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Puerto Rico votes on US
ties and chooses governor

Associated Press, by DANICA COTO

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Posted By:envirodude, 11/7/2012 10:03:29 AM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Ricans faced a fundamental question on Election Day: Should they change their ties with the United States? Citizens in the U.S. island territory cannot vote in the U.S. presidential election, but many were excited to participate in a referendum on whether to push the territory toward statehood, greater autonomy or independence. Car horns blared and party flags waved after polling stations closed following what election officials said was a high voter turnout. During the day, many voters carried umbrellas against the blistering tropical sun as temperatures neared 90 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius).
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Reply 1 - Posted by: John c, 11/7/2012 10:07:55 AM     (No. 8995939)

This is backwards. We should be deciding if they change their relationship to us.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kanphil, 11/7/2012 10:11:53 AM     (No. 8995956)

Cut 'em loose. We can't handle the problems we've got in the contiguous 48+2.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: arcady, 11/7/2012 10:17:59 AM     (No. 8996000)

A relic of the Spanish-American War. Sell them to the highest bidder, pay off some debt. Maybe the Chinese are interested...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 11/7/2012 10:28:59 AM     (No. 8996056)

If they're a state, at least they'll start PAYING some taxes instead of just sucking taxpayer money from the US Treasury...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 11/7/2012 10:52:52 AM     (No. 8996175)

No, #4. If they're a state, the add two more liberal Democrats to the U.S. Senate. When do the existing citizens get to vote on whether or not to accept them into the union?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Tom Mix, 11/7/2012 11:36:40 AM     (No. 8996362)

Only if we can figure out how to make a flag with 51 stars on it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: stablemoney, 11/7/2012 11:41:11 AM     (No. 8996380)

Can the AP get to it, or is this a novel?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Tom Mix, 11/7/2012 11:59:53 AM     (No. 8996469)

I found that a 51 star flag has been figured out already.

It has 9 stars in the top row, 8 stars in the next going down. Then 9, 8, 9 and 8 all added equals 51.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Kurto, 11/7/2012 12:18:22 PM     (No. 8996566)

Puerto Rico positions its belly closer to the trough.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: oldsfc, 11/7/2012 5:26:04 PM     (No. 8997733)

For years the national currency in PR was the food stamp. Making them a state would be a disaster. Most are on some type of welfare or government program. But, after this election, do it. Kind of like rubbing salt in an open sore.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/7/2012 8:50:55 PM     (No. 8998225)

Cut them loose or make them pay taxes.

Many are here working along side you for years, except they get their tax deductions returned to them at the end of the year.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/7/2012 9:19:59 PM     (No. 8998268)

Most will never pay taxes, as 118% of all Puerto Ricans are on some sort of welfare. As the man said, once they achieve statehood their welfare benefits would go up. On top of that you could add two liberal Democrat Senators to the US Senate, and I don't know how many liberal Democrat representatives to the House of Representatives. Also Spanish is the historic language of Puerto Rico, would that mean that the USA will then become a bilingual country so as not to hurt Puerto Rico's feelings?

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