To the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, you have a grand opportunity to right the wrongs that were never acknowledged before you.
To the Republican congressman from South Carolina, Jeffrey D. Duncan, who are you really trying to help?
The island is not on fire. The people of Puerto Rico are tired of limp representation, YES. They want their pensions back and teachers want to get paid again (most have not received raises in over 7 years). They are tired of living in poverty (lower than the poverty level of the state of Mississippi – the poorest state in the US) but they are not going to just roll over and allow a financial take over. Governor Padilla of Puerto Rico seems to finally be getting the full picture of the kind of people he has been dealing with. The fallout might be ugly, but if he can stand firm and get Puerto Rico back on its feet without succumbing to the U.S.’s sensational and inflated claims, he will have generations of support behind him, on the island, and in the U.S.
For the sake of time, the historical references and commentary are taken from a respected author and film maker, Nelson A. Denis, who has already done the work. Now we have to make sure it gets into the right hands. Approximately half of the residents just want to have a better economy and are desperate to get it while the other half would rather live and die in poverty with dignity than sell what little they have left of their island souls to the power hungry politicians in the U.S.
The tragedy is in the island’s belief that their political representatives had their best interests in mind. With over 70 mayors, the government has grown too fat to sustain itself. The politicians in Puerto Rico have been played by U.S. officials for far too long. Please help me tell the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla that Quid Pro Quo is not on the table for Puerto Rico. (Links at the bottom!!)
“Puerto Rico should establish a Financial Control Board to manage the U.S. economy – not the other way around.” – Nelson A. Denis
In reality, Puerto Rico is at less than one-third of the debt levels in 22 other “advanced economies” that include the US, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, France, and Canada.
Numbers do not lie.
The US public debt is nearly three times higher per person, than the Puerto Rico public debt. To be exact, the public debt is 287% higher for each person in the US, than in Puerto Rico.
(A quick timeline of how major corporations have come and made a home in Puerto Rico and not paid corporate taxes, while 44% of the residents have fallen into poverty.)
1976 – Section 936 section of the United States Internal Revenue Tax Code allows U.S. companies to operate in the island WITHOUT paying corporate taxes.
1980 – 2000 PHARMACEUTICAL BOOM – U.S. pharmaceutical corporations build enormous drug production facilities in Puerto Rico. In 2008, Puerto Rico was the world’s largest shipper of pharmaceuticals, accounting for nearly 25% of total shipments. 16 of the 20 biggest-selling drugs in the U.S. are produced in Puerto Rico.
In the town of Barceloneta, one Pfizer factory produces all the Viagra consumed in North America (the U.S., Canada and Mexico).
In 2009, Puerto Ricans had a median household income of $18,314. By comparison Mississippi, the poorest state in the U.S., had median household income of $36,646.
Today Puerto Rico’s unemployment rate is over 15 percent and per capita income is less than half that of Mississippi (the lowest of the fifty states). U.S. federal agencies control Puerto Rico’s foreign relations, customs, immigration, postal system, radio, TV, transportation, Social Security, military, maritime laws, banks, commerce, currency and defense.
Puerto Ricans are not a violent or ostentatious people. Their only fault is having blind faith in a swollen pseudo-government. Sound familiar? See, the U.S. and P.R. we are not so different are we??
FULL ARGUMENT and academic journals referenced available here –
Send Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla a Facebook post and Email (Just copy and paste this link to the full argument in both):
For the horrific timeline of United States officials’ abuse of Puerto Rico’s weak government, click here (try to keep track of how many times they have tried a financial brush up, shove, and complete take over):
(Thank you Nelson A. Denis.)