NPR Covers Exodus From Puerto RIco

In this radio podcast, National Public Radio examines the increasing number of residents from Puerto Rico -– particularly those with middle class and professional backgrounds— that are looking for work in Florida following an economic slowdown in Puerto Rico. In the podcast there are interviews with Miami Herald reporter Frances Robles, who has been writing about the issue, and marketing professional Xavier Vilaro, who recently left Puerto Rico and is looking for work in Florida.

Here is my favorite point in the interview, when they begin discussing what, if anything, the Puerto Rican government is doing to incent executives from leaving the island, the reporter says that she tried to contact someone in the government but they wouldn't return her calls. Oh my God, what is that? It's a giant ostrich! Oh now you've done spooked it and it's stuck its head in the sand.

4 comments:

Gil C. Schmidt

23 de agosto de 2008, 16:58
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dijo...

Maybe they should have offered money to anyone answering questions; they would have been FLOODED with responses. None useful, but they would have known how Our gamne is played...

I keep insisting We can beat the government's vegetables over their pointy heads with baseball bats--swinging for the fences!--and We'd actually make them smarter.

MC Don Dees

27 de agosto de 2008, 07:32
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dijo...

Again your spot on about the money thing, but my intent was more on PR culture/society and not returning calls rather than the government specifically.

I have a fundamental belief that while it might be misrepresentative in terms of numbers, government is a reflection of society. As I try to point out consistently everyone in government used to be a "normal" citizen.

You might say that the US of A is not a reflection of US society, but you'd be wrong. All of the manipulations Bush and Co. have accomplished is what many in the country would have done. Torture, sure. Toppling government, f*** yeah. Anything to make someone pay and keep us tucked safely into the illusion that terrorism can be stopped.

Gabriel

28 de agosto de 2008, 08:44
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dijo...

Do people leave to change their situation or because they can't adjust?
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MC Don Dees

28 de agosto de 2008, 10:48
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dijo...

I think the general theory presented is they leave to find job opportunities. I'd say it's pretty hard to adjust to having no income. Ask me and Jose, we can sure tell you a few things about that...

Ok, so I'm bitter. Deal with it!