Trump Lashes Out at Puerto Rico Mayor:  After receiving criticism for his administration’s slow response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, Donald Trump lashed out at San Juan’s mayor by complaining that “they want everything to be done for them.”

Maybe he has a point.  I mean - come on, it isn’t as if they just suffered massive infrastructure damage, loss of life, have no electricity, very little safe drinking water, food shortages and toxic sewage is overflowing out all over the place.   Oh wait…   

When reporters questioned whether Mr Trump could truly relate to the suffering in Puerto Rico, an angry White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters “the President knows exactly what its like to be out of water and electricity, pointing out that he was once out golfing on one of his golf courses, only to discover somewhere around the 13th hole that he was completely out of bottled water.”  

“To make matters worse, his cellphone battery was completely dead - making it impossible for him to call and have someone replenish his stock.  Finding himself to be extremely thirsty, the President had no alternative but to drink right out of one of those dirty public drinking fountains.  Don’t tell me our President doesn’t understand hardship!”

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Comment by moki ikom on October 1, 2017 at 12:07am

Maybe Trump can convince Puerto Ricans that they have a role in #maga, something to contribute to his #maga... but i don't think he can make that stretch, afterall he has a sixth sense when it comes to bankruptcy so since unlike his own bankruptcy bailouts Trump is sure that Puerto Rico's 70bln debt to u.s. hedgefunds, private equities, Wall Street shysters and gamblers won't have Russian oligarchs coming to the rescue.

It's a great opportunity for Puerto Ricans to see just how much the United States really wants Puerto Rico:

''' Historically, there have been three political parties in Puerto Rico, each one associated with a political status: commonwealth, independence, and statehood. The “commonwealth” party has for some time had a “sovereigntist” faction, and the 2016 gubernatorial candidate for this party is a member of that faction. With recent Supreme Court decisions making it completely clear that the idea of an “enhanced commonwealth” is impossible,some in the “commonwealth” party are now supporting the idea of Pue...

A Free Associated State or FAS is an independent nation with a special relationship with the United States. There are currently three of these: the Republic of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

All three use the American dollar for their currency, receive some financial support from the U.S., and have a promise of military defense from the U.S. in exchange for a promise not to allow any other country military access. The people of the FASs are able to work in the United States and to serve in the U.S. military. But each one has a different relationship with the United States, with different specific rights and obligations, which has been negotiated between the U.S. and the FAS. Each agreement has to be renegotiated regularly, and all the agreements must be approved by Congress. The length of time between negotiations is generally only 15 years, and most of the agreements expire automatically if they are not renegotiated. Palau’s agreement has no expiration date, but must be revisited in 15 years, 15 more years, and 10 more years beyond that. The amounts of financial support for the FASs have been reduced at each renegotiation, and movement toward complete independence is often encouraged.

The U.S. and the Free Associated States also have the ability to leave the relationship without the agreement of the other party at any time.

The White House Task Force on Puerto Rico defines FAS in this way:

Free Association is a type of independence. A compact of Free Association would establish a mutual agreement that would recognize that the United States and Puerto Rico are closely linked in specific ways as detailed in the compact. Compacts of this sort are based on the national sovereignty of each country, and either nation can unilaterally terminate the association.

In order to become a Free Associated State, Puerto Rico would have to become independent and then negotiate the terms of the relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Some of the things the “commonwealth” party has recommended in a new FAS are ideas that never materialized under “commonwealth” or have yet to be approved by Congress, such as dual citizenship with the ability to travel on either a U.S. or a Puerto Rican passport; a guarantee of continued financial support for 30 years in addition to continued participation in Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare; and revocation of the laws requiring Puerto Rico to use U.S. ships and crews.

A Free Associated State cannot set the terms of the agreement or make them permanent. The United States could refuse to allow the people of a new Free Associated State of Puerto Rico to keep U.S. citizenship, for example, or could limit financial support. If Puerto Rico were unable to negotiate acceptable terms with the U.S., the only recourse would be to refuse the FAS relationship and become completely independent. Puerto Rico would no longer be a territory of the United States, and statehood would no longer be an option. ''' --

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Maybe China could pay off PR's debt as PR makes a compact of free association with China funding PR into the 21stCE:  becoming another example of what China can make of ruins about which the U.S. doesn't really give much of a damn, or else ruins ((ala Africa, u.s. proxy wars)  like much of Syria and Libya created to be abandoned in satisfying the U.S. penchant for regime change everywhere but at home.

Comment by moki ikom on October 1, 2017 at 12:31am

Secretary of State Colin Powell Memorandum to Belize Embassy concerning “possible Puerto Rican Requests for Recognition” May 16, 2003.  The Department is aware that Puerto Rican government officials have approached a number of countries . . . seeking treatment normally only accorded to a sovereign state.

President George H.W. Bush, Memorandum of November 30, 1992, Federal Register, Vol. 57, No. 232.  Puerto Rico is a self-governing territory of the United States whose residents have been United States citizens since 1917 and have fought valorously in five wars in the defense of our Nation and the liberty of others. . . .  As long as Puerto Rico is a territory . . . the will of its people regarding their political status should be a...[.] -

Comment by Johnny Robish on October 1, 2017 at 4:59am

Very interesting post.  One thing is for sure, after this devastation (along with the financial crises), it will surely bring the situation to a head once and for all. 

Comment by koshersalaami on October 1, 2017 at 5:43am

If China took on Puerto Rico as a client state it would serve Trump right. They could put a base there. 

Comment by Johnny Robish on October 1, 2017 at 5:53am

True, however, I'm not sure China would actually do something that provocative. 

Comment by Boanerges on October 1, 2017 at 7:13am

Well, there's also that golf course (Trump branded) that went bankrupt, dumping the debt on the back of Puerto Ricans (to the tune of $32 million or so). He bought in to a foundering operation, discovered he couldn't "save" it and in true Trump fashion ... walked away.

Comment by Johnny Robish on October 1, 2017 at 8:41am

Yea, it's simply never ending with this guy.  Just read he tweeted that Tillison is "wasting his time" being in talks with North Korea.  Who says things like that - esp publically?

Comment by J.P. Hart on October 1, 2017 at 11:15am

Just don't know. Albeit most days I can only meditate, maybe my FOB breathalyzer here at Afterthought, LLC will breakthrough like hot cakes and, before the snow flies, we'll be able to establish a snowbird venue in San Juan.  Some of our twenty-somethings are (easy for us over-the-types to remain slaves to logic) some of the 'kids' are ennui-enraptured and need to get out of the eminent 40 year Madison winter. Where was I? Oh, more brainstorms.  Too much of this 'day after' panic and clash of personalities. 

As a poet, now, I'll address with a lyrical creative nonfiction, Children of Rubble. Be assured that at the very least we're attempting to finesse delivery (airdrop) crates of our solar umbrellas.
Special loud-voice THANKS to Steve Forbes, Elon Musk, and Bill Maher.
Comment by Johnny Robish on October 1, 2017 at 11:32am

There you go!

Comment by J.P. Hart on October 1, 2017 at 11:59am

and thank you Johnny Robish for your on-going presentations.

 I'm no meteorologist.  However it's high time we approached Mother Nature as bi-polar.  You know the evil and the good, baddadoowhah:)


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