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Old 04-27-2010, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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State hood for PR has been on the ballot since '94. They will never become a State...one we don't want to take on their crushing debt, even though they are a commonwealth. They don't want to become a full-State. They can't agree on the methodology on how to do it.

Please.
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I am of Puerto Rican hertiage, and can tell you, this is a very touchy subject. The people are very divided on this issue. A small % of the pop. wants independence. Puerto Ricans feel they have contributed and sacrificed a lot to the US, just be thrown out on it's own.

The remaining pop are pretty much SPLIT. Split for continued Commonwealth status, and Statehood.
The CW people say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And, they fear becoming a state will result in the loss of the Spanish traditions, including Spanish as the main language.

People for Statehood, feel because we have been part of the US so long, have fought wars for the US, are citizens at birth, why not receive full benefits of a State.

This has been a very heated issue in PR for decades.
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Originally Posted by txgolfer130 View Post
State hood for PR has been on the ballot since '94. They will never become a State...one we don't want to take on their crushing debt, even though they are a commonwealth. They don't want to become a full-State. They can't agree on the methodology on how to do it.

Please.
You have no clue what the people of PR want.
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Northern Wi
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Here's the story about this bill. It sounds like they set it up to pass by allowing anyone to vote.

Puerto Rico Democracy Act – Legislation Biased in Favor of Statehood | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:49 AM
 
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I think that the next referendum needs to have either statehood or independence as the only options. Continued commonwealth status has cons for both the US and PR.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:03 AM
 
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It would surely be 3 more electoral votes for the Democrat candidate every year.
This is actually not true. First of all, Puerto Rico is not just a sparesly populated island. It has 4 million people which would be like 8 or 9 electoral votes. That's bigger than a lot of states. And there are both Republicans and Democrats on the island. Like their current governor is a Republican.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Well, if Puerto Rico becomes a state, what of the flag? We'd have to have 51 stars. How would you lay it out so it looked good?
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:15 AM
 
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The US should tell all it's territories to either become an independent nation or become a US state
That would be the last thing that the REPUBLICANS want! Or have you forgotten all of Newt Gringrich's and Dick Armey's underhanded deals with (IIRC) American Samoa. By being US territories they can legally put "Made in USA" on their products, but those two d-bags made sure that they are exempted from US labor laws so the people can be paid slave wages, get forced abortions etc. Study your recent history a bit kiddies.

BTW, even some Rs admit that it may be time to add more stars. Most Americans today have always lived under 50, yet we, our parents and grandparents and beyond all saw additions.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Make them a state against their will and let's see what happens.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:22 AM
 
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Well, if Puerto Rico becomes a state, what of the flag? We'd have to have 51 stars. How would you lay it out so it looked good?
It's not like they've never had to change the flag before. 6 alternating rows of 9 and 8 stars renders a decent-looking US flag.

And even if it didn't, you can't deny people statehood just because it messes up the flag
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