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Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:12 am

While it is totally unfortunate that Obama won the presidential election, it looks like Puerto Rico is on the road to statehood as of the current results:
http://www.uticaod.com/latestnews/x2...es-on-US-ties-and-chooses-governor

Currently on the first part of the referendum, 53% have voted not to keep the current status with the United States. On the second part of the referendum, 65% have voted for statehood, vs. 31% for nationhood in free association with the U.S., and 4% for total independence.

So, here are two possibilities of what the star section on our next American Flag could look like:


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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:23 am

What benefits would Puerto Rico give the rest of the country? From the little I know of the PR there is high unemployment and high crime. No way Republicans want PR in too. Does this go to congress to decide?
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:32 am

Quoting flymia (Reply 1):
What benefits would Puerto Rico give the rest of the country? From the little I know of the PR there is high unemployment and high crime. No way Republicans want PR in too. Does this go to congress to decide?

Actually, the Republican Party has historically been more supportive of Puerto Rican statehood than Democrats. The pro-commonwealth party in Puerto Rico, the Popular Democratic Party, is officially aligned with the Democratic Party. The pro-statehood party, the New Progressive Party, isn't officially aligned with either party, but historically has been more closely aligned with the Republican Party.

Either way, both Obama and Romney have stated they will support Puerto Rican statehood. Lets see if Obama keeps his word.

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Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:35 am

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
So, here are two possibilities of what our next American Flag could look like:

Definitely the first one.
 
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:38 am

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
So, here are two possibilities of what the star section on our next American Flag could look like:

I like the first one.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
While it is totally unfortunate that Obama won the presidential election, it looks like Puerto Rico is on the road to statehood as of the current results:
Quoting flymia (Reply 1):
Does this go to congress to decide?

All of this goes to congress, and it needs to be ratified by a 3/4th margin. I am guessing this will probably happen in the next 4-8 years.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 2):
The pro-statehood party, the New Progressive Party, isn't officially aligned with either party, but historically has been more closely aligned with the Republican Party.

The current governor is legally a Republican.
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:41 am

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 4):
The current governor is legally a Republican.

The article, however, says that the democratic, anti-statehood candidate for governor is in the lead.

So what happens if the island elects an anti-statehood governor, but the residents vote for statehood?
 
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:49 am

Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 3):
Definitely the first one.

The second one is based on the layout when Wyoming was admitted as a state. Here is the link to an online program that can generate flags up to 100 stars based on historical layouts:
http://nextbigfuture.com/2010/06/51-to-100-states-of-america-flag.html
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:53 am

I read on this referendum a few weeks ago (article was couple months old) and I got the impression it would lead nowhere because there were several choices, but I see I was wrong. It's good to see people choosing their fate, the current colony status can't continue.
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:05 am

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
So, here are two possibilities of what the star section on our next American Flag could look like:

I saw one proposal that had it in a circle.. I wish that would come back as a possibility.
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Quoting flymia (Reply 1):
What benefits would Puerto Rico give the rest of the country?

Well they're one of the largest pharmaceutical producers in the world, but other than that I really can't think of anything.. Tourism? I feel like they'll be a Hawaii type state if and when they do join the Union.

EDIT: Found the flag idea

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Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:16 am

Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 8):
Well they're one of the largest pharmaceutical producers in the world, but other than that I really can't think of anything.. Tourism?

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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:18 am

Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 8):
I saw one proposal that had it in a circle.. I wish that would come back as a possibility.

Can anyone take that one and "square" it to the corners of the blue? That could be interesting.

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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:23 am

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 9):
Rum!

As a college student that should have been the first thing that came to mind.. I have clearly been awake too long..
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:32 am

I favour a random positioning of 51 stars. To be changed each fiscal new year.


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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:28 pm

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 12):
I favour a random positioning of 51 stars. To be changed each fiscal new year.

lol

I like the 1st one posted the best as well.

Why does PR have to "bring" anything to us? They are part of us, basically fellow citizens. I hold my arms wide open for them if they want to joins us states. If they wanted to be completely independent, I'd be fine with that. Personally, I hope they become a state  
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:33 pm

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 13):
Why does PR have to "bring" anything to us?

No kidding. We took in West Virginia, so we can really never reject anyone for being backwards, third world, and generally useless.
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:57 pm

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 13):
lol


No kidding. The Australians are already using my idea.


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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:06 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 14):
We took in West Virginia

I though the Virginians kicked them out of Virginia  
Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 8):

I saw one proposal that had it in a circle.. I wish that would come back as a possibility.

No way. Reeks of European Socialism. I like it straight.  

But seriously, not a fan of the circle.

Quoting flymia (Reply 1):
No way Republicans want PR in too.

The only "Republicans" that would think in such a manner have very swiftly become marginalized over the last 15 or so hours.

Both sides have consistently stated that they would support PR becoming a state, if that's what PR wanted.
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Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:12 pm

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 16):
I though the Virginians kicked them out of Virginia

I'd kick out Virginia too if it wasn't for Norfolk and the Beltway.

I'd propose a trade: dump West Virginia and take on Puerto Rico. We lose a crappy state and don't have to buy new flags, PR gets to become part of the US, and West Virginia won't know the difference.
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Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:19 pm

Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 8):
Well they're one of the largest pharmaceutical producers in the world

Were.
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Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:34 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 17):

I'd propose a trade: dump West Virginia and take on Puerto Rico. We lose a crappy state and don't have to buy new flags, PR gets to become part of the US, and West Virginia won't know the difference.

No objections here  
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:38 pm

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 16):
Both sides have consistently stated that they would support PR becoming a state, if that's what PR wanted.

And actually as I stated, the Republican Party has actually historically been more in favor of Puerto Rican Statehood. In addition to the party affiliations of the two major parties of Puerto Rico, compare the two 2012 platforms here:

Democratic Party:

Quote:
We commit to moving resolution of the status issue forward with the goal of resolving it expeditiously. If local efforts in Puerto Rico to resolve the status issue do not provide a clear result in the short term, the President should support, and Congress should enact, self-executing legislation that specifies in advance for the people of Puerto Rico a set of clear status options, such as those recommended in the White House Task Force Report on Puerto Rico, which the United States is politically committed to fulfilling.
Republican Party:

Quote:
We support the right of the United States citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state after they freely so determine. We recognize that Congress has the final authority to define the constitutionally valid options for Puerto Rico to achieve a permanent non-territorial status with government by consent and full enfranchisement. As long as Puerto Rico is not a state, however, the will of its people regarding their political status should be ascertained by means of a general right of referendum or specific referenda sponsored by the U.S. government.

Judging by these two platforms, the Republican platform seems far more pro-statehood. The Democratic platform IMO doesn't seem to be very pro-statehood at all; it seems to be neutral on the issue. Should Puerto Rico be admitted, the Republican Party will probably make a big push to make Puerto Rico at least a swing state based on their historical pro-statehood stance.

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Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:03 pm

DC should be officially represented (2 Sens. 1 Rep.) in Congress before PR statehood
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:23 am

PR is not going to become a state anytime soon. Please.
Alejandro Garcia Padilla won, (he is the anti-statehood candidate), he and his party have stated this plebiscite will have no impact. This plebiscite was held eventhough Congress never gave the green light for it. The US for the time being will have 50 states, don't get too excited now. Any Puerto Rican (or anyone for that matter) who believes the status of PR will be resolved with this election either has no understanding of politics in PR or is delusional.

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Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:25 am

Now is not the time for making Puerto Rico state number 51. Let's get our economic house in order and look before we leap. Many have told me that San Juan away from the beaches and resorts is akin to Detroit, Newark, or Camden NJ with hot weather, palm trees and the ocean nearby. Lets first help our fellow citizens in the Northeast put their lives back together in the aftermath of Frankenstorm Sandy. I'll leave it at that.
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:00 am

zippyjet; Puerto Ricans are our fellow citizens as well. They pay U.S. federal income taxes and their sons register for the draft.

The thing I want to know however is, are there charming, historic, architecturally significant post offices in Puerto Rico?

If not, we must not only not make them a state, but jettison them as a commonwealth as well.

(I like historic post offices, see.)

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Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:13 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 17):
I'd propose a trade: dump West Virginia and take on Puerto Rico. We lose a crappy state and don't have to buy new flags, PR gets to become part of the US, and West Virginia won't know the difference.

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Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:40 pm

The big problem is that at least 5 states would have to a lose a representative. Probably coming from Big Blue states.
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:28 pm

As a Puerto Rican who voted in these elections, here's my take on this:

1. The referendum was never given approval by Congress so I don't think Congress will even move to accept the results.
2. The results show a surprising outcome. While it is true that over 800,000 people voted for statehood, technically, more people voted against it, with 436,000 votes for the Free Associated State and 468,000 blank ballots. Obama has said that if a clear majority votes for statehood, he'll push legislation through Congress. To me, that is not a clear majority.
3. Even if the results are valid by Congress's standards, I don't think it's the right time for the Union to accept another state, especially when there are other more important issues.
4. Many statehood supporters argue that if PR becomes a state it will retain its Olympic delegation (among other events), not pay any further federal taxes (we pay only SS, Medicare, but not federal income tax), and Spanish will remain the main language. I recognize that at the federal level, there is no language, but English is used as de facto, and many here can barely speak with accent. Asking to become a state but having delegations in world events counters the purpose of becoming one in the first place.
5. Many on the mainland believe PR is a tossup. I think that on a Congressional level PR would be a blue state (many if not all of the elected officials have been traditionally Democrats). At the presidential level, we could be considered a leaning Democrat to a tossup. Economically, we're liberal (and judging by the amount of federal aid we get, you can bet people will be overwhelmingly Democrat), but socially, we're conservatives (many oppose gay marriage and let religion guide their daily lives, among other issues).

As for me, I voted to retain the status quo and, should it lose, the free associated state. I have no complaints about our situation and I don't think it's the source of our problems...and I voted for the pro-status quo candidate over the pro-statehood candidate. And, being from the territories, I have no vote in the presidential elections but it's no secret that I would have voted Democrat.
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:55 pm

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 27):
4. Many statehood supporters argue that if PR becomes a state it will retain its Olympic delegation (among other events), not pay any further federal taxes (we pay only SS, Medicare, but not federal income tax), and Spanish will remain the main language. I recognize that at the federal level, there is no language, but English is used as de facto, and many here can barely speak with accent. Asking to become a state but having delegations in world events counters the purpose of becoming one in the first place.

Then by those standards it's not and would never be considered a state.


The only reason this would even be a discussion is because Obama wants more Dem voters. This is quite transparent.
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:01 pm

Can somebody explain in simple terms why we would want them as a state?
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:02 pm

The article I mentioned reading earlier did discuss the Spanish/English implications of statehood. I would see that as a major hindrance to statehood indeed.
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:21 pm

I see it as a Greece - EU situation and I really don't see any benefit. In fact, I was hoping they would vote independence but Uncle Sam's teat is too attractive.
 
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:20 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 17):
I'd propose a trade: dump West Virginia and take on Puerto Rico. We lose a crappy state and don't have to buy new flags, PR gets to become part of the US, and West Virginia won't know the difference.

I like this idea although hmm substitute Mississippi for West Virginia?

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Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:23 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 17):

I'd kick out Virginia too if it wasn't for Norfolk and the Beltway.

I'd propose a trade: dump West Virginia and take on Puerto Rico. We lose a crappy state and don't have to buy new flags, PR gets to become part of the US, and West Virginia won't know the difference.

Or perform a merger. One of North Dakota/South Dakota, West Virginia/Virginia, or North Carolina/South Carolina merge into a single unified state. My vote's for the Dakotas!
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:50 pm

Quoting mham001 (Reply 29):
Can somebody explain in simple terms why we would want them as a state?

There's some economic benefit to be had—Puerto Ricans don't pay federal income tax (either personal or corporate), but they receive hundreds of millions in aid and grants from the U.S. The argument goes that statehood would increase prosperity on the island, turning a drain on our finances into a net contributor.

In addition, the U.S. is a republic, not a colonizer, so we shouldn't hold territories. Puerto Ricans hold U.S. passports, so they should (the argument goes) have all the rights and privileges of U.S. citizens, many may only be granted through full statehood.

Those aren't necessarily my views, but the views of those who are in the business of selling statehood to the American people.

More here: http://www.prstatehood.com/issues/index.asp

ETA: I was surprised how easy it would be on our side of things to grant statehood. Simple majorities on a bill in both houses of Congress, then signed by the President. The current 50 states don't have to approve additional statehoods to the Union.

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Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:10 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
While it is totally unfortunate that Obama won the presidential election

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Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
it looks like Puerto Rico is on the road to statehood as of the current results

Does the GOP really need to increase the Hispanic population?
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:17 pm

Quoting Aesma (Reply 30):
The article I mentioned reading earlier did discuss the Spanish/English implications of statehood. I would see that as a major hindrance to statehood

Do you remember what these impediments were regarding Spanish/English and statehood? Many other nations face the difficulty of different languages being predominant in different parts of their country, but they make it work.
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:21 pm

Quoting LFutia (Reply 32):
I like this idea although hmm substitute Mississippi for West Virginia?

Maybe if we can grab Guam or the Virgin Islands we could get rid of both. Part of the point is to not have to buy a new flag, which would just be annoying.

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 33):
Or perform a merger.

West Virginia by another name is still toothless and miserable. In sports it's referred to as addition by subtraction.
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:25 pm

Quoting scbriml (Reply 35):
Does the GOP really need to increase the Hispanic population?

Actually, the GOP has historically been MORE supportive of Puerto Rican statehood than the Dems. As I already posted, if you compare the 2012 platforms of the two parties, the Democratic platform doesn't seem to give a clear response on the issue of statehood for Puerto Rico, while the Republican platform is clearly and obviously pro-statehood. As I stated, the Republican Party will make a massive push to make Puerto Rico at least a swing state based on their historical pro-statehood stance. And also, as stated by another poster, at least five states will have to lose a representative each, and most likely the major blue states will be the ones losing representatives.

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Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:39 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 34):
ETA: I was surprised how easy it would be on our side of things to grant statehood. Simple majorities on a bill in both houses of Congress, then signed by the President. The current 50 states don't have to approve additional statehoods to the Union.

Correct. When the 1898 war was over and Spain ceded control of PR, Cuba, and the Philippines, it was agreed that Congress would hold the final say on our political status. Congress can just as easily pass a bill granting PR independence and as soon as it is signed, PR would be a fully independent country.

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 38):
Actually, the GOP has historically been MORE supportive of Puerto Rican statehood than the Dems.

Maybe in their platform, but in actuality I don't think its any more supportive than Democrats. When you consider that one of the parties is completely affiliated with the Democrats and the other has about a 60/40 Democrat/Republican split, why would the GOP be rooting for PR to become a state?
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Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:46 pm

Quoting mham001 (Reply 31):
I see it as a Greece - EU situation and I really don't see any benefit. In fact, I was hoping they would vote independence but Uncle Sam's teat is too attractive.

Greece hadn't been controlled for more than a century by the EU before being allowed to enter the union. And really the problem with Greece is not that it's in the EU, but that it's in the euro. As far as I know the dollar is already the currency of PR and PR has zero influence on the dollar.

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 36):
Do you remember what these impediments were regarding Spanish/English and statehood? Many other nations face the difficulty of different languages being predominant in different parts of their country, but they make it work.

Yes, the problem and the difference with the countries you mention (many of which have French as one of those languages, incidentally) is that they have official languages, either nationally, regionally, or both. The US doesn't, bringing in PR might require to review the situation and that is a contentious issue.
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Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:05 am

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 39):
Maybe in their platform, but in actuality I don't think its any more supportive than Democrats. When you consider that one of the parties is completely affiliated with the Democrats and the other has about a 60/40 Democrat/Republican split, why would the GOP be rooting for PR to become a state?

And why would they be lying in their official platform? The GOP would never lie when it comes to such issues. Either way, the big blue states will be required to give up some representation, regardless of how Puerto Rico votes.

Also, if you compare their platforms since 2000:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politi...o#Position_of_US_political_parties

The Republican Party has CONSISTENTLY been more pro-statehood than the Democratic Party. There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY they have been lying all this time.

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Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:34 am

Quoting Aesma (Reply 40):
Greece hadn't been controlled for more than a century by the EU before being allowed to enter the union.

I am comparing to economic status. The GDP per capita of Puerto Rico is 1/3 lower than our poorest state, Mississippi.

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Quoting BMI727 (Reply 37):
West Virginia by another name is still toothless and miserable. In sports it's referred to as addition by subtraction.

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Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:42 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 37):

   I was on the floor lauging at that one. In the thread on the Christian Right, I proposed letting the Right have Utah and Louisiana as their mecca for fire, brimstone, dogma and hatoraide for alomost everyone else. Here's my idea: Redo the borders of Mississippi and Louisians, let us the USA keep the coastal areas (MSY, Gulfport, Biloxi) and give the rest to the right. They could call their new homeland Fetustopia as a fetus has more capital and street cred than your average female. We could maje WV a big theme park where inbreading, Honey Boo Boo's, and piggy squealing contests contribute to stimulating our GDP. Then we can make Puerto Rico and Guam official bonafide states and I could be in charge of the hottest women contests in both new states. If we got rid of WV, what would our good friend Superfly do when stateside? WV is one of the highest per capita 2 and 4 legged plumpers in the US of A!   
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:00 am

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 33):
Or perform a merger. One of North Dakota/South Dakota, West Virginia/Virginia, or North Carolina/South Carolina merge into a single unified state. My vote's for the Dakotas!

Why would you wanna get rid of North Dakota! We have oil! No more need to go overseas!   .

I think we need to kind of figure out what is going to be done with all of these colonies (forgive me if it is the wrong term). Puerto Rico we seem to treat like a de facto state. If they want all the benefits of being a state they should be more than welcome to join the union! But if they still don't want to be a state they should be on their own! No disrespect to the people! They are amazing people, but we have to kind of think, do we need these overseas territories?
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:17 am

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 44):
If we got rid of WV, what would our good friend Superfly do when stateside?

There's still Wisconsin.
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:03 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 41):
The Republican Party has CONSISTENTLY been more pro-statehood than the Democratic Party. There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY they have been lying all this time.

Well, it sure hasn't looked like it. Back in 2000 and 2004 Republicans held control of all branches and not once did they even vote to begin the process of self determination for us. In fact, back in 2004, Bush said that he'd have a report on possible options which he would present no later than 2005. Seems as if Katrina blew the report away because it wasn't until late 2007 when the White House acknowledged that they did not have a report and hence nothing would be done. You'd think that a party that's pro-statehood would have acted already.

Trust me, I live on the island. The perception we get from the mainland is that Democrats would be more willing to accept us. To further prove this, HR2499 which authorized the plebiscite was passed by the House when it was under a Democrat majority (and by a not so large margin with 223 voted for it and 169 against it mostly from Republicans (and BTW, many well known Republicans like Boehner, Bachmann, and Paul Ryan voted against the measure)), though it died in the Senate committees due to lack of time. When it was reintroduced in the new Congress, the bill never made it past the committees in the House. So if they were really pro-statehood the referendum should have been authorized a long time ago and promotion to vote for it should have been done.
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:10 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 14):
We took in West Virginia, so we can really never reject anyone for being backwards, third world, and generally useless.

You might want to look into the history of WV. It was formed from the antislavery western end of VA during the Civil War. I'd say that that gives them a step up on the rest of the South.
 
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RE: Puerto Rico On The Road To Statehood

Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:34 pm

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 47):
Well, it sure hasn't looked like it. Back in 2000 and 2004 Republicans held control of all branches and not once did they even vote to begin the process of self determination for us. In fact, back in 2004, Bush said that he'd have a report on possible options which he would present no later than 2005. Seems as if Katrina blew the report away because it wasn't until late 2007 when the White House acknowledged that they did not have a report and hence nothing would be done. You'd think that a party that's pro-statehood would have acted already.

Trust me, I live on the island. The perception we get from the mainland is that Democrats would be more willing to accept us. To further prove this, HR2499 which authorized the plebiscite was passed by the House when it was under a Democrat majority (and by a not so large margin with 223 voted for it and 169 against it mostly from Republicans (and BTW, many well known Republicans like Boehner, Bachmann, and Paul Ryan voted against the measure)), though it died in the Senate committees due to lack of time. When it was reintroduced in the new Congress, the bill never made it past the committees in the House. So if they were really pro-statehood the referendum should have been authorized a long time ago and promotion to vote for it should have been done.

But remember that Fortuño is a solid Republican, and most (if not all) of his allies that that sponsored this referendum were also Republicans. Therefore, your point is invalid since the main sponsors of the referendum were Republicans. Even if Puerto Rico becomes a solid blue state, other states would have to lose representatives (and thus electoral votes), and most likely the states that would lose representatives would be the solid blue states.

FYI, even though the Republican Party is pro-statehood for Puerto Rico, they are against statehood for Washington D.C.

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