The Puerto Ricans never asked for all this to happen to them, and never passed the laws that ruined their economy. The least we can do is get the island back on its feet.
AJ Vicens, Mother Jones: There Are Many “Reasons” Why DC is Always So Slow to Help Puerto Rico. None of Them Are Good.
As the 3.4 million American citizens in Puerto Rico struggle to recover after Hurricane Maria’s widespread devastation last week, lawmakers in Washington are pondering the size of the aid package and how quickly it can be delivered. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey earlier in the month, Congress pulled together a $15 billion aid package for Texas that was signed by President Donald Trump in a little more than a week. It appears that Puerto Rico will not be so lucky. CONTINUE READING
Juan Cole, Informed Comment: If Trump Were Really President, He’d Forgive Puerto Rico’s Debts and Rescue It
The US kidnapped Puerto Rico in the imperialist war of 1898, which was fought on trumped up pretexts. Washington exploited its sugar cane fields and then its cheap industrial workers, and the US navy benefited from its strategic position in the eastern Caribbean. The Puerto Ricans never asked for all this to happen to them, and never passed the laws that ruined their economy.
The least we can do is get the island back on its feet and put into place policies that will bring prosperity back. CONTINUE READING
Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill: Ex-Clinton aide: Trump’s ‘racist neglect’ of Puerto Rico threatening lives
Brian Fallon’s tweet comes as Trump continues to receive criticism from some leaders for not doing enough to assist Puerto Rico. Earlier on Monday, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) criticized the president for focusing his energy on criticizing NFL protests instead of sending help to the island territory. CONTINUE READING
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