Saturday, October 24, 2020

Puerto Rico: The US Constitution Does Not Apply

I know, technically speaking it does. Unfortunately, there is this thing called the Puerto Rican legal system that stands in the way of the US Constitution being enforced. Puerto Rico has this strange legal system where they have their own local, appellate and Puerto Rico Supreme Court. The Puerto Rico Supreme Court puts to shame the most liberal, Federal Appellate courts in the United States.

I can't give a specific example of how much of a clown show the Puerto Rico Supreme Court is. I just know what laws are currently in place in Puerto Rico which are clearly unconstitutional, that affect me personally.

Keep in mind that all the proceedings are in Spanish which only lowers the interest of outside observers who do not know Spanish fluently.

So, if you are like me and have some claims of violations of your First and Second Amendment rights, what are your options?

I have to literally go all the way to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, that I already know due to case law will shoot me down, and then HOPE that the US Supreme Court will consider my case.

And what is the likelihood that will happen?

Basically none.

At least on the issue of the 2nd Amendment case, we already know the Supreme Court regularly refuses to hear cases that could cause a national precedent and cause States to rebel. It is de-facto rule by the Appellate courts. In the case of Puerto Rico, it is de-facto rule by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.


My only comfort is knowing that at any time I could hop on a plane and get all my 2nd Amendment rights once again. I am choosing to stay primarily for the tax benefits which are only possible because of the same family of "exceptions" I am bitching about.

Puerto Rico is one bizarre-o world of corruption and loopholes (thanks to its Territorial status).

I will actually be a little relieved to leave the island if they take away my tax benefits or do something so egregious to me that the tax benefits aren't even worth it. 

I'm anticipating on leaving anyway in about 8 years to start my Idaho homestead, but I'm not going to hide my absolute disgust at the state of Puerto Rico out of fear they revoke the tax benefits they are giving me which is the only reason why I'm staying.

I suppose it will suck for my children who will lose visitation with their father, because there is no way I'm going to stay on the island should they remove the monetary incentive for me to stay there.

But, in the end, it will be for the better because I will be able to prepare their way in advance on the Idaho homestead prior to 2033. It will be the fault of my ex for choosing to remain on that shit-hole of an island and alienate the kids from me simply because of her hatred. The children can find me after they are free of her control.

At a certain point, no amount of more saved money will help beyond 2033, and I'm better off focusing on building community. I say 8 years from now for timing issues on some long term investments, but if my short term gambles pay off, I may decide to leave much earlier. I already have a number in mind to hit when I finally decide to bail.

I was thinking that I am suffering on the island for my children's sake (so that they can have the inheritance of the tax savings), but there always reaches a point of diminishing returns.

Meaning, if I take a 30%-50% hit in taxes, but it allows me to start focusing on investing in Idaho years in advance, that may be worth the "fiat" loss.

The other view could be that I take all the tax savings and convert them into Silver or Gold, for which my children will be able to benefit post 2033.

Lots of unknown unknowns, but I still have lots of time. Coronavirus has really hurt all my investments, and abandoning my still, very young children to the whims of a foolish woman will be something I will have to weigh very heavily. The potential upside would have to be quite significant.

1 comment:

  1. Your story is simply fascinating! Notably the 2033 timeline which I also have accepted as inevitable (given over/under of ~2 years). I wish you well.