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A Case of forced Union: How Dems used Puerto Rico as Socialist Petri Dish

Posted in Opinion (Political), puerto rico politics, socialism in us, puerto rico government, puerto rico statehood, HR 2499 on April 29, 2010 by AN Security

“Things are seldom what they seem, skim milk masquerades as cream…”

Stop thinking Puerto Rico as just some warm place where you can spend your $$ while sipping a fruity drink with an umbrella sticking out of the glass.

Shacking up is never a good deal. It tips the balance of power leaving one side hanging on waiting for legitimacy while the other continues to victimize the other. At first, Puertorrican leaders wanted to assure independence after the Spanish American war but got a different deal instead. Having been liberated from Spanish rule, the colony ended up in a relationship where it was set up for failure from day one.  Now count one hundred years from that moment and tell me what you see.

Just so we’re clear, this post is not about trying to get word out that something is going on as though it is a surprising event because it is an old political issue and most Americans have never wanted to pay attention to it until now. Of course the fact that whatever Glenn Beck put out on his radio – which I listen to the following morning – or his television program gets a lot of publicity. Perhaps this should have been presented to the public long ago but I know Glenn hasn’t been around that long and neither have I. The deal with Puerto Rico’s inability to arrive at a decision on whether to join the union or remain a colony – call it free associated state, it doesn’t matter the name. It is still an entity with full citizenship but no congressional representation – the real problem is cultural first then political and soon will be served before you.

To be honest, I think it’s a dependency game that the master has decided to break off now that the experiment is pretty Many people will disagree with this concept but hear me out. When the HR 2499 story came out it rated small blurbs online, one letter to the editor on the Washington Times and nothing else. There was no outrage or big news bells and whistles going off but that’s okay. That was back around fall-winter 2009 and Mr. Obama had not taken over the reigns but its time would come.  There is something about every one hundred years that just screams for freedom. Sometimes it’s a nice surprise behind door # 1 but we end up with chaos, revolution, war instead. This is no different. The issue was lack of  understanding because to most Americans the problem was just some abstraction best handled by Washington, just like everything else. So here it is and now everyone is upset about what a rogue Congress is proposing to do. And don’t forget to tie this into the current situation in Arizona where illegal aliens have practically overrun the state and endangered its citizens with high crime rates and other social malladies. The time is right to dig deep into the bandoliere and search for that special ammo the progressive scum have been saving for so long. Here it is. But first a few things I’d like to dispell some historical and factual inconsistencies.

The island really is still a Spanish colony in heart and mind and it never was allowed to be integrated fully into mainstream American culture or politics. It was allowed to grow at its own pace, reaching its industrial boom (or revolution) following WWII and allowed to become psychologically independent from the US. Forget that the local political leadership wanted to bargain for independence after the Spanish American war and the best deal that both sides could come up with (no actually the US shoved this deal they could not refuse) was to become what it is today. Puerto Rico’s government though modeled after the US Constitution still bears some marks from the old Spanish form of governance and often the European socialist mentality clashes with the way the US does business. The establishment of a dependent ‘state’ with benefits that do not extend to congressional representation, I’ll say again that was wrong in the first place and was done as such on purpose. You can’t have viable crises or examples of discrimination to exploit without a victim, can you? In this case it’s about4 million people who will be affected, not counting how the tipping of the balance of power now will affect other states of the union. As a side argument,

The initiative has been pushed hard by Steny Hoyer – my fingers feeling dirty just typing his name – This is not going to be one of my most comprehensive posts but hey, you can always look this up on your own. I’m not holding anyone hostage. The first thing I’d like to clarify is

PUERTO RICANS PAY TAXES….LOTS AND LOTS OF TAXES

Amazingly enough locals are just as curiously ignorant of their taxation agreements with the mainland US and probably can’t mention how they pay these taxes. Puerto Rico is subject to all taxes paid to the federal government with the exception of federal income tax but that’s really no break because they do pay into the dreaded social security and medicare through payroll deductions and imported goods to name a few.  Also if local residents work for the federal government there they pay federal income taxes. The local state tax is pretty high considering the average annual salary is around $25k and the goverment is the largest employer on the island. The great “Paro nacional” a few months ago shut down the island as scores of people walked away from their jobs which was mostly government so everything stopped. There is no such thing as a budget and prices for everything have been on a sickeningly upward move. What goes up must come crashing down. That’s the way it goes. Notice how the hardcore socialists are licking their chops and waiting for the cue to jump in and seal the deal. It’s about the biggest tree on the yard and all the other plants are going to die.

So no, Puerto Rico does not reject the prospect of statehood because they want to shirk their taxation, on the contrary, they think their cultural identity will be taken away which is a fallacy. They’re probably taxed as much as Californians and their incomes and cost of life issues even worse. Multiculturalism there has destroyed their real culture and given way to high crime, drug murders and overall destruction of the family. Liberalism has been at play from day one and it’s done a great job.

If you don’t want to live in a welfare state and you’re outraged at the abusive treatment of a people on a small island it’s 100 years too late unless you pick up the phone and tell your congressmen to wake up, look up history and see that what is about to take place will extend beyond just granting Puerto Rico state status. Ethically and morally it was the right thing to do 100 years ago but that wasn’t in the cards. The progressive movement, and now I’m really tired of hearing the term, needed to test the strategy and a small, out-of-the-way foreign speaking former colony was a perfect petri dish. The beaurocracy is so massive on this small island that even the buildings can accommodate thousands of people and that should tell the observer just how dependent these people are on government. It’s not exactly that they want it as the local government is so inept and corrupt and though the voters know it they still vote them in because of name recognition or political ignorance. They vote along party lines and it’s all better then complain then start the dependency cycle all over again.

This legislation is about the most blatant act to further disenfranchise – and mind you I never use that word ever – and actually perpetuates the discriminatory and ‘racial’ – treatment of Puertoricans. The liberals set up the system of dependency that will always make these people look like a bunch of lazy moochers who only want to get money from the federal government and don’t want to work. If the feds would stay the hell out of the Commonwealth and out of the states’ sovereignty and allow for free markets to flourish again then there would be no need to dump public funds into everything! The Progressive Party (Blue) hides behind the Republican shield while the Popular (People’s is the correct translation) Democratic Party (Red) fights for Commonwealth status to remain even though they are card-carrying FDR libs themselves, perhaps a notch above the progressive part but not by much. The independence party bears a green flag but I’m sure you’re not interested in that right now.

The New Progressive Party  while very much pro-American and pro-statehood, is really another brand of liberalism. These guys have been using scare tactics, violence and voter fraud since the turn of the 20th century. Don’t be fooled into believing these people are conservatives because they call themselves Republicans….a name is just a name until we see their deeds. This is the proof. There is a huge labor union presence on the island (yes SEIU runs hotels/plus teamsters just to name a few) so you should know right away that things can get violent if the right triggers are applied. The People’s (Popular) Democratic Party in the meantime, as well-intentioned as it is, has always played the social justice card and advocates just as much government control as the PNP.  The party of Bread, Liberty and Homeland is socialism as soft-porn, just a little less violent but nonetheless pro-big government. They’re no help kind of like RINOs. They don’t break the law with that in-your-face attitude then when caught whistle a nice tune and tap their feet while thugs work you over for distraction. If this bill passes the economic situation on the island will spiral completely out of control and that’s just a breath away believe me, as scores of people are on the verge of being unemployed because of lack of government jobs, lack of industries that create real jobs and increasing cost of living! This is the final blow for America because as I reported before this is all an experiment and believe me, the stuff growing in that petri dish is oozing over the edge and spilling all over the place. It will travel faster than you think. Today, call your representative and stop a great injustice. Any of you Republicans in Congress voting for this atrocity will pay dearly as you are about to unleash great harm upon this great land. And don’t get me started on the illegal aliens taking over the mainland because it’s already happening on this little island…here comes the blob people! Whatever the left does do not fall for this fantastic account later on this summer when they claim that not allowing PR to become a state is racist! Do not fall for that trap. Fight this because it’s opening the door for much more and we’re not in a good position right now.

You may want to re-read Dining with Uber Libs it may have been a funny piece to some people at the time, but I was doing my best to bring in some focus into this problem. Now we can see just how connected and how relevant this situation is and should have been monitoring it long ago. It is everybody’s problem.

Dining with Uber Libs II: Puerto Rico’s struggle against privatization of government jobs

Posted in Opinion (Political), propaganda, puerto rico politics, puerto rico trash, puerto rico government, obamacare, puerto rico statehood, HR 2499, bailout for puerto rico on February 17, 2010 by AN Security

Right before the story on HR 2499 came to light – and was summarily ignored by the media until a few days ago – I caught this headline on El Nuevo Día newspaper. This piece was published and pulled back in November 2009 as I was occupied with a family emergency and never got it back on so my bad but honestly, I simply thought no one or few people would give a damn, so I set it aside for more tweaking then my mom died so I figured the situation was not going to go away either way. Still this should be a good example of where things may go if the bill passes into law and serves as the prelude to our current situation in that the island’s finances have gone out of control and a drastic bailout plan must be implemented. Did I say bailout? How silly of me…that stuff only happens within CONUS, right? That and I was on the island right after the Paro Nacional I mentioned in a previous post which in many ways is tied to this push for the HR2499. This story is worth taking a few minutes to translate.

Privately contracted janitors shine in their absence: many have not reported for work where they are needed.”

There is a job crisis going on in Puerto Rico just as everywhere else. The fact that on this island the state government is the largest employer makes the matter even more significant. Recent layoffs spurred on a massive protest march (Paro Nacional) that was a pretty big deal because it shut down roads and frankly nothing really moved that day but the protestors. Down here the ultimate objective for a citizen is to work for the government, after all, government has all the resources, right?

So what happens when government knows it has been spending too much and cannot afford to pay its employees? They cut back on personnel. This is a reduction in force, a concept that is not lost on Americans but when about 80% or more of the population work for the government then the outrage makes sense. It also makes sense how scary the public sector is in comparison. Before I continue with my little story about unionized state teachers bitching about contract janitors let’s focus first on what is called:

La Ley #7 or “Ley Especial Declarando Estado de Emergencia Fiscal y Estableciendo Plan Integral de Estabilización Fiscal para Salvar el Crédito de Puerto Rico”

In English: “The special law to declare a state of fiscal emergency and to establish an integrated plan of fiscal stabilization in order to save the credit standing of Puerto Rico”  (you may take a deep breathe now).

Did somebody get paid a bonus for coming up with this name? I’m sure they did! There is a link to a listing of all the agencies and private-sector entities that would be affected or involved in this fiscal re-alignment of the island’s budget deficit. There is a government bank here by the way Banco de Fomento in case these people need a little help from their former employer and government-run health care is also involved (has been for a long time).

That’s the law that regulates ‘fiscal’ emergencies (like when one shops on credit then fails to pay at the end of the month?) made into law March 2009 (wow, that’s fast!). There is a site where government workers can call and check to see if they’ve been cut and apply for assistance and all that jazz. I just want to make sure I explain that I’m in no way poking fun at this situation, I am however making some serious comparisons between what happens at the smallest level (an island with about 4 million people) and the larger picture (mainland US with a population of 308,088,214 according to the US Census). Back to my story.

Here’s another point to examine just for fun. The governor of Puerto Rico Luis aka Milhouse Fortuño was nominated to the Council of Governors advisory board by Obama in February, does anyone remember that? I guess not.  Makes one wonder what deal was struck for a bailout over some sort position in the Obama administration. This is how it’s done on the island trust me. When former governors run for senate seats after they’ve exhausted their terms then serve as resident commissioners just to have a seat in Washington (wonder if that’s really a silent vote). Then the rumors about Fortuño as a possible presidential hopeful began to float about the news and the web and even a ticket with Sarah Palin was tossed into the proverbial stew pot; but only to most of our amusement.

So about the teachers; they complained they had to clean their own classrooms and that the new cleaners were a no-show or had limited work schedules. The contracts have been awarded and work should have commenced. Do I see fraud, waste and abuse of contracts here? Maybe or is it just bad management? While the folks who performed cleaning work in schools go home on early leave and abandon their jobs or took severance payments the private workers have to contend with the prospect that they will not be welcomed as they are seen as the enemy who took away jobs. But they’re probably better paid and have better benefits. This is truly a bad situation everywhere you look even on the surface the slimy film is forming. Little by little progressivism is doing away with what used to be a healthy economy…sort of reminiscent of another island not too far away where ‘change’ was needed to erase the ills caused by capitalism. Goodbye private industry, welcome big government.

“I’m sure the privately-hired people will not be as enterprising as our public-sector employees as they have been part of the school community for so long.”

I’m sure one janitor can clean as well as the other. This is the liberal mind at work.

Note:

Socialist agenda groups such the unions are impatiently waiting to take over government. But I’m sure you’ve figure this out already. This is how these people think of the private sector:

http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/829

If you want to make a change someplace you need to practice or put it to work at a small scale to see how it does. I would call this island a petri dish of sorts, where the population is not exactly captive but severely dependent on government and where the collective attitude will usually favor big government. It’s been about a hundred years but the effort really took off before WWII. I’ve observed that since Obama took office federal job hiring campaigns have gone up, especially for volunteer work. How interesting, as the private sector jobs dry out due to this economic rapture maybe the connection is there; eliminate our options so that we have no choice but to depend on government. That experiment is working beautifully in this small lab. Imagine what that will be on a greater scale.

Dining with Uber Libs: surviving in hostile territory

Posted in Opinion (Political), puerto rico politics, socialism in us on December 1, 2009 by AN Security

My eldest brother is excited about his new iPhone thingy. On the drive home from his lawyer’s office as he drove with one hand he managed to work the phone’s pad with the other hand, swerving a bit. He showed me a picture of a couple and a baby standing next to Obama. He had downloaded it from a childhood friend’s computer because the friend said the woman in the picture was his daughter holding his grandkid and her husband a Secret Service agent. The picture made sense then. His friend is excited about it he shows it to everyone. When I asked him how long the son-in-law has been with the service my brother said a while and he knew this because his friend made sure to ask his daughter not to show the picture of the family posing with George W. Bush to anyone.

He didn’t want to ruin their reputation, he said.

I made a comment I won’t repeat here but I had to look out the window at passing cars instead as we waited for the traffic light to change. Watching paint would have been more comforting. So I changed the subject. The radio announcer quipped about a rumor that the current Puerto Rican governor, Mr. Luis Fortuño would be running for president on Sarah Palin’s ticket in 2012. Mr. Fortuño enjoys as much hatred from the populace as does Mrs. Palin (at least from the kook left, but not for the same reasons) so the pairing kind of made sense; as a joke of course. However I’ve read the story in the news and on the web a lot so it started to sound a bit disturbing. My brother shook his head.

“Oh, that Palin, I don’t know about her. I think it would be a bad mistake to let her run for anything.”

The passing cars no longer interested me.

“What do you mean? How do you know about her?”

“Well, on television programs I’ve watched. In the news…”

“Yeah, but what is the problem with Palin?”

“Uh, well, she’s just not that apt to run anything of importance…now that Hillary…I’d be happy to support her!”

“You obviously don’t know anything about US politics. Hillary isn’t even qualified to run her own household, let alone a country.”

“Well, yeah, Palin is just bad…”

I wasn’t about to waste time with this conversation but just as I was about to launch my best argument against nothing, he turned up the volume on the radio, playing some annoying song. I just looked at him.

“So, is our conversation over?”

“No, I want to drown out that loud music from two cars over!”

Uh huh. I asked him if he wanted to go out for steaks and the music ceased.

“Sure!”

I’d allow my capitalist money to buy lunch, no problem. We can pick this up some other time but for the most part when I mention socialism and their state of dependency I get three different reactions. But I’ll leave that for another day. I’ve been bombarded by the sights and sounds of big government I’m really tired, and curious, and shocked and worried. Little itchy bumps have a tendency to grow into big bloated rashes that spread all over. So I’ve been studying this problem from the smallest and observing its development in a larger scale and there is reason to worry.

I feel like Julie Andrews and Paul Newman in Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain in that I must be the only conservative amongst 3 to 4 million people. Talk about hostile territory. In the movie, the good guys have to fight their way out of East Germany. I grew up surrounded by socialists. I broke away from that and come back and visit and see it’s stronger now.

If you don’t think that socialism is possible, that it cannot take hold of our lives stealthily, think again. This process can take a hundred years easily. Well, in Puerto Rico a little more than one hundred years have passed. It’s like looking into a petri dish of things to come on a greater scale and it’s spreading. Always pay attention to the smallest things; they sometimes reveal the greater changes to come.

I’m not done telling this story.