Nevertheless, in some of the most impoverished towns on the island, such as Comerío, the unemployment rate is at a whopping 22.8% and 60% of the residents are recipients of PAN. While some criticize such entitlement programs in creating more harm than good, others believe it has helped improved the lives of many low-income families. According to the 2006 U.S Census, 45.6% of the island's population lived below the poverty level. This statistic is quite mind-boggling, especially while taking a stroll at Plaza Las Américas and seeing all those luxury cars on the street.
While the 2011 federal budget calls for cuts in some programs designed to help the neediest, it will not affect PAN, which Puerto Rico expects to receive $2 billion this year. The Times Magazine columnist Fareed Zakaria, who is also host of CNN's Global Public Square, was invited to the island by the Center for the New Economy to talk about his