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(Washington Post)   Hey, remember Puerto Rico? Yeah that's still happening. Turns out lots of Puerto Ricans are leaving the island, presumably relocating to red states to vote Democrat in November. Damn that Obama and his weather control satellites anyway   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2018-03-08 02:33:06 AM  
The most delicious part of that is anger and perplexity I anticipate in various Trumpanistas. First they will complain about "illegals", and then have doubts about citizenship, and of course be furious about people who speak mostly Spanish. Infowars will probably claim extras are coming in from outside the solar system with a device funded by Soros and Musk.

Anyway, I'd be happy if a fair number moved to purple districts in Florida.
 
2018-03-08 03:14:06 AM  
i'm sure the Republicans will have NO problems registering all of these new voters and convincing them to vote Republican in the mid term elections later this year.  just wave the flag, thump a bible and say 'gays are bad!' 'cause that's all it takes, right?
 
2018-03-08 03:23:40 AM  
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2018-03-08 04:27:43 AM  
Branson, MO is actively trying to lure Puerto Ricans to the area for work. Another article on WaPo has these gems:

The economy depends on it. As tourism season kicks off this month, the remote getaway known for dinner theaters, country music concerts and a museum of dinosaur replicas has 2,050 vacancies - and a lack of locals applying.

Okay, that's a lot of open jobs. Sounds like a good plan. But then...

But the plan to bring 1,000 workers from the island to overwhelmingly white, conservative Branson over the next three years has sparked unease, with critics saying that the newcomers will steal work from residents or drag down wages or bump up crime.

Uh....

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2018-03-08 05:46:25 AM  
I really hope this whole mess convinces PR to become a state.
 
2018-03-08 06:07:00 AM  
Also, probably dating your daughters/plotting to turn your sons gay
/FoxNewsAlert
 
2018-03-08 06:15:47 AM  

Anastacya: Branson, MO is actively trying to lure Puerto Ricans to the area for work. Another article on WaPo has these gems:

The economy depends on it. As tourism season kicks off this month, the remote getaway known for dinner theaters, country music concerts and a museum of dinosaur replicas has 2,050 vacancies - and a lack of locals applying.

Okay, that's a lot of open jobs. Sounds like a good plan. But then...

But the plan to bring 1,000 workers from the island to overwhelmingly white, conservative Branson over the next three years has sparked unease, with critics saying that the newcomers will steal work from residents or drag down wages or bump up crime.

Uh....

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There go a bunch of foreigners stealing jobs from those hard working Americans. Americans that never bother to apply for them in the first place, but it's wrong "those people" are applying for those long vacant jobs, because reasons.
 
2018-03-08 06:22:41 AM  

JulieAzel626: Anastacya: Branson, MO is actively trying to lure Puerto Ricans to the area for work. Another article on WaPo has these gems:

The economy depends on it. As tourism season kicks off this month, the remote getaway known for dinner theaters, country music concerts and a museum of dinosaur replicas has 2,050 vacancies - and a lack of locals applying.

Okay, that's a lot of open jobs. Sounds like a good plan. But then...

But the plan to bring 1,000 workers from the island to overwhelmingly white, conservative Branson over the next three years has sparked unease, with critics saying that the newcomers will steal work from residents or drag down wages or bump up crime.

Uh....

[img.fark.net image 500x324]

There go a bunch of foreigners stealing jobs from those hard working Americans. Americans that never bother to apply for them in the first place, but it's wrong "those people" are applying for those long vacant jobs, because reasons.


Because they're not white. Duh.
 
2018-03-08 06:26:25 AM  

Anastacya: Branson, MO is actively trying to lure Puerto Ricans to the area for work. Another article on WaPo has these gems:

The economy depends on it. As tourism season kicks off this month, the remote getaway known for dinner theaters, country music concerts and a museum of dinosaur replicas has 2,050 vacancies - and a lack of locals applying.

Okay, that's a lot of open jobs. Sounds like a good plan. But then...

But the plan to bring 1,000 workers from the island to overwhelmingly white, conservative Branson over the next three years has sparked unease, with critics saying that the newcomers will steal work from residents or drag down wages or bump up crime.

Uh....

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On the other hand, fark Branson, MO.
 
2018-03-08 06:33:11 AM  

Anastacya: Branson, MO is actively trying to lure Puerto Ricans to the area for work. Another article on WaPo has these gems:

The economy depends on it. As tourism season kicks off this month, the remote getaway known for dinner theaters, country music concerts and a museum of dinosaur replicas has 2,050 vacancies - and a lack of locals applying.

Okay, that's a lot of open jobs. Sounds like a good plan. But then...

But the plan to bring 1,000 workers from the island to overwhelmingly white, conservative Branson over the next three years has sparked unease, with critics saying that the newcomers will steal work from residents or drag down wages or bump up crime.

Uh....

[img.fark.net image 500x324]


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2018-03-08 06:34:58 AM  
Hey Trump, PLEASE contact the President of Puerto Rico and sort this mess out, stat!
 
2018-03-08 06:40:53 AM  
Mr. Trump, we've been trying to build a wall, but the bricks keep sinking.
 
2018-03-08 07:00:35 AM  
Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.
 
2018-03-08 07:01:44 AM  
Democratic Party...  A long proud history of blaming the Republican Party for not picking up the trash, protecting the neighborhoods, teaching the kids and providing essential government services in the cities the Democratic Party are responsible for governing.
 
2018-03-08 07:04:00 AM  

tangenti: Democratic Party...  A long proud history of blaming the Republican Party for not picking up the trash, protecting the neighborhoods, teaching the kids and providing essential government services in the cities the Democratic Party are responsible for governing.


and you are certainly welcome to try and tell that pack of bullshiat and lies to the rest of the country.

lemme know how that goes!
 
2018-03-08 07:09:47 AM  

Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.


remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.
 
2018-03-08 07:13:50 AM  

wademh: The most delicious part of that is anger and perplexity I anticipate in various Trumpanistas. First they will complain about "illegals", and then have doubts about citizenship, and of course be furious about people who speak mostly Spanish. Infowars will probably claim extras are coming in from outside the solar system with a device funded by Soros and Musk.

Anyway, I'd be happy if a fair number moved to purple districts in Florida.


Florida is a nice place.  Warm.  Like Puerto Rico.
 
2018-03-08 07:19:55 AM  

Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.


Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.
 
2018-03-08 07:26:48 AM  

Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.


You must have caught some paper towels in the head.
 
2018-03-08 07:27:18 AM  

Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.


You're funny. I funnied you.
 
2018-03-08 07:27:32 AM  

JulieAzel626: Anastacya: Branson, MO is actively trying to lure Puerto Ricans to the area for work. Another article on WaPo has these gems:

The economy depends on it. As tourism season kicks off this month, the remote getaway known for dinner theaters, country music concerts and a museum of dinosaur replicas has 2,050 vacancies - and a lack of locals applying.

Okay, that's a lot of open jobs. Sounds like a good plan. But then...

But the plan to bring 1,000 workers from the island to overwhelmingly white, conservative Branson over the next three years has sparked unease, with critics saying that the newcomers will steal work from residents or drag down wages or bump up crime.

Uh....

[img.fark.net image 500x324]

There go a bunch of foreigners stealing jobs from those hard working Americans. Americans that never bother to apply for them in the first place, but it's wrong "those people" are applying for those long vacant jobs, because reasons.


I know what you mean...plenty of "jobs" have been available since 1865 that Americans simply don't want.
 
2018-03-08 07:32:56 AM  

Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.


Puerto Rico's fate was sealed a long time ago. It wanted independence but the US crushed the revolt and will not make it a state anytime soon.
The government definitely leans left and they voted to tax and spend until there was nothing left in the coffers and nowhere to get new money from. This has weakened their infrastructure until the Hurricane wiped out what little remained. Prepa had been shutting down intermittently from long before the storm and many roads were impassable. Their retirement funds are folding as fast as the insurance companies, Police coverage is scant, unemployment is high, and crime has been off the charts for years.
This is a perfect storm of bad policy and physical destruction that began decades ago.

/So now democrats expect them to move to Florida and repeat the process.
/Problem with that plan is the ones moving are the ones that can afford to move.
/I doubt much will change for Florida or Puerto Rico.
 
2018-03-08 07:36:52 AM  
Don't you fret. Kris Kobach is on it.
 
2018-03-08 07:40:52 AM  

way south: Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.

Puerto Rico's fate was sealed a long time ago. It wanted independence but the US crushed the revolt and will not make it a state anytime soon.
The government definitely leans left and they voted to tax and spend until there was nothing left in the coffers and nowhere to get new money from. This has weakened their infrastructure until the Hurricane wiped out what little remained. Prepa had been shutting down intermittently from long before the storm and many roads were impassable. Their retirement funds are folding as fast as the insurance companies, Police coverage is scant, unemployment is high, and crime has been off the charts for years.
This is a perfect storm of bad policy and physical destruction that began decades ago.

/So now democrats expect them to move to Florida and repeat the process.
/Problem with that plan is the ones moving are the ones that can afford to move.
/I doubt much will change for Florida or Puerto Rico.


Republicans are well known for being financially irresponsible.
They like to say Democrats "tax and spend" because it sounds good, but Republican states around the country are suffering heavy financial trouble.
Your Republican talking points are incorrect.
 
2018-03-08 07:59:47 AM  

Begoggle: way south: Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.

Puerto Rico's fate was sealed a long time ago. It wanted independence but the US crushed the revolt and will not make it a state anytime soon.
The government definitely leans left and they voted to tax and spend until there was nothing left in the coffers and nowhere to get new money from. This has weakened their infrastructure until the Hurricane wiped out what little remained. Prepa had been shutting down intermittently from long before the storm and many roads were impassable. Their retirement funds are folding as fast as the insurance companies, Police coverage is scant, unemployment is high, and crime has been off the charts for years.
This is a perfect storm of bad policy and physical destruction that began decades ago.

/So now democrats expect them to move to Florida and repeat the process.
/Problem with that plan is the ones moving are the ones that can afford to move.
/I doubt much will change for Florida or Puerto Rico.

Republicans are well known for being financially irresponsible.
They like to say Democrats "tax and spend" because it sounds good, but Republican states around the country are suffering heavy financial trouble.
Your Republican talking points are incorrect.


Really?  Florida is DEEP in the black.  A side effect of that is that the response to the hurricane this year was phenomenal, and the change to building codes in 2004 has resulted in far less damage than in times past.  The added bonus is that the net effect on property insurance premiums from this hurricane year here is negligible so far.  Reinsurance treaties expire in July, so we will see, but insurers typically take an anticipatory rate hike which hasn't happened.  If only there was such a thing as building code enforcement in PR.
 
2018-03-08 08:02:23 AM  

Begoggle: way south: Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.

Puerto Rico's fate was sealed a long time ago. It wanted independence but the US crushed the revolt and will not make it a state anytime soon.
The government definitely leans left and they voted to tax and spend until there was nothing left in the coffers and nowhere to get new money from. This has weakened their infrastructure until the Hurricane wiped out what little remained. Prepa had been shutting down intermittently from long before the storm and many roads were impassable. Their retirement funds are folding as fast as the insurance companies, Police coverage is scant, unemployment is high, and crime has been off the charts for years.
This is a perfect storm of bad policy and physical destruction that began decades ago.

/So now democrats expect them to move to Florida and repeat the process.
/Problem with that plan is the ones moving are the ones that can afford to move.
/I doubt much will change for Florida or Puerto Rico.

Republicans are well known for being financially irresponsible.
They like to say Democrats "tax and spend" because it sounds good, but Republican states around the country are suffering heavy financial trouble.
Your Republican talking points are incorrect.


The fact that Puerto Rico has been structurally and financially ruined by its political habits is indisputable.
Many states have financial problems, but are they at the "flee for your lives!!" level of mismanagement?

If they were then running from the blue territory of Puerto Rico to the Red state of Florida would seem highly ill advised.

/I think people underestimate how bad things have become down here.
 
Al!
2018-03-08 08:12:31 AM  
Obama made the hurricane.  Trump made the mess.
 
2018-03-08 08:14:55 AM  

way south: Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.

Puerto Rico's fate was sealed a long time ago. It wanted independence but the US crushed the revolt and will not make it a state anytime soon.
The government definitely leans left and they voted to tax and spend until there was nothing left in the coffers and nowhere to get new money from. This has weakened their infrastructure until the Hurricane wiped out what little remained. Prepa had been shutting down intermittently from long before the storm and many roads were impassable. Their retirement funds are folding as fast as the insurance companies, Police coverage is scant, unemployment is high, and crime has been off the charts for years.
This is a perfect storm of bad policy and physical destruction that began decades ago.

/So now democrats expect them to move to Florida and repeat the process.
/Problem with that plan is the ones moving are the ones that can afford to move.
/I doubt much will change for Florida or Puerto Rico.


If PR wants to be independent so bad, how come they never vote for it?
 
2018-03-08 08:17:24 AM  

Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.


Maybe means how we did more to help Haiti after their 'quake (a foreign country) than we've done for an island of Americans.
 
2018-03-08 08:32:40 AM  

g.fro: way south: Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.

Puerto Rico's fate was sealed a long time ago. It wanted independence but the US crushed the revolt and will not make it a state anytime soon.
The government definitely leans left and they voted to tax and spend until there was nothing left in the coffers and nowhere to get new money from. This has weakened their infrastructure until the Hurricane wiped out what little remained. Prepa had been shutting down intermittently from long before the storm and many roads were impassable. Their retirement funds are folding as fast as the insurance companies, Police coverage is scant, unemployment is high, and crime has been off the charts for years.
This is a perfect storm of bad policy and physical destruction that began decades ago.

/So now democrats expect them to move to Florida and repeat the process.
/Problem with that plan is the ones moving are the ones that can afford to move.
/I doubt much will change for Florida or Puerto Rico.

If PR wants to be independent so bad, how come they never vote for it?


The US responded with attack planes in that instance. The island is highly dependent on welfare and subsidies now. Maybe people don't feel independence is an option anymore. Especially under a government that can't tie its own shoelaces.
Last vote was overwhelmingly for statehood. Since this is a decision that's made in Congress and terrritories don't have a vote there, it's doubtful anything will change.

/if you didn't listen when people were shooting at you, would you listen when they vote in a non binding referendum?
 
2018-03-08 08:35:26 AM  
Puerto Rico is over.
 
2018-03-08 08:38:33 AM  

way south: g.fro: way south: Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.

Puerto Rico's fate was sealed a long time ago. It wanted independence but the US crushed the revolt and will not make it a state anytime soon.
The government definitely leans left and they voted to tax and spend until there was nothing left in the coffers and nowhere to get new money from. This has weakened their infrastructure until the Hurricane wiped out what little remained. Prepa had been shutting down intermittently from long before the storm and many roads were impassable. Their retirement funds are folding as fast as the insurance companies, Police coverage is scant, unemployment is high, and crime has been off the charts for years.
This is a perfect storm of bad policy and physical destruction that began decades ago.

/So now democrats expect them to move to Florida and repeat the process.
/Problem with that plan is the ones moving are the ones that can afford to move.
/I doubt much will change for Florida or Puerto Rico.

If PR wants to be independent so bad, how come they never vote for it?

The US responded with attack planes in that instance. The island is highly dependent on welfare and subsidies now. Maybe people don't feel independence is an option anymore. Especially under a government that can't tie its own shoelaces.
Last vote was overwhelmingly for statehood. Since this is a decision that's made in Congress and terrritories don't have a vote there, it's doubtful anything will change.

/if you didn't listen when people were shooting at you, would you listen when they vote in a non binding referendum?


Maybe PR should lobby Congressional delegations from states with large Puerto Rican populations?

/supports PR statehood
//not Puerto Rican
///no one cares about my opinion
 
2018-03-08 08:41:32 AM  

way south: Tabletop: Weaver95: Bruce Campbell: Yeah.  That Democratic party that has been in the governorship of Puerto Rico for decades (save one short blip) did a great job for its people in preparing for this catastophe.  That party definitely deserves unwavering support.

remember when Donny flew into the disaster zone, mocked the storm victims, and then abandoned the island to its fate?

because the rest of us sure do.

Abandoned the island to Its fate? Like you think he should have stuck around until it was fixed? Zero presidents have dove that ever. Even Jimmy Carter wasn't building people houses as president.

You're using dramatic language to make it sound like he did something worth criticizing when in reality that is not the case.

Puerto Rico's fate was sealed a long time ago. It wanted independence but the US crushed the revolt and will not make it a state anytime soon.
The government definitely leans left and they voted to tax and spend until there was nothing left in the coffers and nowhere to get new money from. This has weakened their infrastructure until the Hurricane wiped out what little remained. Prepa had been shutting down intermittently from long before the storm and many roads were impassable. Their retirement funds are folding as fast as the insurance companies, Police coverage is scant, unemployment is high, and crime has been off the charts for years.
This is a perfect storm of bad policy and physical destruction that began decades ago.

/So now democrats expect them to move to Florida and repeat the process.
/Problem with that plan is the ones moving are the ones that can afford to move.
/I doubt much will change for Florida or Puerto Rico.


Yep, unless the dnc is paying to relocate folks, odds are real slim the wealthy ones that move here will vote dem.
 
2018-03-08 08:43:49 AM  

ktybear: [img.fark.net image 600x348]


NO.

WTF is wrong with you?  PR is a national disaster that has become a national disgrace. Failing PR like he did should have been grounds enough by itself to impeach that turd in the WH.

The side effect of making Florida more blue is just a tiny silver lining.
 
2018-03-08 08:45:41 AM  
Perhaps someone should build a flying golf cart Trump could land on an aircraft carrier, and he could officially declare the PR crisis over?
 
2018-03-08 08:46:36 AM  
Here's the sucky thing for Puerto Rico...  The island is now considered a liability.  In fact, they've had financial problems for long enough that they were a liability to begin with.  Now that their infrastructure is damaged, and it's incredibly costly to fix it, it's even more so...

And because they are not actually a "State", they don't get the same attention they would if they were.

Now, why this should be, or how it got that bad, is another matter.  But the bottom line is this...  Since there is nothing on that island that is making money for the government, the government does not feel compelled to really step in to help.

If this had happened in ANY state, the infrastructure would have been fixed, probably within a couple of weeks.  But this government does not feel that they are important enough.  This government still sees them as some sort of unwanted adopted child.

It seems to me that if they are our responsibility, then we should have gone in there full force, and gotten them back up and running.  Why we haven't is a disgrace.  This government should be ashamed.  You know, if they didn't already have so much to be ashamed of.
 
2018-03-08 09:03:39 AM  

Weaver95: i'm sure the Republicans will have NO problems registering all of these new voters and convincing them to vote Republican in the mid term elections later this year.  just wave the flag, thump a bible and say 'gays are bad!' 'cause that's all it takes, right?


Or flip their votes with a flash drive.  You know, the usual.
 
2018-03-08 09:05:20 AM  
Puerto Ricans can't vote. 

Nobody born in the unincorporated parts of America is a citizen unless their parents are citizens. 

The representatives they send to Congress can't vote.

They don't get to vote for President.
 
2018-03-08 09:23:44 AM  

rubi_con_man: Puerto Ricans can't vote.


Floridians sure can.
 
2018-03-08 09:24:03 AM  

JulieAzel626: Anastacya: Branson, MO is actively trying to lure Puerto Ricans to the area for work. Another article on WaPo has these gems:

The economy depends on it. As tourism season kicks off this month, the remote getaway known for dinner theaters, country music concerts and a museum of dinosaur replicas has 2,050 vacancies - and a lack of locals applying.

Okay, that's a lot of open jobs. Sounds like a good plan. But then...

But the plan to bring 1,000 workers from the island to overwhelmingly white, conservative Branson over the next three years has sparked unease, with critics saying that the newcomers will steal work from residents or drag down wages or bump up crime.

Uh....

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There go a bunch of foreigners stealing jobs from those hard working Americans. Americans that never bother to apply for them in the first place, but it's wrong "those people" are applying for those long vacant jobs, because reasons.


There is a large chunk of white America that turns their noses up at a lot of jobs, even though they are chronically unemployed, are on disability with a questionable injury that only seems to act up when work is discussed, or have made careers working in low paying jobs like security or Wal Marting.  They won't, however, take jobs, even better paying jobs in restaurants, housekeeping, or agriculture, because those are somehow beneath them.
 
2018-03-08 09:27:16 AM  

winedrinkingman: JulieAzel626: Anastacya: Branson, MO is actively trying to lure Puerto Ricans to the area for work. Another article on WaPo has these gems:

The economy depends on it. As tourism season kicks off this month, the remote getaway known for dinner theaters, country music concerts and a museum of dinosaur replicas has 2,050 vacancies - and a lack of locals applying.

Okay, that's a lot of open jobs. Sounds like a good plan. But then...

But the plan to bring 1,000 workers from the island to overwhelmingly white, conservative Branson over the next three years has sparked unease, with critics saying that the newcomers will steal work from residents or drag down wages or bump up crime.

Uh....

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There go a bunch of foreigners stealing jobs from those hard working Americans. Americans that never bother to apply for them in the first place, but it's wrong "those people" are applying for those long vacant jobs, because reasons.

There is a large chunk of white America that turns their noses up at a lot of jobs, even though they are chronically unemployed, are on disability with a questionable injury that only seems to act up when work is discussed, or have made careers working in low paying jobs like security or Wal Marting.  They won't, however, take jobs, even better paying jobs in restaurants, housekeeping, or agriculture, because those are somehow beneath them.


It's sad that you believe about white people what your grandparents probably believed about brown people but you think you're less racist because you changed what race you're spewing hate about.
 
2018-03-08 09:35:18 AM  
Please, folks, if you want to help, donate to PRxPR - 100% of your donation is used to help the most critically affected areas in Puerto Rico.
 
2018-03-08 09:36:52 AM  

ComaToast: Mr. Trump, we've been trying to build a wall, but the bricks keep sinking.


Keep using bricks and eventually they stop sinking.
Like building a castle in the swamp.
 
2018-03-08 09:46:17 AM  

rubi_con_man: Puerto Ricans can't vote.

Nobody born in the unincorporated parts of America is a citizen unless their parents are citizens.

The representatives they send to Congress can't vote.

They don't get to vote for President.


Not in Puerto Rico.
They are US citizens and can vote if they register in a mainland district.
Also, the have primary delegates that can vote in party primaries (although there is a problem since mainland interests often buy out those seats, we had a nasty fight to maintain control of our own not too long ago).
Anyone can vote for Puerto Rico's interests in other districts but this assumes they care more about this than local issues. Puerto Rican's voting in New York are just as likely to vote for New York issues even if they prefer a Hispanic rep.

The flaw I see in trying to bus voters from one  district to another in order to influence an election is you have to assume they'll still support a particular party or policy regardless of what incentivized them to move.  If my homeland was so badly wrecked that I had to flee north then I'd likely be more interested in resettling than becoming politically involved in my new home. It's not like you have alot of faith in the system when it literally crumbled around you.

/most of my immediate family moved north a decade ago.
/they still don't vote.
 
2018-03-08 09:52:13 AM  

rubi_con_man: Puerto Ricans can't vote. 

Nobody born in the unincorporated parts of America is a citizen unless their parents are citizens. 

The representatives they send to Congress can't vote.

They don't get to vote for President.


You are completely wrong on points 1 and 2, technically wrong on point 3, and conditionally wrong on point 4.
 
2018-03-08 09:56:31 AM  

rubi_con_man: Puerto Ricans can't vote. 

Nobody born in the unincorporated parts of America is a citizen unless their parents are citizens. 

The representatives they send to Congress can't vote.

They don't get to vote for President.


That is some bullshiat right there. They are too citizens. But you're right on the voting bits. You might go so far as to call it "taxation without representation."
 
2018-03-08 10:33:58 AM  
Poor leftists...so this is what you are putting your hopes into now? Puerto Ricans swaying elections?

How many times do your hopes have to be dashed before you realize you are clueless as to what is going on outside your echo chamber? You'd think you'd learn after being wrong so many times.
 
2018-03-08 11:10:09 AM  
How many Republicans are outraged that Puerto Ricans are coming here without passports or green cards?
 
2018-03-08 11:12:39 AM  
Republicans: But how can Mexicans who live on an island be citizens? Hawaiians aren't citizens. That's how it works, if you're not white and live on an island, you can't be a citizen. It's science.
 
2018-03-08 11:13:39 AM  

JulieAzel626: Anastacya: Branson, MO is actively trying to lure Puerto Ricans to the area for work. Another article on WaPo has these gems:

The economy depends on it. As tourism season kicks off this month, the remote getaway known for dinner theaters, country music concerts and a museum of dinosaur replicas has 2,050 vacancies - and a lack of locals applying.

Okay, that's a lot of open jobs. Sounds like a good plan. But then...

But the plan to bring 1,000 workers from the island to overwhelmingly white, conservative Branson over the next three years has sparked unease, with critics saying that the newcomers will steal work from residents or drag down wages or bump up crime.

Uh....

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There go a bunch of foreigners stealing jobs from those hard working Americans. Americans that never bother to apply for them in the first place, but it's wrong "those people" are applying for those long vacant jobs, because reasons.


Schrodinger's immigrant (I know Puerto Rican's are Americans) simultaneously stealing our jobs and abusing welfare.
 
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