As I am sure others have been following what is being put out as news concerning Puerto Rico and them wanting to go back to being a Sovern Nation plus the usual B.S. about the Big Bad Jones Act!
As has been mentioned in other posts, there are a lot of costs that do / should remain the same when it comes to getting products to outlying areas. The cost of fuel is one but another is the cost of the Longshoremen / Dockworkers which in some cases is one of the more expensive costs. Plus let’s not forget the largest expense, Corporate Profits! I am sure that any savings would not be seen on the shelves but rather, the share holders or owners would see larger profits. These expenses are usually forgotten about when the Jones Act is under attack.
Now as for Puerto Rico, I worked in Puerto Rico back in the 90’s and got to know some of the “Locals”. What really surprised me was the either you had men and women that worked very hard trying to better their lives or you had those that worked just long enough to get government benefits and then got fired. Also, as being a non-Spanish speaker, I was not treated very well. I remember checking out at a Walmart and having the cashier speak only Spanish to me until the gentleman with me began to tell me what she was saying. She quickly switched to English once she knew that he was going to translate for me. Now, I have traveled to many Countries and totally understand that it is up to me to know the Local Language and never expected them to know English but when it came to the locals in Puerto Rico they seemed to enjoy screwing with me until they found out that I would know what was being said. This happened more that once. Please understand that I am not saying that all of the people were like this. There were many very nice people that I met there and still consider some of them friends.
Also, there was a very wide split on how they feel about either becoming a State or going back to being a Sovern Entity. As far as I am concerned, Let the GO! With the way the politicians run things, I do not see things ending well for them and why it should OUR Problem to keep them afloat after them deciding to be there own country.
My personal feels are the them go!