stewards of the funding. I can understand their stand because of what I've read of the current PM.

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Re: Dutch government firm on conditions [Re: deputydog1157]
      #1750082 - 10/24/17 09:46 AM (73.255.141.246)

Doesn't matter which recent PM you are talking about, the SXM government in general has not been good stewards of the people's money.

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Re: Dutch government firm on conditions [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1750086 - 10/24/17 10:06 AM (136.28.35.128)

Ha! Everyone knows about those "wrong" pockets!

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deputydog1157
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Re: Dutch government firm on conditions [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1750087 - 10/24/17 10:13 AM (199.47.254.33)

Zackly, hence the preconditions, which IMO are necessary. I believe it is very foolish position for the PM to take when the people of St. Maarten NEED the assistance and rebuilding the economy through reconstructione is the only way to do it. Again, I think that if one has nothing to hide then one would embrace an oversight committee to be a system of checks and balances. As for the border situation, I can only imagine that it wouldn't really be to hurt the residents and/or tourists but rather to make sure that those coming in to help the rebuilding are there legally. Unfortunately there are some that will dwell upon those in need with criminal actions. Definitely think the SXM gov't is hiding something. As the old saying goes, "He doth protest too much."

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Re: Dutch government firm on conditions [Re: deputydog1157]
      #1750094 - 10/24/17 10:37 AM (131.161.86.149)

Well said , thanks.

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Re: Dutch government firm on conditions [Re: deputydog1157]
      #1750100 - 10/24/17 11:23 AM (96.231.206.165)

I completely agree. We were talking about this last night. There is no reason not to have oversight. You are the ones asking for something (money) so you should be willing to do WHATEVER the person giving wants. Why can't it be transparent and have an integrity committee? That means you are hiding something.
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Re: Dutch government firm on conditions [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1750116 - 10/24/17 02:14 PM (208.87.107.66)

So I wonder - if the people who need this relief want it to come in WITH conditions, is there anyway for them to force Marlin's hands? It's unbelievable that at a time like this, he's playing politics with relief funds. ALL relief funds come with strings and conditions.

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Re: Dutch government firm on conditions [Re: Angelface]
      #1750119 - 10/24/17 03:26 PM (107.1.119.41)

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Angelface said:
So I wonder - if the people who need this relief want it to come in WITH conditions, is there anyway for them to force Marlin's hands? It's unbelievable that at a time like this, he's playing politics with relief funds. ALL relief funds come with strings and conditions.




He holds an elected office, so there's bound to be a way for the political process to run its course. How long can he continue to hold his ground in the face of his constituents, who are desperate for the aid? Who knows? Probably not very long would be my guess.

I am not at all surprised that he is making a lot of noise about this. As I mentioned, there is a democratic system of some sort, and the insistence on an "Accountability Commission" constitutes a vote of no confidence in him by the Netherlands. They are saying in a very direct way that they do not trust him to do what he has been elected to do. If he is as pure as the driven snow, this is patronizing and offensive. And if he isn't, he will lose the ability to deal the money out to his friends. For him, it's bad either way.

But the money talks, so there's no question how this ends. Just when.


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