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Ugly Side Of Partisan Politics Shows Over Disaster Relief For Puerto Rico

April 2, 2019

There must be no place in our governing process where disaster aid can be limited due to the color of the skin of the victims.  Yet, that is what is taking place when it comes to disaster relief for  hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

The Senate on Monday blocked billions of dollars in disaster aid for states across the country as Republicans and Democrats clashed over Donald Trump’s opposition to sending more food and infrastructure help to Puerto Rico.

When it comes to Trump, and his relationship to Puerto Rico, it is painfully clear there is a lack of understanding.  He stated at the time of the hurricane that the territory was “an island sitting in the middle of an ocean — and it’s a big ocean, a really, really big ocean.”

Well, let us give Trump credit for knowing that the Atlantic Ocean is a thing and it is quite large, but Puerto Rico is by no means “in the middle” of it”.  Actually, the Atlantic Ocean doesn’t technically begin until the “eastern edge” of the Caribbean, which is roughly 550 miles east of Puerto Rico.  Trump never allows facts to deter him from talking.

When it comes to the needed aid package there should be only one concern.  How fast can we take action?

Our citizens deserve to know our government will be there when we need them, not pawns in a political quagmire.  Yes, Puerto Rico has undergone enormous devastation from one of the worst hurricanes it has ever confronted, and that is costly.  But that cost is not where we draw the line when dealing with our own.

And yes, our own! If these victims were in southern Texas or Alabama and lily white the aid would have poured in so fast that it would have appeared to be a green rain storm.

Trump tweeted that “Puerto Ricans “are great but their government can’t do anything right, the place is a mess – nothing works.”   Had he thought about it longer while gazing in a mirror he very well could have added that their federal government certainly is rife with executive incompetence, too.

Along with nasty racism, too, as evidenced by the excruciatingly slow pace of making that territory whole.

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