Archive for June, 2016

Myths, Lies and Capitalism

June 25, 2016

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RADICAL ISLAM: THE MOST DANGEROUS IDEOLOGY

June 13, 2016

CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON CONTROL BOARD AND SUPREME COURT DECISION ON PUERTO RICO

June 10, 2016

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CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON CONTROL BOARD AND SUPREME COURT DECISION ON PUERTO RICO

by Miriam J Ramirez MD

June 10, 2016

Yesterday’s events will be written as one of the most important days in the history of the United States and its territory, Puerto Rico, USA.

Under Speaker Paul Ryan’s leadership and personal tutelage, the US HOUSE overwhelmingly approved HR 5278, bill to restructure Puerto Rico’s debt and help their fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.

Not to say the least, the Supreme Court said yesterday that Puerto Rico is a territory and nothing that has happened changed that since 1898.

I want to recognize the thousands of grassroots people of Puerto Rico, who abandoned by our leaders, mobilized as grassroots do, using social media, phones, faxes, whatever to get their message out to Washington that we support the Fiscal Control Board PROMESA.

All this, while the official political establishment, aided by the highest paid lobbyists in the world, politicians whose campaigns were supported by the richest in the world who moved their money and their influences to try to influence Washington against the Control Board, so as to able to continue to fleece the US Taxpayers and the people of Puerto Rico.

For that sector there is a lot at stake. There is a trillion dollar IRS Tax Evasion gimmick using our US territory and it is not Puerto Rican’s money.

They tried to derail Speaker Paul Ryan’s commitment, which as he patriotically said, was to help his fellow US citizens in Puerto Rico. Speaker Ryan stood steadfast, working through holidays, recesses, and family days, to deliver hope and a better future for the forgotten stepchildren of America and he prevailed.

We helped the only way poor grassroots can. We generated hundreds of thousand of tweets, faxes, phone calls, and messages from Puerto Ricans active in the social media to the President, Speaker Ryan and other members of Congress, and they did not let us down! They delivered to us, and we are grateful, their fellow citizens of Puerto Rico.

The President has said he will sign the Bill for the JUNTA in spite of the political leadership lobbying and fighting against their own constituents, and who failed to deliver to their ridiculously wealthy donors who sent them a on a wild costly mission to New York and Washington on Monday to kill HR 5278.

President Obama went far, and called the Puerto Rican Congressmen to his office and looked at them straight in the eye and I could almost hear him say (“DON’T YOU F (fail)…. ME ON THIS !!!) Of course, I really wasn’t there. but they all went back to the Hill, humbled, and voted for the Bill, even Rep. Nydia Velazquez who almost choked when she said she would favor it, and spoke highly of it. I think she even cried.. I commend her for that.

All except Chicago’s own elected (who embarrassed us and calls himself Puerto Rican?) who screeched yesterday to all members right on the House Floor “Preciosa… No dejes que el tirano te trate con su negra maldad.” and you could hear congressmen saying ” What’d he Say? ” Can’t imagine their impression of him when someone translated they were called tyrants. This guy is going to have a hard time getting a bill passed in Congress for his district from now on. And Chicago… you can keep him. We don’t need him in PR.

With a swift hand and not a tremble in his voice, speaker Ryan kept his PROMESA ! This gentleman made AMERICAN History yesterday! HR 5278 passed the House!!! WE THE PEOPLE WON !!! The Patriotic Americans in Congress stepped up to the plate for their fellow Americans in Puerto Rico

For us Puerto Ricans, a new leaf has been turned. So we are a back to 1898 ! Let’s pretend we turn back the clock and let’s start all over again! We are looking forward to this new beginning and a fabulous American ending to our territorial status.

In the meantime, you’ll find me next week somewhere talking to someone in the halls of the US Senate or on tweeter…

Miriam Ramirez MD
http://themjreport.blogspot.com/2016/06/congresional-action-on-control-board.html

Cámara baja favorece proyecto que impone una junta de control fiscal

June 9, 2016

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WASHINGTON.- Con fuerte respaldo bipartidista, la Cámara de Representantes aprobó esta tarde (297-127) el  proyecto 5278 que impone una junta federal de control fiscal por encima del gobierno de Puerto Rico y abre la puerta a procesos en favor de la reestructuración de la deuda.

“Puerto Rico está en problemas”, dijo el speaker Paul Ryan al defender la legislación en el hemiciclo y después de haber hecho fuerte campaña dentro de su caucus a favor de la legislación.

La medida abre la puerta a procesos de reestructuración de la deuda del gobierno de Puerto Rico y de los sistemas públicos de retiro, pero a costa de una junta federal que tomará las últimas decisiones en la Isla sobre planes fiscal, presupuestos y con poder para revisar leyes.

Previo a la votación final, la Cámara baja ratificó siete de las ocho enmiendas que llegaron al pleno.

La única que se derrotó y fue a votación electrónica fue la demócrata que buscó sacar de la legislación el lenguaje que permitiría al gobernador de Puerto Rico reducir de $7.25 por hora a $4.25 por hora el salario mínimo de los que tienen 25 años o menos.

Las enmiendas ratificadas incluyen una del republicano Sean Duffy (Wisconsin) y el comisionado residente en Washington, Pedro Pierluisi, para ampliar el acceso de Puerto Rico al programa HUBZone de contrataciones federales para empresas pequeñas y  medianas.

También la propuesta de los congresistas demócratas boricuas José Serrano (Nueva York) y Nydia Velázquez (Nueva York) para mantener la vigencia de la comisión de auditoría que examina la legalidad de la deuda, aunque sus hallazgos, advirtió el presidente del Comité de Recursos Naturales, Rob Bishop (Utah), estarán sujetos a la revisión de la propuesta junta federal.

Los promotores republicanos de la legislación, que lleva el número 5278, elogiaron la medida como una respuesta a una crisis fiscal y de deuda pública que consideran responsabilidad exclusiva de los que han gobernado la Isla.

La crisis ha sido causada debido a “préstamos irresponsables” de gobiernos de Puerto Rico, indicó el republicano James Sensenbrenner (Wisconsin), quien tuvo reuniones en la Isla en marzo pasado como enviado del speaker Paul Ryan y es uno de los coauspiciadores del proyecto 5278.

“Buscamos que el dolor (que causa la crisis)  sea compartido”, por  medio de reformas fiscales y procesos dirigidos hacia la reestructuración de la deuda pública, indicó Sensenbrenner, un expresidente del Comité de lo Juridico.

Como representante de la Isla, el comisionado  Pierluisi pidió a sus colegas la aprobación de la medida, al destacar que el gobierno – con una deuda de $70,000 millones, sin incluir los $44,000 millones quedeben los sistemas públicos de retiro-, “está a punto del colapso”.

“Sin este proyecto de ley casi nadie gana, y casi todo el mundo pierde”, indicó Pierluisi, quien habló durante el tiempo concedido para debatir las reglas formales sobre la discusión de esta tarde.

“Hay algunos políticos en Puerto Rico que buscan un mecanismo de reestructuración de deuda amplio por parte del Congreso pero se oponen a una Junta de Supervisión.  Ésta no es una posición realista, y resultaría en que Puerto Rico no reciba ayuda”, indicó Pierluisi.

Mientras, el congresista demócrata boricua Luis Gutiérrez (Illinois) fue el único en consumir turnos en contra de la legislación, la cual considera una ofensa, aun reconociendo el carácter colonial de la relación entre Puerto Rico y EEUU.

El republicano Sean Duffy (Wisconsin) sostuvo que entiende la pasión de Gutiérrez, pero recordó que esta legislación es una transacción bipartidista, con respaldo del Tesoro.

“Hay que tener sentido común”, dijo Duffy, al indicar que las referencias a la dignidad de los puertorriqueños frente a una nueva capa de autoridad federal, deben compararse con la pobreza que sostuvo existe en Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico not sovereign, Supreme Court says

June 9, 2016

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WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico has its own Constitution and elects its own leaders, but it remains under the thumb of Congress, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 6-2 decision.

The case involved a simple criminal prosecution for firearms sales, but the broader dispute focused on the commonwealth’s autonomy. Lawyers for Puerto Rico argued that it should be able to try two men who already had pleaded guilty in federal court. Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the majority, said that would amount to double jeopardy.

“There is no getting away from the past,” Kagan wrote. “Because the ultimate source of Puerto Rico’s prosecutorial power is the federal government … the Commonwealth and the United States are not separate sovereigns.”

During oral argument in January, a majority of justices appeared to side with the Obama administration, which argued that as a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico cannot try the gun dealers after federal courts have acted. “Congress is the one who makes the rules,” said Nicole Saharsky, an assistant solicitor general.

Most of the justices said the island’s increased autonomy — electing its own leaders and enacting its own Constitution in 1952 — did not make it independent. “If you go back, the ultimate source of authority is Congress,” Kagan said at the time; she reiterated that opinion Thursday.

Moreover, if both the federal and island judiciaries could rule on the same cases, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, it would present “real practicalities of multiple prosecutions.”

But Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, who both dissented Thursday, adamantly stood by Puerto Rico — with Breyer warning that if the court ruled against it, “that has enormous implications” for setting back the island’s legal status.

“Longstanding customs, actions and attitudes, both in Puerto Rico and on the mainland, uniformly favor Puerto Rico’s position — that it is sovereign, and has been since 1952, for purposes of the double jeopardy clause,” Breyer wrote in their dissent.

Sotomayor, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, said during oral argument that the island is “estado libre asociado” — a “free associated state.”

The case was the first of two involving Puerto Rico to come before the high court this term. The justices also are weighing the commonwealth’s effort to restructure part of its $70 billion public debt, an issue that is also before Congress.. A federal appeals court blocked the restructuring because of conflicts with U.S. bankruptcy laws.

Enmiendas al proyecto Promesa de junta fiscal

June 9, 2016

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Si se aprueba la junta fiscal con muchas de las enmiendas sometidas esta semana seria mucho mejor proyecto. La inclusion de PR en el earn income tax credit, la inclusion de Puerto Rico en el child tax credit, paridad en medicaid y medicare además de convertir a todo PR en una zona de negocios o Hub zone bajo la small business administration es excelente.

Eso si deben eliminar el traqueteo con el mínimo federal.  La realidad es que no todas estas enmiendas van a ser aprobadas pero de aprobarse solo una pequeña fracción de estas mejoraría grandemente el proyecto. De hecho el establecer una junta fiscal para Puerto Rico es totalmente necesario con o sin enmiendas.

La irresponsabilidad de la clase política en PR es tal que se creían miembros de la realeza en un territorio americano y desfalcaron sistemáticamente el gobierno local con sus cómplices en los Estados Unidos continentales. Hay que auditar absolutamente todos los libros, de todas las administraciones, llevar a justicia a todos los que hallan fallado a Puerto Rico y nuestra Nación los Estados Unidos de America.

 

UN MEJOR PUERTO RICO ES POSIBLE

June 6, 2016

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No Bailout: PROMESA Act Protects Taxpayers

June 1, 2016

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No Bailout: PROMESA Act Protects Taxpayers
June 1, 2016|
Speaker Ryan Press Office

When Natural Resources Committee leaders introduced bipartisan legislation to tackle Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, one thing was clear: It isn’t a bailout. And after the committee approved the bill, it preserved that critical principle of protecting taxpayers.

The PROMESA Act addresses Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis at no risk to taxpayers, giving the territory the opportunity to make much-needed reforms. The only risk to taxpayer comes if we do not pass this plan.

Last week, we showed you a compilation of op-eds and editorial boards supporting PROMESA—a follow-up to our earlier round-up of conservative praise.

Here are more excerpts to help you understand important PROMESA provisions:

“The heart of the revised legislation remains the establishment of a fiscal oversight board like those successfully modeled in Washington D.C. in 1996 and New York City in 1975. It is empowered to compel the adoption of responsible, balanced budgets and, where necessary, to close government agencies and reduce the island’s bloated government workforce.” (Daily Caller: Andrew Quinlan, Center for Freedom and Prosperity)

“The agreement was a rarely seen exercise in bipartisanship that has come about as Puerto Rico’s debt crisis has worsened. The realization set in that the bill was a better option than a taxpayer-funded bailout that the U.S. might have to consider if Puerto Rico’s economy continued on its downward trajectory. Some of the amendments themselves were bipartisan.” (NBC News)

“Under Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Republicans are staring at the possibility of an important policy victory. Facing an imminent humanitarian crisis in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, a number of courageous House Republicans have stepped up to lead and carry out the important—and not always sexy—function of governing. . . . Unlike TARP or the auto bailout, PROMESA is not a bailout or a free pass for the island of Puerto Rico to continue down its disastrous path.” (Opportunity Lives)

“The revised bill, introduced last week, would put Puerto Rico’s fiscal policy under the authority of a federal control board and establish a legal framework to restructure its $72 billion in debt.” (The Daily Signal)

“In many ways, the bill is a big win for limited government conservatives. It has no taxpayer bailout of Puerto Rico—not a single dime of taxpayer money is sent down there. Rather, Puerto Rico will have to work their own way out of $72 billion in debt and defaults.”