FEMA Administrator Brock Long Explains Puerto Rico Recovery Issues…

The U.S. media are being intentionally obtuse and in some cases downright false in their assertions of the primary problems for Puerto Rico.  CTH has ongoing numerous conversations with recovery and relief efforts around the entire impacted island.

The most consequential logistical issue was port access for the arrival of relief supplies.  That immediate and critical issue was met by the U.S. Defense Department, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.

However as FEMA Director Brock Long outlines in this interview, albeit with diplomatic nuance, the Puerto Rican municipal government system has essentially collapsed.  Government and public sector workers are not showing up to work, and the U.S. military is having to try and fill the roles of local officials within society.

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The culture within the island nation is based around comfortable dependency, and Puerto Ricans are currently showing no capacity to care for themselves, their neighbors, or take action as individual communities to help their own recovery.

There are thousands of tons of relief supplies sitting in ports, 3,000 full containers, with the U.S. army ready to help load up Puerto Rican trucks for local delivery. However, the municipal governments and local transportation officials are not lifting a finger to get these supplies into their communities. WATCH THIS VIDEO BELOW:

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The lifting of the “Jones Act” to allow any flagged ocean carrier to deliver supplies is not needed because the ports are backlogged with ample supplies and fuel while the Puerto Rican government does nothing to transport them.

Neither FEMA, nor the DoD, can be expected to take the place of municipal authorities; yet that is exactly what it appears the Puerto Rican government expects.

FUBAR.

This is what happens when a culture of dependency is allowed to fester over generations. Yes, there are many Puerto Ricans who do not fit that narrow definition, however their numbers are in the minority. The vast majority of island residents have no concept of self-sufficiency, and the municipal workers reflect the same ideological mindset.

Domestic Puerto Rican truck drivers sit at home waiting for FEMA or the U.S. Army to arrive with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meanwhile the cargo of foodstuffs and supplies they should be transporting sits in various Puerto Rican ports waiting for them to show up and do their job.

No amount of aid is going to help Puerto Rico until the people who live there agree to lift a finger and begin to help themselves.

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363 Responses to FEMA Administrator Brock Long Explains Puerto Rico Recovery Issues…

  1. MaineCoon says:

    Brace yourself, Florida. Potential 100,000 Puerto Ricans might immigrate to Florida! Is that legal??

    https://www.elnuevodia.com/english/english/nota/migrationtofloridaafterhurricanemaria-2360820/

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    • Sam Houston says:

      Are you serious??? Please educate yourself on the commonwealth status of Puerto Rico. They are treated as American citizens. We’ve managed to rape the island of all major commerce so it sits in a den of incompetence and thievery.

      THIS is an opportunity to rebuild, invest, and restore thus beautiful place. POTUS has an opportunity to rebuild PR into a very profitable island that is able to repay its debts. if Trump pulls this off, he will win over the 4mill PR voters who live in the States and that will shore up 2020. Once you have the heart of Puerto Ricans they will be forever loyal.

      Source: married to one and have family there now in Aricebo, Ponce and San Juan and they are all waiting to see how Trump plays this out long term.

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      • starfcker says:

        “We’ve managed to rape the island of all major commerce so it sits in a den of incompetence and thievery.” I agree with you, but I doubt it can be turned around. I have yet to see a welfare state, city, whatever, turn itself around. Once you lose the work ethic, and corruption becomes the norm, it seems to be permanent. I could be wrong, would love to be pointed in the direction of one I missed.

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      • Deb says:

        PR was plundered by its own corrupt politicians. It’s another Detroit or Chicago. No need to blame the rest of us.

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      • Troublemaker10 says:

        I agree with the part of your statement about rebuilding. Puerto Rico leans Dem. In the primary they cast 88,000 votes for Dems (Hillary won) and 41,000 votes for repubs (Rubio won big, Trump came in second with 13%). They are US citizens, but can’t vote in general elections unless they are residents in one of the 50 states or DC.

        They did have a Repub Governor in recent years.

        I was opposed to bailout for PR (would be for my own state too). However, now that we are bound to rebuild due to natural disaster, Trump could have an actual long term political impact if his Administration is effective in the rebuilding process.

        According to wiki, there are 5,450,472 Puerto Ricans living in the US
        (1.7% of the U.S. population in 2016). These are voting citizens.
        He needs to be very attentive to any PR needs, and he should make several visits during the course of rebuilding.

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      • carrierh says:

        Having visited Puerto Rico, they are making lots of money off of tourism and yet they have no money? They also don’t want to learn English and expect to live on welfare by our taxes. So, what are they: lazy, waiting to be served, and not helping themselves or their island. The governor is inept, the economy is a disaster because the money comes in and then disappears. They complain instead of hustling and getting the food and other needs picked up and spread around, but prefer to complain, complain, and yet they mostly all own good cars but live in poorly made homes, are not interested in good well-built businesses and buildings, just give me money, money, money and dissing us. Our government was there immediately, other via ships and planes came a wee bit later due to the winds, rains and waves. Reminds me so much of the years I lived in Mexico or easier to complain and blame someone else rather than pulling up your pants and getting things done as our citizens in Texas, Florida and Indiana did. PR citizens have been spoiled and now is the time to make them face reality and take over getting their island back and stop sitting around and dissing us for not doing what they should be doing. I know when we were in PR, there was a lot of debris and trash and poor cleanliness in so many parts meaning they have no self or island pride. We always visit more of any island or country rather than just the usual “tourist” stuff. Tough and they need to tough it out and grow up and take on responsibilities.

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        • Ivette Pol says:

          Not all Puerto Ricans act the same way. My family live in Middle income homes because they got an education and worked very hard. They have generators, gas stove, water, food and supplies for 3 weeks. My sister uses a rotary phone that she plugs on the wall and we speak every day. They get up at 4 am to get on line and buy gas and diesel every day. My 66 year old brother is a Retired Viet Nam Veteran with Agent Orange, Diabetes and a Heart Condition. My 75 year old sister has Breast Cancer, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. Their neighbors are like an extended family. They have been caring for each other and sharing everything they have. So, do not generalize. I agree that some people in P.R. prefer to buy expensive clothing instead of a generator, or gas stove. This is a lesson that they must learn. Survival of the fittest.

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        • Ivette Pol says:

          Keep in mind that P.R. has a large population of legal and illegal immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Some of them sell drugs, play loud music and throw garbage all over the place. I had them as neighbors in NYC and can assure you that I had to call the Police every night because they had parties until dawn. They also left garbage in the hallways expecting the Super to pick it up. I hope that President Trump enforces the immigration Law in P.R. as well. The last time I visited the island was in 2008 to bury my mother and I was very disappointed. We need Zero tolerance in the island.

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      • MaineCoon says:

        “Treated as American citizens?…then why don’t they act like the majority of American citizens who work hard? Why aren’t they reacting to this crisis in the same many as the American citizens in Texas and Florida who worked to help themselves and their neighbors after Harvey & Irma struck?

        “Repay its debts”?? Educate yourself. PR is bankrupt. Mismanaged. Extremely corrupt government.

        President Trump waived the initial 25% fee for crisis managment for Puerto Rico. A bail out. Guess you can guess why. PR is broke. Mismanaged.

        https://www.elnuevodia.com/english/english/nota/trumparrivesinpuertoricoontuesday-2360853/

        You say, “if Trump pulls this off, he will win over the 4mill PR voters who live in the States and that will shore up 2020.” Really?

        “Residents of Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories do not have voting representation in the United States Congress, and are not entitled to electoral votes for President. … Like other territories, Puerto Rico can participate in the presidential primary process. Like other territories, Puerto Rico can participate in the presidential primary process. It holds a primary election in the spring of each presidential election year. Then the parties choose delegates to the Republican and Democratic National Convention, who are pledged to vote at that convention for the winners of Puerto Rico’s primary, but that’s the end of their participation in the presidential election.”

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_voting_rights_in_Puerto_Rico

        You say, “We’ve managed to rape the island of all major commerce so it sits in a den of incompetence and thievery.”

        Middle class Americans have been raped and pillaged of everything they have for the last 3 decades. Most are not interested bailing out any more banks, countries or territories based on the consensus of the posters. America First. Americans have generous hearts and are generous people on the whole, but not when they are just plain being taken advantage of. This article states distasteful facts. The article and the comments speak for themselves. It leaves a bad taste in Americans mouths to bail out those who won’t even help themselves.

        We can’t afford any more freeloaders — be it PR or other countries. As PT has said, other countries need to start paying their share. That goes for PR too.

        You say your relatives are “all waiting to see how Trump plays this out long term.”

        Per SD, “The culture within the island nation is based around comfortable dependency, and Puerto Ricans are currently showing no capacity to care for themselves, their neighbors, or take action as individual communities to help their own recovery.
        There are thousands of tons of relief supplies sitting in ports, 3,000 full containers, with the U.S. army ready to help load up Puerto Rican trucks for local delivery. However, the municipal governments and local transportation officials are not lifting a finger to get these supplies into their communities.”

        While PRs wait around and do nothing to help their situation, it is very sad that they will not assist in the restoration of what most likely is a beautiful island.

        They won’t assist in the restoration of their property, their island, their culture? If they won’t, what incentive does the hard working American taxpayer have to bail them out?

        Shame on them.

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        • Maquis says:

          Shame indeed. Disgustingly pathetic.

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        • tony says:

          i think that i read that over 50% of the pop. is on some kind of welfare in PR. i think that the people with money in PR have already left leaving those who work but dont have enough to leave the island to pay for themselves and the rest.

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          • Blacksmith8 says:

            It is a sad state of affairs. But you don’t have to leave the mainland to find 50% of the pop. doesn’t pay any NET income tax. sniff. Smells like welfare right in our backyard doesn’t it?

            I contend the win is for during the rebuilding which they can’t really escape at this point, we put capitalism in place without the social stooopid. When not if they vote for statehood again, the new state has less than 50% on some kind of welfare.

            If we don’t fix the problem when we have a chance, we are going to continue to be made to pay for the problem over and over again.

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            • Blacksmith8 says:

              aw dang, I just a made an argument for ‘never let a crisis go to waste’
              I hereby apologize to all Treepers past, present, and future and impose a 48 hour sanction on comments from myself.

              Please ignore my remarks as not worthy for your eyes.

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              • Maquis says:

                Opportunity can be exploited by the Wicked, offered by the Righteous, seized by the Wise.

                No sanctions are necessary for suggesting Righteous Wisdom. None at all.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Dream on. Trump has done and can do many things but creating a cultural sea change overnight…turning Puerto Rico into a bustling productive beehive of profitability? Turning a Democratic island that needs constant and large infusions of US largesse just to stay afloat into a Republican profit center that exports capital?
        We are not having much luck returning US industrial centers back into the thriving makers of the world’s best products and they want to return to the old days. Puerto Rico? Good luck.

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      • pageoturner says:

        I call BS. “We’ve managed to rape the island ” Are you kidding? THEIR INCOMPETENCE AND CORRUPTION DID THAT ALL BY THEMSELVES.

        I’ve lived around Puerto Ricans in the US all my 67 years. Generation to generation they’ve been on the public dole, living in their own Spanish speaking enclaves.

        There’s a European PR elite democrats who do well and the rest who are content to let us support them, Who gets raped in that reality?

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        • Ivette Pol says:

          For your information, my family in P.R. as well as in USA are all Professionals and Military. We do not depend from the government, not even for Medical benefits. The ones that retired have their Pensions and Social Security benefits. I live in NYC for 54 years and all my friends have good jobs and some are happily Retired.

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      • Puerto Rico is 4 million welfare cases, always have been and always will be.

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    • eagle931 says:

      MaineCoon: Puerto Ricans are US Citizens so they have every right to move stateside. However, if the predictions of 100,000 moving to Florida comes true we can say goodbye to a Republican majority in that state. That is because, regardless of economic stature, Puerto Ricans are predominantly Democrats.

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      • Ivette Pol says:

        Beg your pardon? I am a grateful Puerto Rican and I will condemn any Puerto Rican who gets help from President Trump and then bites his hand. They better learn from this lesson and wake up and smell the coffee. I am voting for President Trump again and I expect that all Puerto Ricans who relocate to the states show him how much they appreciate his assistance. That is called gratitude.

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    • Ivette Pol says:

      Is it legal for USA Citizens to move from NY to California, or to any state?? You need to get educated my dear. Puerto Ricans are US Citizens from birth and we are not immigrants, we relocate.

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  2. Troublemaker10 says:

    Nolte: CNN Caught Using Fake News to Turn Puerto Rico into Trump’s ‘Katrina’
    http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/09/27/cnn-caught-using-fake-news-turn-puerto-rico-trumps-katrina/

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  3. Jlwary says:

    What I said the link to the lower video? I want to share it, but it’s not going to an original source

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  4. MaineCoon says:

    Any Hollyweirds given $1MM to Puerto Rico yet? Like Jennifer Lopez or maybe Gloria Estefan? Where’s Oprah these days? Madcow Rachel?

    All talk. No action.

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  5. Troublemaker10 says:

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    The island had been, is and indoubtedly will remain Puerto Rico. Just because it has an American zip code doesn’t mean it’s not an archetype Caribbean country. It doesn’t speak English (1990 census showed 20% spoke English) though it’s been a US territory since 1898, it’s broke (2017 deficit was $72 billion), has a massive drug problem, some 13% unemployment…and the list goes on. It was broken before the hurricane, this was just the official nail in its coffin. A more in-depth look at the fiscal basket case can be seen here: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/18/dont-lecture-greece-on-welfare-puerto-rico-usa-is-much-worse/

    I’m still betting that the mess the hurricane caused will be the lever to get Puerto Rico in as the 51st state, the sympathy trip the US citizens will be exposed to by the Rats looking to guarantee 4 more Rat Senstors and a gaggle of Rat reps and the tsunami of cash that will flood the island will grease the skids. DC will be the next ‘state’ to be created and that will seal Congress’s fate.

    The island’s without power and unlike New Orleans or Houston I’m seeing it as more difficult as it’s not so much restoring the grid as building a new one, the old one was more patchwork than state -of-the-artwork. Their ineffectual politicians and inability to provide basic services to their constituents is no secret, it’s been known and ignored here by both parties in Congress, it’s sorta like DC but with better food. Watch the howling about how much of the aid we send gets dyolen, just like in NOLA after Katrina. Watch PR slowly slide backwards after we pay yo rebuild it, we send them over $21-billion a year now, how much more will we provide and for how long? And you know we’ll end up paying off their $72-billion debt, that’s a gimme.

    Get ready to see the Treasury bleed as we refit our 51st state.

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    • Jimmy Jack says:

      This is exactly my concern as well. We will be guilt tripped into adding them as a state and footing the entire bill to rebuild PR from the ground up.

      The fact they voted as heavily for Rubio as they did as compared to Trump tells me they see themselves as Hispanic first and maybe when we’re lucky American second. This does not bode well for future voting patterns.

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      • Maquis says:

        No Statehood without Adulthood!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        The Rats have had an active fifth column in PR for a long time, slowly working to convince the population that they’d be better off as a Democratic state than a commonwealth. They’ve been convincing more and more residents that they could be a true ‘commonwealth’ as a state, they could make the wealth of over 300-million Americans their common property. OK, just that part of the 300-million working and paying taxes but if they dig around in the couch cushions there’s still some wealth out there.
        PR would go a long way to guaranteeing that the same garbage the Founders wrote the Cobstitution to protect us from would regain cobtrol of the government and keep it for the forseeable future…or at least until it became Balkanized or Mexico North. Add DC to the mix and the last nail’s in, a never ending flood of Bill/Hillarys, Maxine waters, Schumers, Obamas…

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      • Lindenlee says:

        You have to understand that Spanish-speakers are tremendously provincial about their language and culture. It is impervious to chamge, as is the corruption that is endemic. This is true throughout the SS world, and former Spanish colonies…even Guam and the Phillipines.

        They will NEVER speak English in the home, they are largely captives of Catholocism, which tells them they should breed without regard to ability to support children, they are infected with the “padron” attitude (feudalism), wherein they hate the Padron but are entitled to his support, & yet will do anything to cheat him. It is the complete antithesis of the white Anglo-Saxon, northern European work ethic and self-sufficiency. THIS WILL NEVER CHANGE, AND it won’t change because the mindset is fatalistic and provincial.

        Cut them loosw. We have no obligation to help those who will not help themselves. There is a reason that Puerto Ricans are despised where ever they live.

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        • Ivette Pol says:

          I own my Co op and all my family members own their homes, cars and bank accounts. I don’t know where are you from; but, I can tell that you are a narrow minded person and probably never visited NYC. My Teacher’s Retirement Pension and SS check pay my bills, not the government. You are absolutely wright by saying that USA has no obligation to help us; however, if they set the standards straight; then, people will have to study and get a job in a certain amount of time. This dependency pattern is a product of our Democrat Leaders and some people felt for it. It’s time to move on.

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  7. Compare and contrast PR with Texans

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  8. Watcher says:

    Puerto Rico is about the same size and population as Connecticut 3.5 million and most of the cities are on the ocean. Interior is sparsely populated. The main roads could be opened in a day by some seabees or a Puerto Rican construction company. Most relief supplies are already in ports so not far from most cities. Water, food, and generator fuel are most important, electric and cellphone second. If a few power line construction companies from the U.S. are needed I am sure they will oblige. It would not surprise me if FEMA has not already contacted some utility experts.
    There is something else is going on, like BS. I think msm and dems are going to get this one shoved up their you know what when President Trump decides to.

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  9. CarolynH says:

    The lies being spread about PR are over the top and it behooves us all to fan out and fight back with facts. The NY Post article tonight on all the feral dogs who were washed away makes a point to say 3.4 million are w/o services and a “upscale” mall is already back in business and claims because the Coast Guard and government has a 6 – 6 curfew in place and people are looting that the American Government has abandoned PR. This is a blatant falsehood. We are not only helping PR, but also Virgin Islands and Dominica and others. Where the the UN? Not a peep about that worthless body helping the non-American islands.

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  10. Maijuris says:

    There are some misconceptions about what is going on. Since last week, people start to clean an reconstruct theirs neighborhoods and homes. Here we have a lot of old people. Most of the young profesionals left the island, some time ago. The lines to buy gasoline and diesel can take you 6 to 7 hrs and if you are lucky, can only buy $10.00 worth of gasoline. That can only last for the trip to the gas station and some hours worth for the powerplant. Then you have to spent the same amount of time to get the money (cash) from the atm. So mostly, you need at least, some 14 hours to be able to have some cold water to manage the intense heat and have enough gasoline to search for an able gas station. There is no comunication so people like to take care off their parents and old members of their family. That take a lot of time. A lot of people show to work, but have to be send back, because of the amount of time and money that have to be invested to get there. We already have people who committed suicide. Right now, I am preparing to go at 6:00 a.m. to make a line to buy gasoline. My sleep and food intake pattern are completely altered, so I have to conclude that there is a lot of people like me (without sleep).

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    • Mr. Cinder knows people on the island and, sadly, would concur with all of this. hard to show up for work, when you have a tree laying in your driveway or on your car. hard to show up for work when school is not in session, so certain companies are setting up makeshift daycares at the plants so that people can come to work and have a solution for dealing with the children, people having to spend their day and their cash searching for fuel, groceries, drinking water. it all is a complete FUBAR. Tough situation. Hard to spread the word when there is zero electricity and next to zero communications.

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    • Michael says:

      “Most of the young profesionals left the island, some time ago.”

      This.

      Until/unless there exist opportunities on the islands for motivated people to make their living it is only going to get worse. The people with any ambition at all tend to leave as soon as they are able. Same with parts of Chicago, Baltimore, yada yada. Same reason people leave rural America and move to the cities.

      President Trump is the only hope inasmuch as he is essentially the only force for economic growth in this part of the world.

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  11. Maijuris says:

    We, the common people can’t manage the political intricacies. So please, at these moment, spare us the comments about, we being lasy and don’t want to work or that we want other people to do everything for us. It’s not true and it hurts a lot.

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  12. JAS says:

    We know the ports are full but do they know? There are zero comms down there except for one AM station, and it’s not a republican on the mic…..

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  13. JAS says:

    “FDA Works To Prevent Global Drug Shortages From Damage To Puerto Rico Factories”

    Another problem from Maria in PR. And this one affects everyone, not just PR. PR is one of the largest Pharma manufacturing places in the US and the FDA is saying that life saving drugs might be in critically short supply across the US and the world.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2017/09/26/fda-expands-role-to-prevent-puerto-rico-sourced-drug-shortages-after-hurricane-maria/#7c0cba4a3f5d

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  14. JAS says:

    I just contacted someone in PR and he asked me to contact FEMA and tell them that there is a critical shortage of 55 gallon polyethylene drums, the blue ones with the removable lid. They desperately need thousands of these drums.

    With those people in PR can collect rain water, and store drinking water and fuel for generators. Thousands of these drums are needed. If any of you know how to contact FEMA directly for this kind of thing please do so or post the contact information here. I went to their website and did not find a contact link.

    Thanks and God bless.

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  15. Daniel says:

    A dependent government body cannot lead. A dependent people cannot take care of themselves.

    So welfare hurts people and ruins government?

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    • cdquarles says:

      Indeed. This is what happened here in the mainland. Back during Jim Crow (not just a Southern thing and mostly a Democrat thing), the strong willed and able bodied left the farms to go to the nearby cities (Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Montgomery, and more) then to the North. Once there, they had to deal with thugs and other hostility. Those that made it did quite well, and those who didn’t, unfortunately, didn’t. Then the Ds began to make life even harder for business. Some of the Southern politicians got smart. Eventually the ‘brain drain’ to the North stopped (1960s/70s) and began to reverse (80s). Unfortunately, ‘the War on Poverty’, which was anything and everything but ‘the War on Poverty’ furthered destruction of the family and the culture throughout the country. Don’t blame ‘drugs’, they were legal throughout human history until the ‘progressives’ gained power. Criminalizing commerce makes enterprising people be called criminals. Blame governments.

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  16. gunsmithkat says:

    It looks like it’s going to wind up as a Military Protectorate of the United States, since it obviously doesn’t have the funds or the capable manpower to rebuild a working society. Better than Iraq I suppose, they won’t have to face armed insurgents.

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    • Daniel says:

      That may be the right approach. The fact is, we know what we’re dealing with in terms of people. They clearly have no long tradition in the form of government standards we have in the US and they can’t be expected to run themselves as US Americans. While there may well be some exceptional individuals there, government is best established to suit the most common denominator of the group.

      We have seen this in other countries where the west had attempted “nation building” and Liberia has a repetitive history of being established and developed as a first-world state only to turn it over to the people which results it complete deterioration.

      The reality which people need to accept is that for a white-western form of government to work, the population must have an IQ average of about 100. Those groups with a standard deviation lower almost always exhibit the inability to fully integrate. And so long as they are a manageable minority, it can still be made to work. But when that group becomes a majority member of the whole, things will break down.

      Group IQ is really important when it comes to group preferences and group priorities. The larger the IQ, the more value the group sees in longer term planning and investment. Things like emergency preparation and infrastructure (both of which are highly significant in this case) make the difference between a recovery such as that seen in Florida and that seen in Puerto Rico.

      The local population has an average IQ of Puerto Rico is 84.

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      • Lindenlee says:

        This is probably the only site where you will not be lambasted for being an “elitist”. IQ is important, along with a northern European/protestant work ethic and moral code. It is just not present in former Spanish colonies. I know, I live in Mexico much of the year, and have traveled extensively in Latin America. And fatalism is deeply rooted in the societal psyche as well.

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        • Daniel says:

          It’s not really elitism. IQ is at least partially heritable and partially quality of environment both physical and mental/emotional. The average IQ of black people in the US is over 10 points higher than the same people in Africa. That more or less points to that combination of heritability and environmental factors. After all, if it were fully environment, then we’d likely see a much more dramatic improvement than only 10 points and what’s more, as the white population of the US goes, we should have also witnessed a surge in IQ as the environment and civilization improved and that’s just not the case either — in fact white IQs have dropped slightly for ‘inexplicable’ reasons which I tend to believe is cultural and environmental. The studies on all of this are very clear, however.

          And why it’s not elitism is not any sort of fatalistic view which condemns people. If you have ever seen someone in a job where they are not adequate or capable, then you know it is a formula for bad things to follow. They will fail and cause harm and quite often attempt to be a victim and blame others for it. On the other hand, when people are working in a way which fits their capacity and inclinations, they are most often quite happy and fulfilled and people.

          IQ does not have any affect on whether or not a person can be happy, healthy or productive. And it’s not elitism to admit that you wouldn’t want someone with an IQ of 80 or below to be a doctor managing your health or a lawyer representing you in court. It would be stupid if you didn’t recognize that reality. And the task of putting together a civilization and maintaining a regional government is NOT a trivial matter and factually risks even more lives and futures than doctors and lawyers.

          There are forms of government which are suitable for different types of people. IQ is a fairly good predictor of which forms of government work best. But any form of society which places an intellectual burden on people who are suited always leads to the same series of disasters. We see the results of that burden every single day in this country.

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      • Snow White says:

        You hit the nail on the head, that’s why PR is corrupt and a mess. Let’s hope 100,000 do not move to Florida, because the state will become purple.

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  17. Steve in Titusville FL says:

    Trump temporarily lifts Jones Act to bolster Puerto Rico relief .

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/352822-sanders-jones-act-has-been-lifted

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  18. James W Crawford says:

    If it would not support the “Trump’s Katrina” narrative, i woyld let Peurto rico starve.

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  19. James W Crawford says:

    The military is expert in logistics. That is why 90,000 tons of suppliers are sitting on the docks.
    Get some SeaBees in their with dozers to clear the roads, and bring in military trucks or drive comandeered trucks.

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  20. Nobull says:

    And I just watch a clip of Cuomo from CNN blasting Trump for not doing enough for Puerto Rico… the media will never tell the truth about Trump. Only bad lies.

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  21. PR has about 45% of the island on social welfare, paid for by mainland taxpayers, and they experience paid at US cost-of-living rates which is a lot to them. I had them as neighbors in NYC and can check you that I had to margin call the Police every Night because they had parties until morning.

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