There is a new, improved PNP in Puerto Rico. In a bold crusade to find new voters, the PNP completely changed its platform – and even its name. It is now the Party of New Psychotics.
The Party of New Psychotics was announced through a series of Psychotic Manifestos, by the leaders of the PNP.
The first Psychotic Manifesto was proclaimed on October 6, 2015, when Luis Fortuño announced that “Puerto Rico has a spending problem.” This was later diagnosed as clinical amnesia and borderline sociopathy, from the free-spending ex-governor.
The second Psychotic Manifesto was announced on February 26, 2016, by Juan Carlos Batlle, who headed the Government Development Bank under Luis Fortuño. On that historic day, Batlle announced that “Puerto Ricans are in favor of a Financial Control Board.”
The third Psychotic Manifesto was handed on a silver platter to the U.S. Congress, on May 26, when Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi testified that a Financial Control Board is “the right and necessary thing to do.”
The fourth Psychotic Manifesto arrived on June 10, when ex-governor Fortuño declared that the Financial Control Board reflects “the failure of Puerto Rico,” and that the fiscal crisis “is all Puerto Rico’s fault.”
The fifth Psychotic Manifesto was unveiled on July 13, when Pierluisi declared the Financial Control Board will “restore honesty and transparency” to politics in Puerto Rico.
The sixth Psychotic Manifesto was written by Luis Fortuño Sr., but published under his son’s name, to proclaim that Fortuño was the most “fiscally responsible governor” in Puerto Rican history.
The psychosis of these manifestos is impressive.
But with great respect to psychotics worldwide, some of these PNP (Party of New Psychotics) proclamations cannot go unchallenged.
A LITTLE LESS AMNESIA, PLEASE
The “new” PNP seems to have amnesia. So let’s help them with that.
Gov. Luis Fortuño “reduced” 30,000 workers, closed over 100 schools, reduced pension benefits, raised the university tuition, and hiked gasoline and sales taxes.
He also campaigned aggressively against Barack Obama and for Mitt Romney, even after Romney’s infamous “let’s forget the 47%” fiasco.
Unfortunately, the “47%” which Romney and Fortuño were prepared to forget, included nearly the entire population of Puerto Rico.
$16 BILLION DOLLARS…MORE THAN ANY GOVERNOR IN HISTORY
In just four years, Gov. Luis Fortuño borrowed over $16.5 billion from Wall Street – more than any other governor in Puerto Rican history.
Then he spent most of it on “private sector contracts” for his family, friends, and financial contributors.
WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY GO ?
By the end of his short four-year term, the press reported a “flood” of private contracts that Fortuño doled out from 2009 till 2013. The amount was astounding: over $9.3 billion in private contracts.
Most of this flood of private contracts, was handed out to Fortuño’s friends and business associates.
Here is one example…
In 2011, while firing 30,000 government workers to “save money,” Fortuño tried to push a $450 million gasoline pipeline for which the largest contract, worth $9.6 million, went to Ray Engineers PSC.
Ray Engineers had no pipeline construction experience but it was owned by Fortuño’s childhood friend, Pedro Ray Chacón.
In addition, even before the pipeline project was announced, the Fortuño administration awarded about $27 million in private contracts – without public bids – for “preliminary studies.”
After all these “studies” and “private contracts,” the pipeline was not even built.
$1 BILLION FOR “PUBLICITY” AND $2.6 BILLION FOR “ORIENTATION”
During his own “good government” years, Fortuño fired 30,000 public workers…and then handed out billions of dollars in private contracts to his own personal friends. This included:
100 MILLION FOR A FAKE “FIDEICOMISO ”
Gov. Fortuño also appropriated $100 million of the island’s budget for the Fideicomiso de Ciencias.
This was supposed to fund scientific projects all over Puerto Rico: wind and solar energy research, clean-up technology for the Martin Peña channel, infrastructure improvements for PREPA.
But these never happened, because Fortuño re-appropriated the money for “other uses.”
The moment Fortuño tried to do this, one of the trustees of the Fideicomiso publicly opposed him. He even circulated a petition to stop the governor:
One year later, Fortuño took the $100 million, and three trustees of the Fideicomiso resigned in disgust:
To this day, no one knows where that $100 million finally went. It simply disappeared from the Fideicomiso.
DON’T PICK ON POOR LUIS FORTUÑO !
You’re damn right, I’m picking on him.
Let us be clear.
The Party of New Psychotics “se esta hacienda la loca.”
In their convenient amnesia, they are picking on Puerto Rico… and blaming the people of Puerto Rico for their own decades of grand theft larceny.
So we need to follow the money, and place the blame exactly where it belongs.
We need to send some of them to JAIL.
Otherwise the people of Puerto Rico will be paying for these thieves forever.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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