Today the New York Times reminds us that Sunday is the deadline for the US government to reach a deal that addresses Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. The story is a long one and there is something poetically appropriate about the fact that last minute haggling in Washington is delaying relief for the islands suffering inhabitants. After all, while several Puerto Rican governments certainly played a role in creating the current situation, many laws created in Washington were also responsible. In his unique way, John Oliver makes an effort to describe how we have gotten to this point and makes a strong call for a solution to be found. The keys to that solution are currently in a small number of powerful hands that live far from the Caribbean.