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Blog October 4 2021 #6

It’s Biden’s move in the negotiations to grant Puerto Rico ‘free association’ status*

Those who follow Puerto Rico’s status problem know the debate in Puerto Rican and American political circles has been controlled by traditional politics for decades. Political parties in Puerto Rico block each other’s advances, ultimately leading to nothing happening. Of course, for those who benefit politically and economically from the status quo, doing nothing to solve the centuries-long colonial problem of Puerto Rico is acceptable.

Sadly, they have demonstrated that they cannot offer any real short- or long-term solutions for Puerto Rico.

They lack a realistic vision and national economic plan that doesn’t involve pleading to Congress for more fanciful tax incentives or American taxpayer funds to prop up the commonwealth and entrench more Puerto Ricans in generational dependency and poverty.

At this point, it should be clear to all of us that the commonwealth has failed and the solution to Puerto Rico’s status problem will not come from its traditional parties.

My 2 cents opinion:
It is sad indeed for the generations of Puerto Ricans who have had to leave the island to escape its persistent social injustice. The future of Puerto Rico will be in the hands of American entrepeneurs aided by both main local political parties. Puerto Rico is being dismantled and sold to outsiders who benefit from crisis. The general population will be paying for generations to come for an illegal debt accrued by local politician’s decisions. This debt is now an obscure topic that the media does not even discuss any longer. Puerto Ricans live in a haze, distracted by entertainment gossip, cheap scandals, beauty contests, sports, utilities that do not work, and street crime. To manage their unhappiness they dream of leaving the island to go anywhere else. Little has changed in my 72 year old liftime.

Mi opinión: Es realmente triste para las generaciones de puertorriqueños que han tenido que dejar la isla para escapar de su persistente injusticia social. El futuro de Puerto Rico estará en manos de empresarios estadounidenses con la ayuda de los dos principales partidos políticos locales. Puerto Rico está siendo desmantelado y vendido a forasteros que se benefician de la crisis. La población en general pagará durante generaciones por una deuda ilegal acumulada por las decisiones de los políticos locales. Esta deuda es ahora un tema oscuro que los medios de comunicación ya ni siquiera discuten. Los puertorriqueños viven en una neblina, distraídos por los chismes de entretenimiento, los escándalos baratos, los concursos de belleza, los deportes, los servicios públicos que no funcionan y la delincuencia callejera. Para manejar su infelicidad sueñan con dejar la isla para ir a cualquier otro lugar. Poco ha cambiado en mi tiempo de vida de 72 años.


*Read More
https://thehill.com/opinion/international/574824-its-bidens-move-in-the-negotiations-to-grant-puerto-rico-free