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From: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-10 3:06 PM 
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Storm dealt Puerto Rico knockout blow after decades of fiscal failure, corruption

Six months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, many leaders there are pointing the finger at Washington, but the scandal, corruption and waste that now plague the U.S. territory were around long before last summer's storm.

Decades of dysfunction, mismanagement and embarrassing abuses of power left Puerto Rico reeling well before the storm delivered a knockout blow, say obervers. Enormous debt, absurd infrastructure projects and a tradition of corruption have hampered the commonwealth's ability to get off the canvas.

“There’ve been so many problems that have built up year after year,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News. “It’s a tough situation.”

Reckless spending sprees by a revolving door of politicians have turned the commonwealth into a bloated bureaucracy that can’t pay its bills and yet enjoys the benefits of a welfare society without any of the responsibilities attached to it.

Before Maria hit in September, Puerto Rico was already navigating the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. government history at a whopping $120 billion in combined bond and pension debt.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/09/storm-dealt-puerto-rico-knockout-blow-after-decades-fiscal-failure-corruption.html

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From: vilibro311Mar-11 12:22 AM 
To: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 13) 
 5440.2 in reply to 5440.1 

and of course the Government will go traipsing all over the globe donating and butting in other counties affairs when we have a problem right at our doorstep...

 
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From: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-11 3:06 PM 
To: vilibro311  (3 of 13) 
 5440.3 in reply to 5440.2 

We need to take care of ourselves first and help others as we can,   other countries are able to help out

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From: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member IconMar-15 11:56 AM 
To: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 13) 
 5440.4 in reply to 5440.3 

Yet PR has its own Olympic and other International Sports teams and many government protected entities outside USA general fiscal jurisdiction, including US Federal Income Taxes, sounds almost like a protected Welfare Republic with pretentions of independent statehood with no responsibilities?

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PS:  I lived there for about four years and I love the place, corruption was almost an inherent or ingrown thing, even when I was there in the 1960's.  VERY Manana in attitude, why rush? the weather is beautiful, heat and A/C are/were optional most of the time.  Outside the major urban areas many houses had ONE faucet systems and hot and cold running paths for toilets and no glass, just screens and shutters.  One Traveler's Inn I stayed at on my low cost travels had drop curtains around the beds for mosquito control, no windows at all in the place, meals were taken with the family in the kitchen adjunct, no inside toilets, very pleasant place to stay, to most Gringos, it was a disaster but I was without much money and it was just fine.  Local knowledge required to even find these places.

 

Warren
 
USCG Engineer 1961-1982
 
 
  • Edited March 15, 2018 12:06 pm  by  Bike (URALTOURIST1)
 

 
From: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-15 2:28 PM 
To: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 13) 
 5440.5 in reply to 5440.4 

Oh gosh,  no wonder they are pretty happy to keep things as is!

I'm not very adventurous, even when I was in better physical shape,  I don't think I'd like that kind of a hotel!

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From: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member IconMar-15 3:33 PM 
To: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 13) 
 5440.6 in reply to 5440.5 

I was making about $150 a month as a Petty Officer Third Class BEFORE taxes in 1963, The Condado or similar was WAY out of range at $150 a night for a modest room.

 

Warren
 
USCG Engineer 1961-1982
 
 
 

 
From: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-15 3:52 PM 
To: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (7 of 13) 
 5440.7 in reply to 5440.6 

Ouch, that is low,  of course I understand things were cheaper back then, but still  ouch!

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From: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member IconMar-15 5:36 PM 
To: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 13) 
 5440.8 in reply to 5440.7 

Military enlisted and junior in general in  service were paid horrible slave wages through the early 1970's, it was a way of life for some, some were attracted to the lifestyle and the responsibilities attached.  I do know that I reenlisted for 6 more years after 4 served, 6 month's pay as a bonus, worked out to about $1,800 after taxes.  My new pay as a Petty Officer First was $240 a month plus a $150 a month specialist bonus.  The pay really went up when I got my commission as an Ensign with enlisted background, by 1982 when I retired as a LCDR, the pay was actually not bad and allowances were much higher. 

 

Warren
 
USCG Engineer 1961-1982
 
 
 

 
From: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-15 5:50 PM 
To: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (9 of 13) 
 5440.9 in reply to 5440.8 

Oh my good gosh, how anyone could raise a family on that is mind boggling;

I do remember my late father's income from the VA, he was a totally disabled WWII vet, was very low, we were close to running out of food toward the end of the month.... 

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From: Bike (URALTOURIST1) DelphiPlus Member IconMar-15 6:02 PM 
To: Turbo Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (10 of 13) 
 5440.10 in reply to 5440.9 

My dad was a 75% disabled amputee, he never missed a chance to work so the VA pension of a miserly amount was a very nice bonus to terrible wages in pre-Disney Central Florida.  If I had stayed at home in 1960, my outlook was for $50 a week income until some skills were developed, the military was attractive as it helped develop careers that would never have happened in poverty or nearly so areas.

 

Warren
 
USCG Engineer 1961-1982
 
 
 

 
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