New York / On Monday, democratic pre-candidate and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg proposed that Puerto Rico pass from being a Commonwealth of the United States to a state of full right, a condition that would allow it to have “the same financial safety net” as “the rest of the country”.
“A new future for Puerto Rico includes making it our 51st state,” Bloomberg titled an opinion article published in several US media, criticizing that “for decades Puerto Ricans and their interests have been ignored in Washington” because “they dont’t have a vote in Congress”.
In his campaign page, the White House candidate expresses his “support for the state condition” of the island and explains that “until Puerto Rico becomes a state, it will continue to lack the tools and resources necessary to build an economy stronger and recover from disasters.”
“Fair Funds” and a “complete” Social Security
Bloomberg proposes an economic plan that “provides Puerto Rico with the same financial safety net as any other US state, including fair funds” for social benefit programs such as Medicaid, in addition to a “complete” Social Security.
In his article, he points out that the poverty rate in Puerto Rico is close to 43%, “more than double that of the poorest state in the United States,” and that is “the cause that when the island faces a natural disaster, Washington is often slow in its response.”
The former mayor of New York thinks that combining the status of Puerto Rico with his economic plan, which he has developed after consulting with the island’s leaders, will help to move from a “constant crisis” to “stable growth,” for which he has announced that he will open an office in the capital, San Juan.
Bloomberg also took the opportunity to recriminate to presidential candidates “who have been campaigning for a year” for their lack of time and resources in relation to the island, claimed that they talk about it in the presidential debate and accused the US president, Donald Trump, to point “finger” and throw “tosses paper towels.”
Trump “has described himself as the saviour of Puerto Rico,” but, Bloomberg said, “intervened” to cut Medicaid funds in half, “delayed and in some cases rejected” sending relief funds after Hurricanes Dorian and Maria or the earthquakes of 2020 and “scouted saying their elected leaders” are “corrupt.” (January, 28, 2020, EFE/Practica Español)
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una propuesta de Mike Bloomberg relacionada con Puerto Rico.
la crisis económica que hay en Puerto Rico.
una crítica que realizó Mike Bloomberg al presidente Donald Trump.
considera que la situación de Puerto Rico sería mejor si es el estado número 51 de EE.UU.
aseguró que Trump ya está trabajando para que Puerto Rico sea pronto el estado número 51.
no cree que la situación mejore en Puerto Rico si pasa a ser el estado número 51.
durante una rueda de prensa.
durante un mitin en Nueva York.
en un artículo que escribió.
Bloomberg afirmó que la pobreza no es un problema en Puerto Rico.
Bloomberg considera que su plan económico para Puerto Rico mejoraría la situación del país.
Bloomberg desmiente que haya más pobreza en Puerto Rico que en el resto de estados de EE.UU.
Trump ha incrementado recientemente los fondos para ayudar económicamente a Puerto Rico.
Bloomberg no cree que sea necesario hablar de Puerto Rico en los debates presidenciales.
Bloomberg se mostró crítico con el resto de candidatos presidenciales por no dedicar tiempo a Puerto Rico.
"¿cuántos vamos a reconstruir la nación?"
"¿quién va a reconstruir la nación?"
"¿cuándo vamos a reconstruir la nación?"