Lin-Manuel Miranda: Puerto Rico needs “debt forgiveness” to recover

Since Lin-Manuel Miranda believes the debts that Puerto Rico incurred should be forgiven, to not honor the commitment to pay their loans, will Miranda stop charging for all his Hamilton shows or allow  you to “promise” to pay later?  A loan is a promise to pay later.  It’s easy to give away money that is not your own.  Or will he offer free Hamilton shows, both in NY and PR, for all those who were born in PR, or who live in PR?  Put your money where your mouth is, Lin-Manuel Miranda.  Are Puerto Ricans honorable people or not?  Do Puerto Ricans honor their commitments or not?  If the debts are discharged and forgiven, why would anyone want to loan to Puerto Rico again in the future?

Lin-Manuel Miranda, I’d like a loan from you for 1/2 of your net worth.  Then, years later, I will ask you to forgive that loan you made to me so I don’t have to repay it.  This will make it easier for me to “recover,” than paying you back.  Of course you will say yes to forgiving my loan, right?

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Puerto Rico needs “debt forgiveness” to recover

Dorado, Puerto Rico — For Puerto Rico to fully recover from the devastation caused by two powerful storms and the economic instability that has plagued the island for the past years, the federal government needs to grant the U.S. territory “debt forgiveness,” Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda told CBS News.

“It’s gonna take a lot. It’s gonna take Congress really investing in the rebuilding effort on a scale commensurate to other hurricane relief that has happened in the United States, on the mainland,” Miranda said in an exclusive “CBS This Morning” interview on Friday. “It is going to take debt forgiveness on the island.”

A fiscal oversight board established in 2016 to deal with the growing debt crisis in Puerto Rico has directed the island’s government to make budget cuts to several welfare programs, as well as the educational system. The board’s austerity measures have become deeply unpopular on the island, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma. The U.S. territory is also grappling with economic woes and mounting violence.

Puerto Rico, home to approximately 3.2 million U.S. citizens, has been roiled recently by demonstrations by students and residents against educational cuts, faculty layoffs and tuition hikes ordered by the fiscal board. Miranda and his team even had to change the venue of the “Hamilton” production in Puerto Rico because of expected student protests at the University of Puerto Rico, which was originally going to host the Broadway hit.

“I don’t believe squeezing the future of this island and the students who are going to make it great again in the next generation, is the answer,” said Miranda, who was raised in Manhattan but traces his roots to Puerto Rico.

Miranda has publicly backed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act — known as PROMESA — which created the board, but he has recently expressed support for Puerto Rico’s ballooning debt to be forgiven.

President Trump, who has been sharply criticized for his administration’s handling of recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, is reportedly discussing a proposal that would divert billions of dollars of disaster aid for the island and several states to fund his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border

Although he knows Puerto Rico will continue to face significant challenges, Miranda said the trying time on the island has strengthened the resolve of its people.

“And I think the Puerto Rican people are the most resilient in the world,” he added. “What they have been through in the past year and a half is a testament to them.”


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