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Puerto Rico Votes to Become the 51st US State


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: u.s., politics, Puerto Rico statehood, government, news )

Cal
- 683 days ago - globalpost.com
65 percent vote for statehood in first part of two-part referendum on a status change for the tropical territory.



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Kristen Giffin (17)
Friday November 9, 2012, 1:40 pm
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Friday November 9, 2012, 3:41 pm
Noted. Well, if they follow through with this, it would definitely be an interesting footnote in the history of the Obama Admin.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday November 9, 2012, 7:00 pm
It will certainly be interesting to see how this plays out. Since this has to be approved by Congress, I can't imagine that the Republican-held House would have an easy time accepting this in light of the fact that Puerto Ricans would gain the right to vote, and the Latino vote usually goes to the Democrats.

Thanks, Cal!
 

Glenn Byrnes (192)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:17 am
Noted. I personally hope they make it.
 

Paulo R. (13)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:38 am
With high unemployment and increased violence Puerto Rico is looking for a way out. The United States provided PR with over $30 billion dollars in aid and benefits last year and, as a US territory, it does not pay federal income taxes. Residents of Washington, D.C. (also a federal territory) lack voting representation in Congress, like PR ó but they pay federal income taxes. When Alaska and Hawaii were U.S. territories, their residents also paid federal income taxes. What will they bring to the table? I donít see the current flag changing to 51 stars.
 

Christeen Anderson (493)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:50 am
Very interesting. We'll see what happens.
 

Pogle S. (88)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 1:14 am
So this puts them on a par with Hawaii then?
 

Jessica S. (178)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 2:40 am
One thing is clear--Puerto Rico cannot continue in its current commonwealth status. Ever since the U.S. colonized the island, its people have been getting screwed. That needs to change!! The problem is that the Fascist majority in the U.S. House are unlikely to honor the will of the people.
 

Jessica S. (178)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 2:43 am
Need to change my wording--not colonized, but imperialized, if that is a word. I haven't had my coffee yet.
 

John Gregoire (255)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:49 am
Welocme!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 9:05 am
Susanne has a point. Considering the Republicans' record with Hispanics, I can't imagine a Republican-heavy House welcoming 4 million more Latino voters.
 

Carol H. (229)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 4:56 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Manuel Cruz-Horta (0)
Sunday November 11, 2012, 6:00 am
Out of the alleged 30 million in assistance please note that you have to subtract all veteran's pensions, all of Social Security medicare, all pensions of federal employees, all funds used in VA assistance and other entitlements...thus the real amount is around 10 million...also please note that Puerto Rico is the fifth (5) client of the US and must use US flag merchant marine vessels to import from the US in other words we keep the world's most expensive merchant marine afloat...for every dollar that comes to PR from the US ...the US companies etc.. take 5 dollars out of PR...so this 30 million dollar assistance is a myth..."no taxation without representation" that's is it
 

Cristina M. (132)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 9:04 pm
PR was a very strategic position during the cold war, right now I don't see much use of it since the cold war is over. What would it add to the Union? I don't think it will give much to the US but add more problems to the country.
 
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