It’s nearly time to declare Puerto Rico a failed state. Thousands of Puerto Ricans recently attended an event to learn how to immigrate to Florida and join the mainland workforce, reports USA Today:
Florida Expo organizers said more than 7,000 people signed up for the free event, which became a sort of one-stop shop for those seeking job opportunities, better quality of life and recommendations for the best neighborhoods and schools.
Dozens waited in line for more than an hour to submit their personal information and receive job leads and other data. Some criticized Puerto Rico’s government for not doing enough to improve the lives of working-class families.
Puerto Rico has lost nearly half a million people in the past ten years, a number greater than the total current population of its capital city. The government is now taking desperate measures to stem the tide:
The administration of Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla even launched a website this week to collect ideas from citizens on how best to overcome economic problems and prevent the exodus of people. During the launch, the governor’s Chief of Staff Ingrid Vila warned that those who move away often do poorly.
“Twenty-four percent of those who have left are unemployed,” she said.
Too many citizens have lost faith in the government’s ability to provide even the most basic of services. One resident told USA Today: “There’s more opportunities if you move. People who live off government support here are doing better than those of us who work and pay taxes.” Another said: “You see what the government does with your money over there [in Florida]. Here, you contribute and contribute and contribute and nothing improves.”
When the blue model collapses, it takes a lot down with it.