A number of times I have compared Greece and Puerto Rico. There are a lot of similarities. Corrupt government, government dependent populace and powerful public sector unions. Greece is a good warning to Puerto Rico about what path not to follow.
Economically speaking, its too late.
The obvious difference is that Greece (where democracy originated) is a sovereign independent country and Puerto Rico is a territory of the world’s greatest democracy. Yet earlier this week Greece betrayed its own illustrious history and ushered in the new age of communism. The Greeks elected a communist government.
Of coarse 40-year-old leader Alexis Tsipras is a ‘former’ communist. They don’t like to go by that name anymore. He leads a coalition of left parties that are now just two votes shy of a majority and will be the next Primer Minister. The vote is seen as a rejection of austerity. Austerity, other wise known as common sense fiscal policy; can be a bitch. It is hard to get used to not getting everything for free when you are used to it.
But that is exactly what happened in Greece and is happening in Puerto Rico.
Years of bad government, lethal and failed political promises have left Greece and Puerto Rico without any money. The people, used to being lied too don’t want the gravy train to end so they believe in Pie-in-the-Sky promises that this new government will somehow make things better.
They won’t. Reality will come home to roost and either Greece will continue down the road of austerity or they will fall into complete chaos. Communism, Marxism, (Feminism) and Socialism breed and feed off of chaos. Disaster strikes (as it has in Venezuela) and instead of admitting their mistakes the leadership blames outside forces (they will call it the European Union) and then clamps down with more powers to ‘save’ the people from the evil of the outsiders.
Then they clamp down on dissent and lead on to absolute power.
Europe drove out the communists 3 decades ago and for good reason. China even admitted that communism sucked as an economic plan and is now the world’s largest economy thanks to CAPITALISM even while keeping a communist government.
In the mind numbing rhetorical world of political discourse in this modern age; to defend capitalism and its virtues is to be a pariah in political circles. People have been so well trained to believe that Marxism and Socialism are the only path that they bristle at any suggestion that capitalism is actually the answer.
So it is in Puerto Rico.
It is my belief that Puerto Rico’s self inflicted economic crisis simply plays into the plans of the Socialist Popular Democratic Party to institute back door independence so that they too can get a communist government elected. Puerto Rico’s problems begin and end in Puerto Rico and now that the island can no longer blame the U.S. Navy and the PDP has been in power for a few years so its hard to blame its rival the New Progressive Party; who is left to blame?
The bankers of coarse. And if the next Presidential elected leads to the election of a republican they will blame the American government.
Earlier this week I asked the question, ‘Is Liberty for everyone?’ Watching Venezuela elect itself into oblivion, the Sandinistas take power in Nicaragua and now the birth place of democracy elect the most un-democratic government; I wonder if I was too nice in my wording.
Liberty and democracy aren’t for everyone. Yes, I know it sounds elitist and maybe even fascist. So what? Would you tolerate a political party that demands the right to break into your home and steal your property and kidnap your children? Well, you already do. Its called the Democratic Party. In Puerto Rico it is all three political parties.
I see no reason to allow socialists, Marxists, communists or union bosses (or what ever name they go by) the right to vote. I see no reason to give government power over our children or to surrender our sovereignty to a political or religious group; especially not to those who enter our country illegally.
Greece has opened the rabbit whole and jumped right in, let us hope the Puerto Rico does not.