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?