Somehow, public money is treated differently than personal money. It’s no secret in the Virgin Islands that when someone has the ability to spend or receive on the public’s dime, they lose all restraint. It’s a sickness that overtakes some people in public positions. While many are respectful stewards of our public purse, others are not.

Somehow, there seems to be a prevailing philosophy that excess is deserved when doing a public job. This sickness manifests itself in the thoughts of “I need to get everything I can, while I can,” or “It’s not my money, so what?”