There is a strong rumor going on, that the government of Puerto Rico is going to hand over the keys of the colony to Congress so that they can deal with it, because the way it is today it is becoming ungovernable. The U.S. has used Puerto Rico as a strategic point in the Caribbean since 1898 when they invaded it to defend the Homeland from any attacks from the south, namely Latin America and for no other purpose. Many Congressmen have backed the colonialists in past plebiscites in order to get donations for their political campaigns in the U.S. They have come to the island to back the colonialists, telling the people of Puerto Rico that they are better off as a Commonwealth (colony) and they donít have to pay federal taxes, that the Americans will do it for us, meaning the $ 22 Billions that Congress sends to Puerto Rico every year. The Congress will have to deal with the colony on its own. The government is claiming that the upcoming plebiscite is unfair, because it includes the colony as an option and that that would be like if the President celebrated a referendum where African Americans had two options to choose from: 1) Do you want to keep being free? or 2) Go back to slavery? That is indignant and should not be allowed. The colony cannot continue the way it is: Unemployment is 20 %; High poverty level. Our Tax rate is 38 %. It is up to Congress to take action on the Puerto Rican status issue, because the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico and not vice versa. Puerto Rico as is, is a time bomb waiting to go off, for both the U.S. and for 3.7 Million American Citizens living on the island whom cannot vote for their Commander in Chief nor can they negociate with other countries without U.S. permission.
Ricardo Marrero, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico