To honor the legacy of Angelo Falcón: fight for a fair US Census

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony


For nearly half a century, Angelo Falcón fought nobly and tirelessly for the Puerto Rican and Latino community.  One of his main battlefields was the US Census.

Here is why:

Last year (2018) the US federal government spent $4.11 trillion. A large amount of this spending, nearly $1 trillion, is determined and directed by the US Census.

Next year (2020) the US Census will be conducted online…for the first time ever, in US history. While this offers a potential for better enumeration of Latinos and minority populations, it also creates a tremendous risk…

Of well-funded, highly organized, targeted hacking of US Census digital operations, which could deeply undercount millions of Latinos throughout the country. This would systematically deprive Latinos of trillions…of TRILLIONS of dollars over the next ten years.

If you think that TRILLIONS of dollars is not enough to motivate a widespread fraud against Latinos – a fraud that can emanate from the highest levels of US government – then let’s review the history of “statistical sampling.”


Do you know the merits of “statistical sampling,” versus “straight headcount” by the US Census? The difference is this: in rural, suburban and low-density areas, a straight headcount is feasible. A census enumerator can go door-to-door — “count” every head — and report a reasonably accurate number for the people who live there.

But how can the US Census “count every head” in an environment like this one:

The answer is, they can’t. Not even close. The only way the US Census can reasonably estimate the population of East L.A or Calle Ocho or Washington Heights, is to isolate a few key census tracts…send hundreds of enumerators into those census tracts…and extrapolate their findings onto the surrounding census tracts.

This is called “statistical sampling.

Especially for crowded Latino neighborhoods, this sampling methodology is the only way to generate a reasonably accurate population report.


In Washington, D.C. policy circles, it is commonly known that sampling is favored by Democrats and opposed by Republicans – because it increases the number of minority residents that are reported in large, inner-city areas.

The US Census numbers are vital…because they determine the amount of federal monies apportioned to school districts, SNAP and pre-K programs; hospital systems, nursing homes and VA health care; Medicare Plan B subsidies and rate reductions; Medicaid/Medicare reimbursement programs; home health aides, meals, and direct assistance for senior citizens; highways, roads, and mass transit systems; public housing projects and affordable housing developments; revenue-sharing block grants; EB-5 investment projects; federal contributions to unemployment insurance payments; and thousands of other health, education and welfare programs.

Nearly a trillion dollars per year are at stake…and the US Census determines who receives it.

To understand the local impact of this, consider the following…Medicaid spending is 40% of the budget of New York State. The 2019 NY state budget was $175 billion, and the state Medicaid expenses were $70 billion. The US Census figures were critical for apportioning this $70 billion Medicaid obligation – particularly in low-income areas such as Washington Heights, East Harlem and the South Bronx.

For this reason, when the federal government refused to employ statistical sampling in the 1990 US Census, Mayor David Dinkins and New York City sued the US federal government, to compel the use of sampling. In that lawsuit, Dinkins argued that as many as 450,000 New York City residents would not be counted, without statistical sampling by the US Census.

New York City (and several other cities that joined in as plaintiffs) won this lawsuit against the federal government…and statistical sampling was used in the 2000 US Census.

This brought tens of billions of federal dollars to New York City.

In addition, a 1998 US Supreme Court case prohibited the use of sampling in the re-drawing of congressional seats, but specifically stated that sampling could be used — and in many cases was required — for the distribution of federal funds, grants and resources.


A few years later, in 2008, Barack Obama inherited the sub-prime financial disaster. While Obama did not create the problem, his solution was cynical and abhorrent.

He handed a trillion-dollar, taxpayer-funded bailout to the same Wall Street operators who created the sub-prime mortgage crisis…then these operators turned around, and kept the bailout money for themselves! It was Christmas on Wall Street, courtesy of Barack Obama.

Then to pay for his Wall Street giveaway, Obama snuck the “straight headcount” methodology back into the US Census.

He did this even though New York City and its black mayor had sued the federal government to prevent this “straight headcount” from being used…ever again!


From a Machiavellian standpoint…the manner in which Obama snuck the “straight headcount” back into the US Census, was sheer genius. But from a human standpoint, it was a deception and betrayal of nearly the entire American people . . . particularly US Latinos.

Obama nominated Robert Groves to direct the US Census. Groves sailed through his US Senate confirmation hearing – virtually undetected – and then immediately abandoned statistical sampling as the US Census methodology.

Here is the transcript of Groves’ confirmation hearing before the US Senate:

Note the following events in this transcript:

The Chairman of the hearing announces that it will be a quick hearing: “in and out within an hour and a half.” (page 2)

Another Senator jokes about “statistical sampling” (page 3)

Robert Groves states – clearly and emphatically – that he will NOT use statistical sampling as director of the US Census. (page 15)

The Chairman announces his intention “to move this nomination through committee next week…it’s critical that you get confirmed and get started.” (page 26)


Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court, in the same week that he nominated Robert Groves to direct the US Census.

The hoopla surrounding Sonia’s nomination enabled the Senate to quietly fast-track the Groves nomination: with a one and one-half hour “hearing” for something…that was already a done deal.

In other words, the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor – and the media circus that accompanied it, and spread all the way to Europe – was planned and timed to serve as a cover for the real money appointment.

Robert Groves was the main event…not Sonia. But nobody realized it.


Through this clever system of appointments, Obama was able to have his cake and eat it, too. He appeared heroic for appointing a Puerto Rican to the Supreme Court…at the same time that he silently engineered the denial of trillions of federal dollars from Latino neighborhoods, and Latino school districts, all over the US.

More than 200 years ago, banker Mayer Amschel Rothschild – the founder of the House of Rothschild – announced “Give me control over a nation’s money, and I care not who writes its laws.” Obama followed this formula to a “T.”

And if a charismatic black president — the first black president in the history of the US — could do this to the Latino community…if a supposedly “liberal” Democrat contrived and executed this slick plan in the White House, to deprive Latinos of TRILLIONS of dollars…do you really think that in the era of President Trump, Ann Coulter and white Nationalists, there will NOT be any clandestine “tinkering” and “tweaking” of the first online Census?

In honor of Angelo Falcón and everything he stood for, Latinos nationwide need to pay attention and take firm action, to protect the integrity of the 2020 US Census.

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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Puerto Ricans demonstrate at the Museum of Modern Art

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Today, Monday October 21 at 9:30 am, hundreds of Puerto Ricans will scream and shout at hundreds of (mostly) white people.

The shouting will occur in front of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) at 11 West 53rd street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It will be the Puerto Rican contribution – the Boricua critique – of the new and shiny MoMA.

One of the largest and most influential art museums in the world, MoMA now becomes larger and more influential with a $450 million renovation, and a Board of Trustees that reads like a “Who’s Who?” of the US power elite.

Sharon Percy Rockefeller.  Emily Roth Pulitzer.  Ronald S. Lauder.  Jerry I. Spyer.  The Rockefellers and Pulitzers need no introduction. Ronald Lauder, the son of Esteé Lauder, has a net worth in excess of $4 billion. Spyer is well-known to New Yorkers: they walk past his name every day, in foot-high bold lettering, on dozens of luxury construction sites all over the city.

Yet today October 21, Puerto Ricans will protest over another name on this board: a man named Steven Tananbaum.

Up here in El Norte, Tananbaum is known as a billionaire philanthropist who also sits on the Council of Foreign Relations.

He’s known as the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Golden Tree Asset Management — where he supervises 26 partners, more than 250 employees, and over $31 billion of other people’s money.

He’s known as a devoted husband and family man. A stay-at-home type with a home so big, that it requires a helicopter to photograph it.

He’s well-known in Florida, with a condo in Palm Beach.

But the character of billionaires and bums and everyone in between, cannot be found in sponsored bios or blaring headlines.

It is found in silence and small details, in the dark, when no one is looking.

Let’s examine a few of those dark details, in the life of Steven Tananbaum.


The MoMA Board of Trustees is a public relations machine. It frames its members as altruists: all tirelessly and selflessly donating their time, to bring art to the masses.

But for Tananbaum this board is much more. It is also the perfect business school: exposing him to new horizons of planetary profit.

Horizon #1 – Leveraged Buyouts

On the MoMA board, Tananbaum sits next to Marie-Josée Kravis.

Marie-Josée is a Canadian economist who served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In 2005 she was named president of the MoMA Board of Trustees, and became president emerita in 2018. She is also the wife of Henry R. Kravis.

So what?  Who the hell is Henry?

Henry R. Kravis co-founded Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), the company that turned “leveraged buyouts” into a national business model.

What the hell is a leveraged buyout?”

It’s a ruthless way of generating billions in quick profits.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s, KKR hunted all over the US for wounded companies…bought them fast…killed them…dismembered them…then sold each dead part to the highest bidder. Very often the “highest bidder” was not in the US…and millions of US jobs were outsourced out of the country, permanently, so that Henry Kravis could become a multi-billionaire.

While sitting on the MoMA board, and by great coincidence, the leveraged buyout became a business template for Tananbaum.

He now works aggressively in the LBO sector, and even arranges LBO loans.

Horizon #2 – Fine Art

Many millions of dollars can be made overnight, if you are a shrewd art buyer with the nerves of a riverboat gambler.

Tananbaum had the money and the nerves but needed the info – and he got it by the bushel, on the MoMA Board of Trustees.

What better place in the world, to find out which painters are on the decline? Which sculptors are about to get “hot”? Who is making, forging, buying, selling, the most profitable art in the entire world?

Armed with this knowledge, plugged into the MoMA hotline of inside information, Tananbaum proceeded to plunder the world of fine art.

He approached Jeff Koons, known as “the most expensive living artist in the world,” and purchased three multi-million dollar sculptures from him. Now he’s suing Koons for faster delivery; and the right to duplicate, re-issue and sell Koons’ sculptures.

Horizon #3 – Puerto Rico

Horizon #3 is an entire race of people.

Another MoMA board member – Daniel Ochs – was snapping up Puerto Rico municipal bonds, and Daniel showed Tananbaum the ropes…

Daniel’s bonds were triple tax-exempt (no federal, state or municipal taxes). Under federal law, Puerto Ricans are prohibited from filing for Chapter IX bankruptcy – and are thus are unable to protect themselves or re-negotiate their payment.

An entirely separate source of revenue – the Puerto Rico Sales Tax – had been created to pay, and to guarantee the payment, of these Puerto Rico bonds.

The sales tax would be a whopping 11.5%, the highest sales tax anywhere in the US.  This tax would be applied to the highest-priced products in the US, thanks to the Jones Act.

If any Puerto Ricans complained, the US Congress was sending down a “Financial Control Board” to commandeer the entire island’s economy, close their schools, cut their pensions, and force Puerto Ricans pay their so-called “debt.”

In this way, the municipal bond pirates could all “invest” a few pennies…demand a full dollar’s return…and the US government would operate as their collection agency!


The things you learn on the MoMA Board of Trustees!


Tananbaum is not sentimental. He monetizes things. He bets on their life and death.
Right now he’s betting on the death of Puerto Rico.

The COFINA bonds purchased and promoted by Tananbaum are all illegal. They exceed the legal debt limit of the Commonwealth government, and violate Section VI of the Constitution of Puerto Rico.

But Tananbaum does not care about legality; he invokes it only for economic expedience.

He does not care about 300 schools closing in Puerto Rico; hundreds of thousands losing their pensions; or an entire island paying an 11.5% sales tax, in order to ensure a billion-dollar profit for…
Mr. Tananbaum.

Because for Tananbaum and most of Wall Street, Puerto Rico has become a punching bag…a feeding troth…a place to grab a fortune, no matter whom and how many it hurts.

A place where fine citizens can become psychopaths – leading characters in a Caribbean version of Westworld or The Purge – before heading back to the mainland with a clear conscience (albeit the conscience of a psychopath) to resume their “real” roles among “real” human beings.

Tananbaum knows that to the US, Puerto Rico is an invisible island. He knows that whatever crimes he commits in that island, whatever pain he inflicts on its people, the US public will still view him as a public servant…a dedicated philanthropist…a patron of the arts.

And that is why hundreds of Puerto Ricans must shout today – loudly, nobly, with great passion.

Because if they don’t, the Tananbaums will sink their teeth deeper.

They will suck and gobble, divide and multiply.

Blood dripping down their faces.

As Puerto Rico becomes a giant P5 – a Public Private Partnership for the Plunder of Puerto Rico.

And then it becomes Macondo.

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

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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!”

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…

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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?


Is she investigating them now, as governor?


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…

Or PREPA’s falsification of lab reports…

Or PREPA’s Ponzi scheme of municipal finance…

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

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.”

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.


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.

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

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

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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The David Begnaud Book Club

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David Begnaud is much more than a journalist. Over the past two years, he has become a gladiator for Puerto Rico.

Ever since Hurricane Maria, Begnaud’s in-depth and on-the-ground reporting from the island have set a new standard for insight, courage, fact-checking, and deep-context journalism.  This high standard has been widely recognized: in February 2018, Begnaud received the prestigious George Polk Award for Public Service for his journalism on Puerto Rico.

David Begnaud reporting live from Puerto Rico

Petitions are now circulating in support of Begnaud winning an Emmy Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his journalism on Puerto Rico.

A few weeks ago, War Against All Puerto Ricans came under the David Begnaud microscope.  Begnaud recently started a book club, and he made WAAPR one of the first “book club selections.”  But he didn’t stop there. Begnaud also aired three podcasts: each containing his own personal review, of several chapters in the book.


In every podcast the detail of Begnaud’s commentary, and his level of textual attention, is striking.  This attention is balanced: Begnaud acknowledges certain critics who questioned the book’s accuracy and sourcing (despite its more than 700 footnotes).  But more than anything, the attention is laser-sharp.

With a journalist’s instinct for the key word, the telling detail, Begnaud shares his insights on the Ponce Massacre, the Carpetas progam of FBI surveillance, the sterilization of Puerto Rican women, the cancer experiments of Dr. Cornelius Rhodes, the Tydings Independence Bill, the sugar empire of Charles Herbert Allen (the first civilian US governor of Puerto Rico) and the tortured personal life of Luis Muñoz Marín, the island’s first elected governor.

The Begnaud reviews appeared on Instagram and Facebook.  They received over 150,000 views and generated thousands of comments.  Within two days, the book sold out on Amazon and the publisher had to rush-deliver some more.  Clearly, the David Begnaud Book Club is a force to be reckoned with!

Now that Labor Day is winding down, folks are returning from vacation, and Amazon has re-stocked the book, many of us hope that David will complete his fascinating reviews of War Against All Puerto Ricans.  With just a few podcasts, he sparked a nationwide discussion of the history of Puerto Rico…and how that history continues to haunt us.

Thank you, David, for sharing our history.

Thank you for helping the US to understand what’s happening: to our island, and to our people.

Thank you for giving new life and meaning, to my grandmother’s words: “Puerto Rican eyes are all dark, with lots of yesterdays in them.”

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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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reveals “How Business is Done” in Washington, D.C.

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In 2010, the Citizens United decision by the US Supreme Court, opened the door for anonymous and unlimited election spending by corporations: and by the wealthy people who own them.

For nearly a decade, this unlimited money has been funneled through super PACs: Political Action Committees which distribute millions (even billions) of dollars to “cooperative” US senators, congresspersons, governors and state legislators throughout the country.

Last week, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled the curtain on this scheme…in a way that our entire nation could understand.

Here is how she did it:

This is one of AOC’s unique and powerful gifts: like Norma Rae, Ana Maria Polo, and Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, she speaks simply and directly…in terms that everyone can understand and identify with.

Citizens United is being applied cynically and aggressively in Puerto Rico.

The island needs to see the immensity, and the urgency, of what AOC has just dramatized for them.

Here are some examples, of how money and media are destroying Puerto Rico:

Three cheers for AOC…Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a gladiator in the US Congress.

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