The Donald can give the whole island a case of the Puerto Rico Blues. Though attached to the United States the island has been isolated for some time. The people on the island have suffered through an ever-increasing debt crisis. While the people on Puerto Rico try to deal with this debt Maria came to call and much of what has been built on the island has been destroyed. Meanwhile, there’s a crisis going on – many areas do not have drinking water, food rations have been depleted to nearly nothing, and electricity is a science of the recent past gone from the island.
This human crisis is extremely serious and getting worse every hour. So, it is so nice that we have a President who understands the priorities – bickering with professional athletes and snarking about debt. This surely must be a Jungian event that we are all part of yet partially orchestrated by the Donald.
Presidents mostly set a mood for the direction of the country. Soon after their term they are forgotten. In rare instances both for good and for bad they do more. The good, like FDR, can push legislation through that can help people. Or the good, like JFK, may inspire and create a vision for the country that stays with us for many days. As for the bad, they try to create gain for themselves and their friends – and not the rest of the country. And their vision is dark and filled with hate and attempts to diminish.
“It took Donald Trump five full days to respond to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on the lives of 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico, and when he finally did so his comments on Twitter were so devoid of empathy it threatened to spark a new controversy.
Hot on the heels of the billowing dispute he single-handedly provoked over African-American sporting figures protesting racial inequality during the national anthem, Trump launched another provocation on Monday night with a belated and lacklustre response to the Puerto Rican disaster. In a series of three tweets he effectively blamed the islanders – all of whom are American citizens – for their own misfortune.
“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” he said, without offering any additional federal government assistance for the stricken US territory, which was hit by Hurricane Maria soon after those two states were struck by Harvey and Irma.
Trump acknowledged that “much of the island was destroyed”, but caustically went on to say that its electrical grid was already “in terrible shape” and that Puerto Rico owed billions of dollars to Wall Street and the banks “which, sadly, must be dealt with”. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/26/trump-puerto-rico-crisis-massive-debt