The Jones Act and a Pack of Lies

Caribbean light.

Lies, lies and more lies.

Puerto Rico.

Now the president says that he can’t wave The Jones Act because the port isn’t deep or big enough in San Juan for deep water freighters. Actually, the current director of Homeland Security can do it as well under the president’s direction. He won’t. He’s a political appointee.


You know that military he is so fond of? You know big business of which he claims to be a member? They both know how to build temporary harbors. The military can do that very quickly. That’s what naval engineers are trained to do. They know how to move heavy supplies from port to inland. In hours. In days. Not weeks and months.

Supplies brought in by air are fine and appreciated. But, that won’t help them rebuild any infrastructure or support hospitals. Luckily, Hillary Clinton badgered the president into sending a naval hospital ship. And, her husband, and former presidents Bush and Obama are building support to help in a big way.

Oh, and because of a very tight schedule playing golf and eating two scoops of ice cream, the president can’t make it down there until next Tuesday. Two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall. And, he doesn’t want to get in the way of first responders. That didn’t stop him in Houston when he was joyful about the size of the crowd who came to see him. Yes, our “always working” president.

Let’s get to the heart of things.

Puerto Ricans cannot vote in general elections. They can vote in primaries. They didn’t vote for the current president. They are also brown people. They mostly speak Spanish. The president doesn’t like those kind of people. He’s made that clear. Very clear.

He is a small, mean-spirited man determined to hurt anyone not like him. He is about paybacks. He might have been more willing to help out if they had at least voted for him. Or, they were rich.

So. The Jones Act.

It is about a 100-year-old law that is really called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Section 27 requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S. flagged ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. It sets freight rates. It protects the U.S shipbuilding industry. It creates a lot of extra work. Senator John McCain has been working to annual the law, saying that it is antiquated and actually costs more than it makes.

That’s the story so far. The day is young. Who knows what lies will be tweeted later?

The picture. St. Barts at sunset. A made it a few years ago. I’d like to say all is good there. But, Hurricane Jose destroyed St. Barts at about the same time it leveled St. Maartens. They are 12 minutes apart by air. But, they are French and Dutch. We’ll that them take care of that. Because that’s what this current administration does. As little as possible to help our neighbors.

Do I sound angry yet?



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