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Puerto Rico’s Governor Confident About Statehood
Fox News ^ | March 18, 2012 | Lexi Stemple

Posted on 03/18/2012 4:52:39 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

The Governor of Puerto Rico is confident Puerto Ricans will vote to make the U.S. territory a state this fall, and despite recent comments from GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, English will not need to be made the primary language for that to happen.

As a territory, Puerto Ricans cannot vote in the general election November 6th. But, they will vote on a statehood referendum on that day. Gov. Luis Fortuno tells Fox News it will be a process but he is confident it will happen.

"It just makes sense. We have been part of the United States since 1898. Natural-born citizens since 1917. Our men and women have served in greater numbers than most states since then. And I believe that it's the right thing to do in the 21st century to allow almost 4 million American citizens to express our will and then to work with the White House and hopefully President Romney to address this issue."

All four of the GOP Presidential hopefuls would like to see Puerto Rico become a state. But it is Mitt Romney's more aggressive posture that helped him win Fortuno's endorsement.

(Excerpt) Read more at politics.blogs.foxnews.com ...


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1 posted on 03/18/2012 4:52:45 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Another solid Democrat state that will tip the scale in all future Presidential elections


2 posted on 03/18/2012 4:56:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

Is that a sufficient reason to deny statehood? Of course, U.S. history shows that states are created for political reasons.


3 posted on 03/18/2012 4:58:41 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What the hell do we need 58 states for


4 posted on 03/18/2012 4:59:05 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: GeronL
Another solid Democrat state that will tip the scale in all future Presidential elections

And 2 more socialist senators; that's big. - Tom

5 posted on 03/18/2012 5:00:24 PM PDT by Capt. Tom
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To: GeronL

“Another solid Democrat state that will tip the scale in all future Presidential elections”

Are you sure? Lotsa Catholics down there.


6 posted on 03/18/2012 5:02:17 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Just what we need: another welfare state. That'll make 58, won't it (according to 0bummer's math)?
7 posted on 03/18/2012 5:02:25 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think the rest of us should have some say in this too.


8 posted on 03/18/2012 5:02:32 PM PDT by kevslisababy
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It makes sense for puerto ricans to pay taxes, follow environmental lead laws, put wheelchair lifts at their swimming pools, drive electric cars, have their electric bills necessarily skyrocket, and become commies.


9 posted on 03/18/2012 5:03:04 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Free ThinkerNY

how much pink slime will get shipped after november.


10 posted on 03/18/2012 5:03:54 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: GeronL

With the re issuance of birth certificates being such a distaster, it would be a real treat.


11 posted on 03/18/2012 5:04:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: kevslisababy
I really do not think Puerto Ricans will give up their commonwealth status. Will all those tax advantages go poof once statehood becomes a reality.
12 posted on 03/18/2012 5:05:49 PM PDT by slapshot ("Were not gonna take it anymore" Twisted Sister)
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To: GAB-1955

If only a third want statehood then that would be a good reason, do you think they should also be forced?


13 posted on 03/18/2012 5:06:51 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: cripplecreek

life expectancy in puerto rico is 140 years old.


14 posted on 03/18/2012 5:06:51 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: GeronL
Another solid Democrat state that will tip the scale in all future Presidential elections

Chief of State: President of the United States.

Head of Government: Governor, elected by the voters to a four-year term.

Government Officials:

Government Form: Republican; executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

Ruling Party: New Progressive Party (NPP)

Percentage of votes cast in last election: (2008)
New Progressive Party (NPP): 48.4%
Popular Democratic Party (PDP): 43.4%
Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP): 4.4%
Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico Party (PPR): 2.1%
Independent: 0.9%
Others: 0.0

House of Representatives Seats: (51 members)
Popular Democratic Party: 14 Seats
New Progressive Party: 37 Seats (2008)

Senate: (27 members)
Popular Democratic Party: 5 Seats
New Progressive Party: 22 Seats (2008)

Next Election: November, 2012

15 posted on 03/18/2012 5:07:05 PM PDT by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: slapshot

Majority of people there make about 10k a year and wouldn’t pay taxes any how. It would screw over the wealthier ones though.


16 posted on 03/18/2012 5:08:36 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bad idea, but the law says it is up to the Puerto Ricans, not the rest of us. Congress has long since abdicated responsibility for decisions on PR statehood. I think it will be economically fine for PR, a great sucking sound for the rest of the US, and will do severe harm to the economy.

But whatever--it is up to them, if they want statehood they can get it.

17 posted on 03/18/2012 5:10:14 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Lots of Catholics in California too.Nancy Pelosi has been in the Senate for how many years now?


18 posted on 03/18/2012 5:11:03 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: hinckley buzzard

What are the pro’s and con’s from the PR standpoint, from our standpoint?


19 posted on 03/18/2012 5:12:58 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: kevslisababy
Sorry, Congress sold out our stake in this decision long ago.
20 posted on 03/18/2012 5:13:41 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They have a pretty sweet deal right now. Most of the benefits of statehood with none of the liabilities. I don’t think they’ll vote for it. Unless The Community Agitators Formerly Known as ACORN and Bill and Bernadine are down there.


21 posted on 03/18/2012 5:14:11 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Farmer Dean

Oops,I meant House.Too tired tonight,rough weekend here at the farm.


22 posted on 03/18/2012 5:14:24 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

True. I just keep hoping they’ll wake up.


23 posted on 03/18/2012 5:15:37 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: cripplecreek

Hey, we could have a state more corrupt than Hawaii, just ready to pump the US full of fake birth certificates to create fake “US citizens”!

How about if Hawaii and Puerto Rico join to form their own country so they can screw themselves and not the rest of us?


24 posted on 03/18/2012 5:15:40 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: hinckley buzzard

Congress has to pass a law to allow a new state to be admitted to the Union.

Or, has Congress already done this with Puerto Rico? So are we at the point where P.R. is in, if its residents vote for it on November 6th?


25 posted on 03/18/2012 5:21:08 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The option to remain a protectorate has been removed from the ballot. The options are statehood or independence. Independence means Uncle Sugar stops sending the goodies.


26 posted on 03/18/2012 5:21:20 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: GeronL

Of course not. But I don’t think they can force statehood on the Commonwealth based on the existing laws.


27 posted on 03/18/2012 5:24:23 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s an interesting question. What if PR becomes a full state?

I wonder how this will affect the attitudes among the illegal alien population (generally from Mexico and Central America) about coming here. Let’s say we now have a state that’s in the non-contiguous group (Alaska and Hawai’i are already there) that also has a majority Hispanic population. How will that affect the “immigration reform” debate in the U.S. when cries over “the lost territory of Aztlan” are drowned out by cheers over the rising of the new star in the Caribbean?


28 posted on 03/18/2012 5:25:07 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Any excuse to change OUR flag, right 0bama? Maybe a crescent, fist, or your photo on it as well?


29 posted on 03/18/2012 5:26:55 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Free ThinkerNY

At least it would the $17 billion in subsidies we give PR every year.


30 posted on 03/18/2012 5:27:20 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

http://queenscourier.com/2010/pros-and-cons-of-statehood-for-puerto-rico-27144/


31 posted on 03/18/2012 5:28:07 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m sorry, but 58 stars wouldn’t fit on our flag!


32 posted on 03/18/2012 5:29:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: thecodont

Should the citizens of the US decide if they want another state? I guess the Congress might have already abdictated that right. Possibly another thing with which to damn the Congress.


33 posted on 03/18/2012 5:29:55 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

No damn way!!!!


34 posted on 03/18/2012 5:32:44 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
He didn't salute the 'old flag':

He'll probably salute the new flag:


35 posted on 03/18/2012 5:34:17 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: umgud
Statehood will make PR immediately eligible for all sorts of federal aid they do not now qualify for. The economic level there is well below that of the poorest current state, so there will be a great flow of gubmint money from us to them. Advocates usually assert that statehood will stimulate economic growth, and federal income taxes will make up for costs, although they do not say just exactly how or why.

With statehood they give up the option, equally available right now, of voting to become an independent country, with all the perks that go with being a separate nation. No doubt the UN would be glad to admit them as a full member and help them out with all sorts of goodies. They will also lose some concessions which they enjoy as a territory but will not as a state, tax breaks and the like.

If they vote for statehood, they are "going all in" with the USA. They have not wanted to, up until now; so I would wonder, why now? If I were a PR citizen I would vote for the status quo. But I'm not.

Politically, Islanders have a viable two party system. They are not like mainland welfare clients. It would be a mistake to write them off as automatic welfare democrats.

That's my off-the-cuff take, others may differ.

36 posted on 03/18/2012 5:34:38 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Free ThinkerNY

the “fix” is in, they have skewered the ballot so it will be statehood. This is part of the commie transformation plan.


37 posted on 03/18/2012 5:38:19 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Yes, Congress basically has said, if PR votes for statehood, we will accept them. I can't cite the precise law but recall it rather distinctly, a sort of preemptive approval. This issue has come up every so often, probably every four years, and the result was Congress saying "if they vote to get in, they get in."

You can imagine the political advantages to past Congress critters of passing such a default condition.

38 posted on 03/18/2012 5:42:02 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: saganite
The option to remain a protectorate has been removed from the ballot

I did not know this. Are you sure? Independence or statehood? If so, then get ready to welcome our 51st state!

39 posted on 03/18/2012 5:45:09 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How much was he paid off (with out tax money)?

The Puerto Riceño public is not going to like this. Also, it is the Puerto Riceño public who will vote on it...not some cooked pendejo…will decides for themselves.


40 posted on 03/18/2012 5:46:58 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Based on an article I read a few years ago that said the commonwealth option was removed to force a vote for statehood.


41 posted on 03/18/2012 5:48:35 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Thanks


42 posted on 03/18/2012 5:49:41 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Puerto_Rico_Political_Status_Question,_2012


43 posted on 03/18/2012 5:54:38 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: saganite
The option to remain a protectorate has been removed from the ballot.

Source?

44 posted on 03/18/2012 6:37:57 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: umgud

INDEPENDENCE! Nothing else will do. It’s not up to them.


45 posted on 03/18/2012 6:40:13 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Does anyone else here think the USA is becoming more and more third world?


46 posted on 03/18/2012 7:23:29 PM PDT by Aglooka ("I was out numbered 5-to-1, I got 4.")
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To: Farmer Dean

Nancy Pelosi has never been in the Senate.


47 posted on 03/18/2012 7:38:26 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Who are you and what am I doing here?)
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To: WinOne4TheGipper

See my post where I corrected my error immediately..Had a bad weekend on the farm and I was tired as you know what.I was waiting for some numbskull to make a comment after I posted the correction.


48 posted on 03/18/2012 7:44:53 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

And here I am.:)


49 posted on 03/18/2012 7:51:30 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Who are you and what am I doing here?)
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To: biggredd1

Assuming that you are a Donkey voter, is this before or after death?


50 posted on 03/18/2012 10:17:09 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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