En vista del furor que ha causado lo que dijo la congresista por Florida sobre los puertorriqueños entré a su página en el web y encontré las declaraciones suyas el pasado 29 de enero. Las reproduzco casi completas y también su foto para que la conozcan.
U.S. Representative Virginia 'Ginny' Brown-Waite (FL-05)today reluctantly supported House passage of H.R. 5140, the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008.
“While almost every Member of this body supports an economic stimulus package, I really must question the legislation before us today. Missing from the bill is any attempt to help those senior citizens who rely solely on Social Security for their income; a group that includes thousands of my constituents. Many of my retired constituents face rising property taxes, astronomical homeowner’s insurance rates and cannot afford to keep their home without help from the federal government. While House passage today moves the legislation forward, I sincerely hope that the Senate will include measures to help our senior citizens with an economic stimulus of their own.
Second, the bill sends hundreds of millions of dollars to people who do not pay federal income taxes, including residents of Puerto Rico and territories like Guam. I do not believe American taxpayer funds should be sent to foreign citizens who do not pay taxes. Americans want an economic stimulus for Dunnellon, Brooksville and Clermont, not for San Juan or Hagatna. As the legislation moves forward, it must be changed to ensure that only federal taxpaying American citizens receive rebate checks.
“Our economic stimulus package should go to those struggling to keep their homes, whether it is the result of losing their job, or as it is in my district, having to pay the 500-700% increase in their homeowner’s insurance rates. Tax rebate checks should go to American taxpaying citizens, not foreign citizens and nationals who don’t pay into the federal treasury. As this bill goes forward, we must address the need for state sales tax deduction renewal and targeted relief for senior citizens who make too much to qualify for rebate checks under the current legislation. I call on the Senate to improve the stimulus package as I have outlined above, and look forward to it coming back to the House for final passage after my concerns have been addressed.”
No veo porqué tienen que sentirse ofendidos los puertorriqueños. La congresista Brown tiene razón en que no pagamos impuestos federales. Tampoco debe ser insulto que nos considere extranjeros. Después de todo el estatuto jurídico nuestro no hay quien lo entienda. Así que ni se molesten en tratar de ilustrarla. Mejor nos ocupamos de ilustrar a nuestro pueblo para que sepa lo que piensan los estadounidenses sobre nosotros. Eso sí es importante.