Forbes is a US business magazine. It publishes the “Forbes 400” list of the world’s richest people, and the Forbes list of the largest international companies. Their motto is “Forbes…the Capitalist Tool.”
In short, they service and represent the financial interests of Wall Street. They are NOT a friend of Puerto Rico. And yet recently, Forbes published an idea that makes sense…
To place a garnish on every politician’s pension in Puerto Rico.
“MUSICO PAGO NO TOCA BIEN”
There is an old Puerto Rican saying…“once the musician is paid, they don’t play so well.”
This common-sense principle should be applied to every member of the PPD and the PNP who has been elected to anything, for the past 50 years.
The arrival of a Financial Control Board in Puerto Rico is a clear indication that the politicians have been failing in their job, lining their pockets, and robbing their own people.
Therefore…before teachers lose their pensions…before any government worker loses their pension, the politicians should all have their pensions placed into an escrow account.
They should be the first ones to lose their pensions, before anyone else on the island.
The first reaction will probably be this one:
LET THE FIGHTING BEGIN
The politicians will literally fight to recover their pensions.
They will viciously, even violently, blame each other for the chaos in Puerto Rico.
At first it will be PPD versus PNP…but eventually and inexorably, the fight will degenerate until everyone is blaming everyone else.
El Nuevo Dia will run photos like this one, where the Japanese parliament discussed a bill on national pacifism…
Or this vote in Taiwan…where the legislators punched, kicked and tossed each other off the podium…as students sang a patriotic song (see bottom right of photo).
Or this roll call vote, regarding taxes for pre-K education and school lunches.
Notice how Ma Ying-jeou, the Chairman of the Koumintang, continues speaking and counting the votes.
SOCIAL DARWINISM STARTS AT THE TOP
And so in Puerto Rico, our leaders should lead by example.
Before subjecting the rest of the island to losing their pensions, the politicians should put their own pensions on the line. Let them pay the price, for the poor decisions and outright greed of the past 50 years.
Here is the Forbes magazine article:
I disagree with 99% of the article.
The only point I agree with, is that every elected official in Puerto Rico, for the past 50 years, should have their pension suspended until everyone else’s pension is safe, and until the minimum wage is at least $10 an hour, for everyone on the island.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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