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basefilm
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Good afternoon! I'm considering moving to the VI from Minnesota. I've read and re-read The Settler's Guide book, watched the 'Living in de V.I.' DVD, and have been browsing the forums and other resources on this site. I've a couple questions I could use some help with...

From what I've read, the VI government is corrupt and ineffective. It seems to just be a well-known fact, an open secret. Even the U.S. Attorney General has been made aware of it.

On the other hand, there are a lot of business owners or retirees living in the VI. Many of these people have a great deal of life experience and others may even have some wisdom. Many of them will also have the means to run for public office.

So why don't some of them run for office and start to replace the bad eggs?

Is it so bad that the elections are rigged to begin with? Is there some law that you have to be born on the VI to even run, obviously excluding many of the people I've mentioned? Is it even worse, that good people trying to run get threatened? I just haven't read a single word about a plan to get 'em out, or of people planning a campaign backing a decent person to run against a corrupt incumbent. What's the straight dope?

Thanks,
Ted

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trainwreck82
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On the other hand, there are a lot of business owners or retirees living in the VI. Many of these people have a great deal of life experience and others may even have some wisdom. Many of them will also have the means to run for public office.

So why don't some of them run for office and start to replace the bad eggs?

Impossible to explain to someone that doesn't live here.

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OldTart
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There is political corruption and inefficiency all over the US and the world. We are just a microcosm of the whole scenario. Any US citizen can run for office if they choose. I doubt you'll find any sort of a balanced view from reading this forum. What makes front page news here would be buried on Page 20 of your local big newspaper but, in such a very small area as this, politics are pretty much in your face. Gossip and speculation run rampant while "stories from the street" start off with a half grain of truth and rapidly increase in enormity as they pass from person to person until they're blown out of all proportion.

Let the rants begin!

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HappyFace
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The Bigger the fish fry and born here gets you in office!

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STXBob
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The voters, who are mostly from the VI and PR, generally do not want outsiders running their affairs.

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