Strategem of Verbiage: Titanos manahak

The television newscast blares, “Petty politics at the heart of GMH controversy, says Adelup.”

Almost in defiance of Governor Calvo’s press release, the Guam Memorial Hospital administrator wearily admits that the hospital is again in a state of fiscal emergency. GMH owes critical medical vendors more than $10 million in late payments that almost certainly will not be paid because its gargantuan payroll will again wipe out any of the hospital’s cash.

If things couldn’t be more serious, the oxygen vendor has angrily placed a demand for immediate payment otherwise no further life-giving gas will be delivered. Shockingly, it is then revealed, the hospital’s central electrical control panel is facing total break down and no one can find the money to fix it. And then, almost like the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Government of Guam Retirement Fund reports that the GMH

administration owes more than $1.8 million, has been robbing its own senior employees of their pension benefits and is now exposing the hospital to retaliatory litigation.

A word to the wise politician, be careful what you call petty.

The legacy of the Calvo/ Tenorio Administration is under fire. Last week, Federal Communications Commission officials blasted Guam’s Governor for diverting more than $4 million from the E911 fund since 2014 most likely to pay for a bloated government payroll. The FCC edict demanded that such fiscal corruption cease because Governor Calvo’s failure to protect the 911 system could lead to delayed emergency medical responses, greater public safety risk to Guam's citizens, and lower morale among emergency personnel.

Finally, like a sledgehammer into the face of all things petty, the newscast reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has declared that it intends to cut off the hospital from millions of federal dollars because of Governor Calvo’s failure to successfully put GMH safety standards above payroll politics.

Finally, like a sledgehammer into the face of all things petty, the newscast reports that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has declared t