Puerto Rico Governor Fights Back

Puerto Rico governor declares war on the GOP-Will campaign against Republican supporters of tax bill

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU? @ricardorossello @CarmenYulinCruz @ltgrusselhonore @AntonioParis #PuertoRico #PuertoRicoRelief #PuertoRicoSeLevanta #HurricaneMaria FAILURE of #fema @fema #HUD @HUDgov #hud #bencarson #potus #housegop #senategop #LeaveHerAlone #DemForce #FlipItBLUE #FBResist

Congress Refuses to Do Right by Children’s Health Care. Rush to give Billionaires Big Beautiful Christmas Present/Tax Giveaways leaves 9 MILLION American children WITHOUT BASIC HEALTHCARE . Proud ?

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#ThursdayThoughts #ThursdayThrowback #ThursdayMotivation #ThursdayThought #CHIPFunding #CHIP #TaxCutAndJobsAct #TaxBillScam #TennesseeTitans #tennesseefootball #tennesseestate #Titans #Memphis #TaxScamBill2017 #TaxScamBill #TaxScam #TaxBillScam #RESIST #FBResist #DemForce #FBR

Neither snow nor rain, crippling deficits or a monumental upset in Alabama stops the #GOP from swiftly passing tax bill that few understand & even fewer seem to want. https://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonynitti/2017/12/16/the-tax-bill-is-finalized-whos-happy-and-whos-not/#6407d24d2288 #TakeBackCongress2018 #Election2018 #GOPGoingHome #FBResist #FBR #DemForce #RESISTANCE

Kansas’ tax cuts spectacular failure. http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-steyer-kansas-tax-cuts-brownback-california-20170622-story.html #Kansas is cautionary tale exposing faulty #GOP economic ideas. Zeal to duplicate economic disaster for our nation proves they’ll stop at nothing to stack wealth & power in the hands of the few. #DemForce #FBResist

Yes, never forget this truth: WE ARE AMERICANS. GOD DAMNED if we let our govt loot our National Treasure & sell our nation off to dictators, tyrants & despots. #CultLeader #potus will not steal America. We. Are. #TheRESISTANCE. #NeverForget #NeverAgain #DemForce #FBResist #FBR

 

 

DISASTER CAPITALISM: WHEN THE STRONG PREY ON THE WEAK

"You may have destroyed our home but not our family spirit. Peace." Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands after Hurricane s Irma & Maria Sep 2017. America Rising BLUE

by Amy Goodman, host of “Democracy Now!” & Denis Moynihan, author/researcher.

President Donald Trump lavished praise on himself when commenting on the federal response to the disaster that has overwhelmed Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. “I would give myself a 10,” he said on Oct. 19. “I think we’ve done a really great job,” he added, as Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello sat silently by his side in the Oval Office.

This was just two weeks after Trump’s visit to the island, where he lobbed rolls of paper towels at hurricane survivors. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, appearing on the “Democracy Now!” news hour, responded, “If it’s a 10 out of 100, I agree, because it’s still a failing grade.”

Like the mayor, few think Trump has responded effectively. “We can’t fail to note the dissimilar urgency and priority given to the emergency response in Puerto Rico, compared to the U.S. states affected by hurricanes in recent months,” Leilani Farha, the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to housing, said, comparing post-hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida in a damning report issued on Monday by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“Democracy Now!” traveled to Puerto Rico last weekend to see the devastation firsthand. Well into the second month after Hurricane Maria hit, the island remains dark. By official estimates, almost two-thirds of the island is without electricity. In the meantime, the 3.5 million U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico struggle to obtain the basic essentials of life, as thousands leave the island for the mainland U.S., perhaps never to return.

Disaster capitalists are heading to Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands. Eloquently articulated by journalist Naomi Klein in her book “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” disasters both natural and human-made are increasingly being exploited by for-profit corporations and so-called free-market ideologues to reshape vast swaths of impacted societies, undermining social welfare systems, privatizing public utilities, busting unions and making obscene profits rebuilding.

Post-hurricane Puerto Rico is shaping up to be a textbook case of the shock doctrine.

“I wish I had never been introduced to that term,” Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz told us at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, the large sports arena in San Juan, where she and her staff have been living since the hurricane. “Using chaos to strip employees of their bargaining rights, rights that took 40, 50 years for the unions to be able to determine … it just means taking advantage of people when they are in a life-or-death situation. It’s an absolute mistreatment of human rights.

It means that the strongest really feed off the weakest, until all that’s left is the carcass.”

Disaster Capitalism: When the Strong Prey on the Weak