OPINION:  Panama's Pyrrhic Victory

President Cortizp

 
654Views 9Comments Posted 24/06/2020

In "Essay on the abundance of fish", the author tells the story of a country experiencing an epidemic. At first, ministers take decisive action. They order quarantines, buy equipment, indebted the country, and distribute goods to compensate for the lack of income. The measures are applauded from overseas. A new tradition is established, the mass at 6:00 pm that citizens share in the community. Occasionally, the patriarch appears and warns that hard times are coming, although it takes 20 minutes to say so. A single team.

Three months later, it is discovered that there was more than one team and even different rules for the game. Some played with fans and modules, others called meetings in violation of their own provisions. The 68-day absolute quarantine turned out to be a Pyrrhic victory. At an enormous economic cost, the curve was flattened, but now the country is experiencing a more intense second wave. In response, the ministers, already without ideas, tired and disconnected from reality, rewind the cassette and play it again -LA PRENSA, June 24

 

 



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MarcoP

Let's leave Trump and leftists out of that conversation. I do share with you Jbbrown understanding that Trump is very good president, especially after Obama failure. But it is about Panama, not U.S. and despite economies always depend somehow from each other, let's focus about Panama. Those who deny low IQ of Panama population, just check official stats and how low Panama is ranked here. You cannot deny facts, even that they do not please you. Those of us who live here longer and deal with work attitude, smartness, etc. know exactly what I am talking about. But we chose Panama for the whole package - for the weather (except Sahara dust), Panamanians, etc. Keep in mind there is no perfect country and it's not that bad here after all. I know prolonged lockdown tired everyone. So we may be pissed-off on many things, which were just fine until now. But it's not much we can do. I do feel pity for Panamanians I know as many of them already lost source of income and they already have no jobs to come back to. As about expats - lots of them already left, even those who stayed here full time. I do have the locals asking if there is any extra job they can do. But we do not need more than one person to help to clean the house, only one bathroom to renovate, etc. Expats leave, the cash lives with them. But what will happen after all of the dust (too sensitive word for today looking on the sky) settles? How many of those expats return? Will any new come here considering that North America will be also poorer? Many Panamanians relied on the jobs provided by economy boom, which was directly related to expats arriving here. Now when that boost is gone, it would be way harder for them to find any reliable jobs. The light in that tunnel may come from very unexpected fact that if democrats win next elections and start raising taxes on everything, it will create new wave of emigration of those few who still managed to accumulate some wealth and who see "American dream" as only history. Panama can benefit on that wave. But do we want it to happen?

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Jbbrown

So the Canal expansion was built over a known fault. the Concrete was substandard. The Locks are too small to accommodate the larger ships. There is talk of building another set of locks to allow for the larger ships. The demand for the canal is now shrinking so Panama won't be able to pay for another expansion but that won't stop them. I hear that it's going to happen as part of stimulating the economy after the Pandemic ends. The amount of wealth the PRD leftists will be able to steal during another canal expansion is just too much for them to pass up. I can't wait until November when Trump wins again, watching the leftists cry and ask for crayons and hot cocoa again hahaha. Trump has been righting the ship from what Obozo and the trannie did to the country. Hopefully it will inspire the Canadians to get rid of Trudea and then North America will be on the right track.

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OBSERVER

Talking about Low IQ, will jbbrown let us know what qualification he has for his canal job for which no Panamanian was suited. Strange that the canal has survived and grown since Panamanians took over, and the multi-billion dollar expansion was directed by a Panamanian WOMAN. I would love to send her Brown's CV, to see if she has a vacanct in the SH

1 month ago
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Oh ya

They say there is a silver lining with every problem and that lining is a bunch of gringos that had no idea of what Panama was like are tucking tail and leaving. They will go back and bad mouth Panama forever because they can't admit that they did not know chit about Panama before they moved here

1 month ago
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James

Jbbrown ..... Trump is a "self made billionaire"? No, you suffer generational confusion. His DADDY was a self-made very rich man. Donald inherited between $240-400,000,000 according to the NYT. Donald has been successful at not blowing all of it .... yet. 6 casinos, 6 Bankruptcies later he's STILL lying about his net worth. Fat pimp.

1 month ago
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casual observer

jbbrown...is your tongue firmly planted in your cheek, or are you a died in the wool kool-aide drinker? The only self made part of trump is a bone spurred draft dodger. He inherited his money and screwed up. Why do you think the trump university paid $25 million to settle the fraud suit against it? Because trump is a FRAUD!! Why was the trump charity foundation made to dissolve? Because his family was using it for their own piggy bank. Didn't help any one but themselves. Pull your head out.

1 month ago
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Jbbrown

Trump is a self made billionaire, the most powerful person in the world and loved by hundreds of millions worldwide. Is he perfect? No! He is still human and nobody is perfect. He's the closest thing to perfect that has come along in my lifetime.

1 month ago
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Pedro

Thank you La Prensa for this comment. Nothing more to say about. But there were no "flattening" there were increasing because of lockdowns. You can't make lockdowns in the Favelas. There are no "living rooms" bathrooms bedrooms. There is nothing. This President was surely the son of rich parents he was able to do whatever he wanted. He simple got no education and failures were eliminated by paying the teachers to give him better notes. Just like by Trump in the US. A stupid idiot with degrees donated from his own universities. A Russian spy paid by Putin to be a tool against the West. Mr. Cortizo is also a tool of Putin a brother of Maduro and will hopefully see the same end soon than Ortega. But the poor Panamanian will wake up after this nightmare with no Gringos and no future. That's unfair.

1 month ago
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Jbbrown

This is what you get when low IQ people are allowed to try and govern themselves!!!!!!

1 month ago
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