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Sure they vote for statehood now that they need a 120 billion dollar bailout, now we have to completely rebuild the island.
US military sends ships, aircraft to Puerto Rico
Updated 7:16 PM ET, Tue September 26, 2017
The Navy hospital ship is just one part of the military's humanitarian assistance effort -- deploying assets to both Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands after the storm decimated critical infrastructure in the region.
The USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group has already been conducting rescue operations in the region, including eight medical evacuations and 148 airlifts, and delivered 44,177 pounds of relief supplies and cargo to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands since Maria struck, according to the Pentagon.
The US Air Force is also sending additional aircraft to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to ramp up the volume of daily relief missions.
The vote was on June 11 of this year.
Care to rethink that?
That's interesting except for one critical part, getting supplies there is no problem. The problem is that the ports are severally damaged.
Just read a very good article on G Captain.com about it.
The question that should be asked is what or where are the supplies and spare equipment that should have been in place long before this storm hit?
The spare transformers, poles etc.
Guayanilla Port Readiness Condition IV. Open. Peerless Oil
terminal open w/ restrictions, daylight
operations only. Rest of port is open without
On Monday, U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez and seven other representatives asked Elaine Duke, acting head of Homeland Security, to waive the nearly 100-year-old shipping law for a year to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria.Gregory Moore, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, an office of Homeland Security, said in a statement that an assessment by the agency showed there was “sufficient capacity” of U.S.-flagged vessels to move commodities to Puerto Rico.
“The limitation is going to be port capacity to offload and transit, not vessel availability,” Moore said.
The government’s rationale for a waiver after the storms hit Texas, Louisiana and Florida was to ease movement of fuel to places along the U.S. East Coast and make up for temporary outages of high capacity pipelines.
“The situation in Puerto Rico is much different,” Moore said in the statement, adding that most of the humanitarian effort would be carried out with barges, which make up a large portion of the U.S. flagged cargo fleet.
Since they already vote in primaries your post is just race baiting :trollnothing new.
no it doesn't
Nice moving goal posts.
That said, you are simply incorrect about the history here -- they have voted for statehood since 2012 -- which explains in part how you can maintain a position that's so nonsensical.
And it's not just the people of PR who have been asking for it. So have both US political parties and past presidents.
Here's the history on the issue: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statehood_movement_in_Puerto_Rico
But I guess that's all coincidence....
don't stop please elaborate ?
But you said this place never ceases to amaze you how so? Its a bad situation down there our country is making a serious effort to help weather they became a state or not .
10 years ago i was on the island working helping set up cancer centers that never opened. Why? Financial problems. Google all day, some of us have first hand knowledge of the island. Puerto Rico did not get in to a 120 billion dollar problem in 5 years. Go google some more
Nobody is disputing they have financial problems and nobody is suggesting they got into this problem in 5 years. I am simply disputing your two mistaken assertions attempting to link that debt to suddenly wanting statehood. Please try to keep up.
And where did you get $120B from?
When I said "this place never ceases to amaze me", I was referring to Icecat21's post. Here it is again:
Come on, Fin, you're smarter than that.
there are a couple others trying to politicize this and I think the US is doing what they can.
Actually I am one of the original members here, joined within 30 days of florida sportsman joining the WWW. They have 70 billion in debt and 50 billion in pension commitments. I am almost sure you can add. Since you seem to think Wiki is a valid source.
Tell me, who do you think is more fiscally responsible in terms of public debt, PR or the USA?
Some friendly advice: You might want to google it before you stick your foot in your mouth again.
First, the colonial relationship that has prevailed between the U.S. and Puerto Rico since 1898 is no longer viable. Puerto Rico is the largest overseas territory still under the sovereign control of the United States, and it is the most important colonial possession in this nation’s history. That relationship produced uncommon profits for American subsidiaries on the island for more than a century, even as the federal government kept claiming that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, created in 1952, was a self-governing territory. But now, with a Washington-appointed board directly overseeing the island’s economy, and with a pivotal Supreme Court decision last year affirming that Congress continues to exercise sovereign power over Puerto Rico, the mask of self-governance has been removed.
Who Is Responsible for Puerto Rico’s Debt?
There’s evidence some of it is illegal—and activists agree that Washington’s colonial control over the island’s economy helped create the crisis.
Who Is Responsible?
What progressives in the United States and Puerto Rico agree on is that pressure must be put on Washington to own up to its responsibility in the debt crisis. Washington’s colonial control over the country’s economy helped create this situation; UCLA professor César Ayala says that Puerto Rico would rank next to last on a list of world countries in GNP-to-GDP ratio. Only $67 billion out of the island’s $100 billion in earnings stays in Puerto Rico. Ayala estimates that between 2004 and 2013, US multinationals repatriated $313 billion from Puerto Rico, which is enough to repay the debt fourfold.
This loss of generated wealth, in which Puerto Ricans are a captive market for consumer goods sold by Walmart, fast-food chains, and the like, has translated into the need for government borrowing, which was sold to US pension holders without any understanding of the artificial and insolvent nature of Puerto Rico’s economy. Even as the debt piled up, corporate profits for pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, which has major operations in Puerto Rico, continued unabated. In late May, another Big Pharma brand, Roche, announced it was investing $60 million to increase production on the island, creating a whopping 40 jobs in the process. “While Puerto Rico was going into debt, and its creditors could receive payments, Congress did not worry,” said law professor Ramos. “When the moment came when this could no longer be done, then PR is irresponsible.”
While everyone agrees there is a shared responsibility for the crisis, and that a series of elected Puerto Rican governments played a role in continuing to amass debt, it can also be argued that they had no choice and were acting much like many US state governments and municipalities in recent years. Such an obvious failure should not be a reason for Puerto Ricans on the island or on the mainland to accept the odious imposition of PROMESA’s fiscal-oversight board. Of course, even if the bill passes the House, it could be softened in the Senate. But for now, there is a growing consensus, among mainstream politicians and grassroots activists here and on the island, that it must be rejected, and that Congress is gravely mistaken if it thinks this will save Puerto Rico.
I AM NOT A RACIST
No need to google that the US government has been much more irresponsible , especially the last eight years.
Read that wiki and see who has cut Puerto Ricos throat, you probably wont like what you find.
Oh I wouldn't take your advice for anything, My toilet paper is probably worth more.
From your source.
The Intercept produces well sourced quality journalism.
I have never heard of them before or read anything by them. Figured they may offer a less conservative view than the nation, although both sources seem to say similar things. Colonialism is a major issue with PR.
Because that is complicated - lots of tax incentives given to corporations and related to bond sales which led to the financial predicament the US territory is experiencing now and if PR becomes a state they would go away exacerbating the problem. Once again, big money talks!