That $17 billion is only for starters.
Does that number include the billions in federal income taxes that Puerto Rico subsidiaries of U.S. corporations are avoiding with the section 936 tax avoidance scam or by masquerading as Certified Foreign Corporations?
Does this number include all of the federal income taxes that could have been collected stateside from the employees of these corporations?
Does this number include the loss of the positive impact of the spending these these employees and corporations would have had on the stateside communities these jobs were hijacked from?
Does this number include the loss of the positive impact of the local taxes that could have been collected from these employees and corporations to the economies of the local communities these jobs were hijacked from?
Does this number include the benefit of the United States Postal Service facilities and employees have on the island and take into account the negative impact U.S. Postal Services losses on the island have on the increased cost of postage to the rest of us?
Does this number include the loss to stateside communities of all of the salaries, spending and infrastructure investment by every single federal agency you can name that has facilities on the island of Puerto Rico?
There are 200,000 to 300,000 veterans living on the island. Guess who most of them work for?
Think they were all born on the island or did they just follow the federal jobs squandered on the island?
Does this number include all U.S. military spending?
Just some questions for other U.S. Taxpayers that read this post to think about and get suitably outraged over.