Jones Act outdated. This was not its intent

regarding sending aid to Puerto Rico

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The Jones Act is simply a way to force consumers to buy American rather than allowing consumers to look for the best deal. Rather than American businesses finding a way to provide a better product at a better price, the Jones Act allows businesses to keep the inferior product at inflated prices, knowing that the American consumer must either purchase it or purchase nothing. It is a blow to the global economy.

I am astonished that this individual is in power and has not been impeached....Sorry for being political but really?

I, too, am astonished, but for a different reason. At no time in history has any other American President been subjected to such a high level of biased "news" reporting.

Believe it or not, "Fake news" is a real thing.

I dislike Trump as much maybe more than others. But the article seemed a bit over the top so I did some reading elsewhere and came up with this on CNN's website:

On Thursday the White House authorized a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act, a federal law that limits shipping to US ports by foreign vessels. Puerto Rico's governor and other US officials had argued that a waiver would expedite supplies to the island.

Also on CNN is news that there are thousands of containers with supplies at the port but there is a huge shortage of truckers to get them moved as well as ruined roads that are making it difficult to impossible to get them to the correct places.

The second article says Trump authorized a waiver. I in no way want to say anything to support or defend Trump and I stay out of politics. But it does seem that article is either exaggerating or has old information.

Once again I am in no way defending Trump, I hate the guy as much as anyone else. And he did seem to delay in the waiver instead of doing it right away. So yes he's still a chump in my eyes.

Well, I certainly don't agree with that one. I believe Trump created the current high volume of Fake news. Along with the Russians that is.

This isn’t meant to be a political argument. It’s about helping people.

I agree.

I think the government is trying to help. There are several news sources that say that there are a lot of supplies that have already been sent there. Just can’t get them moved. Don’t know why Trump delayed on the Jones Act waiver but it is waived. Helicopters are going in to taking supplies as well.

Finally sending a general down there to oversee operations and more troops to help disburse ... the US blew it big time on this one ... lack of coordination and direction ... Puerto Rico and the USVI are used to being treated as second class citizens and not Americans ...horrific!

Things might have been done differently if they had the right to vote.

how much you want to bet, next time it comes up, Puerto Rico votes for statehood. Make room for a 51st star on Old Glory


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