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What does an effective response to the disaster in Puerto Rico look like?

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Commentarion CV Danes asked a very good question about solutions to the crisis in Puerto Rico, and I didn’t want it to get buried in the comments:

Somewhat OT, but a few months ago I wondered how the feds would respond to a failed U.S. state. Now the distinct possibility exists that Puerto Rico could actually become a failed territory. The humanitarian crisis there is becoming dire, and its looking like the entire island may need to be rebuilt (or at least rebooted) in order to sustain its population. How do we deal with that?

Given what I know now, I think the answer starts with relocating people to someplace they’re not five seconds from a cholera outbreak. That may be an immense undertaking, but not one anyone would balk at if the Americans in peril were in Connecticut.

As an aside, I think do not think relocation is a permanent solution, unless people truly want to stay in their new homes.

Beyond that I start thinking about how hard it is going to be to shake the required cash loose from the Republican government and get a headache.

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