Guam - Democratic Party of Guam issues response to Governor Eddie Calvo's State of the Island Address
February 20, 2014
STATEMENT ON THE GOVERNOR'S STATE OF THE ISLAND ADDRESS
The following is a statement from Democratic Party of Guam Vice Chairperson Dr. Nerissa Underwood on tonight's State of the Island Address:
"This was nothing more than a campaign speech filled with falsehoods disguised as a State of the Island Address. It is clear that Governor Calvo is completely out of touch with the reality facing our people today. There is a crime epidemic plaguing our island. Gang rapes, bank robberies, home invasions, murders and the list goes on. Our people are scared in their own homes. Our children are in harm's way. Hundreds of police officers are owed overtime pay and they don't have enough patrol cars to roam our streets. Our law enforcement officers are left without the resources to do their jobs.
This crime wave is a result of the poverty and hopeless on our island.
Governor Eddie Calvo claims the economy is strong but the numbers and the reality facing our people contradicts these election-year claims. Thousands of more people are not in the labor force now than when he took over the reins of the government. Private Sector employees now make $8 less than their public sector counterparts, and a recent labor report indicates that nearly 2,000 people went looking for a job and could not find one. More of our children are now enrolled under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program as their parents struggle to raise their families. And as of last year, 46,000 men, women, and children are on Food Stamps. Even the national rating firms confirm that Guam's economy is depressed – not strong as Calvo would like the people to believe. The Fitch Ratings report released this month notes the weakness and uncertainty in our economy and says it remains depressed.
Governor Calvo himself admitted that our people who work in the private sector don't make enough money and have to apply for Food Stamps. The Democratic Party wants to thank Governor Calvo for pointing out the need to support a raise of the minimum wage.
The cost of living is at an all-time high and people are living paycheck to paycheck just to try and pay their power and water bills. Our hospital is suffering, our prison is bursting at the seams, our citizens are not safe in their own homes and yet Governor Calvo wants our people to believe in his campaign rhetoric that everything is going great. Either Calvo is so out of touch with the reality of the real people of Guam that he doesn't know any better or he is purposely misleading our people because this was nothing more than a campaign stump speech. Either way his speech was void of any realistic plans to help pull our people out of this depressed economy and was lacking in reporting the real state of our island on Guam."