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Puerto Rico approves statehood
Washington Post, by Caitlin Dewey

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Posted By:supersid, 11/8/2012 8:10:12 AM

A slim majority of Puerto Ricans voted Tuesday to approve a nonbinding referendum that would make the island the 51st U.S. state. The measure requires final approval from Congress, so it means little for Puerto Rico right now. Still, nearly 54 percent of Puerto Ricans voted for a change in the U.S. commonwealth’s relationship with the United States — and President Obama promised to uphold their vote in the case of a “clear majority.”

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Long way to go still. Imagine Puerto Rico getting 2 US Senators. Chances are they will have (D) after their name.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 11/8/2012 8:13:02 AM     (No. 8998890)

I am guessing that they already get plenty of the 'low income' perks that the mainlanders enjoy so maybe that won't cost us more. However, OP is correct. That's a guaranteed two more left-wing Democrat senators.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 11/8/2012 8:18:45 AM     (No. 8998909)

This is a chance for the Republicans to capture the Latino vote. Champion statehood for Puerto Rico and make gains into he Latino electorate.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: aindyin, 11/8/2012 8:19:18 AM     (No. 8998910)

How nice another state full of give me free cheese parasites.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: nycvoter, 11/8/2012 8:21:21 AM     (No. 8998916)

dont forget more electoral votes for the dems.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/8/2012 8:32:12 AM     (No. 8998952)

My P.R. graduate students, during my teaching days, told me that P.R. residents are not subject to the federal income tax system.
Give them statehood, and they would be.
In addition, 30% of its residents work for the Puerto Rican central government.
Finally, they did have revolutionaries in P.R., who in the early 1950s, shot up the floor of the House of Representatives in D.C., and tried to assassinate President Truman. They called themselves separatists.
Bill Clinton pardoned some of them, for the sake of HIllary's run for the senate from NY.
P.R. statehood would probably bring back the revolutionaries. Che style.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/8/2012 8:39:25 AM     (No. 8998968)

Permanent Democrat majority is what they want, but at the cost of forcing PR to pay taxes. It will no longer be the land of freebies and giveaways.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: civilservant, 11/8/2012 8:39:41 AM     (No. 8998970)

Having grown up in Trenton NJ, I have been around lots of Peurto Ricans.
If I were to comment on their proclivity towards sloth, envy, gov't dependency and defrauding same in proper terms, I'd be banned.
#2, you still misunderstand the shift in our Country. The PR's I grew up around DO NOT WANT FREEDOM, they like cocktails, late waking hours and to sexually assault young girls.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bevan, 11/8/2012 8:42:25 AM     (No. 8998985)

Ever spent any time in Puerto Rico?
Its one big trash bin. Literally!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Muncssister, 11/8/2012 8:46:02 AM     (No. 8998993)

I think I'll wait to buy my new flag. They'll be adding the hammer and sickle to it in a few years anyway, might as well hold out until then.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Linda Ann, 11/8/2012 8:53:18 AM     (No. 8999010)

Another banana for the new banana republic of america.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 11/8/2012 9:06:53 AM     (No. 8999052)

Well I've been awaiting announcment of the new national flag for the USSA. Having another state will be just the ticket to issue one.

No doubt with that extra star the blue field will be determined to be just too full, so they will probably replace it with a nice pic of Dear Reader. Hooray.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 11/8/2012 9:20:32 AM     (No. 8999091)

A whole new passle of Obama voters right there!....Don't think for a minute that this won't happen.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: thegare, 11/8/2012 10:00:24 AM     (No. 8999213)

Just what we need another state full of government teat suckers.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 11/8/2012 10:01:57 AM     (No. 8999218)

I was there a few years ago #9 and you are right. People who haven't visited PR have no idea what an open trash dump it is. The resorts keep their properties clean but the public areas are horrible. The public beaches were paved with cans and trash. You almost couldn't see the sand for the trash.

Ignore PR's travel ads and don't go there or you will be sorry.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 11/8/2012 10:15:30 AM     (No. 8999279)

Wha' hoppen to the Puerto Rican Independence Movement? Damn.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 11/8/2012 10:22:00 AM     (No. 8999303)

Most of PR doesn't want independence #16. Maybe a few wealthy natives and a handful of the usual activists. The majority are teat-sucking drones who know whether the gravy is coming from.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: PChristopher, 11/8/2012 10:39:50 AM     (No. 8999379)

Sorry guys...51 stars don't really want to work on a flag so you'll have to wait until we get another one...then we'll see.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: gdub2, 11/8/2012 11:36:10 AM     (No. 8999556)

Texas can secede and they can have our star.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/8/2012 12:16:58 PM     (No. 8999713)

Just what the USA needs, a new State where 118% of the people are on some sort of welfare, where most do not speak English, that is sure to generate two additional liberal Democrat US Senators and several more liberal Democrat representatives.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MsMontana, 11/8/2012 12:50:16 PM     (No. 8999812)

What's in it for the rest of us to allow PR to be a state?

Sorry, but I see no advantage to the present 50 states to allow PR to join our union.

In fact, I say, no statehood and a complete withdrawal of American funds from the island.

What the hell are they going to do? Attack us militarily? They have nothing we need.....zip.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: shepsmum, 11/8/2012 1:13:19 PM     (No. 8999859)

This is amazing. I lived in PR for a year -- and advocated that they should either be a state or independent because the commonwealth status helped no one and created both dependency and resentment.

There is a very long path to statehood, and I don't see it happening.

That said, the governor is a Republican and is doing a very hard job of reform. He has downsized the government payroll and done quite a bit to reform the "system". He spoke at the R national convention -- worth looking him up (Luis Fortuno).


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Reply 22 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/8/2012 11:47:45 PM     (No. 9001344)

That should cause some whining. Any numbers on how many have been living and working in the states for years and getting the taxes taken out of their checks and returned at the end of the year ?

One complained that when he and the babies momma moved here, they didn't receive a free apartment anymore, but she still had Medicaid for her and kids.

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