Radical socialist Saul Alinsky taught his followers “Never let a crisis go to waste.” In other words, no matter how many people die — politicize it.
That sick lesson is being followed in mainstream media coverage of the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, as liberal activists and media outlets claim aid is not being delivered to storm victims because President Trump has blocked ships from delivering it.
At issue is the Jones Act, a 1920 law requiring that goods delivered to U.S. must be carried on U.S.-flagged vessels. They claim that by not allowing foreign vessels to enter the Port of San Juan, critical supplies are being blockaded from the island.
Whether or not the Jones Act should be repealed is certainly up for debate, but what’s not debatable is the fact that is not the problem in Puerto Rico and has nothing to do with the crisis.
The Port of San Juan is taking in ships at capacity and is overwhelmed with supplies. Bringing in more ships will do nothing.
The problem in Puerto Rico is getting the aid off the docks and on the road. There is a shortage of truck drivers, fuel and passable roads.
“…a shortage of truckers and the island’s devastated infrastructure are making it tough to move aid to where it’s needed most. Only 20% of truck drivers have reported back to work since Hurricane Maria swept through, according to a spokesperson for Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
On top of that, a diesel fuel shortage and a tangle of blocked roads mean the distribution of supplies is extremely challenging. Even contacting drivers is a problem because cell towers are still down,” CNN reports.
“Shipping companies have aid and supplies either waiting at the port to be delivered — or held up at ports in the mainland United States.
Shipping company Crowley is one of them. It has 3,000 containers sitting at the Port of San Juan filled with clothes, food, medicine, water, construction materials and even cars,” CNN reports. “Crowley’s vice president in Puerto Rico, Jose Ayala, said the company can’t get truck drivers or trucks filled up with diesel to pick up supplies for distribution across the island.”