“I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful. Puerto Rico was actually our toughest one of all because it is an island” – President Donald J Trump
If the Democrats had any sort of spine or courage they would do this
Washington Monthly’s editor-in-chief, Paul Glastris, on Monday said Democrats should push for statehood for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, arguing that it would help them in elections.
“Unlike Ryan and the Speaker’s austerity board, Sanders has a smart, fiscally responsible, and forward-looking plan to stabilize Puerto Rico’s economy and to give the people who lives on the islands the resources and the opportunities they need to chart their own destiny.”
Bernie Sanders has proposed a Marshall Plan for the islands, instead of an inhumane and antidemocratic oversight board.
“The far-reaching legislation would grant $62 billion to the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, $27 billion to renovate infrastructure, and $13 billion in additional Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to rebuild the electric grid “with more modern, resilient technologies,” instead of the Stafford Act’s requirements that the grid be restored to its condition before the storms, according to a summary of the bill from Sanders’s office.”
Bernie Sanders and Democrats in the Senate are trying to put Puerto Rico back in the news.
“VERMONT SEN. BERNIE SANDERS on Friday demanded Congress do everything in its power to nullify a $300 million rebuilding contract between Puerto Rico and Whitefish Energy Holdings, a two-person Montana energy company with little experience in large-scale grid repair.”
Sanders toured Puerto Rico and came down hard on unaccountable recovery contracts for a small, Republican-connected firm.
“Puerto Rico illustrates the most extreme form of neoliberal restructuring that has been imposed on many US cities following the recession. Detroit was similarly devastated by what University of California–Berkeley’s Haas Institute calls “financial governance,” a modern-day plutocracy that drives “the systemic political neglect of entire groups of people and places.” Puerto Rico, however, is even more constrained, since municipalities can at least seek formal bankruptcy relief.”
The commonwealth’s financial woes didn’t happen by accident—they were the result of decades of public immiseration and private gain.
Puerto Rico’s debt should be forgiven. Then move to the student debt and cancel that as well. It would make our economy healthy by freeing millions of people from debt servitude. We fully support this!
Puerto Rican bonds took a huge hit on Wednesday following President Donald Trump’s comments on the island’s massive debt.
The true disaster in Puerto Rico is one of colonialism and imperialism.
They are forced to live under the American boot and receive dictation from Washington while having no representation there.
They are allowed no autonomy yet “we don’t want them” to become a state and be treated as equals. At the same time they are not allowed independence or self determination.
Either make them a state with equal rights or let them leave! ????