As the humanitarian crisis in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico unfolds, the Twitter machine keeps asking why nothing is being done (or some variant thereof). There’s a simple reason: a lack of political power. If Puerto Rico had two voting senators–who could do something like threaten to shut down the entire Senate until their state receives assistance–they would already be receiving help. Right now, Republicans are desperate to pass a destroy-healthcare bill, so they would just shovel money at them to make them go away.
This ends today’s lesson in the consequences of the absence of democracy.