Puerto Ricans are in a strange position in the 2016 presidential election.
They usually vote Democrat.
But there is a growing rumor, that the Democratic Party is not interested in helping Puerto Rico through its fiscal crisis…that the national Democratic Party wants more Puerto Ricans to leave the island, and move to Florida, where they will become Democratic voters.
This creates a perverse situation…where Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, actually get rewarded by Puerto Rican voters, for ruining Puerto Rico.
Within this context, a recent Tweet from Hillary Clinton was a bit too patronizing. The Tweet was not about Puerto Rico’s public debt, or its lack of water.
It was not about the Jones Act, the 11.5 percent sales tax, unemployment, or the cost of living.
It was a strange tweet about having an “abuela” in the White House. Here it is:
Apparently the Clinton campaign thinks that having an “abuela” in the White House, all by itself, is a big vote motivator for Puerto Ricans, and for Latinos in general.
This ridiculous notion prompted Latino Rebels to invent a new brand of “Abuelita Coffee.”
But this election is about more than branding.
It involves more than flying down for a weekend, dancing a little guaguancó, and yelling “¡Que viva Puerto Rico!”
This election involves the future of Puerto Rico: politically and economically.
It involves hundreds of thousands of people who can’t find jobs on their own island.
It involves US billionaires buying up the coastline of Puerto Rico, and paying no taxes for it, under the “Billionaire Tax Law” called Act 22.
We don’t need an “abuelita” in the White House.
We need a President who will take Puerto Rico seriously, and treat its people like adults…not grandchildren.
Puerto Rico needs a partner, not an “abuela,” in the White House.