Tall Man, Short Hair
Date: October 01, 2017 04:26PM
> One news commentator made the poignant point
> yesterday the reason why Trump hasn't been as
> willing to help Puerto Rico and more willing to
> criticize those who are its spokespeople to get
> relief there, is that it has zero electoral
> Florida has 27 electoral votes. Texas has 37.
> Puerto Rico: nada.
> For him it's all about political capitol, not
> saving lives. If they can't vote for him he
> doesn't care diddly squat for them.
> Hence his attack against the mayor of San Juan.
> Puerto Ricans are not on his radar.
> What he's done thus far 11 days in to help the
> Americans of Puerto Rico is too little too late.
> That will be his lasting legacy and a smear on the
> office he holds.
> Bad mouthing the good mayor of San Juan is just
> more deflecting of his personal failures,
> demonstrating further what is lacking in his
> character and personal integrity to do the right
> thing which is to save and protect American lives.
You seem to have reached the juncture where your political hatred has converted to a religion. Mormon bishops and ignorant political junkies are the only humans who feel completely confident that they KNOW the hidden thoughts of others. If you have some specific evidence of decisions made to willingly withhold aid, please present it. Otherwise, I'm not sure exactly what separates you from the Mormon with a burning in their bosom.
The attacks on San Juan's mayor are more than justified. She is choosing political posturing over actually helping her people. A photo op of her wading through deep waters is not the aid her people need. FEMA and every other relief worker needs help and direction from local leaders. So far, she has refused to interact with FEMA at all. This is like standing in the hospital waiting room screaming you need medical attention, but refusing to meet with a doctor.
Here are some reports from those actually on the ground, working with FEMA:
FEMA stood by its hurricane response Saturday, blasting the mayor's lack of leadership, and claiming Cruz has not participated in any joint agency meetings to address the devastation.
“The problem that we have with the mayor unfortunately is that unity of command is ultimately what’s needed to be successful in this response,” FEMA administrator Brock Long told CNN. “What we need is for the mayor, the good mayor, to make her way to the joint field office and get plugged into what’s going on and be successful."http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/30/fema-chief-defends-trump-tweets-dings-san-juan-mayor-video/
Guaynabo’s mayor, Angel Perez has been attending the FEMA meetings and is finding he's able to get all the help he needs.
“I don’t know why she is saying that. What I can tell you is my experience. She is not participating in any meetings and we had a couple already with the governors and with representation of FEMA and of HUD, of these whole federal agencies that have given us help and she’s not participating in those meetings and some mayors from her political party have been participating, so I don’t know why she is saying that. My experience is very different.”http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/30/exclusive-fellow-puerto-rico-mayor-rips-san-juan-mayor-shes-not-participating-in-any-meetings/
And this from Puerto Rican born and raised, Colonel Michael A. Valle (”Torch”), Commander, 101st Air and Space Operations Group, and Director of the Joint Air Component Coordination Element, 1st Air Force, responsible for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in the U.S. commonwealth:
“The aid is getting to Puerto Rico. The problem is distribution. The federal government has sent us a lot of help; moving those supplies, in particular, fuel, is the issue right now,” says Col. Valle. Until power can be restored, generators are critical for hospitals and shelter facilities and more. But, and it’s a big but, they can’t get the fuel to run the generators.
They have the generators, water, food, medicine, and fuel on the ground, yet the supplies are not moving across the island as quickly as they’re needed.
“It’s a lack of drivers for the transport trucks, the 18 wheelers. Supplies we have. Trucks we have. There are ships full of supplies, backed up in the ports, waiting to have a vehicle to unload into. However, only 20% of the truck drivers show up to work. These are private citizens in Puerto Rico, paid by companies that are contracted by the government,” says Col. Valle.
“As a Puerto Rican, what happens here for the people is personal to me. To say that we are not provided all of the help and resources needed is just not true. Distribution is the key, and we are working day and night on it. I’m here, my own family is here, I know how hard this is. We need to keep doing what we are doing. It’s going to take the resource of time.”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-military-on-puerto-rico-the-problem-is-distribution_us_59ce5906e4b0f3c468060dee