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— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) June 5, 2017
Recommended reading, in English:
The governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, has famously declared that,
“No hay dinero para pagar los servicios esenciales y pagar a los acreedores.”
(“There is no money to pay for essential services and to pay the creditors.”)
He never mentions the fact that Puerto Rico has a bloated bureaucracy,
of the 900,000 people who have jobs in Puerto Rico, roughly 300,000 work for government.
Those 300,000 have, for the most part, better benefits than private sector workers, and vastly better than small family-owned businesses: 14 holidays in addition to 30 vacation days plus 18 days of sick pay. I’ve always joked that Puerto Rico has more vacation than France.
There has been very little effort to reduce either the size of the bureaucracy or the benefits, if any.
Jon Perdue, author of The War of All the People, asks, Is Puerto Rico Bankrupt Or Just Unwilling To Reform?
Their [The Government Development Bank and members of the Puerto Rican government] 2015 “Puerto Rico Fiscal and Economic Growth Plan,” put out numbers that claimed that the commonwealth’s debt service represents 40% of the general operating budget. That number was disputed in recent congressional testimony by Carlos Colon De Armas, a professor of finance at the University of Puerto Rico, who put the number closer to 16%, when the consolidated budget numbers and alternate revenues are added in.A 40% debt-service load could almost certainly be grounds for claiming insolvency, whereas debt loads of 20% or less have historically been repaid with relatively painless budget restraint. As Colon De Armas puts it, “Utilizing bankruptcy when the debt service burden is 16% is equivalent to saying that ‘we can pay our debts, but we’d rather not pay them.’ ”
Read the whole thing.
Earlier today I listened to a blogger call on tomorrow’s Center for Security Policy’s conference, Chavismo without Chavez
Frank Gaffney, Michael Braun, Former Assistant Administrator and Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Jon Perdue, Director of Latin American Programs at the Fund for American Studies, talked about tomorrow’s topics, particularly the collective threat Venezuela, Hezbollah, the FARC and Iran present to the Western Hemisphere and the US homeland.
I had the opportunity to ask Jon Perdue is it would be correct to assume that Timothy Tracy‘s detention in Venezuela (like Alan Gross‘ in Cuba) on espionage charges is orchestrated by Cuba. Perdue’s reply was yes, and both men are now political pawns of Cuba, which not only controls all of Venezuela’s intelligence services, but also the issuing of passports and ingress and egress into Venezuela.
My other question was to Michael Braun, are the direct flights from Iran to Venezuela still continuing after Hugo Chavez’s death? He replied yes.
After the CSP presentation, the call had Col. Alan West, who talked about tomorrow’s 9:30 AM-11:30 AM press conference by three families of Navy SEAL Team VI special forces servicemen,
The areas of inquiry at the press conference will include but not be limited to:
1. How President Obama and Vice President Biden, having disclosed on May 4, 2011, that Navy Seal Team Six carried out the successful raid on Bin Laden’s compound resulting in the master terrorist’s death, put a retaliatory target on the backs of the fallen heroes.
2. How and why high-level military officials sent these Navy SEAL Team VI heroes into battle without special operations aviation and proper air support.
3. How and why the military brass carries out too many ill-prepared missions to boost their standing with top-level military brass and the Commander-in-Chief in order that they can be promoted.
4. How the military restricts special operations servicemen and others from engaging in timely return fire when fired upon by the Taliban and other terrorist groups and interests, thus jeopardizing the servicemen’s lives.
5. How and why the denial of requested pre-assault fire may have contributed to the shoot down of the Navy SEAL Team VI helicopter and the death of these special operations servicemen.
6. How Afghani forces accompanying the Navy SEAL Team VI servicemen on the helicopter were not properly vetted and how they possibly disclosed classified information to the Taliban about the mission, resulting in the shoot down of the helicopter.
7. How military brass, while prohibiting any mention of a Judeo-Christian God, invited a Muslim cleric to the funeral for the fallen Navy SEAL Team VI heroes who disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah. A video of the Muslim cleric’s “prayer” will be shown with a certified translation.
The press conference will be livestreamed. I’ll post a link on it tomorrow.
The remaining blogger call discussed True The Vote’s settlement agreement
“True the Vote can now begin reconstruction and review of the 18th Congressional District election race between Colonel Allen West and Patrick Murphy,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “We must stop this scandalous cycle of ignoring failures in our electoral process when the campaigns and cameras go home. Understanding how failures in administration can effect elections, as we saw in St. Lucie County, will help prevent them from occurring in the future. We cannot allow slipshod standards to become pandemic across our country’s election processes – citizens can and will stand up in defense of election integrity.”
If you can make it to the CSP conference tomorrow, here’s the information.
Today at 4:30PM EDT Silvio Canto’s guest will be Jon Perdue, author of the must-read book on Latin America, The War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism.
Jon Perdue is the director of Latin America programs at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C. In this capacity he travels extensively throughout Latin America, lecturing at universities and think tanks (in English and Spanish) and participating in conferences that bring together Latin America scholars and policymakers.
The Amazon page describes The War of All the People: The Nexus of Latin American Radicalism and Middle Eastern Terrorism as
The War of All the People elucidates the ideological and political war against the United States, capitalism, and the widely accepted tenets of modernity. Spearheading this war are Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, two “revolutionary” leaders who have forged an active alliance hell-bent on destroying the established order in the developed world.
Adopted as the operative name of his war on U.S. “imperialism,” the “War of All the People” is Hugo Chávez’s plan to supplant U.S. dominance in the hemisphere with “twenty-firstcentury socialism.” Although U.S. presidents and policymakers have treated Chávez’s antics with benign neglect thus far, his 2010 missile accord with a soon-to-be nuclear Iran has escalated the threat to an unavoidable level. Chávez’s ability to thwart sanctions on Iran by providing oil, and possibly uranium, to the corrupt regime makes his bluster more sinister than the simple rant of a third world caudillo.
The War of All the People goes beyond merely pondering the unlikely alliance between seemingly antithetical cultures. Scholars, students, and policymakers will learn about the long history of cooperation between Middle Eastern and Latin American terrorist groups, from the radical mecca of Algiers in the 1960s, where Che Guevara and Amilcar Cabral both resided, to the Tricontinental Conference in Cuba in 1966, which first brought Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat together.
I have recommended the book in the past, and can not emphasize enough that this is a must-read.
Listen to the podcast live at 4:30PM, or to the archived podcast at your convenience.