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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:19 pm 
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Nice article in the NY Times about Aruba's political female leaders: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/20/worl ... ctionfront.

"With a growing national debt estimated at about 91 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), it was agreed that the 2018 budget deficit would not exceed the one in 2017. Aruba has seen modest economic growth in 2017 and 2018 but it is fragile in the short-term because it relies so heavily on one sector — tourism."

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:03 pm 
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They know that and that is why they are building more hotels, enlarging the airport, modernizing San Nicolas, and cleaning up the beaches on that end.


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Oh if only the "build it and they will come" made any sense. It did in the movie but not with any government.

It's all about infrastructure. Clean water, sanitation, roads, electricity, communication systems.

Why the large deficit that is my question. Doesn't look like they are spending much on the roads, garbage and electricity.

Last December I did my once every five years drive around the island and the only real improvements were from the airport to the Ritz. Traveled the backroads and nothing has been done. 75% are still dirt roads.

Bet I am like 90% of you folks. I get my car by the airport drive to Palm Beach and besides sitting by the water and pool I travel North to the Ritz and South to Barefoot and a little inland. That's it.

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Well, I know that they haven't spent any money on street signs.

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They did spend a lot of money on things like the streetcar in Oranjestad, the green corridor, doubling the road from the airport to Savaneta, a new bridge, the now building Watty Vos boulevard, street lights on led, and so on. But in my opinion, they do not use their money very wise when it comes to choosing the best businesspartners. And every new government brings in their own civil servants, while they can’t fire the old ones. This takes a very large part of their annual budget.

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They did spend a lot of money on things like the streetcar in Oranjestad, the green corridor, doubling the road from the airport to Savaneta, a new bridge, the now building Watty Vos boulevard, street lights on led, and so on. But in my opinion, they do not use their money very wise when it comes to choosing the best businesspartners. And every new government brings in their own civil servants, while they can’t fire the old ones. This takes a very large part of their annual budget.


Agreed. Although perhaps the everyday tourist doesn't see the infrastructure changes, they are indeed happening (sloooowly).

It's also important to remember that much of the deficit increased during the Great Recession, when Aruba took a different approach from both the US and the Netherlands - rather than cutting back on spending, the government _increased_ expenditures to keep the island economy running.

But there's no doubt that there's plenty of waste that contributes to the ongoing deficit. Every political party that is out of power complains about all the corruption and how all the jobs go to "friends and family." Then when they win the election, they change everything...by giving the jobs to THEIR friends and family instead :cry:


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