Same old politics in Puerto Rico

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Five weeks ago, Wanda Vázquez Garced refused to become the next Governor of Puerto Rico.
“Not me!” she declaimed. “Find someone else!”

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/28/us/puerto-rico-governor-successor-declines-job/index.html

Then someone escorted her up Mount Quarantania, and Vázquez changed her mind.

On August 7, 2019, Vázquez was sworn in as the 187th Governor of Puerto Rico…

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/25/puerto-rico-who-is-wanda-vazquez-poised-replace-gov-rossello/1824814001/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_governors_of_Puerto_Rico#List_of_Governors_of_Puerto_Rico

And in five short days, she evolved from a terrified civil servant to a spinmeister par excellence.

Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced


On Sunday August 11, Gov. Vázquez found a tiny sacrificial lamb and heaved it toward the bloodthirsty mob. She cancelled a $450,000 contract between PREPA (the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority) and Stantec, a Canadian consulting company.

https://ktla.com/2019/08/12/puerto-rico-gov-vazquez-moves-to-suspend-450k-hurricane-recovery-contract/

The very next day, Monday August 12, Gov. Vázquez announced that she “might” declare a “state of emergency” with respect to violence against Puerto Rican women.

https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/locales/nota/wandavazquezevaluadeclararunestadodeemergenciaporlaviolenciadegenero-2511311/?fbclid=IwAR2hwpumR6RSXrlvbpEckbpSexVRz1TJgno7-12BtwCIT0zOY7qdaSfrUKQ

Both of these announcements are facially proactive: showing that this governor is a serious lady!
She tackles government corruption and macho murderers, all within a 24-hour news cycle!

 
And that is precisely the problem…because almost immediately, Gov. Vázquez has shown her method of non-governance: 1) find easy targets, 2) grab quick and easy headlines, 3) create the appearance
of action, 4) conduct this “action” in emotionally charged policy areas (i.e. domestic violence), and
5) make it difficult, preferably impossible, for anyone to track or gauge your results.

TWO QUICK ANNOUNCEMENTS

Consider these two “proactive” announcements by the new governor.

PREPA is currently in debt for $9 billion. After Hurricane Maria, it entered a massive $300 million “power restoration” contract with a company named Whitefish, which had only three employees.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/15/16648924/puerto-rico-whitefish-contract-congress-investigation

Fortunately this contract was cancelled, but PREPA currently has many multi-million dollar “restoration contracts,” and a massive $1.8 billion in contracts with Mammoth Energy Services’ subsidiary Cobra Acquisitions, which are under federal investigation.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/new-puerto-rico-governor-pledges-to-scrutinize-all-contracts

https://oklahoman.com/article/5636393/federal-investigation-into-mammoth-subsidiary-cobra-acquisitions-work-on-puerto-rico-continues-filings-show

While serving as Secretary of Justice…did Vasquez investigate the Whitefish contract, the multi-million dollar contracts, or the $1.8 billion deals with Cobra?

No.

Is she investigating them now, as governor?

No.

Instead, she picks a relatively miniscule contract with a Canadian company, in order not to ruffle any US feathers. She then promises an “in-depth review” of all outstanding PREPA contracts, despite her complete inaction on any of them during her tenure as Secretary of Justice.

In addition, during her twenty years as a district attorney in the Puerto Rico Dept. of Justice, Vázquez never prosecuted, investigated, or even discussed PREPA’s purchase of poisonous sludge oil…

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/business/dealbook/at-puerto-ricos-power-company-a-recipe-for-toxic-air-and-debt.html

Or PREPA’s falsification of lab reports…

https://www.bondbuyer.com/articles/suit-accuses-oil-traders-of-bilking-prepa

Or PREPA’s Ponzi scheme of municipal finance…

https://www.bondbuyer.com/articles/suit-accuses-oil-traders-of-bilking-prepa

https://observer.com/2016/06/did-fbi-and-justice-dept-enable-puerto-ricos-financial-meltdown/

Or PREPA’s $36.7 million dollar contract with Lisa Donahue for a “financial restructuring” which never occurred.

https://waragainstallpuertoricans.com/2016/08/04/the-cleaner-of-prepa-makes-36-7-million-in-23-monthswhile-blackouts-and-electric-bills-skyrocket-throughout-puerto-rico/

But now as governor, she is an energy crusader…rooting out a whopping $450,000 in Canadian fraud!

Her “possible” declaration of a “state of emergency” regarding violence against women is equally facile and convenient. As a district attorney, Vázquez handled domestic violence cases, so she now draws on this career platform. But what exactly does a governmental “state of emergency” mean?

When asked if it meant municipal curfews, a revised penal code, added law enforcement, workplace monitoring, domestic violence hotlines, a public education campaign and/or curricular reform, she ignored all of these and simply stated: “We will evaluate our resources and alternatives, to see what our agencies can do.”

https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/locales/nota/wandavazquezevaluadeclararunestadodeemergenciaporlaviolenciadegenero-2511311/

Vázquez knows that the Financial Control Board will not allow her to expend funds or resources in any new areas, including this one. But since she can’t declare a war or pursue weapons of mass destruction, she “might” declare a “state of emergency” on violence against women. Then she’ll visit crime scenes, console victims and grab more headlines.

WANDA “LEANS” TOWARD THE REPUBLICANS

Barely one week later, on August 20, Gov. Vázquez told El Nuevo Dia (the island’s largest newspaper) that she hopes to meet with Donald Trump, and that she “leans” toward the US Republican Party.

https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/politica/nota/lagobernadorawandavazquezseinclinahacialafilosofiarepublicana-2513013/

This is the party that passed the PROMESA bill, and sent a Financial Control Board to Puerto Rico.

https://newrepublic.com/article/132307/colonizing-puerto-rico

The party that blocked any Chapter 9 bankruptcy relief – so that Puerto Rico could not question or re-negotiate its “debt” to Wall Street vulture funds.

https://apnews.com/993ffe5783b7455da4a03516b27747c3

The party which – after Hurricane Maria – slapped an additional 12.5% export tax on many products from Puerto Rico.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-taxing-puerto-rico-to-death-20180110-story.html

The people of Puerto Rico are desperate for new solutions and a new destiny.

But in the end, after weeks of demonstrations and millions of people marching, they ended up with the same old politics: a career hack with no intention of discussing, let alone challenging, the deeper economic and political issues that have plagued their island for over a century.

That would require a leader.

For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s ColonyBuy it Now

 
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7 Comments on “Same old politics in Puerto Rico

  1. Political corruption in the two political parties on the island of Puerto Rico is the norm .
    If Donald Trump wants a good legacy after all the unsavoury acts this presidency has created…then here is your chance to redeem your tenure as president of the United States.

    IT IS WIDE OPEN, WAITING FOR A PRESIDENT WITH COJONES TO GO IN, AND FIX THIS STORM OF GREED AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO.

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  2. If this governer is corrupt she will not do anything important because of the fact that it will not benefit her.
    Therefor finishing her term as another loser among many other governors that we have endured
    On the otherhand if she has a drop of decency she will do the right thing. Whatever that means.
    But we as citizens of this sorry country will play russain roulet for another four years to see witch party steals the most money . They are all myopic to the needs of the people that elected them. We are all in fault.Remember we put them there.The political system must change to benefit us and not those politicians that constantly let us down. Let us be more inteligent about our choices. Change is needed here.
    We are looked at by others outside this 50 by 100 mile territory as a failure that connot be trusted with money.
    What a legacy. We need to change our mentality , not be complacent ,know the difference between being greedy and needy, giving not taking.
    President Kennedy in his inauguration speech over 50 years ago said’ ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country’.
    Man that applies here..

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  3. Hi there, my dear friend!! Same here … t’s so good to see you here!! Happy to hear from you and reading your information!! You are needed …. I’m doing well!! Living life … as best I can!!
    Finally got rid of Dorian!! He’s on the way out after scaring all of us!

    Now you take care!! Warm wishes for you and yours!! ❤ ….

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  4. Hello Dr. Rex!

    It’s great to hear your voice again. I hope you’re well, spirits high, and living life fully!

    As the Italians say….cent’anni, Dr. Rex!

    Lots of love,
    Nelson

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  5. ¡Más de lo mismo! Nada cambiará en Puerto Rico hasta que el país no sea libre y soberano. ¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre!

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    After the people of Puerto Rico came out in mass … then this happened!! … Five weeks ago, Wanda Vázquez Garced refused to become the next Governor of Puerto Rico.
    “Not me!” she declaimed. “Find someone else!”
    Then someone escorted her up Mount Quarantania and Vázquez changed her mind. On August 7, 2019, Vázquez was sworn in as the 187th Governor of Puerto Rico … will have to be corrected in November 2020!!

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