According to the New York Times, Congressman Jeffrey D. Duncan has called for “a Financial Control Board to take over the island’s government.”
This Financial Control Board is the equivalent of a landlord who charges you monthly rent, AND manages your personal checking account…from 1,500 miles away.
In effect, this “Financial Control Board” will treat Puerto Ricans like five-year old children, who are incapable of managing their own affairs.
Duncan is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
He is also a Republican congressman from South Carolina.
This last fact begs the question…at what point in its illustrious history, did the state of South Carolina become equipped, to tell Puerto Rico what to do?
One of the Confederate states, who went to war to preserve slavery, was South Carolina.
Just a few days ago, a white man killed nine black Christians during Sunday mass…in South Carolina.
The Confederate flag still waves over the State Capitol building…in South Carolina.
In short, South Carolina does not have the moral standing, or intellectual heft, to “take over the island’s government.”
If we are going to place South Carolina and its Republican congressman into a directly controlling position over Puerto Rico, we might as well install Ann Coulter as the new Governor of Puerto Rico.
Let us all read the novel Deliverance, tune up our banjos, and prepare for the day when Puerto Rico must “squeal like a pig.”
The porcine odor of a “Financial Control Board” wafting down from South Carolina is not a good one. It stinks of racism, ignorance, and millions of downwardly mobile white voters looking for someone to blame.
Rather than hold its government, its corporations, FCC v. Citizens United, or the exponential growth of income inequality throughout the US accountable, they can all blame the Puerto Ricans…1,500 miles away…as the source of their misery.
In a word, NO.
Puerto Rico should REFUSE to pay the $73 billion public debt, which is an international violation of human rights.
Puerto Rico should REJECT this financial control board.
South Carolina should NOT rule over Puerto Rico.