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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 12 April 2019 - 10:32 AM

Trump Is Right: Puerto Rico Shouldn’t Get More Hurricane Subsidies

The Federalist
By Ned Ryun
April 11, 2019

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In the last week, President Trump has been denounced for opposing more taxpayer funds for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Trump has put the blame squarely on the corrupt political leadership of Puerto Rico and highlighted that Puerto Rico has received more relief funding than Florida and Texas combined.

While there is some disagreement over the exact figure that Puerto Rico has received, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has reported $20 billion in hurricane recovery funds, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency has funded an additional $8 billion and the Small Business Administration has approved $2 billion in loans. Yet we are told Puerto Rico needs more of American taxpayers’ money.

Democrats are insisting that American taxpayers continue to further fund Puerto Rican leaders’ additional demands. The fact of the matter is, not one more dime in funding should be sent to Puerto Rico until it gets its political house in order, either of its own accord or by the Trump administration forcing systematic change. Putting more money into a broken system won’t fix anything. Most importantly, it will only continue to hurt our fellow citizens—the people of Puerto Rico.

The real problems facing the people of Puerto Rico have nothing to do with Trump, or the Republican Party or the Democratic Party. It has nothing to do with statehood or continuing its territorial status. It has nothing to do with caring or not caring. It is about rank corruption in which the people of Puerto Rico are the victims and the corrupt Puerto Rican political class are the villains.

For decades, Puerto Rico has been governed by a patronage system centered on the 78 mayors across the island, who are truly the real political power in Puerto Rico. Many of the mayors have been more than happy to cut deals that allow them to stay in power even if it means failing to actually do their jobs, like collecting property taxes, utility bills, and fees for basic services. Current estimates indicate there is a pool of $3 billion in uncollected property taxes.

According to a recent U.S. Treasury report, there are hundreds of thousands of properties on the island that are either unregistered or improperly defined because the Puerto Rican titling system hasn’t been updated in nearly 70 years. Even worse, there is a pool of billions of dollars, by some estimates in the neighborhood of $10 billion, in uncollected water bills, electric bills, and tourism tax dollars.

Who wins in this system? The politicians and the politically powerful who can cut a deal with elected officials.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 11:09 AM

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 12:05 PM

Pardon my bluntness, screw them. enough is enough. If your govt is that corrupt, maybe you need to make some changes.
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Posted 12 April 2019 - 01:45 PM

View PostUSMCforever60, on 12 April 2019 - 12:05 PM, said:

Pardon my bluntness, screw them. enough is enough. If your govt is that corrupt, maybe you need to make some changes.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 03:28 PM

A small thing never addressed is most Porto Ricons do not the want to be a state. You may ask why but as the law stands they do not have to pay federal tax for the most part. So why if you get social security, able to vote and all the other benifits would you decide to be a state and give up a free ride. So be a state or don’t ask for everyone else’s money.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 03:44 PM

View PostSquirrel, on 12 April 2019 - 03:28 PM, said:

A small thing never addressed is most Porto Ricons do not the want to be a state. You may ask why but as the law stands they do not have to pay federal tax for the most part. So why if you get social security, able to vote and all the other benifits would you decide to be a state and give up a free ride. So be a state or don’t ask for everyone else’s money.

Cut them loose. No more semi-statehood territorial status, no more aid, no more voting, no more being automatic citizens. They'll be at Venezuela levels in no time.
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Posted 12 April 2019 - 03:58 PM

I agree . I believe they should be a state or give up voting rights and benifits. My point was they won’t do either and never will. Why would they? I wouldn’t all the benifits at no cost
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Posted 12 April 2019 - 07:07 PM

Puerto Rico ignored Jon Taffer.
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Posted 12 April 2019 - 09:01 PM

According to the linked story, some 30 BILLION dollars have been given to P. R. for hurricane relief.
The latest (2017) population count for P. R. is @3.25 million people.
That's damn near $9,300.00 for every man, woman and child in P. R.
Seems like more then enough to me.
If P. R. can't manage that kind of money, what sense does it make to send more?
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Posted 12 April 2019 - 09:07 PM

I’m sure there maybe 1 or 2 dollars left the clintons didn’t use to rebuild in that Hattie fund after the huricaine
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Posted 13 April 2019 - 07:17 AM

View PostSeverian, on 12 April 2019 - 03:44 PM, said:

Cut them loose. No more semi-statehood territorial status, no more aid, no more voting, no more being automatic citizens. They'll be at Venezuela levels in no time.

Absolutely right!
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