The ghost of Obama future

posted at 8:43 pm on June 14, 2011 by Jorge Bonilla

Ed. note: This post was published earlier this afternoon in the Greenroom.

Air Force One has landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the first time it has done so in an official capacity since JFK’s island visit 50 years ago.  While in Puerto Rico, President Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks on the island’s status (the hottest of local hot-button topics), tout a Stimulus-funded project (time permitting), and (of course!) host a pair of fundraising events.

The local press has hailed the visit as an opportunity for the locals to cast aside their ideological differences, embrace the spirit of the Post-Partisan Lightworker, hold hands, and chant “Sí, Se Puede”.  I suspect (and Politico confirms) that this trip is less about Puerto Ricans who live on the island than about those who have moved stateside…that this is but a distant leg on Obama’s re-elect tour, the easternmost leg of the “Thank Me For Justice Sotomayor” road trip.  Over 4 million Puerto Ricans live stateside,  847,000 in Florida alone.  Of these, 300,000 live along the all-important I-4 corridor. It is no wonder, then, that some have framed this visit in terms of   “building security”.

If I championed the very policies that have forced 250,000 (equivalent to two Mariel boatlifts) persons to leave home in the last decade alone, I’d be insecure, too.

50+ years of unfettered progressivism have placed Puerto Rico in a situation where there is an abundance of government (and corruption), and no real solutions to its deep structural problems.  The inhabitants of this small(ish) island are governed by one governor,  53 representatives, 31 senators, 78 mayors (with their respective city councils), and a government that constitutes over a third of its total workforce.  When we combine this workforce with recipients of transfer payments, over 60% of the island’s population depends on the government for income, whether partially or totally.  The local government not only subsidizes power and water for local residents of public housing, but also subsidizes cell phone usage.  Recently, the state university shut down due to violent student tuition protests.  The resulting decay has spread throughout the fabric of society, leaving many no choice but to abandon their beloved island, never to return.

There are those who suggest that the island’s political status needs to change in advance of any structural changes.  I reject that argument, and submit that these policies have been enacted by both Popular Democrats and New Progressives, who have identified as Democrats and Republicans.  Even now, Governor Fortuño was once touted as a VP hopeful because of his early dismissal of over 20,000 government employees.  Since then, he has embraced ObamaCare, yet is still facing a brutal re-elect.  The current Commonwealth status can prosper if run conservatively.  Conversely, Statehood can only aggravate the island’s problems, if they are left unaddressed.

To look at Puerto Rico’s embrace of unchecked progressivism and the resulting decay of her institutions  is to gaze upon the Ghost of Obama Future.  We now know how this is going to end.  We can confirm that the light at the end of that tunnel is indeed an oncoming train.

Conservatives everywhere should mark the occasion of Obama’s visit to Puerto Rico by asking her children this very question:  Why would you want to support the same economic policies that forced you to leave home?

 

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Everything free in America

Roy Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM

What the left is all about. Great read for those who care about the free land.

Schadenfreude on June 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM

When we combine this workforce with recipients of transfer payments, over 60% of the island’s population depends on the government for income

Obama’s not going there on a fundraising junket. He’s taking notes trying to figure out how to do this with all of America.

Tommy_G on June 14, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Today Obama promised beaucoup dough to PR and to bail out Egypt. Last week he promised Merkel to bail out Greece.

In the meanwhile he drives the U.S. into the abyss, while blaming all others.

Schadenfreude on June 14, 2011 at 8:48 PM

The magic land of billion dollar Democrat votes welcomes the Unicorn King to Entitlement Island. (“Everyone there will have moved here”)

Hening on June 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

When we combine this workforce with recipients of transfer payments, over 60% of the island’s population depends on the government for income, whether partially or totally.

Hmmmm. Another FAILED “worker’s paradise”. But I’m sure they’ll “get it right” next time.

GarandFan on June 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

A wonderful song from the 1960s. Not much change since then.

Girls: Puerto Rico, my heart’s devotion
Let it slip back in the ocean
Always the hurricanes blowing
Always the population growing
And the money owing
And the sunlight streaming
And the natives steaming
I like the isle of Manhattan
Smoke on your pipe and put that in

I like to be in America
OK by me in America
Everything free in America
Boys: For a small fee in America

G: Buying on credit is so nice
B: One look at us and they charge twice
G: I have a new washing machine
B: What will you have though to keep clean?

G: Skyscrapers bloom in America
G: Cadillacs zoom in America
G: Industrial boom in America
B: Twelve in a room in America

G: Lots of new housing with more space
B: Lots of doors slamming in our face
G: I’ll get a terraced apartment
B: Better get rid of your accent

G: Life can be bright in America
B: If you can fight in America
G: Life is all right in America
B: If you’re all white in America

G: Here you are free and you have pride
B: Long as you stay on your own side
G: Free to be anything you choose
B: Free to wait tables and shine shoes

B: Everywhere grime in America
B: Organized crime in America
B: Terrible time in America
G: You forget I’m in America

B: I think I go back to San Juan
G: I know a boat you can get on
B: Everyone there will give big cheer
G: Everyone there will have moved here

A wonderful play, great songs and still relevant.

Mason on June 14, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Puertoitallfreepalooza!!!!

OBAMA 2012!

PappyD61 on June 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Making Puerto Rico a state would be insane. Let’s limit states to the North American land mass.

PS: Hawaii should never have been made a state either.

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Apparently the independentistas burned an American flag to commemorate his visit. How noble.

RedRedRice on June 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

The fact is that the New Governor of Puerto Rico is a conservative who has radically changed the future debt obligations for the better and is he is like a “Ron Reagan of Puerto Rico”

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/269334/new-stossel-special-sunday-night-veronique-de-rugy

Opposite Day on June 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Puerto Rico,

The Rolling Stones – Miss You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOf0FsA0Fio&feature=related

canopfor on June 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM

I think Gov. Luis Fortuno might make a strong GOP VP nominee in 2012.

It's Vintage, Duh on June 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Opposite Day on June 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

It’s Vintage, Duh on June 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM

You mean ObamaCare-supporting Governor Fortuño? No sale.

Jorge Bonilla on June 14, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Apparently the independentistas burned an American flag to commemorate his visit. How noble.

RedRedRice on June 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

I’m with them. Cut PR loose to stand on their own, without US subsidies.

iurockhead on June 14, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Our Caribbean colony. Anesthetized by largesse.

AshleyTKing on June 14, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Puerto Rico nat’l park is site of Obama protest
(AP) – 13 hours ago
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — About 20 pro-independence demonstrators have kept an all-night vigil at a colonial fort in Puerto Rico to protest during President Barack Obama’s visit to the island.

Demonstrators are on the grounds of the San Cristobal Fort on the edge of Old San Juan. The fort is part of the U.S. National Park system. Obama is expected to pass the area on his way to a meeting with the governor.

Protesters are calling for the release of three Puerto Rican nationalists imprisoned in the U.S.

Police said Tuesday that protest is peaceful and there have been no arrests.

A small but vocal minority in Puerto Rico favors independence. Island residents have voted consistently to maintain ties to the U.S.

Photo 2 of 3
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Activists hang a banner with the names of three federally-imprisoned Puerto Rican nationalists, of the militant group Machateros, a day before the arrival of President Barack Obama to Puerto Rico at El Morro National Park in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday June 13, 2011. The activists are demanding that the U.S. government release the men, convicted decades ago of serious crimes. Obama’s June 14 trip marks the first visit to the U.S. Caribbean territory by a sitting U.S. President since John F. Kennedy’s 1961 visit. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iT1UEeDtAfR-emJjVT7N7JlrV0ew?docId=fe6904b62df943a0b08c078e80cbd2ff

canopfor on June 14, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Campaign Stop,
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Obama visits Puerto Rico with eye on US voters
By AP News
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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“Every day, Boricuas help write the American story,” Obama said, using the term Puerto Ricans use to describe themselves.

Wooing Hispanic voters back home, President Barack Obama kept his campaign pledge to become the first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official visit to this recession-battered U.S. territory. “The aspirations and the struggles on this island mirror those across America,” Obama declared Tuesday.(More……)

http://www.970wgtk.com/article.aspx?id=0f758fbc-a010-4eaf-8d7f-6de477415885

canopfor on June 14, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Cut Puerto Rico loose. What do we need it for?

OhioCoastie on June 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Hey Puerto Rico: still missing all those jobs at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads?

Just asking…

Former Navy guy

Khun Joe on June 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

When the addiction of giving away other peoples money is taken away from you, withdrawal is ugly. Obama is getting uglier by the day.

texriot on June 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Obama’s campaign song for 2012.

profitsbeard on June 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Give them independence then they can get foreign aid from Cuba.

rplat on June 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM

See the Third World for free!
Just stay right where you are
And reelect Barack Hussein Obama!

HalJordan on June 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

When the addiction of giving away other peoples money is taken away from you, withdrawal is ugly. Obama is getting uglier by the day.

texriot on June 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Ain’t that the truth: Mooch Tells Fundraiser That Presidency Taking Toll on Barry’s Face

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM

You are absolutely right!

tinkerthinker on June 14, 2011 at 10:06 PM

The Dems want statehood for PR because it almost guarantees them a lock on 2 Senate seats.

karenhasfreedom on June 14, 2011 at 10:22 PM

profitsbeard on June 14, 2011 at 9:42 PM
Great!
As heard on the local radio. Ignorance was voting for him the first time. Stupidity will be voting for him again.

texriot on June 14, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Hey Puerto Rico: still missing all those jobs at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads?

Just asking…

Former Navy guy

Khun Joe on June 14, 2011 at 9:32 PM

USNS Roosevelt Roads, PR. Rice and beans in a grungy little joint in Ceiba and Saturday night with some Coronas in Fajardo. Weekends in Old San Juan and sleeping it off on a park bench in Rio Piedras til the bus got there. Spent two years there in the early sixties and them was the good ol’ days!
Another former Navy guy!

Lew on June 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM

The ghost of Communism Past.

andycanuck on June 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Associated Press: President Barrack Obama, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 14, 2011, statement upon quickly leaving the laughably pointless island.

“Some say Puerto Rico is a useless economic and cultural drag on the United States and should be nuked into oblivion to eliminate any possibility of a recurrence of the Bermuda triangle. Others say Puerto Rico is so comically inept and helpless that it should be given additional giant transfer payments, increased food stamps, free NBA star endorsed basketball shoes, stylish french style under garments and quarterly Spam rations (Size 10 cans in case lots) solely so the rest of the world can get comic relief when thinking of it. I say, let’s stand firm between the extremes. Nuke a little and invest a little, balance is the key”

Mason on June 14, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Everything free in America

Roy Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM

..best number in a great musical!

The War Planner on June 15, 2011 at 1:00 AM

Roy Rogers on June 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM

..oh yeah, you forgot: “..everyone there will have moved here..”

The War Planner on June 15, 2011 at 1:03 AM

Obama’s poor attempt to get the PR vote pales in comparison to Bill Clinton’s outrageous pardoning the PR terrorists so that Hillary could capture the PR vote in NYC. Sleezbags all.They would have released Megale and Hitler if it meant getting the Nazi vote.

Don L on June 15, 2011 at 6:56 AM