It's fairly common knowledge that the economic "miracle" in Puerto Rico (1946-1972) was the model used by other countries to build their own growth programs. One of the most notable "students" was Singapore, a tiny Asian island that has made itself one of the Top 20 economies in the world.
Now, the average Puerto Rican would feel very good to be considered a role model for others to emulate. That's just human nature. But where We drop the ball is in taking that natural sense of pride in being worthy of emulation and missing two points: (1) We don't see intelligence and creativity as good things and (2) We are too insecure to admit We can learn from others.
(Let the kerfuffling begin...)
Why do I bring this up? Because Singapore decided to tackle its own economic crisis by starting at the most logical spot: They have ordered cuts in government salaries and freezes in government hiring until the economy picks up again.
Aaah... You're starting to see where I'm headed...
How likely is it that Our local ass farm of a government will do the same? My description of it is: As likely as koalas running for Pope.
Point 1 above means We will never accept the Singapore Solution because We, as a a people, are not impressed nor do We give a koala's ass about intelligence and creativity and wisdom, except when it comes wrapped in the tinsel of "opportunism." We admire los listos, the sly ones, but We pooh-pooh los inteligentes, the intelligent ones. To Us, a brain is what's used for thinking up ways to get more somethings for nothing.
And Point 2 above means that they--those once-imitators, now teachers--are "still beneath Us" and thus there's no way We could ever learn from them. That's why We don't learn from Cubans, Dominicans or Venezuelans who come here, work hard, make the most of their circumstances and forge ahead. They are extranjeros, foreigners to the wonders of Our quasi-American citizenship and though We might envy their success, We ain't making the effort they made, no señor.
So a perfectly reasonable solution--eminently practical as well--will not touch Our shores with a ten kilometer pole. That President Obama did the same for the White House staff will be viewed here as a good thing... for over there. And even if We as a people agree that this Singapore Solution is a good thing, the inaction of the Fools to put it in practice (with a gutless Larva waffling weakly and a legislature that refuses to obey eletoral mandates such as unicamerality), will leave Us watching some other parts of the world forging ahead while We stay behind, flattening Our asses on the crumbling sidewalk of the past.
Live and learn? More like live... in limbo...
The Jenius Has Spoken.