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Since: Aug 08

Albuquerque, NM

#22 Nov 11, 2012
Silk_the_Absent1 wrote:
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I don't know that it would become such a bad thing but having visited there several times in the late 90's and early 2000, I know it is a poor commonwealth and they have a high unemployment rate. Most of their roads are in very poor condition and most tourist dollars stay around the Old San Juan area. There is a Naval Base (Roosevelt Roads) in PR which does employ several local people which does help the economy tremendously. If the Cubans manage to make it to PR, they can claim residency and most of them do start up businesses, or at least they could back when we were there.

I know although Puerto Ricans are US citizens, they are not allowed to vote in the US Presidential elections and I also know that most citizens are split on whether or not they want to become a state.

I personally haven't weighed the pros and cons of PR becoming a state, but I do know, economically, we are not in the best position to put more pressure on our existing social programs. There is a high poverty rate in PR and we would be taking on more than we can handle, IMHO.

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Since: Jan 10

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#23 Nov 11, 2012
LilStinka wrote:
<quoted text>I personally haven't weighed the pros and cons of PR becoming a state, but I do know, economically, we are not in the best position to put more pressure on our existing social programs. There is a high poverty rate in PR and we would be taking on more than we can handle, IMHO.
My point exactly. If we cannot take care of what we already have, why would we want to take on more territory and people? At the moment the country becomes a state, they immediately are eligible for and would expect (as they rightly should) the same considerations as any other state has. With them being overall in a worse state of affairs than the other 50 (in general) what manner of a drain will this have upon the economy of the US overall? Not good I suspect.

I further suspect there is a motive for such if it becomes a true and pressing issue, and that motive will be far far from humanitarian.

Your point on their opinion(s) of this are paramount and by far exceed whatever the US wants to do. First and foremost this is about them, not about us or what we can offer and get in return.

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#24 Nov 12, 2012
They aren't a country, they are a territory of the USA, and the people are US citizens. They *already* receive US aide because they *are* Americans. So again, what reason is there to not grant them statehood? More importantly, they pay US taxes.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_Puerto_Ricans_pa...
Outside Observer

Las Cruces, NM

#25 Nov 12, 2012
I'm a little late to this discussion and like Lil I haven't weighed both sides to form an opinion. However, to clarify more on Silk's point, U.S. tax dollars (including Puerto Ricans) are already being used on the island. For example, the famous El Morro Spanish fort and Fort Cristobal just down the street are both operated by the U.S. National Park Service.
Anonymous

Albuquerque, NM

#26 Nov 12, 2012
PuertoRico cannot afford it/leave things 'as is'

“More Brains Than .....”

Since: Sep 11

..a Zombie Thanksgiving

#27 Nov 13, 2012
Can we trade it for Texas?

That would save money on new flags.

And the PR flag has a lone star.

Sheer genius Phil.

“I Am No One To Be Trifled With”

Since: Jun 09

Dread Pirate Roberts

#28 Nov 13, 2012
Phil the Grillmaster wrote:
Can we trade it for Texas?
That would save money on new flags.
And the PR flag has a lone star.
Sheer genius Phil.
Strange thing...I was actually thinking the same thing...

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Since: Jan 10

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#29 Nov 13, 2012
Silk_the_Absent1 wrote:
They aren't a country, they are a territory of the USA, and the people are US citizens. They *already* receive US aide because they *are* Americans. So again, what reason is there to not grant them statehood? More importantly, they pay US taxes.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_Puerto_Ricans_pa...
Interesting, I was aware of some of this but not all. So let me ask this, why if they already have pretty much every right as mainlanders do, should they become state #51? What are the advantages and disadvantages (general terms only) for the mainland peoples and to PR of doing so?

Of course this also reflects upon why we even have territories like this in the first place.
GovTitSuck

Rio Rancho, NM

#30 Nov 13, 2012
FEMA
El Chingon

United States

#31 Nov 13, 2012
If the US can accept a hands-out, palm-up, hick state like NM, they should accept PR.

Kidding, kidding, I kid with love.
Anonymous

Albuquerque, NM

#32 Nov 13, 2012
I like the suggestion that we trade it for Texas. Texas acts like a spoiled child and wants out.(pamper change needed) NM belongs to Mexico already. Lot of love and loving going on as it is.Texas can become the single star republic, Military Government fits it fine. We don't want Texas to use NM groceries, utilities (sp. water), Spanish NOR CROCODILES. NM will tax texas heavily for letting it go. The Alamo to be moved to Santa Fe.

“I Am No One To Be Trifled With”

Since: Jun 09

Dread Pirate Roberts

#33 Nov 13, 2012
Concha Custer Pena wrote:
I like the suggestion that we trade it for Texas. Texas acts like a spoiled child and wants out.(pamper change needed) NM belongs to Mexico already. Lot of love and loving going on as it is.Texas can become the single star republic, Military Government fits it fine. We don't want Texas to use NM groceries, utilities (sp. water), Spanish NOR CROCODILES. NM will tax texas heavily for letting it go. The Alamo to be moved to Santa Fe.
Actually I was thinking of Mexico becoming a state...
Anonymous

Albuquerque, NM

#34 Nov 13, 2012
doesn't anyone get it? NM and Mexico are ONE. Majority of people living in Mexico are USA citizens already. All of Mexicans' wish came true they were Americans all along and now no green card needed for traveling to Chicago or NY. Traveling to USA has to cross the Rio Grande, first.

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