Tempers of Politicians Have Begun to Flare

From The Hill: Trump slams Puerto Rico: ‘They want everything to be done for them’

Generally it is not smart to bite the hand that feed you; but it is also not smart to blame the victims of a natural disaster for their flight.

One more take on this topic: Trump doesn’t get it on Puerto Rico. He just proved it by lashing out at San Juan’s mayor.

[Be sure to read the comments below.]

5 thoughts on “Tempers of Politicians Have Begun to Flare

  1. You can never lose hope for hope is probably the only thing some storm victims have left … look, let the elected officials do what they need to do for the political stage. Meanwhile, the professional emergency managers and first responders will be taking care of business behind the scenes. Politics and disaster management is usually not a good mix but in today’s world where unfortunately everything is politicized, the professionals just need to stay focused on the mission and ignore the political chatter.

  2. My impression was that the President was not blaming the victims but criticizing the inability of Puerto Rico’s government to manage even the most basic elements of the recovery operation. Based on what I have read and seen, would have to agree with that assessment. With over 70 billion dollars in debt (and apparently not much to show for it) unemployment of 12 percent and nearly half the population living in poverty, Puerto Rico was a disaster even before the hurricanes.

    You could see this moment coming over the past few days as frustrations grew. Hopefully, with the President traveling to the island on Tuesday, all officials can come together and focus on the greater good of helping storm victims recover. Despite all of this political drama, confident FEMA will continue to carry the burden of recovery work in a caring, compassionate and professional manner. Very impressed with FEMA administrator Brock Long. Respresents the agency extremely well and appears to be doing nice work managing multiple major recovery operations. Wish he was in charge of FEMA when Sandy hit the New Jersey coast in 2012.

  3. Yes indeed; tempers are flaring.

    One friend on mine suggested that:

    “This should be printed front and center with Gilbert’s words on true disaster responsibility:
    http://nypost.com/2017/09/27/puerto-rico-should-have-been-ready-for-maria/ ] ”

    The New York Post article needs consideration; however, this is not the time to blame or criticize. It is, however, a good time to do a true fair examination of why events like Harvey, Irma and Maria caused such devastation.

    About two and a half millennia ago, the great Chinese sage, Confucius, observed
    “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
    [Confucius- Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC – 479 BC)]

    Sadly, we in the United States rarely fully learn from our experiences with disasters; thus finding a even more bitter path to wisdom, than those envisioned by Confucius: not learning even from bitter experience, We thus doom future generations to misery and suffering created by future disasters caused by repeating the actions which caused past disasters.

    Let’s not indulge in a blame game, but really take a hard look at the cause of the Maria, Irma and Harvey devastation; then take a balanced and affordable path to true Resilience, Sustainability and Disaster Risk Reduction.

    Let us reflect; then imitate the best practices of communities like Tulsa and Charlotte which have learned from disasters; and really learn from, and implement solutions to the growing toll of disasters.

    There truly is a path towards Disaster Risk Reduction-let’s get going on it!

    Ed Thomas

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