Sixty Seven Billion Dollars? F*ck You!

If I asked you to predict the extent of gratitude resulting from any given act of charity from a primarily western society to one of “minorities,” what would you speculate? If your answer is “not much” you are a foolish Pollyanna.

Consider Puerto Rican governor Ricardo Rosselló.

It’s difficult to discern from the media’s mush-mouthed reporting precisely how much funding was allotted to where and when but, whatever its distribution, the following amounts were earmarked substantially for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria:

💸 $15 billion in September 2017;
💸 $36.5 billion in October 2017; and
💸 $15.8 billion in February 2018.

With a population of 3.3 million that means US taxpayers extended aid in an amount approaching $20,393 for every man, woman, and child on the island. That’s quite generous. Nothing like how Puerto Ricans famously mobilized to help Tennesseans recover from the Nashville flood. But still it was a very significant package. So how lavish do you imagine were Governor Rossello’s expressions of appreciation? Well, let’s see

After relief debacle, Puerto Rico’s governor looks for political revenge in Florida.

Vengeance! Yes, I think that’s how you pronounce thank you in Spanish. Though honestly who among us has ever been handed $67 billion dollars and not felt their fury coming to a boil?

The article goes on to describe how the enraged island steward has sought to rally the ‘Rican diaspora to wreck Trump in future elections. So what explains this behavior? The answer is entitlement, but that’s not sufficient analysis. That Rosselló has repaid charity with hostility is an act as timeless to the human condition as the flimsiness of a tropical shanty.

The reason he has done so lies largely in this question: Is it possible to give a stranger who wants money as much money as they want? I can assure you the task is more difficult than many imagine. And if they think you have more to give, their satisfaction approaches the impossibility event horizon. In addition, one act of charity breeds expectations for more. Unmet expectations produce resent. By that means upturned palms eventually become fists.

Here’s a relevant anecdote. While walking through one of America’s vast urban catch basins one summer evening I made the mortal mistake of making eye contact with a black male on the money make. He immediately matched my stride while demanding dough. After being badgered for a block about his myriad of problems I finally pressed a single $1 into his hand to break off the pursuit. Looking at his haul in disgust I heard him exclaim behind me: Mothafucka, a dolla? Fuck you!

None of which is very interesting aside from the fact that he didn’t curse or care about the many people who completely ignored him, but was livid at the one who gave him less than he wanted. What lessons could be taken from this? Only a prudent society would bring itself to wonder.

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15 thoughts on “Sixty Seven Billion Dollars? F*ck You!

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  2. This topic is rarely discussed but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately–forget gratitude; there is nothing but hostility and resentment from the welfare class. Whether it’s jihadis on a plow down in Germany or indigents at an ER, the carefully fostered sentiment is that you owe us this and more.

    Just more evidence that the people talking about assimilating are really dreaming of strife.
    Excellent article!
    “That’s how you pronounce thank you in Spanish” (haha!)

  3. I think he’s probably just in a pissy mood because Andy Cuomo keeps going down there. I’d be generally unapproachable if I had to deal with that asshole on a regular basis as he tried to win magic minority tokens off of my constituency.

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  5. This is why I’ve always been against welfare. If a person can’t even figure out how to get themselves fed, they deserve to starve to death.

  6. This was exactly my conclusion after spending a week in Haiti last Dec. The US could carpet bomb that country with food and aid, they’d still take it all for granted and want more. This article is spot on and my fellow Churchian do-gooders need to grow a spine to face facts.

    • What’s the source on your $15, $36.5, and $15.8 earmarks? I’m having trouble validating that, and your whole piece falls without it. Thanks.

      • Feb. 8, 2018
        Puerto Rican officials have for months denounced the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria, urging for more attention and action to help the island’s hard-pressed storm survivors. This week, island leaders declared a rare victory when Senate leaders folded disaster relief funding into a two-year budget deal to avert a government shutdown.

        Puerto Rico, along with the United States Virgin Islands, certainly has reason to cheer: The deal includes $4.8 billion to replenish dwindling Medicaid funds, $2 billion to restore the shredded power grid and $9 billion for housing and urban development projects.

        ——-

        All of this money, it’s a starting point to initiate recovery and reconstruction,” said Carlos Mercader, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington. “There’s still a lot of work to do with Congress and the administration.”

        In September, following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Congress approved $15 billion in relief aid. Lawmakers signed off on another $36.5 billion for storm and wildfires assistance in October, after weeks of criticism leveled against the Trump administration for its response to Maria in Puerto Rico.

      • Although it doesn’t identify dollars spent, I’d encourage anyone interested to read through this chronology of Puerto Rican aid efforts. The scale of which was enormous. And then recall their governor’s gracious response: vengeance!

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