The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is over. Houston, Miami and other coastal cities are rebuilding and prospering.
Puerto Rico, on the other hand, is still recovering. And now $113 million in bonus payments to state emplyees has put a giant question mark on the U.S. territory’s priorities.
Many areas are without power, but it’s no longer just because of Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico was hit hard, but there have been areas that have recovered much quicker from Category 5 storms. Perhaps it has something to do with being under Democrat control for 44 of the past 52 years?
The island was pushed to bankruptcy in May of 2017 thanks to poor financial management.
And the crisis is bringing that record out.
Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2017
That bad management has taken a national stage as the United States gets a front row seat to the rebuilding of Puerto Rico. The painstaking task has been marred by the government of Puerto Rico canceling contracts to turn the power back on and other missteps.
The worst offense yet is still emerging. Puerto Rico is doling out $113 million in Christmas bonuses to current and former government employees, according to Bloomberg.
In the private sector, Christmas bonuses are fine when the company is flush and business is booming. When a company is on hard times, few private employees will see a bonus come Christmas time — but they still might have a job.
Government employees in Democrat-run Puerto Rico don’t have to worry about that kind of fiscal discipline apparently.
Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid continuing blackouts, controversial contract.
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) November 18, 2017
One reason for the slow reconstruction is Democrats’ obsession with politicizing a natural disaster. The figurehead of this movement is San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. She grabbed hold of media attention by slamming President Donald Trump almost immediately. This attack has not let up, even though she let federal aid end up in the dumpster and often gives anti-Trump speeches flanked by pallets of government-provided water.
This is the same “Nasty Woman” who had brand new anti-Trump shirts during her appearances on national television. Remember how those shirts claimed “help us, we are dying?”
Apparently the island bureacracy wasn’t so close to death that it couldn’t scrounge up $113 million in Christmas bonuses for its government employees and pensioners.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 30, 2017
The American media will try to blame all of the island territory’s problems on Trump, of course — unfairness to Trump is part of the game plan.
But most Americans will see that the Republican-run state governments of both Florida and Texas, both hit hard by hurricanes, were thankful for federal help, and worked together to put their cities and counties back on track to normal. Meanwhile, Democrat Puerto Rico still suffers, but the government gives state employees bonuses.
If Cruz would put the people of Puerto Rico first instead of obsessing over how she can best insult Trump on the news, the island would be in a much better place.
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