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Posted on 11/07/2012 6:28:48 AM PST by cllEdited on 11/07/2012 6:52:13 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A slim majority of Puerto Ricans want their island to become the 51st U.S. state in a non-binding referendum that would require final approval from Congress.
The two-part referendum asked whether the island favored its 114-year relationship with the U.S. Nearly 54 percent sought to change it, while 46 percent supported the status quo, with 96 percent of precincts reporting as of early Wednesday. Statehood was the favorite option, garnering 61 percent. Sovereign free association, which would have allowed for more autonomy, received 33 percent, while independence got 5 percent.
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I guess it’s better than them demaning independence by blowing up people then being pardoned by Bill Clinton so Hillary can play Senator.
Hey, PR. I don’t want you in the union.
And I want to cut you off as a territory and stop all funding to you.
Shouldn’t this be the stance of the American left, who are so opposed to colonialism?
Seriously, like we need another leftist state in the union.
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Great—More of the something for nothing peoples now want to become a part of the “in crowd”. Who woulda thunk it?
70% of PR’s are on Welfare. 100% of PR’s pay no Income Tax.
Puerto Rico is a wonderful place, and the current governor is a great conservative who has done a lot to encourage business growth and enterprise in the island.
Of course, with Obama as president, I’m not sure why they’d want to be a state, but I guess that’s another matter.
Puerto Rico is the gateway to the Caribbean and it actually is of strategic importance. We had military installations in the old Spanish fort during WWII and up to fairly recent times.
It’s also a great place to vacation: it has America’s only rainforest, produces much better coffee than Hawaii, and has better dancing (salsa) than just about any place on the mainland!
Thank you for your kind words.
And the 30% that might pay income tax now, certainly won’t be paying any if PR gains statehood.
Independence! Although there are certainly respectable,decent,hard working Puerto Ricans the majority (very possibly the *large* majority) are worthless welfare parasites.Give them their independence.Let them print their own passports...let them print their own welfare checks....let them provide their own ObamaPhones.
You've obviously never worked in the ER of a large East Coast hospital.I have.For many years,in fact.I could tell you story..after story...after story...after story that would make the hair on your toes curl.
In the past they have always rejected statehood, figuring why pay taxes when you can help yourself to Federal payments nonetheless. But since nearly half don’t pay taxes anyhow (and they’d be the poorest state by far in per-capita income) I suppose that’s now a non-issue.
That’s more state closer to hussein’s 57.
I’d prefer cutting them loose, and letting them being their own country.
I grew up in New York City in a neighborhood that was heavily Puerto Rican. They had about the same number of good and bad people as any other economic-refugee immigrant group, and most the children of that generation have in any case moved to nicer places in the outer boroughs or the suburbs and assimilated so thoroughly that they’re undetectable.
I don’t see that they’re any different from Italians, Eastern European Jews (many of the early organized crime figures were from immigrant Eastern European Jewish families), Russians or any other economic-refugee immigrant group.
We’d become a bilingual country and the Democrats would be guaranteed another two Senate seats and four electoral votes at a minimum.
America is lost!
Sorry, we’re broke....try Cuba.
I read that Governor-elect García already said that he will do nothing about the plebiscite, giving the convenient excuse that the current Commonwealth status was not among the choices.
The last figures I read from the State Elections Commission show that some 61% of voters opted for statehood. That’s about the same percentage supporting the Commonwealth in the 1967 plebiscite.
I agree. And if PR is done with him, maybe we can borrow their governor for a while. We may need him.
I thought he would have made a great VP candidate, but probably he wasn’t well enough known outside of PR.
Of course they voted for statehood: lots more free stuff!
Yes. But Resident Commissioner (Congressman) Pierluisi, who was re-elected, pledged today that he will not let the vote be ignored and will press Congress on it.
The I4 corridor in Florida has been spoiled by too many Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics moving in. It used to be that, the republicans could count on the area to vote republican, but, no more. It’s the change in the corridor which helped Obama in 2008, and seemingly in 2012 (although Obama didn’t need Florida to get his victory).
Far too many of those Puerto Ricans moved to the state to get away from high taxes in other states, like NY and Chicago, where they were part of the electorate which voted the high-taxing politicians into office. Now they’re keeping those same idiotic voting habits, while hoping to pay no taxes or keeping them low. That does not compute, but, they’re not thinking things through.
And, BTW, I’m one of those Puerto Ricans who moved away from NY to get away from the high-taxation in the state and NYC. But, I’m a republican who hasn’t voted for any democrat since I was in my early twenties, and I’m way beyond that age now.
Those same people who want low taxes, will also take as much from government as they can, and I know far too many who do depend upon government for many “free things”, or a subsidized lifestyle.
Those people are hurting themselves, but, they can’t be weaned away form the old habits of getting as much as they can from government. Thus, the rest of the country, will be hurt, and so will those government dependents, because, where we’re headed is unsustainable. In fact, it’s unsustainable now as we’re having to borrow about 44 cents for each dollar that the government spends. But, the way a lot of those people see it, and I’ve actually heard some of them say it, “there’s more where that came from and I’m going to get my share”. Which means that, with that kind of attitude, the country is doomed.
Excellent analysis. We’re becoming Europe. Puerto Rico seemed to be trending away from that but I cannot make that argument today because of the local elections’ results.
It would take about 20,000 words for me to even begin to answer you...to address this basic issue.Those 20,000 words would include my immigrant family's multi-generational history (one of my grandparents was born in Ireland and spoke no English when she arrived,nor did her mother) but I'll just leave it at...since they've come here not a single member of that family has *ever* received a penny of government cash except for military pay and *ordinary* Social Security payments (not disability).It never occurred to anyone in my family to expect *any* kind of government largess...even during the Depression.And those Gaelic speakers I mentioned...they learned English...and assimilated... *in a hurry*! Contrast that with the "multi cultural" immigrants of today,many,many,*many* of whom demand that *we* learn *their* language and demand everything from food,shelter,health care and even cell phones from American taxpayers.To see a great example,check out this interview that Obama's Kenyan aunt gave to a Boston TV station a year or two ago.But make sure you've taken your blood pressure medications first or else I guarantee you'll have a fatal stroke.