[Pnews] Oscar López Rivera will go free…but Obama is still a HYPOCRITE
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Thu Jan 19 13:07:19 EST 2017
Oscar López Rivera will go free…but Obama is still a HYPOCRITE
Nelson Denis - January 18, 2017
At long last, after 35 years, Pres. Obama finally commuted the sentence
of Oscar López Rivera. The president is to be commended for this. But
for eight years, Obama misled the entire Puerto Rican community. He used
them as a doormat.
Obama betrayed every Puerto Rican…not once, not twice, but FOUR times in
eight years. Here is how…
*#1…THE U.S. CENSUS***
In the same week that Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme
Court, he also nominated Robert Groves
<http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB124241977657124963> to direct the US
Census. The hoopla surrounding Sonia’s nomination enabled Groves to sail
through the US Senate confirmation
hearings – virtually undetected – and abandon statistical sampling as
the prevailing census methodology (/see /page 15 of the transcript).
In other words, the appointment of Sotomayor served as a cover for the
ultimate denial of /hundreds of billions/ of federal dollars from Latino
neighborhoods, and Latino school districts, all over the US.
*#2…CHAPTER 9 BANKRUPTCY***
Obama did nothing to restore Chapter IX bankruptcy relief to Puerto
Rico, which was arbitrarily withdrawn during the Reagan administration
Obama expended no political capital; issued no executive orders; offered
no Treasury negotiations, Dept. of Commerce initiatives, or tax code
He simply allowed Puerto Rico to melt down
Instead of Chapter IX, Obama lobbied intensively for the passage of
and the installation of a Financial Control Board over the entire island.
Over the next few years, hundreds of thousands of retirees may lose
their pensions. The minimum wage may go down to $5 per hour. Electrical
rates will double. Schools and hospitals will close. “Public private
partnerships” will swallow the public economy. Another million Puerto
Ricans may be forced to leave the island…and hand it over to Wall Street
operatives and US billionaires.
THAT is Obama’s economic legacy for the people of Puerto Rico.
*#4…THE US SUPREME COURT*
The appointment of Sotomayor was cleverly timed, and served to cover the
/real /action in the US Census.
But beyond this, in 2016, Obama sent his Solicitor General to the
Supreme Court…not once, but twice. In two landmark cases – /Sanchez
Valle/ and /Franklin Trust/ – the Obama administration argued that
Puerto Rico is a “territorial possession
of the US: with no political, economic, or juridical sovereignty whatsoever.
Obama made it clear – and the Supreme Court agreed – that Puerto Rico is
a US colony.
*MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING*
Barack Obama is a Harvard Law graduate, a masterful orator, and a
talented politician. You don’t manage to become the first black POTUS
without a strong skill set.
Unfortunately, Obama applied none of his personal skills or presidential
powers, on behalf of Puerto Rico.
He commuted the sentence of a man who had already been pardoned twelve
years ago, and should not have been in jail until January 2017…if at all.
We certainly appreciate the release of Oscar López Rivera. We thank
Obama for that.
But for nine million Puerto Ricans, the Obama presidency was much ado
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