First problem is to sort out all the people and parties and factions involved, what they want, the emotional language that their appeals are couched in and to try to determine the likely result of any plan, as opposed to what is emotionally wanted.
As part of the sorting out,
Fact regarding that is
Question: “Did Balzac really say “behind every great fortune lies a great crime,” and if so where? If he didn’t say it, who did? I never see a source for this common quote and am beginning to suspect it.”
Answer: "The quote is a paraphrase from a line in Honoré de Balzac’s tragicomic novel “Le Père Goriot.” Here is the quote in its original French:
“Le secret des grandes fortunes sans cause apparente est un crime
oublié, parce qu’ il a été proprement fait.”
An English translation:
“The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account
is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly
executed.” " – There is flexibility in the translation.
– So the saying is not that old, and not based so much on wisdom like something out of Confucius’ ‘Analects’ would be.
I suppose you would have to resort to Howard Zinn to find a list of elites who have been bailed out over the history of the USA. It is easier to find corporations that weren’t bailed out and failed, a little harder to find the elites behind them that have been flushed from the elite circle. Recent examples include Blockbuster Video, Borders Books, Lehman Brothers, Enron, and Montgomery Ward. Everyone is looking at Sears to soon go down the drain. As for elites no more, there is Dick Fuld former CEO of Lehman Brothers, Bernard Madoff, and the top executives of Enron (who remembers their names anymore?); probably others whose names we don’t remember anymore either.
Puerto Rico’s status since the early 1950s has been a copy of the Philippine’s status in the 1930s. The Philippines wanted independence and were promised it on July 4 1946. They received it on July 4 1946, not withstanding a Japanese invasion 1941-1942 to 1944-1945. (I know there are some who wish that the Huq communist insurgency of the late 1940s in the Philippines had succeeded…)
Puerto Rico has had at least three votes on status since the 1950s. Each time they have chosen between independence, statehood and continuation of the current status, and have chose continuation, with statehood second and independence third.
Puerto Rico has historically had three political parties. The largest party has been pro-commonwealth current status, seeking to preserve it and get more benefits too. The second largest has been pro-statehood. Smallest, in single digits support, has been pro-independence.
In past decades the US Congress has given Puerto Rico tax and trade benefits, been a generous ‘uncle’. Quite likely Puerto Rico didn’t deserve the unnatural and unsustainable part of those benefits. A decade ago Congress took away many of those benefits. What then happened? In a sense, things began to look a lot like Greece, and now we are seeing the economic failure end of such a situation. Puerto Rico also had the bad luck of getting hit by two hurricanes, one a hard hit.
I regret that I have run out of time to compose and write more response.