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Trump Slammed for Slow Maria Response As Aid Piles Up on San Juan's Docks


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Trump Slammed for Slow Maria Response As Aid Piles Up on San Juan's Docks

Julia Conley, staff writer

Thousands of shipping containers on docks in San Juan are offering a visual representation of the widespread mismanagement of recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria's destruction in Puerto Rico.

Though President Trump agreed to waive the Jones Act on Thursday in order to allow ships to bring more food, water, and fuel to the island, the long-awaited decision may not be immediately helpful to residents—as the lack of aid getting to survivors appears to be due to logistical blunders in addition to bureaucratic decision-making.


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Could this be one of the reasons for the delayed response?

“While residing in Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans cannot vote in U.S. presidential elections, but they can vote in primaries. Puerto Ricans who become residents of a U.S. state can vote in presidential elections.”


#3

Don’t just “waive” the Jones Act - REPEAL THE JONES ACT !!!


#4

Katrina redux? Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco’s Press Secretary Denise Bottcher, “We wanted helicopters, food, and water.They wanted to negotiate an organizational chart.” that was FEMA during Katrina. Now that DHS Kelly is on the job, voila a picture is worth a thousand words, that photograph, telling.


#5

With Trump, if he himself is not the one suffering, he sees no reason to hurry any aid.


#6

Just more immutable proof that Trump is unequivocally, unfit to be president!


#7

“The Donald” came to Washington with an agenda. The first and most important item on his list was to undo everything that n#%* Obama did, as revenge for making a fool of him in public at the correspondents dinner. The next and last thing on his agenda was to enrich himself and his family as much as possible (think tax “reform”.) Everything else he simply is not interested in. Who knows whether he even was aware that Puerto Ricans are Americans?

Only a thousand miles away from the mainland of the wealthiest nation on the planet and we can’t even organize an effective relief effort. Make America Great Again? My dear Mr. (phony) President: what you are exhibiting for all the world to see is the exact opposite of “greatness.”


#8

Oh no, this would be way too similar to socialist Cuba! Antifa you are needed in Puerto Rico!


#9

Are fifth graders usually aware of that?


#10

Scenario: The despot was going to add Puerto Ricans to his list of targeted groups for deportation…until someone whispered in his ear, “They are American citizens…” To which he replied, “Is Puerto Rico a state?”


#11

If Puerto Rico was a nation of fetuses, the president and most of the congress would give all those suffering five star hotel suites free of charge.


#12

The reason behind the reason: “Nobody’s gonna tell me what to do, believe me!” (DJT)


#13

YES! My wild guess is Puerto Ricans in this last election didn’t vote for Trump. Why would they? He is a racist against any nationality South of the Border. This is exactly why America should not have a blatant racist in the White House. In Mexico they have Trump pinatas to smack around. Looks like that would be a “hit” with Puerto Ricans need to catch on to the smack-a-Trump fad.


#14

Your wild guess is correct. Puerto Ricans didn’t vote for Trump. Or Hillary. Or Bernie.
Puerto Rico can’t vote in presidential elections.

Most people here are complaining that Trump hasn’t personally hand deliver the aid, the bastard!
If we had just Medicare For All, Bernie would have already handed the stuff out to everyone.


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Of course if the storm missed Puerto Rico (say as Irma and Jose did) and the personnel were sent, then everyone would jump on Trump for acting prematurely and wasting money.

Historically, the US hasn’t sent disaster relief ahead of the actual disaster. This is a structural issue, not a Trump issue.


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3.3 million people live in Puerto Rico. If there’s no food in Puerto Rico, if there are no crops, if there isn’t any safe water to drink anywhere, if there’s no economy, if there are no hospitals functioning every time the hospital emergency generators run out of fuel and if there isn’t any solar power or infrastructure, then 3 million people are going to be forced to move to the United States. I’ll guess that 95% of these climate refugees will want to vote for somebody other than a Republican.

People inside the beltway seem to have no idea that if you put 1000 tons of food down on a dock, the food won’t walk its way to the interior of the country.


#17

AMERICA

ROSALIA
Puerto Rico,
You lovely island . . .
Island of tropical breezes.
Always the pineapples growing,
Always the coffee blossoms blowing . . .

ANITA
Puerto Rico . . .
You ugly island . . .
Island of tropic diseases.
Always the hurricanes blowing,
Always the population growing . . .
And the money owing,
And the babies crying,
And the bullets flying.
I like the island Manhattan.
Smoke on your pipe and put that in!

OTHERS
I like to be in America!
O.K. by me in America!
Ev’rything free in America
For a small fee in America!

ROSALIA
I like the city of San Juan.

ANITA
I know a boat you can get on.

ROSALIA
Hundreds of flowers in full bloom.

ANITA
Hundreds of people in each room!

ALL
Automobile in America,
Chromium steel in America,
Wire-spoke wheel in America,
Very big deal in America!

ROSALIA
I’ll drive a Buick through San Juan.

ANITA
If there’s a road you can drive on.

ROSALIA
I’ll give my cousins a free ride.

ANITA
How you get all of them inside?

ALL
Immigrant goes to America,
Many hellos in America;
Nobody knows in America
Puerto Rico’s in America!

ROSALIA
I’ll bring a T.V. to San Juan.

ANITA
If there a current to turn on!

ROSALIA
I’ll give them new washing machine.

ANITA
What have they got there to keep clean?

ALL
I like the shores of America!
Comfort is yours in America!
Knobs on the doors in America,
Wall-to-wall floors in America!

ROSALIA
When I will go back to San Juan.

ANITA
When you will shut up and get gone?

ROSALIA
Everyone there will give big cheer!

ANITA
Everyone there will have moved here!

Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
© 1956, 1957 Amberson Holdings LLC and Stephen Sondheim. Copyright renewed.
Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, Publisher.

http://www.westsidestory.com/site/level2/lyrics/america.html


West Side Story - America


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But the people in the interior will walk their way to the docks. Yes Puerto Rico has trucks, and drivers, although few of the drivers have yet report for work. Might be they can’t get there. Also it is hard to drive down a road with trees across it, areas of washouts, and downed power lines. Military trucks maybe, and I assume they are on the way. Regardless of who is president, recovering from a disaster of this magnitude doesn’t happen very quickly. Mistakes will be made, people will suffer, but overall everyone will do their best.

In Florida the hours of service laws for drivers were lifted, and most didn’t get off until the last few hours before the storm to be able to secure their own homes and be with family. Even with the increased hours logistic companies and warehouses were not able to supply the demand.


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Yeah, let’s let Liberian and Panamanian flagged ships manned by low wage workers from third world countries deliver freight domestically…and while we’re at it let’s let Air Nigeria and Lot Polish Airlines deliver passengers from Dallas to Chicago and truck drivers from Mexico and Honduras compete with UPS and FedEX domestically. WTF? And how in the world did this get 7 likes?


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No you’re right, we should keep our principles in place. No need to let low wage earners from 3rd. world countries deliver lifesaving supplies to our fellow Americans after a catastrophic weather event when our own govt. has dropped the ball. Clearly you need to experience this type of event you’re self to understand how ridiculous you’re comment is. Just so you know I have experienced (5) cat.3 or above storms and worked through 3 of them as a firefighter/EMT, one of those being Katrina on the MS. Gulf Coast, (you know where Katrina really made landfall, not New Orleans). WTF indeed.