Skip to comments.Puerto Rico wants to become the 51st state of the US
Posted on 11/07/2012 6:39:20 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
Voters in Puerto Rico have supported a non-binding referendum to become a full US state.
The measure will require approval from the US Congress, but President Barack Obama has said he will respect the vote.
The island is currently a US territory, which uses the dollar and whose citizens travel on US passports.
But it does not return senators to the US Congress and is represented in Washington by a non-voting delegate.
Almost 80% of the island's electorate took part in the referendum, the fourth in the past 45 years.
With almost all the votes counted, almost 54% voted to change the island's relationship with the US.
And in reply to a second question on what future they favoured, nearly two-thirds wanted full statehood.
If Congress grants its approval, Puerto Ricans would have the right to vote in all US elections, but would also have to pay federal taxes, something at present they are excused from.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
Great! Then we’ll just need six more!!
Great idea. 3 million more socialist voters in the voting booths.
Why? They have all the benefits of citizenship but do not have to pay the income tax.
They will trade voting for dimocRATS for taxes.
Who care what THEY want, don’t we here in the lower 48, Alaska and Hawaii get to say about this? I vote NO.
At least you spelled “Puerto” right.
Puerto Rico has a Republican gov. The one thing I dislike about FR is the constant bashing of Hispanics. There are many of us who are Conservatives, and many more who have served this country honorably in the military.
Obama won. Elections have consequences.
They just voted out a Governor in Luis Fortuno who completely turned around their economy. He did a Scott Walker and then some, has almost eliminated a $3.3 billion deficit, unbelievable economic growth and investment, bond rating up from junk status. Opponent portryed him as a greedy, out of touch, rich, businessman and beat him. Sound familiar? Pass on statehood.
Write your Congressman. He'll have a vote on the matter; you won't.
Can we make Israel a state?.... with 120 electoral votes?
HAD. HAD a Republican governor. He lost yesterday. People are stupid now.
It’s not about votes.. It’s about 0bama getting the excuse he needs to CHANGE OUR FLAG. I’m thinking the color ‘yellow’ is top on his list. Bye bye old glory. Phase II of the grand Socialist transformation. Will probably have his ‘O’ or his picture on it, too.
Great! As a state, their people will pay federal income tax.
That will fix them!
I think statehood is a bad idea. It certainly isn't something to be rushed into on the basis of a slight majority in a nonbinding resolution. The Puerto Ricans are products of a different cultural tradition--Spanish-speaking and Catholic. The colonies which later formed the United States were English-speaking and 99% Protestant (seeing Spain as the enemy and generally holding anti-Catholic attitudes). A lot of Puerto Ricans may have moved to the mainland, but few if any non-Hispanic Americans have gone to Puerto Rico to live.
Statehood is irrevocable, or at least the outcome of the War between the States seems to have established that. What if PR became a state and twenty years later everyone thought independence was better? If they were allowed to leave, 600,000 lives were wasted to establish the principle that secession is not allowed.
That's in addition to a Puerto Rican state being a guaranteed two Democrat senators and five Democrat congressmen--and 7 electoral votes for the Democrat nominee for President.
As for the flag, we could either keep it at 50 stars and require Vermont to become a province of Canada, or add a star. 51 is 3 times 17--so could have a set of three rows of stars 8 across and a set of stars 9 across, alternating rows--might not look too bad. I remember when Hawaii became a state and my father thought there would be a problem with a 5 by 10 arrangement. They worked out something different.
More socialists? Is that what we want?
Thanks for pointing that out. I get sick of it, too.
There are many of us who are Conservatives, and many more who have served this country honorably in the military.
Thanks to you and your sons for your service.
Now, isn’t that just ducky.
A whole state of welfare recipients.
What could go wrong?
But you have to understand that “Hispanics” are among the largest law breakers in America. 1/3 of those incarcerated in the federal prison system are illegal aliens. Many who come here are takers not makers, flaunt our laws, form lobbying groups to support lawbreaking, won't learn English, and in the worst case declare they own the southwest. Hell, a few Hispanic entertainers are openly hostile to whites, for what reason I have no idea.
Statehood is not irrevocable.
The rebel states lost their soverignity when they committed insurrection. They got back in only with permission of the other states.
If PR wants to leave the US they can- with the permission of the other states. If that permission is not granted, then no they can not. Such permission could be expressed by
Successful Supreme Court Case.
Fine. They’ll replace Texas after it secedes.
I suggest you read the words after your screen name.
I like that statement a lot.
Not so fast!
Heck yes, we need Puerto Rico as another state. Then Cuba, Mexico and a few African states - just as long as we don’t get stuck with more of those constitution loving white people.
Oh, and load up on more dope smoking homosexuals too... lots of ‘em.
AND, female with breathing vaginas.... I just learned on FR that those even exist, so I’m down for more breathing vaginas... I just don’t want them to talk.
No, I am not racist, but today - I’m starting to feel a wee bit “racist leaning”.
Whats the square root of 51?
How will we arrange the stars?
Exactly. We ALL honor military service and traditional values holders in this country, but introduce oneself as an INDIVIDUAL, not a group!
I don’t have a problem with Hispanics. However, I do recognize that unrestricted immigration has made assimilation next to impossible for large sections of Hispanics.
People are just scared because the party’s about ready to collapse, and nobody has any answers to fix things. The Hispanic Question has been around since the 80s, and nobody has answered it correctly.
It was never adjudicated, no matter how many times you post that drivel.
Not any longer.
How about making PR the 50th state and Texas will just bow out.
...Puerto Rico plus six more states...for a total of 57.
Oh, never mind.
Only if Tennessee can come with you.
The key words in your post are illegal aliens. The majority of Hispanics in this country are native born. My family has been in New Mexico since 1598. This vitriol against people with Spanish surnames is killing the Republican party. It doesn’t matter that we are the party has Marco Rubio or Susanna Martinez if we keep this crap up. Perception is reality to many people, and right now the perception is the Republican party is anti Hispanic.
“No, I am not racist, but today - Im starting to feel a wee bit racist leaning.”
I have always hated fags, liberals and democrats so yes, I am a racist. They’re the race I despise.
I have an even better idea. Let’s let all of those people who want to be a state move to the mainland and then those of us who are true patriots, conservatives, and want a minimal government all move to the island and make it our own country.
About 30 states want to be freed from the US right now. PR can have their spots on the flag.
They should stay with the deal they’ve got. Why jump on a sinking ship? What’s in it for them? I mean the people; what’s in it for the politicians is obvious.
What about Mexico, too?:) And Cuba:)
I'm sure the House voting this down will do wonders for the GOP and the Hispanic vote.
Everything is a racial booby-trap.
Not anymore they don’t.
Really? Do you think there will be anything other than Democrats from Puerto Rico sent to DC?
You’re quite right. Sometimes people can’t see beyond the ends of their noses! I don’t know what good it will do but your protest is noted!
It'd be an improvement over Hussein.