El Gitano Peñasco, "The Peñasco Gypsy"
And there you have it Muchachos y Muchachas. Another ‘delegation’, this time visiting Yuma, AZ whereby Yuma’s wildly successful outreach program and (I quote) “holistic approach to forming partnerships with their Mexican counterparts” included representation from Puerto Peñasco for apparently a “free exchange of ideas”.
Now I don’t mean to go on a rant here, but I doubt the being ‘free’, and as a tax payer on both sides of the border I’m fed up with all these trips at the tax payer expense that for the most part turn out to be more along the lines of a shopping, dining and fiesta spree than anything else.
And even though sending anyone from Peñasco to Yuma amounts to ‘chump change’ I’d bet the farm that the costs, per-diems, etc. that ‘we’ forked out from our tax coffers was more than a similar trip would cost an ordinary citizen reaching into their own pocket.
So here is a suggestion for all you government types who ‘in the interest and will of the people’ claim these ‘trips’ are necessary to ‘improve’ your constituents' (that would include MOI) lives.
Get online and for about $60 (USD) order up yourself a web enabled video cam, hook it up to your computer and then have all the ‘chats’ and ‘visits’ (aka: “Video Conferencing”) you believe necessary, including discussing that “holistic approach”.
By doing it this way you can ‘visit’ and ‘chat’ with any community or business ‘leaders’ anywhere in the world and the money that is saved over the ensuing years can go for what the funds are intended, such as roads, schools, health, etc.
Of course unlike some U.S. government personnel I highly recommend when Video conferencing you keep all your clothes on and if you get the ‘urge’ to do otherwise then reach deep into your own pockets and take a break from the pressure of Government service.
Heck, maybe visit some exotic place like Yuma, AZ and then feel free to spend money like a drunken sailor (no offence to any past/present/future ‘Squids’ reading this), let your hair down and do your ‘thing’ (at your own expense)!
A Gypsy can always dream!
¡Viva Puerto Peñasco y México!