Hello my fellow Yapese and greetings from my little world. This afternoon I will be tasked with an important question which is what I would do if I am the governor of our beautiful state of Yap. Just in this moment and in this little world, I thought of three things…. Safety, Knowledge and Money.
I am not sure about you, but I think safety is second to none in life. There would be no YOU if you are not safe. But what is safety in terms of running a social or political structure? Or when you are thinking of your population/citizen as a sitting governor? Safety comes in so many forms. When it comes to the state level, I thouhght of it as the Health and Welfare of the people.
The very first Bill that I would like to sign is one that would ban the importation of cigarette, sorry Phillip Morris. Note that I said importation because I do not think I will be re-elected for a second term if I said Ban the use of cigarette since I will loose most of my votes from the beautiful island of Fais. So as a sitting governor and one that will seek re-election, I must not and will not do that. Instead I will only allow Fais to sell their cigarrette throughout the state of Yap. So all of my Yapese smokers will have to buy locally! Proudly so! Finally, Yap will have a MADE IN YAP product that can be exported to other states, a cigarette with no chemical ingredients. All hand made and naturally processed. One of a kind!
In addition to banning cigarette importation, I would quadruple the tax on imported canned goods so that only rich people can get cancer because they are the only ones that will afford to buy SPAM and Canned Mackerel, not to say they are not now. Rich means people with government salary, right? I guess so. Ok let’s move on.
The next thing would be to buy $500,000 life insurance for every first child of a family in the state with the intention that the government keep 80% of the money when one dies to cover payments for more insurance. The cost of this insurance will be $10/month which is $7200 per child from birth to 60 years old! Let say $10/mont multiply by 12 months in a year equals $120 and then multiply that by 60 years and you get $7200. Let’s just say we have 5000 first childs in the state which equates to 32 million for their 60 years of life. If my calculation is right, let’s assume everyone of those child die on their 60th bday, Yap gets about $2.5 billion minus the cost of the insurance which is a mere $32 mil. You get the idea. Yap will make tons of money down the road. The only problem though is that my administration may not live to see the fruits of its labor but who cares. Aren’t we suppose to plan for the future gens? 🙂
Oh, and since we ban imports of cigarettes, we can tell the insurance company that in Yap State, there are NO SMOKERS! It’s a smoke free living place.
The next thing about safety or Health and Welfare is the Yap Memorial Hospital. I would take the Speaker of the legislature, the Leader of the council of Pilung and Tamol along with their wives, the Director of Public Health, the FSM Public Health Director, and even the FSM president with me to meet our counterparts in the state of Oregon for example and negotiate with them the benefit of having a Sattelite Hospital University on Yap where doctors can come and study and treat the people of Yap. I am sure one of the 50 states or the private Universities will want to take up the offer. We just have not tried it yet, or we have not tried hard enough.
This will eliminate the need to use Uncertified Philipino Doctors that enjoy killing our Yapese. We just have to calm the minds of our people by letting them know that University Hospitals do treat patients with real doctors not just students learning on our Yapese patients. lol. At the same time, we can have our own Yapese, training and be schooled with awesome doctors that work in the Waab Sattelite University (WSU), the extension of the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).
Oh, before I forget, we can even go to the University of South Pacific and see if they can open up a sattelite or extension in Colonia so our students do not have to go all the way to Fiji. Ooops, sorry guys, I know how much fun it is to travel way out to the south.
Well, these are a few of the very things I will seek to do if I were the governor of the state of Yap in terms of Health and welfare of the people. The other two words, Knowledge and Money will be coming up in my next blog so don’t stay too far. Or as they say on the radio, do not turn the dial.
Honestly, I almost forgot I wasn’t the governor. I really thought I was, and was talking to my advisors trying to put things together for our state. Hehehe. You all have a wonderful week. I salute you and thank you for reading up on my blogs. I hope someone from our government reads them and use what they can. Yeah right.