You misunderstood me. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and met my husband while I was visiting in Texas. Most, if not all, the squalor you accurately describe in Puerto Rico is due to the United States putting three fourths of our population on welfare. If you visit any of the high crime areas in the United States you will find that these areas have a large proportion of people in welfare.
I do not know anything about your background. Did you live in Puerto Rico at any time? I feel sorry for Americans living in Puerto Rico. The shock of the contrast between life in the USA and life in Puerto Rico prevents many Americans from enjoying the natural beauty of the island and as a result they can not befriend Puerto Ricans or appreciate any virtue in any of us.
Some Americans fall in love with my island and are able to see past the squalor. They can see the tragic history of Puerto Rico; a colony of Spain and, since 1898, a colony of the United States. Americans, generous to a fault, dumped billions of dollars in Puerto Rico. I would have preferred Americans making the effort to make Puerto Ricans understand the constitutional republic the United States was. But you may have noticed that the public schools no longer teach American children about our constitutional republic. If Americans can not teach the constitution to their own children, it would be far fetched to expect them to teach it to Puerto Rican children.
I was blessed that my Puerto Rican parents took the time to teach me about the value of the American constitution. I in turn teach my nine year old homeschooled child about the glory of the American original system of government.
To: rector seal
I fail to see how anyone can blame the squalor in Puerto Rico on anything the United States has done.
Nobody from the USA put a gun to anybody's head and forced them onto welfare. Nobody from the USA forces anyone to abuse our various social programs. That's a choice people make for themselves.
Without the intervention of the United States, Puerto Rico would look just like the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, etc., maybe worse.
The United States is responsible for whatever good there is in Puerto Rico. The United States Taxpayers, unbeknownst to most of them, paid for it all. All tolled, it amounts to $100's of billions.
posted on 03/30/2003 2:05:43 PM PST
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