This may be an unkind thing to say, but Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, is apparently not a very intelligent woman. Then again, she is a politician.
Ms. Cruz originally captured international attention when she complained that President Donald Trump was doing virtually nothing to provide emergency assistance to her constituents in Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria had devastated the island. She first exclaimed:
We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy.
However, anyone with half a brain can dig around on the internet and find out that virtually nothing actually translates into quite a bit, as FEMA’s website indicates. President Trump signed an executive order that temporarily waived the Jones Act, which prevented foreign ships from delivering aid directly to an American port. Thousands of first responders and military personnel have been on the scene for weeks. The problem is that months will pass before electricity can be restored because the power grid in Puerto Rico has been neglected for decades. The problem in Puerto Rico is that government has been squandering way too much money on social spending while neglecting their infrastructure.
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority is $9 billion dollars in debt — how in the name of God does an electric company fail to break even on its operating costs? The government of Puerto Rico has been trying to file for bankruptcy to get relief from $70 billion in bond obligations and another $49 billion in unfunded pensions. This has created a situation where businesses won’t be very motivated to sell new equipment to Puerto Rico, because the bills never get paid. That’s a very significant problem.
Furthermore, even when a hurricane strikes in the continental U.S. it takes time to clear trees and debris, run new power lines, and connect them. By the time Hurricane Irma reached Atlanta the winds had been reduced to tropical storm strength, but nevertheless hundreds of thousands of people lost power. The only reason that power could be restored so quickly was Georgia Power could afford to recruit electricians from states as far away as Ohio and New York. But they could just drive down to Atlanta on highways and interstates.
Unfortunately, there is an ocean preventing those skilled workers from driving their trucks down to Puerto Rico. Perhaps Ms. Cruz has polling data suggesting that her shrill rhetoric attacking President Trump somehow helps her future political aspirations, because nothing else seems to explain escalating her use of hyperbole to the point of becoming absurd. Now she has accused the president of committing genocide in Puerto Rico, and unfortunately for her, astute writers at Red State fact-checked her ridiculous claims. The results were not pretty, but about what you’d expect to come from a typical Democrat politician.
She wrote a letter to Democrat Congressman Luis Gutierrez that said in part:
I ask the United Nations, UNICEF and the world to stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide that will result from the lack of appropriate action of a President that just does not get it because he has been incapable of looking in our eyes and seeing the pride that burns fiercely in our hearts and souls
The death toll in Puerto Rico attributed to Hurricane Maria as of two days ago was a total of 45 people. That’s 13 fewer victims than the number killed in the Las Vegas massacre. Liberal Democrats want conservatives to blame guns for murders committed by terrorists or lunatics, and to blame President Trump for their own incompetence, and natural disasters.
Can President Trump create a hurricane? I don’t think so.