Puerto Rico’s miracle man

Former member, U.S. House of Representatives; currently governor; holder of a law degree from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s from Georgetown; Reagan Republican; 50 years old.  With credentials like these, one might conclude quickly I am referring to one of America’s higher-profile 2012 Republican presidential contenders. No; at least not yet.  

The man described by the above resume is the energetic and telegenic Luis Fortuño, currently in the middle of his first four-year term as Puerto Rico’s chief executive.  Although Fortuño is still largely unknown outside Puerto Rico, the phenomenal successes he already has achieved to bring the island’s previously sour economy back to life, is certain to raise his reputation and his image nationally – as well it should. 

Government leaders from President Obama and Speaker John Boehner on down would serve themselves — and the people they represent — well to study and learn from what Fortuño has done in just his first biennium in office.  He has not dallied.  He has not wrung his hands in pity.  He has not tried to “jump start” Puerto Rico’s economy with government “stimulus” monies.  He has not wasted time blaming his predecessors.  What he has done is to confront the fiscal mess he inherited in January 2009; put together a multi-faceted plan to turn the economy around; worked with the legislature; and, in his words, “stayed the course.”  

The “Puerto Rico miracle” is no mirage. 

How bad was the situation facing Fortuño in the fall of 2008 even before he took office?  Bad enough that Puerto Rico’s credit rating was near “junk bond” level; requiring Fortuño to travel to New York to meet with investment community leaders to urge them not to reduce the island’s rating even further.  Puerto Rico’s budget deficit stood at $3.3 billion — at nearly 44% of revenues, worse than any of the 50 states.  There was not even enough cash to meet his first payroll.  One big reason for this predicament was the sheer size of the Commonwealth’s bureaucracy – nearly 70% of the budget was eaten up by government employee salaries and benefits. 

Puerto Rico’s fiscal turnaround since January 2009 has been nothing short of remarkable. 

The huge budget deficit has been reduced significantly; as a percentage of revenues it has dropped from nearly 44% to less than 11%.  Government employment rolls have been reduced dramatically – by 17,000 and continuing to fall.  Defined benefit pension plans have been closed out; the number of government agencies has been slashed; and the overall budget has been chopped a full 20%. 

As a direct result of Fortuño’s work, Puerto Rico’s bond rating with Moody’s has leaped from Baa3 to A3; the highest it has been in 35 years. 

Fortuño is hardly resting on his laurels and basking in the limelight.  Recognizing that high taxes harm an economy rather than help it, he recently signed into law significant individual and corporate tax reductions.  Corporate rates have been cut 11% and the former, seven-tier tax structure simplified to three lowered rates.  Individual rates have been slashed an average of 25%, and will reach nearly a 50% reduction over the next several years. 

In a unique effort to help ensure the government continues to behave in a fiscally responsible manner, future tax cuts will depend on the government continuing to meet targeted goals, including cuts in operating expenses.  Every one of the island’s taxpayers will have a stake in making sure those goals are met. 

To help ensure Puerto Rico’s long-term fiscal viability, Fortuño has been instituting a strong public-private partnership for schools, airports, and other facilities; and implemented a successful housing initiative.  The formerly Byzantine government permitting process has been dramatically reformed.  And the beat goes on. 

How do you spell “success” in politics?  How might you spell “future” for the GOP?  Same answer to both questions — “Fortuño.”

 - by Bob Barr, The Barr Code

105 comments Add your comment

rtw

February 7th, 2011
4:40 pm

Re: LA

“These attacks are completely unfounded.

That’s all left wingers have these days.”

SO TRUE…

LA

February 7th, 2011
4:41 pm

“I find it amusing that the few angry comments on this post are quick to say Barr is misinformed or that these facts are distorted, yet they fail to provide any evidence of it.”

Yep, that’s what happens when you let welfare recipients blog from the local library.

LA

February 7th, 2011
4:43 pm

rtw

That always happens on Tuckers and Bookmans blogs. Right wingers can bring in and post a rebuttal and as soon as it happens, left wingers come and start name calling. It never ends but it’s even funnier now that the left is losing power.

soccerfan10

February 7th, 2011
4:57 pm

Eduardo Soto

“Yes, Fortuño is a conservative. No, he is not an ideologue. I was particularly impressed when he announced that state funds would be used to complement stimulus money and create temporary employment in the form of infrastructure investments.”

Thank you for chiming in. Your post provides a great deal of insight that I hope a majority of the commenters read.

Ezequiel Gonzalez

February 7th, 2011
5:10 pm

Dear Eduardo Soto:

It is just funny how you, colonized Statehooters Puerto Ricans behave. Fortuno is a disgrace for Puerto Rico, and being an American Citizen, a disgrace for the entire Union. And if you live in Puerto Rico you know that the huge crisis in Puerto Rico (that Fortuno claims to have solved)was caused by his New Progressive Party’s Legislature during the previous Administration, that refused to support of complement the remedies that Governor Vila was proposing to the fiscal crisis. But Just because Fortuño is a pro-statehood Governor, you feel your duty to support and gorify him. Sad, sad, sad, and once again sad.

Personally I agree that the Goverment of Puerto Rico had to be trimed down. Former Governor Vila was doing just that is a progressive manner. Fortuño did it in an sudden, ideological way. Cutting essential Government services in order to privatize them, contracting them to corporations of recent creation, created by members of his own party, to get their piece of the Obama money cake. Subcontracting anything and everything he can subcontract, enriching members of his own party that sooner or latter will pay him back. So the federal aid money is ending up in the hands of his friends. Everything legally, of course.

Funny thing he did for Christmas. Instead of reducing the relatively big Christmas bonus Puerto Rico employee recieves. He augmented it. Now Puerto Rican suffers from extreme, wallmart style consumerism. So these millions of dollars that were given away in Christmas bonuses went straight into Wallmart and other Us megastores. If those bonuses would have been reduced and the money used to create government owned agricultural corporations (to be privatized latter) in Puerto Rico, the money would have stayed in Puerto Rico, creating jobs and economic activity. But a dollar going straight into US Megastores is better for the Puerto Rico economy than a dollar invested in direct job creation in Puerto Rico; so Fortuño seems to think….

carlosgvv

February 7th, 2011
6:42 pm

LA

If the best you can do is closely examine the spelling here, that tells me your intelligence level is insufficient to understand the material posted here.

IASKiller

February 7th, 2011
7:04 pm

@kianaru..They are not receiving that treatment for nothing. You know it inside your heart…

Come on guys! The guy is at least trying to fix this! It’s impossible to fix everything in two years. This “country” has been abused by all the political parties (and that means us) for more than 100 years! I agree with most people here that he is not a miracle boy. But we don’t need a miracle boy. We need someone that for the one time stop thinking on how to get votes and start solving our problems one by one. The people that was fired is surely having economical difficulties, there’s no doubt about that. So what??? The same easy way they were hired they are fired. Puerto Rico government need to start thinking as all businesses do. They need to generate revenue to survive… If my company have economical issues they are going to fire people. If I’m among the slackers I’ll get fired too. I also agree that PR’s welfare should be fixed. We need to work it the same way they do it in the US. My cuz used to have welfare because one of her child was i’ll. The girl died (RIP) and the welfare asked her to get a job or study otherwise she would loose the aid. She ended up studying and she’s now a Chef. She’s still looking for a job but that’s another issue. That’s what we need to do here. I mean, we do it but people get around that here as easy as ABC… We need the same criterias and work the same way as in the states. I know their system is not perfect but its better up there…

janet

February 7th, 2011
7:52 pm

Puerto Rico is a beautiful island with very unhappy people who are not nice to their tourists. I used to visit often and on my last trip, I was stunned by how miserable, rude and cranky every one was. As for the Christmas bonuses – all those purchases at Walmart went directly to China where the pharmaceutical industries will relocate from PR. Just my observations.

LA

February 7th, 2011
8:12 pm

“If the best you can do is closely examine the spelling here, that tells me your intelligence level is insufficient to understand the material posted here.’

Oh no!!!!!!!!!! A goober who is so insecure about himself and has to try to act smart by claiming to take the Mensa test, is insulting my intelligence!!!!!! What will I ever do??????????

carlosgvv

You haven’t posted one single intelligent comment today, or yesterday or the day before that. All you do is come on these blogs and try to mock other people and pretend to be smarter all while putting your foot into your mouth.

Carlos is a liar

February 7th, 2011
8:14 pm

“The test I took to get into Mensa is the same one you failed miserabely.”

1: What type of person comes on an AJC blog to brag about getting into Mensa and THEN claim that someone else didn’t when said person doesn’t even know anyone on this blog?

2: Mensa doesn’t accept people who can’t spell simple words.

3: You didn’t get into Mensa because no one who belongs to Mensa would ever be caught dead on an AJC blog.

Have a nice day.

caicy

February 7th, 2011
8:43 pm

I find it funny that, but GUARANTEE that the ones who oppose Luis Fortuno are from that opposite party, ohh yeah the popular “democratic” party or the so called independents tat are trying very, but very hard to have a revolution on are streets, but CANT. Luis Fortuno is doing what Obama is about to do, now what does that tell you fellow democratic party??? and the stupiditiy to say that is “harmful” to eliminate 13,000 public workers(yes is not 30,000 like some estipulate) than why are places like England, California, Greece, Spain, for goodness sake even CUBA!! are doing it??? Some of you have to face REALITY

Felix

February 7th, 2011
9:13 pm

Haven’t seen any improvement, but I am only a tourist. Did not pick up on good feelings about Futuro’s influence there either the last couple of trips. Is this just another wealth redistriubtion plan, another one giving more tax breaks to the wealthy? Having cut taxes to the bone,for those with great wealth, now Republicans are just fine with raising raise taxes, on food and consumer goods for the poort, and our most vulnerable.

Just make sure private jet owners never have to pay for landing fees at their taxpayer financed and subsidized general aviation airports. Let’s hike camping fees, instead. Wealth redistribution (from poor/moderate paid taxpayers to the wealthy and their favorites hobbies).

kianaru

February 8th, 2011
12:47 am

LA
you are obviously not taking this seriously because it doesn’t affect you, mocking people smartly doesn’t make you right, I would like to see your spelling in spanish, remember our first language its spanish, so besides “hasta la vista baby” can you write any coherent thought in any other language besides english. seriously, do you even have the smallest ideas of the political history of the island, lets say last 20 years. This an issue that would need more than this mere blog to be fully understood. You are not making any interesting contributions, you are funny though … but not ha ha funny, more like poor, probably virgin, nerd that has nothing to do but to feel superior showing off his silly wits in a blog, grow up, get a life and get a girlfriend or boyfriend, whatever suits you, but your spending way too much time in front of that monitor.

To the other well articulated defenses of the governor

It seems like Fortuño’s public relations and/or press officials are doing something to earn the juicy checks they are getting from the public budget. Of course he trims the government spending so there’s enough money to spread the wealth … among his friends and political buddys. If it was up to him he would sell the whole Island, after all only when you want to be a part of a nation thats its so culturally and historically different, and renounce to your identity for money, its because you dont care and/or like the island and the culture where you were raised. So if the US is the land of freedom and inmigrants, and if you like statehood so much feel free to migrate the heck out here and settle in your favorite state.

The other guy about the student deserving this beating, skiller, you probably think, in your heart, that Rodney King did not receiving that treatment for nothing, or old time bush-reagan era buddy Saddam did not receiving that treatment for nothing, after all the bad guy is in afganistan but “our” oil its in irak.

Seriously folks, theres no candid politician and this Fortuño guy did fix the budget but only to give huge contracts to his friends, they are even paying the private sector to write the legislation, because they are so incompetent. Remember if there’s not enough public funds we can not repay our political patrons with juicy contracts!! If he had been truly interested in the peoples welfare he would had used a more sensible and structure approach to the layoffs, which were way overdue, but he cuts from the public budget to give generously to his friend. The guy is a two faced hipocrite, like most politicians from any party, so the whole point here is, THAT HE IS NO FRIGGIN MIRACLE MAN!!! ANY DUMB ASS WITH AM AX COULD DO WHAT HE DID!! CHOP HEAD MINDLESSLY!! oooo thats a real miracle, pleeease

and lastly about welfare and federal funding: the private sector makes at least 25 times the money that is injected in federal funding, we cannot trade internationally freely and are bound by law to only use the US commercial fleets, about 80 percent of the food we consume we buy from the US, Papitos chulos, this island its great business for corporate america, there’s not such thing as a free dinner and do you guys think, seriously, for even a second that the all mighty and intelligent US will feed our poor out of the goodness of their heart, half africa its in deep trouble but i dont see and irak like invasion to free this african from the dictators, of course there’s no money to me made, so if the US still owns the island its because some how america its making good money, ask JC penny or Kmart baby, gets your facts together by yourself since you people are so smart.

LAstly I will not keep answering or posting anything in this blog, so whatever comes my way dido!!

LA
get a life, a real one, not a virtual one, you are probably very skilled at warcraft and second life, feel free to call if you come visit the island, I’ll give you a personal tour honey.

J.D.

February 8th, 2011
12:54 am

Well sure we can underline Governor Fortuño’s agenda as a Republican one, and that some of his actions were rightly done. The problem is that the process of reducing the government was done in the worst way possible therefore letting those employees of the public sector with no job, and no alternatives to go back to the working world before releasing a wide scale of social problems in the daily life of Puerto Ricans everywhere. As a result of these rough situations the suicide numbers had skyrocketed, and the crime is clearly hitting numbers that demonstrates that something is not right

I personally blame the problems on the double standard in which this government is punishing the law abiding citizens with laws that worsens their conditions, while it encourages the other sector of the society to stay living under the welfare programs while contributing to an underground economy that is running around with no regulations and is clearly supporting the drug trade.

For example you got over 200 members of the Police everyday in the main campus of the UPR while the crime is skyrocketing. That is the double standard that punishes the law-abiding citizens and encourages crime and dishonesty.

kianaru

February 8th, 2011
12:58 am

Oh I forgot, the stimulusmoney theres people still waiting for it, somehow a lot of that money is still at the goverment accounts, gaining interest, did you know he asked obama to have that money to fix the budget instead of giving it to the people? he cares so much about the people, its amazing, thank god obama told him to get his head out of his rectum and send the checks, which he did like 6 moths later … so much to share but so little time and space, and of course I have a real life to tend to.

Aaron

February 8th, 2011
1:42 am

If I have ever read a defining piece of satire, it is this. I can’t even tell he is joking.

On a more serious note, I’m quite sure you don’t live in this pile of rubble people call Puerto Rico. I lost all the National Pride I had left for this country. You have your boy Fortuno to thank for that.

Al Gore/Kilgore

February 8th, 2011
6:56 am

LA is one of Bookman’s thug-trolls on assignment. Bookman only admires pests. There aint no explainin’ some folks is all.

no explainin’ some, is alls.

Barr’s tome includes no growth data. It’s like being broke and then applauding yourself for cutting your expenditures down to zero. “Duh, I mights be brokes, but I din’t spend no dough no how on nuthin’.”

Sick of morons here. Sick of you. and you. and you. Sick of all of you. (insert emoticon of a guy running away like a girl).

LA

February 8th, 2011
7:48 am

kianaru

“you are obviously not taking this seriously because it doesn’t affect you, mocking people smartly doesn’t make you righ”

Then you write: get a life, a real one, not a virtual one, you are probably very skilled at warcraft and second life, feel free to call if you come visit the island, I’ll give you a personal tour honey.

How do you say contradiction in Spanish? Oh right, it’s contradicción. Guess you’re not as smart as you pretend to be.

LA

February 8th, 2011
7:49 am

“LA is one of Bookman’s thug-trolls on assignment. Bookman only admires pests. There aint no explainin’ some folks is all.”

I haven’t been on Bookman’s blog in over a year, ma’am.

LA

February 8th, 2011
7:50 am

“Sick of morons here. Sick of you. and you. and you. Sick of all of you. (insert emoticon of a guy running away like a girl).’

Do you cut yourself at night?

carlosgvv

February 8th, 2011
8:31 am

LA, Carlos is a liar

You are obviously in way over your head here. If you had the intelligence to realize how embarrassing your comments are, you would just go away.

Supreme Being

February 8th, 2011
8:46 am

You are obviously in way over your head here. If you had the intelligence to realize how embarrassing your comments are, you would just go away.

Carlosgvv…the best way to show your ignorance is to open your mouth and remove all doubt. You should just sit tight with your mouth agape.

Mike

February 8th, 2011
9:31 am

Dear Ezequiel Gonzalez :

Nice of you to post the Partido Popular Talking points. This mess that Fortuno inherited wasn’t cause in 2 or 4 yrs. You blame the PNP legislature of 2005 to 2008 for this mess shows your lack of understanding about the facts. You forgot to mention that Sila Calderon, a PPD governor is part of this mess Fortuno inherited…….Her party controlled everything from 2000 to 2004 and that’s when most of this mess started in which you seem to ignore or have a short memory.

This mess in Puerto Rico is caused by liberal Euopean socialist ideas of big government of both parties and that the money grows on trees and the myth that you can pass the buck to the next adminstration and everything wll be ok. Well guess what? that didn’t work.

Fortuno had no choice to cut those government jobs that Puerto Rico doesn’t need and can’t pay for or he had to raise more taxes.

Fortuno is the first conservative governor Puerto Rico has ever had and its good for a change…….He has done in 2 years what other governors wouldn’t do in 30 yrs.

Kudos for Fortuno…..making the hard choices wont get him love from everyone but somebody has to do it.

Kelvin

February 8th, 2011
9:35 am

“Miracle Child” LOL… you better learn Spanish to see how Mr. Fortuno keep blaming the past administration. But wait… his party controlled the legislature during 2004-Current…

Providencia A. Musse

February 8th, 2011
10:24 am

Alice in the wonderland. What country and who is Fortuno speakin about? In Puerto Rico, 60 percent of the population is unemployed. Seventh law pomoted by him eliminated more than 20,000 government jobs. Violence and crime has no control. We had been 137 murders in the first month of the new year. Fortuno’s misrule ruthlessly crushed dissent. Police are still beating the young University of PR at peaceful demonstrations. Representatives of the minority will turn off the microphones in the Senate controlled by the party of Fortuno. Legislature to take by assault the supreme court. Keep trying to destroy the PR Bar Association. And so far…

Joel Bassoff

February 8th, 2011
10:56 am

“As a direct result of Fortuño’s work, Puerto Rico’s bond rating with Moody’s has leaped from Baa3 to A3″.
Or is it just that Moody’s recalibrated ALL its municipal bond ratings across the board? See, e.g., http://www.bondbuyer.com/issues/119_323/moodys_recalibration-1011076-1.html (”… Puerto Rico, for instance, went from ratings starting with ‘B’ to ratings starting with ‘A.’”)

Jim

February 8th, 2011
10:57 am

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(Via:Dailycaller)

The DC Exclusive: A secret $6 billion bailout for Puerto Rico?
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(Via: Forbes)

Puerto Rico Raises Taxes and Promises Tax Cuts
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(Via: Bloomberg YouTube Channel)

Puerto Rico Seeks Bailout
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LA

February 8th, 2011
12:00 pm

“You are obviously in way over your head here. If you had the intelligence to realize how embarrassing your comments are, you would just go away.”

You’ve been repeating that same line for two days now. What is really funny is the fact that you actually think that other bloggers care. What’s even funnier than that is the fact that you claim to be in Mensa.

The only thing embarrassing is you claiming to be a part of Mensa. THAT is pretty embarrassing.

LA

February 8th, 2011
12:04 pm

“In the US you spell “success” in politics by selling yourself to Big Business to get all the campaign cash you need to get elected and re-elected. I guess things are different in Puerto Rico.”

Ok, I went back through your comments and this is the only one that speaks on the subject of PR. There is absolutely nothing substantial about PR in your comments yet you seem to think in your small brain that somehow you’re smarter than anyone else.

When I went through your other comments I noticed that every one of them include putting down other people while pretending to be smart. That Mensa comment was classic because you actually think that other people believe you.

Bottom line: You have the IQ of a carrot and the brain the size of Al Gore’s left nut.

Jose

February 8th, 2011
12:17 pm

Fortuño is no miracle kid, ecxpet for conservative and tea party snobs. For a real account of the chaos being created by this mother, read the Huffington Post’s summary at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maritza-stanchich-phd/violence-against-student-_b_817297.html

Jose

February 8th, 2011
12:19 pm

Read Fortuñó’s Civil Rigt Violations against Puerto Ricans on strike, then believe any crap that comes from Bob Barr or any tea partier mothef*
http://www.scribd.com/full/48106258?access_key=key-26ipxc2iz79xy960zd01

LA

February 8th, 2011
12:38 pm

“read the Huffington Post’s summary’

No, Huffpo isn’t a real news site. It’s nothing but left wing garbage. Speaking of garbage, I love how Arianna railed against rich people yet she just sold the website and made 18 million.

Nothing like left wing hypocrisy.

LA

February 8th, 2011
12:39 pm

“Fortuño is no miracle kid, ecxpet for conservative and tea party snobs.’

Speaking of snobs, how’s Obozo working out for America?

LolFortuño

February 8th, 2011
1:01 pm

Fortuño “may” have reduced the deficit of PR, but he also fired 30,000 government employees along with the lines that he said “none of them voted for me”. In addition, the assasinations in the island went to roof. In his term he already has broken the third and second most deadly years in the history of PR and this year will pass as the most deadly. He also raised the tuition cost at the University of Puerto Rico were 10,000 were not able to enroll or keep studying due to the $800.00 fee. Oh yeah, and unemployment rate is around 16-17%. Yeah, a miracle worker…for the disaster.

Think Objectively

February 8th, 2011
3:52 pm

Fortuno was exactly what PR needed. Governor after governor, during a span of perhaps 40 years, they’ve only been worried about the votes. They all knew there were big stinking dead horses that needed to be cleaned up, but no one dared to look at those problems. They were afraid of what they could find and knew the political consequences of taking action. Do you really think that a guy that fires around 20,000 employees in a small island is thinking about winning votes for his next re-election? Please people, think objectively. Don’t get me wrong. If I would have been fired, I would be pissed! That’s natural. There are mouths to feed. I feel sorry about all those people that lost their jobs. In fact, all those people lost their job because of past irresponsible governors (specially the last one before Fortuno – Anibal Acevedo – definitely the worst administrator is PR’s history). So, suddenly there comes this guy that immediately gives you a slap in the face and says: “OK! Listen people! All persons that still think that money comes from the clouds and that elephants are pink please take a step to your left! Aright! Guys, you have been brainwashed for most of your life; I’m going to show you now what the words deficit and credit means and how the REAL world works!” The firing was NOT his fault, it’s just that many people are too emotional to accept it. The facts are there, just look at the numbers. How would you run PR’s government with a 3,200 million deficit and a credit that is about to be crushed in the blender? You are wondering what was Anibal Acevedo’s (past governor) strategy? He closed almost all government offices for two weeks! He didn’t have any money left. Not even for the next payroll! How irresponsible is that? Want to know what he did? Oh of course! He went to the bond market…AGAIN! His next solution? Well, he knew he was going to loose the next elections, so he prepared a nice Christmas present for the next one in turn (Fortuno)…. He added 11,000 employees to the government payroll!! Woohooo! The icing on the cake? Well, you don’t want to know, but I’ll tell you anyway: the retired government employee’s pension system will run out in 8 years. If you ask me, that’s creepier than a SAW movie. In contrast, Fortuno closed the deficit gap, raised the credit rating 3 levels, reduced taxes to individuals and corporations DRAMATICALLY, transformed the permits law to make it easier for people and corporations to start businesses and will transform the power generation in the Island from oil to natural gas. He definitely deserves AT LEAST some credit. 40 YEARS OF WRONGDOING CAN’T BE REVERSED IN 2 YEARS, but he’s in the right direction. Sadly there still seems to be some people that think that private industry is evil. I haven’t figure out yet in what planet are they living. Macroeconomics professors urgently needed in PR.

LA

February 8th, 2011
6:50 pm

Hey left wing goof balls! MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!

House seen blocking healthcare funds

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/08/us-usa-congress-healthcare-idUSTRE7175I120110208

Ismael

February 8th, 2011
7:40 pm

The economy might be better, but the crime rate is higher than in any state of the USA. Shame on him that he can not use some of the money to be assigned to the police force and security to fight the crime.

saywhat?

February 8th, 2011
8:25 pm

With the failure of Republican rule in Texas and the myth of the “Texas miracle” debunked by a hard case of reality, Bob has nowhere else to go but Puerto Rico to try and find that right wing Nirvana he so yearns for, but never seems to be able to truly find. It sounds like Puerto Rico will be run into the ground just like Texas and Florida are soon to be, just like the U.S. was by Bush and co.

LA

February 8th, 2011
9:21 pm

“With the failure of Republican rule in Texas ”

Do you live in Texas?

“will be run into the ground just like Texas and Florida are soon to be, just like the U.S. was by Bush and co.”

Huh, I had no idea Texas and Florida were going bankrupt. In fact, Texas saw a huge influx of people moving into the state from failing states like Illinois. Florida’s new governor is about to lower taxes.

But please, continue to make up stuff.

Mike

February 8th, 2011
10:19 pm

Jose:

Gotta love your 1 sided bias view of the situation in the University of Puerto Rico……you forget to mention that the University has always had a deficit for decades and always expected the federal government to bail them out every year. Fortuno had to do the hard choices of cutting programs like the rest of the states because the public can’t pay for it and had t raise tuition to $800 to keep the University running and open for everybody. If low income student can’t pay for the $800 then UNCLE SAM will pay for it with Pell Grants which all the universities in P.R. public or private depend on to survive.

But a minority of troublemakers decided to go on strike like always and use violence and tactics so the majority couldn’t go to the classes and destroy public property. When the police are called upon to restore law and order, they throw bottles, rocks and little weights they use that fishermen uses on the cane to fish upon the police. When the police retaliate and make arrests like any country would, these students resist arrest and play the victim card.

The government doesn’t own you everything…..they dont have to pay you 100% of your college education if you can pay for some of it. We have plenty of federal help for students who can’t pay but for the rest who can pay $800 they can pay and help our country which we are in a huge deficit.

Like John Kennedy said: ” Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”………..that’s why a Puerto Rico is in a mess, they have this mentality that the government owns you free college education, a job in the government, free food and free housing……the world doesn;t work that way, somebody has to pay for all those things and that’s usually the working class.

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Mike

February 9th, 2011
8:54 am

Fortuno cut 30,000 government wasteful jobs???????? GOOD!!!! He should have cut 60,0000 for all I care…..The island is 130 x 35 miles and has over 300,000 government jobs that don’t need and can’t pay ……. more than the state of California….RIDICULOUS!!!!!

If people don’t like it bring back Anibal & Sila……Puerto Rico lo hace mejor!!!!! lol

Juan

February 9th, 2011
10:03 am

I’m not a partisan man, I recognize the good in both parties, but Eduardo Soto’s comment is biased. If I’m not mistaken, he’s the President of PRSSA, the most prominent pro-statehood and pro-Fortuño student organization in the island. He, as well as his peers, fail to recognize that they support WHATEVER their party proposes and FAIL TO criticize anything except for the other party’s ideas.

Politics is not the best way to solve our country’s issue, it’s full of assholes who come back every 4 years and do the same shit. To me, they are all scums.

Pelouts

February 9th, 2011
10:58 am

I think this guy have this article all wrong. When you come to P.R and live for a month or for a week. You will see that this guy’s idea is only to make this island a “state” island. Bringing private companies. Approving laws that are not good for the economy right now… He is more focused on things that are less important. He really needs to help 3 things this island have lost in the pass 10 years. The structure of an excellent education. The families and society , Today in Puerto Rico there are over 3 to 4 deaths per days. now That’s F** up. And his group of workers. To make an excellent job.

Mike

February 10th, 2011
12:49 am

Pelouts: you wrote: You will see that this guy’s idea is only to make this island a “state” island. Bringing private companies. Approving laws that are not good for the economy right now…

Something wrong in bringing private companies to invest in the island?…..is there another kind of companies other than private?….you rather have government run companies?….yeah that is working really well in Cuba and Venezuela and North Korea.

What laws he has approved that are bad for the economy???? name 1 or 2…..apart from trying to bring more private companies to the island to invest which creates jobs because according to you that’s bad.

Public education in the island has been mediocre for the past 40 yrs. not 10 yrs…..the job of a governor is not to fix every social problem in the island, individuals have to take responsibility for thier lives.

The role of government is to protect LIBERTY…..the rest is up to the individuals. believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free market and individual liberty. Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Empowerment of the individual to solve problems.

The free market system, competitive capitalism, and private enterprise create the greatest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all. Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs and higher standards of living than those systems burdened by excessive government regulation.Lower taxes and a smaller government with limited power will improve the standard of living for all.

Support lower taxes and a smaller government. Lower taxes create more incentive for people to work, save, invest, and engage in entrepreneurial endeavors. Money is best spent by those who earn it, not the government.

Government programs encourage people to become dependent and lazy, rather than encouraging work and independence.

Oppose long-term welfare.

Opportunities should be provided to make it possible for those in need to become self-reliant. It is far more compassionate and effective to encourage people to become self-reliant, rather than allowing them to remain dependent on the government for provisions.

Mike

February 10th, 2011
12:53 am

That’s how you get Puerto Rico out of the hole……….Fortuno’s first 2 years is on the right path………..if you want the opposite then kick out fortuno in 2012 and bring back the people that think big government, higher taxes and more government dependency is the answer to the mess they created.

Gasenadi

February 10th, 2011
1:29 pm

Guess Barr didn’t read The Economist before this publicity fluff: http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/01/gdp_forecasts

Keep up the great public relations work. Just hope PR taxpayers are not paying for it!

Mike

February 10th, 2011
1:58 pm

Gasenadi: jajajajaja…..please….I have to question a report that has Ghana, Laos, Ethiopa, Timer-Lester higher than Greece and Puerto Rico….jajajajaja…….Have you been to those countries????? People believe everything they read:

Ghana: $1,600 GDP per capita 50% lives in less than $1 per day…..79% lives on less than $2 per day.

Laos: $2,200 GDP per capita 27% lives in less than $1 per day….74% lives in less than $2 per day

Ethiopa: $1,000 GDP per capita 35 million live in extreme poverty…..80% lives in less than $1 per day.

Gasenadi, keep paying your subscription to the ECONOMIST…..im sure they are feeding you great information just like the report you linked that anybody can question with facts.

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