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    The head of an international engineering firm in Puerto Rico said in an editorial Saturday that when the time came to send 50 of his engineers to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, he bypassed local officials and went straight to FEMA.

    The reason, said Jorge Rodriguez, the CEO of PACIV, in an editorial in the New York Post, is that “for the last 30 years, the Puerto Rican government has been completely inept at handling regular societal needs, so I just don’t see it functioning in a crisis like this one.”

    “Even before the hurricane hit, water and power systems were already broken. And our $118 billion debt crisis is a result of government corruption and mismanagement.”



    Puerto Ricans elected a new governor last November but, Rodriguez charged, he was inexperienced and had never been responsible for a budget.

    Gov. Ricardo Rossello cannot exactly count on those around him either, Rodriguez asserted.

    “His entire administration is totally inexperienced and they have no clue how to handle a crisis of this magnitude,” said Rodriguez, who has a graduate business degree from Harvard Business School and was named a “Most Distinguished Graduate” by the University of Puerto Rico.

    Even before the hurricane hit, water and power systems were already broken. And our $118 billion debt crisis is a result of government corruption and mismanagement.
    - Jorge Rodriguez, CEO of PACIV, Puerto Rico-based engineering firm

    Rodriguez’s criticism follows that of many experts and members of Congress, who note that Puerto Rico was mired in financial chaos well before Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico was facing a $74 billion public debt load and a decade-old economic recession – sending hundreds of thousands of islanders fleeing to the U.S. mainland.

    Now, many areas on the mainland, such as Florida, New York and Massachusetts, that have large Puerto Rican communities are bracing themselves for still more islanders to throng to them.

    “Puerto Rico has exhausted its financial resources,” Fortune Magazine quoted Hernando Montero Salazar, director of Credit Analyisis at Stoever Glass & Co., as saying. “That will leave them strictly with the options of the federal government to provide aid and restore infrastructure. That’s the only way Puerto Rico will be able to put themselves together.”

    For his part, Rodriguez argued that government mismanagement that has created so many problems for Puerto Rico is showing itself again as it attempts to deal with the devastation from the hurricane.

    “For instance, shortly after the hurricane hit, the government imposed a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am and then changed it,” Rodriguez said. “Now, it’s 7 pm to 5 am, and makes no sense. The curfew has prevented fuel trucks from transporting their loads.

    “These trucks should have been allowed to run for 24 hours to address our needs, but they have been stalled, and so we have massive lines at gas stations and severe shortages of diesel at our hospitals and supermarkets.”

    Rodriguez said it is the federal government that has put forth an organized response, and that it is wrong of Puerto Rico’s own political leaders to blame it.

    “I’m really tired of Puerto Rican government officials blaming the federal government for their woes and for not acting fast enough to help people on the island,” he said. “Last week I had three federal agents in my office and I was so embarrassed; I went out of my way to apologize to them for the attitude of my government and what they have been saying about the U.S. response.”

    The business leader said FEMA experts were present in no uncertain terms when Hurricane Maria hit the island.

    “I was really proud of their quick response,” he added. “The first responders and FEMA have all been outstanding in this crisis, and should be supported.”


    Rodriguez also had a word of caution for the U.S. Congress: “Watch out what relief funds you approve and let our local government handle. Don’t let the Puerto Rican government play the victim and fool you. They have no clue what they are doing, and I worry that they will mishandle anything that comes their way.
    “They don’t need another aircraft carrier. They need experienced people to run a proper disaster command center.”


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    they're following cuba's and venezuela's footsteps into utopia.. progressives are such losers.. they just love to blame others for their ineptness

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    Democrats and Puerto Rican teamsters have orchestrated a stand-down of essential supply distribution throughout Puerto Rico in an effort to make President Trump appear ineffective at responding to the humanitarian crisis.

    The Puerto Rico teamsters Union called “Frente Amplio,” a group of private contractors working for the federal government, are refusing to distribute key supplies throughout Puerto Rico because they’re seeking revenge over policies they view as hurtful to their industry set by the Puerto Rican governor.

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    Maybe you dum dums hadn't heard but the PR debt crisis was eased by PROMESA in June 2016. It's not a raging problem. Obama put that fire out before he left office.

    Just to be clear it has nothing to do with the debt why PR didn't aid fast

    they didn't get aid because Trump doesn't take briefings he watches tv. and PR wasn't on TV until it was a debacle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitonti View Post
    Maybe you dum dums hadn't heard but the PR debt crisis was eased by PROMESA in June 2016. It's not a raging problem. Obama put that fire out before he left office.

    Just to be clear it has nothing to do with the debt why PR didn't aid fast

    they didn't get aid because Trump doesn't take briefings he watches tv. and PR wasn't on TV until it was a debacle.
    Even bigger asshole! You're a lying scumbag!
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    Even bigger asshole! You're a lying scumbag!
    Look up PROMESA

    it was a bill passed by congress in 2016

    remember bills? Congress used to pass those, before Republicans took office and they forgot how to govern at a basic level

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    C'mon man ! San Juan mayor exposed as major Hillary donor , has been outed as the only official not to attend any FEMA meetings at Disaster HQ .....she refused to cooperate
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    Quote Originally Posted by Talon_60 View Post
    C'mon man ! San Juan mayor exposed as major Hillary donor , has been outed as the only official not to attend any FEMA meetings at Disaster HQ .....she refused to cooperate
    It's no use trying to be rational with the Bitiot, he's incapable of understanding.

    He loves to cherry pick, stonewall & lie.

    In this case he's likely lying about PROMESA as he likely knows that it has expired & Puerto Rico is maneuvering towards declaring bankruptcy.

    He also showed his cherry picking/stonewalling side in this thread when he failed to acknowledge the corruption that Pope pointed out in this thread. The government of Puerto Rico is willfully killing it's own citizens for political reasons.

    Oh, and let's not forget that little t-shirt photo op with Anderson Cooper. There is no place on that island that was functional enough to have the ability to print that t-shirt. CNN had it printed & Anderson brought it to the island as part of the corrupt CNN campaign against the administration.
    Last edited by ret2ski; 10-02-2017 at 07:09 PM.
    "On to 2017"

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    Promesa lowered the minimum wage to 4.25 per for 21 and younger, lmao... oh those scumbag hypocrites on the left.. lmao

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