Puerto Rico update

Saturday Night was the deadline for Puerto Ricans claiming to still be homeless from Hurricane Maria 9 months ago to check out of their FEMA paid hotel rooms and to take a free plane ticket home.


Meet Richard Gonzalez, age 53. He has a job working at a Casino in Hollywood, Florida. His wife, adult son and daughter still live in Puerto Rico. His mother and brother live in Orlando from before the hurricane. He has nowhere to go. He has a car, apparently.

He has been living in an Extended Stay Hotel in Fort Lauderdale paid for by FEMA, about 10 miles from his job. He is being offered a free plane ticket home, but says there are no jobs in Puerto Rico. I guess we can assume he is Not skilled in helping restore electric power, carpentry or clearing storm debris.

There is a bipartisan effort in the last week to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state, now that lower corporate taxes took away Puerto Rico’s advantage as a tax haven. Republican Governor Rick Scott of F!orida is significantly more popular among Puerto Rican voters than his Democratic opponent in the US Senate race, incumbent Bill Nelson. Democrats Have 24 incumbents up for reelection, Republicans only nine. No wonder Democrats are concerned.

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3 Responses to Puerto Rico update

  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Trump should do a deal with the EU. Trade them Puerto Rico for the UK. To placate the UK residents and as an incentive, we could let them vote right away. Of course, we don’t have room in the Senate for two more seats, but we would merge them in with our Island state, Rhode Island, add another “Isle” to the British Isles, and make them part of New England.

    It’s a win-win. The EU gets to reduce by one language and so does the US. Now you may be thinking that Ireland speaks English but if you look at the EU documents, Ireland has chosen Celtic as its language for all the EU documents.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Ireland is not part of the UK (only Northern Island)

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        100% correct. Ireland would remain in the EU and the language it has chosen for all its EU documents is Celtic. With the UK out of the EU, there are no members of the EU with English as their official language and EU documents will not longer need to be released in English because none of the remaining countries have chosen English as their primary language (even though people in the Republic of Ireland use it as their primary language.)

        My suggestion that Trump do a trade with the EU was obviously tongue-in-cheek, but the language issue is real. Once the UK finalizes Brexit, English is no longer a supported language of the EU – Ireland had chosen Celtic as its language.

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