Puerto Rico, that small island in the Caribbean which has suffered so much in this season of hurricanes, is in ruins.
Decades of miss-management, downright greed and stupidity have undermined this unincorporated territory of the United States.
Puerto Rico was bankrupt before the hurricane, it is a basket case now.
Americans need to see Puerto Rico as different and special, because unlike the other islands that have suffered so badly these last couple of months, Puerto Rico is American and its people are American Citizens with all the rights of their mainland cousins.
Now with no power, little clean water, food or fuel Puerto Rico is in dire straits. There is little in the way of communications, cell or landline, and the initial calculations are that it will be at least six months before there is a return to some normalcy.
This is colossal damage.
3.4 million people are suffering now, and all of them AMERICAN citizens.
This is not some distant a third world crisis, this is America’s own we are talking about. In her own back-yard. Should they be placed at the back of the queue?
Maybe when he goes there in a few days’ time, Donald might offer them full statehood as the 51st state of America to go along with the massive aid that they need?
The opportunities for Trump (should he choose to take them) are outstanding. He would have the chance to reverse one of Obama’s more short-sighted policies, that of the Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). He has an additional opportunity to overhaul decades of predatory Wall Street loans and slimy governance. He can be a hero.
To ride in on a white charger and make all things well are opportunities not given to many politicians and these are being handed on a plate to Donald. If he can but see them.
To offer first, a full open handed aid package with no dirty clauses, institute wide ranging economic overhaul secondly, and thirdly, full statehood in this its hour of need would be statesmanlike, – rather than bleating on about some NFL players?
Since Donald feels the flag is so very important, why not stick an extra star on it this week?
Copyright David Macadam 2017