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In 'Disgusting' Attack, Trump Blames Puerto Rico; Says FEMA Can't Stay "Forever"


#21

…We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!..

But we evidently can keep the US military in Afghanistan forever.


#22

Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory and that is difficult for the average American to understand. I still think of the island as a sovereign entity and it is not, that makes it more difficult for them.


#23

I 100% agree with you.


#24

In the US, political parties (at least the two privileged ones) treat people like not-too-bright two-year- old children, filling their heads with fairy tales and going about their grown-up business with as little distraction as possible.

You may remember that in 2016, people in great numbers told the Democrat party what they wanted, and instead got what the insiders wanted. Now the insiders are whining and complaining that people didn’t buy their shoddy product.

As a third-party activist since the presidential campaign of Dr. Barry Commoner, I agree that a parliamentary system would be preferable. The idea that two parties are sufficient to represent the interests of a third of a billion people is absurd on its face.


#25

Very true. We need to collectively come up with effective action against this barbarous ignorance. This effective action must destroy the old, the useless, the injurious and replace them with something better as in life enhancing and affirming. Now, what forms will this principle take? I suggest first we need a moratorium on supporting this system in all its guises.


#26

You are unto something, Holy Geezer. We need effective actions, something that will bring the machine to a grinding stop so we can substitute something more life affirming.


#27

Common Dreams Staff who write about the crisis in Puerto Rico are not average Americans. Obviously, a news reporter/commentator should know the difference between a country and a commonwealth of the United States. Puerto Ricans are U.S citizens. Calling Puerto Rico a country shows that the author of this piece is far too ignorant to be writing about the situation at all.


#28

This needs to be shared widely. Thanks for posting it.


#29

Hey, even brilliant people make mistakes.

Puerto Rico calls itself a commonwealth in English—though it is not a commonwealth—and a “free associated state” in Spanish, though it is not a state. The United States government calls it an unincorporated territory, but a federal judge has rejected that description.Jan 14, 2016

and

“In addition to Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the United States has two other commonwealths, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, but they are of a different kind. They are not states, and have only a nonvoting representative in Congress. While residents of these islands have U.S. citizenship, they pay no federal taxes.”


#30

Implement corresponding impeachment proceedings against Pence in light of his knowledge (as campaign manager extraordinaire) of collusion with the Russians, the involvement of Flynn, Manafort, Page, Sessions, Kushner, etc. in illegal activities, his outright lies about the Comey dismissal among many other too numerous to recall. Then it is down to Ryan, then O Hatch, then Mnuchin, etc. No end in sight but at least there would be a modicum of sanity, decorum, knowledge of how government runs, and familiarity with foreign relations. 2018 cannot come soon enough.


#31

Puerto Ricans get some, but not all, federal benefits

As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans receive many of the same financial benefits, and liabilities, of their mainland counterparts. They pay most federal taxes, including payroll, Social Security and Medicare taxes. But they do not pay federal personal income taxes.

Puerto Ricans receive many, but not all, federal benefits. For example, the federal government matches 100% of Medicaid funding for people living in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, but matches only 57.2% of Medicaid expenditures for residents of Puerto Rico. Congress has also capped annual Medicaid spending in Puerto Rico.

Perennially and historically treated like the ugly step-child…an after-thought at best.


#32

Sometimes countries refers both to sovereign states and to other political entities, while other times it refers only to states. For example, the CIA World Factbook uses the word in its “Country name” field to refer to “a wide variety of dependencies, areas of special sovereignty, uninhabited islands, and other entities in addition to the traditional countries or independent states”.


#33

You missed my point. You are still treating political parties as if they are public government agencies or something that owe you some kind of public service for the asking.

Political parties - in every country - are private clubs. If you don’t like what a political party’s agenda is then you and other like minded people need to join it - dues and all - and change it - starting with local committees and working upward. That is how the British left changed the British Labor party. The specific type of governance (parliamentary versus republic) has nothing to do with it.


#34

No, I get your point loud and clear: we, the victims of D/R arrogance and unresponsiveness, are to blame for our predicament, rather than the one dollar/one vote system they’ve built for themselves. You state: “Political parties—in every country—are private clubs.” If so, then why are they subsidized with our taxes? If so, why do they get to write laws preventing other “private clubs” from receiving the same benefits they enjoy?

Possibly you have the freedom and the resources to devote to a life in party politics, but most don’t. I find the same blame-the-victim attitude in posts dismissing the Greens as ineffective, even as Ds and Rs conspire to keep them out of the media, off the ballott and in disarray.


#35

puerto rico is a “state” period