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EDITORIAL: Puerto Rican run The deck is stacked for statehood
The Washington Times ^ | 2/26/2010 | greeneyes

Posted on 02/26/2010 8:54:17 PM PST by greeneyes

Rigging an election is nice work if you can pull it off. That's what the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to be trying to do as it votes next week on the misleadingly named Puerto Rico Democracy Act...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dirtytricks; election
Democrats desperately clinging to their dwindling majority
1 posted on 02/26/2010 8:54:17 PM PST by greeneyes
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To: greeneyes

Are such tactics a reason for the disregard of voters’ opinions on so-called “health care” (power grab) bill?


2 posted on 02/26/2010 8:58:10 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: greeneyes

It is quite ingenious in how this Totalitarian Bill circumvents the repeated preference in regular referendums of the Puerto Rican people for Commonwealth Status.


3 posted on 02/26/2010 9:02:56 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: greeneyes

As an added bonus, the government gets to confiscate more money when hundreds of thousands of PR residents become eligible to pay federal income taxes.

Democrats see this as a win-win.


4 posted on 02/26/2010 9:04:34 PM PST by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: Nachum

Just a ping for looks.


5 posted on 02/26/2010 9:06:20 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: FormerACLUmember

Please, Luis Guttierez and the Socialists know what is best for the people. The Puerto Rican Communists are martyrs, not terrorists.


6 posted on 02/26/2010 9:18:30 PM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Jet Jaguar

If the democrats force PR into statehood, the PR’s will become Republicans. They love the perks of the US (50 billion a year) while keeping their culture intact.


7 posted on 02/26/2010 9:19:10 PM PST by micmac
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To: Jet Jaguar

2 more Dem senators. That is what this is all about. For Dems, the ends always justify the means. Always.


8 posted on 02/26/2010 9:20:23 PM PST by DeweyCA
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To: 1010RD

“Please, Luis Guttierez and the Socialists know what is best for the people. The Puerto Rican Communists are martyrs, not terrorists.”

It is all about power for powers sake. Two socialist Senators to stack the deck.


9 posted on 02/26/2010 9:23:20 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: loveliberty2; All

I figure they have a 3-part plan. This is step one, then there’s the renamed ACORN, then the illegals.


10 posted on 02/26/2010 9:25:05 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: berdie

later


11 posted on 02/26/2010 9:27:50 PM PST by berdie (Hey, Bill Mahr...That's Mrs. Cracker to you.)
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To: greeneyes

I thought Puerto Ricans didn’t want state hood. I guess the dimwits don’t care about that.


12 posted on 02/26/2010 9:32:54 PM PST by calex59
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To: calex59

“I thought Puerto Ricans didn’t want state hood.”

They don’t. The bill is cleverly designed to prevent the Puerto Ricans from voting for Commonwealth status.


13 posted on 02/26/2010 9:37:00 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: micmac
If the democrats force PR into statehood, the PR’s will become Republicans. They love the perks of the US (50 billion a year) while keeping their culture intact.

Well, to be fair to the Puerto Ricans, they never asked to be part of the United States. They were just at the wrong geographic place at the wrong historical time when a war broke out over their neighbor, Cuba, and then they became a U.S. possesion whether they liked it or not.

Statehood would be cultural suicide for the Puerto Ricans as Mainlanders would start flooding in. The current status is what is best for everybody.

14 posted on 02/26/2010 9:37:46 PM PST by Polybius
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To: DeweyCA

It’s not two guaranteed Dem Senators. The current Resident Commissioner (Territorial Delegate) from Puerto Rico in the House of Representatives is a Republican.

That said, this bill is a crock. While I favor Puerto Rican statehood, the People of Puerto Rico must decide on it, and by more than 50% +1.

Every other state since the Constitution was adopted has made a clear choice for statehood. For Puerto Rico to be a state, it’s people must also make a clear choice. And since the island is split 48-48 between status quo and statehood, that is not going to happen anytime soon.


15 posted on 02/26/2010 9:44:11 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: greeneyes

Puerto Rico........a beautiful place, but, we DON’T NEED ANOTHER FREAKIN’ WELFARE STATE.


16 posted on 02/26/2010 10:07:00 PM PST by no dems (If you think Obama is a better President than Sarah Palin would be, lay down the crack pipe.)
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To: calex59

The majority do not want statehood, but the dimwits do not care.


17 posted on 02/26/2010 10:08:57 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: no dems

Agreed, but you know that’s what the dems are up to.


18 posted on 02/26/2010 10:09:46 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Democrats desperately clinging to their dwindling majority

59-41 is hardly a dwindling majority. We have no idea how November will turn out.


19 posted on 02/26/2010 10:29:57 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: denydenydeny
As an added bonus, the government gets to confiscate more money when hundreds of thousands of PR residents become eligible to pay federal income taxes.

Their per capita GDP is about 37% ours. Believe me, their tax dollars won't be filling our Treasury.

20 posted on 02/26/2010 10:31:15 PM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: no dems

Or another state where Spanish is the primary language spoken. We already have that here in CA. Gringos not welcome.


21 posted on 02/26/2010 10:36:42 PM PST by Semperfiwife (I, my children and my grandchildren are NOT Obama's ATM!!!!)
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To: napscoordinator

It was a joke not a prediction. Ya know. A play off of the clinging to their guns statement made by candidate O.


22 posted on 02/26/2010 10:40:45 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Right out of the communist Hugo Chavez playbook.


23 posted on 02/26/2010 11:25:40 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Everyday and Everyway the left wing wackos try to become more and more like his banana republic.


24 posted on 02/26/2010 11:35:55 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

No, the current Res. Comm. is a Democrat. The former one, now the Governor, is a Republican.


25 posted on 02/27/2010 11:28:07 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: DeweyCA

So Texas calls in the Congressional promise that it can have four more Texas States — for a total of ten Texas Senators.


26 posted on 02/27/2010 3:55:14 PM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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