Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Props to Santini

SAN JUAN (AP) - San Juan Mayor Jorge Santini promised Tuesday to invest $10 million in the maintenance of green areas with the funds produced from the 1% sales tax that will begin in the capital Aug. 1.

According to Santini, the $10 million will be used for the
creation of gardens and fountains, as well as the maintenance of areas that the central government allegedly has abandoned.

''This money will be used in improvements in services, infrastructure, solid waste collection and disposal, and security, to mention some,” he added.

Santini also said it would serve to equip the Baldorioty de Castro, Roosevelt, Américo Miranda, Barbosa, Kennedy, Ponce de León, and Fernández Juncos avenues, as well as Puerta de Tierra, Condado, and 65th Infantry, among others. PR Wow
My job as a blogger is to critique the politicians and policies of Puerto Rican politicians no matter what party they are from. However, occasionally I find that a politician finally does something positive that I agree with. This is one of those occasions.

Santini has done 2 good things in this proposal that I must point out. First, he has earmarked how the funds from the municipal tax will be used (a tax that everyone detests). Secondly, he has earmarked the funds for a good cause,i.e., green space! In an island of cement, that is exactly what we need! Good job Santini.

The Proof is in the pudding!

FAJARDO (AP) – The migration of Puerto Ricans abroad does not appear to be a crisis to Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá since he said that there are no scientific studies that corroborate it. PR Wow
Scientific proof!!!!! Motha fucka Acevedo Vila! Go to NYC, to Orlando, to Chicago, to New Jersey. Thats were the damn proof is.

Friday, July 14, 2006

The Telephone Arrives in Puerto Rico..what?!

SAN JUAN (AP) – Even though it was invented in the 1870s and it is normal to see one in Puerto Rican homes, some 23 families of El Perol sector, an isolated community of the municipality of Florida, did not have telephones in their homes until Thursday.
You gotta be kidding me. What have they been doing all this time. Well, better late than never, I guess.

PRTC privatizing, again

Senate President Kenneth McClintock and Senate Vice President Orlando Parga—who is also chairman of the Senate Federal & Consumer Affairs Committee on Thursday asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington D.C. to look into the sale of the Puerto Rico Telephone (PRT), which in their opinion, is ill-advised and might give way to monopolistic practices on the island. PR WOW
The sell of the majority of the shares of the Puerto Rican Telephone Company by Rosello was one of the worst things ever done to Puerto Ricans. Now, a Mexican based company is going to buy the remaining shares, and by that, finishing the privatization of la telefonica.

I agree with McClintock and Parga. But, I think there argument might not work. It is too similar to the argument used against WalMart when it bought Amigo Supermarkets a few years back. The Monopoly route might not work.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Funny Political Pics

"I have this many friends."

Puerto Rico in 5th Place!!

Si la Isla apareciera como una jurisdicción independiente a Estados Unidos en los datos de la Interpol, ocuparíamos el lugar número quinto entre los países de mayor incidencia de homicidios.

Según la demógrafa Judith Rodríguez, miembro de Coprevi, las estadísticas de la Policía reflejan que entre el 2000 y el 2004 se registraron 3,800 homicidios en el país, siendo el 2004 el año en que más se reportaron, con 793. Sin embargo, el clímax de esta problemática fue en 1994, cuando se llegaron a registrar 1,017 homicidios.
El Nuevo Dia
Come on boricuas, we can't settle for fifth place. We need to aim higher. Next year lets try to take home first place honors. Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico!

Friday, July 07, 2006

No more barriles!

AÑASCO – El gobernador Aníbal Acevedo Vilá afirmó ayer que no le dará paso a la creación de un nuevo sistema de barril que permita a los legisladores de distrito asignar fondos a su antojo.

“De mi parte, que sepan que mi firma no lo van a tener. Para proyectos de mejoras permanentes para los municipios sí, pero el concepto de que el legislador de distrito por su cuenta aprueba lo que le da la gana, eso no existe en nuestra Constitución”, subrayó el Gobernador.
I agree. For those of you who dont know what this is, barriles are monies set aside to give away to citizens as donations to repair a roof, the floor, put up a fence, or things of that nature. But, given legislators money to give away as "donations" opens the door to corruption, and history has proven that. It's no surprise that a legislators and his closest friends and supporters are well off.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Another unicameral debate

SAN JUAN (AP) – Though he firmly believes in the bicameral system, Senate President Kenneth McClintock said Wednesday that the Legislative Assembly has the obligation to favor ''the best amendment possible that stipulates for a unicameral system” of 39 members.

For the Senate leader, a unicameral system should be integrated by 39 members: four legislators for each of the eight legislative districts and seven legislators by accumulation.

The Bar Association proposed the implementation of a unicameral system of 51 legislators to begin Jan. 2, 2009. PR Wow
How about we eliminate legislators by accumulation. Who do they respond to? Who do they represent? I'll tell you; they are just spots for political parties to increase their numbers. Legislators by accumulation are undemocratic.

Other than that, I like the idea of a unicameral system. I also think that it should be a parliamentary system in which seats are won by percantage of votes recieved at the polls. For example, if PPD wins 48%, they should get 48% of the seats. Likewise, if PIP get 5%, they should get 5% of the seats. This system is used in France, Germany and many other developed countries in the world.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Lopez Obrador in the Lead!

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had an early, narrow lead over his conservative rival on Wednesday in a recount of a contested election.

Results on display at the Federal Electoral Institute showed Lopez Obrador had 37.05 percent of the vote with results in from 36.6 percent of polling stations. Ruling party candidate Felipe Calderon was second with 34.38 percent.
Yahoo! News
Lopez Obrador, my candidate, is in the lead so far.

Politicians Crossing their Legs

Why do politicians cross their legs when they talk to other politicians? Does it make them more sophisticated...or more gay!?

Monday, July 03, 2006

He fought the law...And the Law won

SAN JUAN (AP) – The Supreme Court ordered Monday House Speaker José Aponte to send the original tax reform bill to the governor for his signature and implementation.

After indicating that ''we live in a constitutional code where the law prevails and not individual wishes”, The Supreme Court granted Aponte 24 hours to ''comply with his ministerial duty” of signing the measure that establishes a 7% sales tax. PR Wow
The Supreme Court of PR just struck a blow to the pompous president of the House, Jose Aponte. Apparrently he has ordered an urgent House session to discuss the decision. But what is he going to propose? Is he going to stick to his "principles" and "desacatar" like he said a few days ago? Or is he going to cop out like the blow horn chicken that he is? He talked the talk, now let's see him walk the walk.

Pipiolos: To the Beaches!

SAN JUAN (AP) – Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) Secretary General Juan Dalmau announced that his party will visit the beaches Tuesday to campaign for independence.PR Wow
Ah, the beaches. The best place to get booty.....I mean voters. I imagine that the first thing people want to see at the beach on their off day, with their family, and hanging 10, is a group of political sympathizers trying to sell you their ideology. What a move! (*let me emphasize my sarcacism as I post this*)

Show me the money!

''Puerto Rico is a very broad, very deep economy, and there is much wealth. That is a reality,'' Padilla said in a radio interview.

Total assets in the local financial system add to more than $200 billion. The brokerage houses manage on the island between $25 billion and $27 billion, and the cooperatives have assets of $6.5 billion, he said.

He emphasized that the casinos generate ''a lot of millions of dollars'', and the horse racing bets also move a lot of money. These figures, including the lottery’s, are not included in the statistics of monetary movement of his office. PR Wow
What the..? Then why are we in an economic crisis? Oh yeah that's right, all that money isn't taxed and goes straight back into US hands. This is news that calls for a "show me the money" shout.

Woes of the Sales Tax

SAN JUAN (AP) – More than half a million Puerto Ricans began to pay Saturday a municipal tax between 1% and 1.5% for all the products and services acquired in several towns of the island.PR WOW
Yesterday I did some grocery shopping at the 24 hour Grande Supermarkets in Isla Verde. The 1% sales tax had just gotten into affect the day before and it was obvious that Puerto Ricans were new to charging taxes. In my case, the cashier, a young girl about 16 or 17 yrs old, accidentally rung up my groceries with the person in front of me. She was like "Oh its ok, ill just subtract his items from yours and get the difference." That would have worked had there not been a tax. But she failed to take into account the tax. So I told her "Wait a minute, that wont work because you have to take into consideration the tax." She didnt understand. So both of us added the total by cellphone and each of us got a different number. There was a difference of about $4 and change. The manager came over and was like "oh that difference is the tax." And I was like "No it isnt. The tax is only 1% and it is impossible that that tax would come up to be $5 from a $5o total." So, we ended up passing all of my groceries again, and 45 minutes later, guess whos total was the correct one? Exactly, mine!

And so begins the woes of the sales tax. I wonder how many people will be cheated for a few cents here and there, or how much money the store may lose from their inexperience with dealing with a tax.