There seems to be a bit of backlash coming from Democrat lawmakers in Puerto Rico after President Obama’s visit to the island nation last week. I’m not talking about Democrats here in the US, rather Democrats in the island’s pro-statehood ruling party.
Legislators of Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood ruling party say they are resentful that he swooped in to raise about $1 million and did not offer any help or solutions as the island battles a soaring crime rate and higher unemployment compared with any U.S. state.
One legislator threatened to derail one objective of the president’s June 14 visit: to woo Hispanic voters on the mainland in his quest for re-election.
Local Sen. Melinda Romero, a delegate of the island’s chapter of the Democratic Party, said she has demanded an apology from Obama and will travel to the U.S. next week to meet with Puerto Rican leaders in key states including Florida and New York.
“The President did not bring anything to the table,” she said in a statement issued late Friday. “His visit only served to take away dollars, just like they take away our young people to war.”
Sen. Romero needs to get with the program. During the last election cycle, the president made a lot of promises and he did not ask for one dime from Puerto Rico. He did ask for “shared sacrifice” from all of us. You got off easy last time, but for his second term, he needs your help to get the job done.
Pony up. We figure he needs $1 billion for the campaign, and you can come up with .1 percent (that’s point one percent) of what is needed don’t you think?
How do you think Obama is going to be able to get re-elected so he can sign that Executive Order to end the draft in Puerto Rico?