This won't take long...
Apropos of My most recent post, The Insider posted a comment, an excerpt of which reads:
"PPA, OBE, PPP. How about IPOM?
Incentivized Citizen Out Migration
Identify the demographic most draining on the government. Let's say the welfare class, and fully subsidize their move to the United States where they will certainly obtain a better education for their children. Meanwhile the costs associated with holding them in "inventory" for PR are offset by a "foreign" government completely.
Yes, this does sound like some form of governmental "expense category gentrification". So be it. Overall, everyone involved is better off.
The impact of this educational component are also in line with Gil's recent discussion on how education and Puerto Rico's death toll are interrelated.
I made the personal exodus. That is usually not possible for the welfare class who cannot afford moving expenses or even airfare in most cases.
I discussed it in more detail in my blog entry titled "Expatriating the Poor Boriquens to Save the Economy".
It took Singapore 30 years to re-engineer it's economy. Based on how it "felt to be in Puerto Rico", it will probably take about 60 years to get a clue on how to re-vamp education... everything is sssssslllllloooooowwwwwww....
So - at that rate - when your child turns about 65, if he hasn't been shot up in the streets or died from lack of adequate health care, then you can enroll him back in kindergarten.
Or you can move them to Florida where you can find a similar climate, pockets of similar culture, and vast improvements in everything else."
I respect and support The Insider's choice to move away from Puerto Rico; We even discussed it over the phone long before it happened. And We have debated issues related to Our societal ills and foibles over at his blog and in e-mails.
But his solution--exiling Our welfare class someplace else--is wrong. The solution is not to dump Our people in someone else's unwilling lap: the solution is to redevelop Our society so that Our welfare class is drastically reduced, while Our other classes make equally-positive strides.
Yes, dumping the poor someplace else is "easy," but "easy" isn't synonymous with "right." And "easy" is not the way We need to look to create the society so many of Us want and deserve.
The Jenius Has Spoken.