Independence by default.
Jorge

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

#1 Dec 12, 2012
Stateside and islands' Puerto Ricans for independence are hoping that Congress rejects statehood for Puerto Rico.

If that's so, then these ought to demand from Congress a recognition that statehood won the Nov. 2012 plebiscite and should start its admission process.

Since: Oct 12

Marlboro, NJ

#2 Dec 12, 2012
My feeling is that Congress will try and drag their feet but in the end will provide for a binding referendum of the 3 valid non-colonial options ... the Republicans are not that dumb as to completely reject statehood.
Jorge

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

#3 Dec 12, 2012
LongIslander1987 wrote:
My feeling is that Congress will try and drag their feet but in the end will provide for a binding referendum of the 3 valid non-colonial options ... the Republicans are not that dumb as to completely reject statehood.
I don't think Congress will try to impose another status vote in Puerto Rico.

Our petition for statehood is on a plane, right now.

This afternoon Agapito urged his P.R. colonial contact in Washington, New York City's own Nydia Velazquez, for a personal interview with the HR minority leader, Nancy P.

Immediately, Nancy P. received him (not without having Pierluisi at her side-to Agapito's amazement).

What a slap in the face of an elected governor to "withstand" such humiliation!

But, colonialists have endured these humiliations and many more (since 1898).

Since: Oct 12

Marlboro, NJ

#4 Dec 12, 2012
Jorge wrote:
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I don't think Congress will try to impose another status vote in Puerto Rico.
Our petition for statehood is on a plane, right now.
This afternoon Agapito urged his P.R. colonial contact in Washington, New York City's own Nydia Velazquez, for a personal interview with the HR minority leader, Nancy P.
Immediately, Nancy P. received him (not without having Pierluisi at her side-to Agapito's amazement).
What a slap in the face of an elected governor to "withstand" such humiliation!
But, colonialists have endured these humiliations and many more (since 1898).
Apparently the status issue was not discussed, they limited themselves to crime/internal security, education, the economy, and healthcare.

Congress may not impose a status vote per se but there will be a vote on the Act of Admission. I expect that once people see Congress is serious about allowing statehood that you will see support increase even further thus negating the possibility of the colony supporters and the independence supporters from throwing a monkey wrench into the process.
Jorge

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

#5 Dec 12, 2012
LongIslander1987 wrote:
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Apparently the status issue was not discussed, they limited themselves to crime/internal security, education, the economy, and healthcare.
Congress may not impose a status vote per se but there will be a vote on the Act of Admission. I expect that once people see Congress is serious about allowing statehood that you will see support increase even further thus negating the possibility of the colony supporters and the independence supporters from throwing a monkey wrench into the process.
And God help Congress if, for the first time in US history, rejects a statehood petition....LOL (especially one as culturally homogeneous as ours and with the Hispanic Trojan horse spread thin across the nation's 50 states)....LOL

Since: Oct 12

Marlboro, NJ

#6 Dec 12, 2012
Jorge wrote:
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And God help Congress if, for the first time in US history, rejects a statehood petition....LOL (especially one as culturally homogeneous as ours and with the Hispanic Trojan horse spread thin across the nation's 50 states)....LOL
Like you said, they have never rejected a statehood petition ... they have delayed and dragged their feet but they have never said no. I don't see why they would start now. Hawaii made their request in 1940 (talk about bad timing).

statehoodhawaii.org/hist/sctl.html
^ Check this out Jorge, great website!

I saw an article last week that quoted Steny Hoyer (the #2 Democrat in the House) as hinting that he believes he could get enough bipartisan support to get an Act of Admission through the House.
Jorge

Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

#7 Dec 12, 2012
LongIslander1987 wrote:
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Like you said, they have never rejected a statehood petition ... they have delayed and dragged their feet but they have never said no. I don't see why they would start now. Hawaii made their request in 1940 (talk about bad timing).
statehoodhawaii.org/hist/sctl.html
^ Check this out Jorge, great website!
I saw an article last week that quoted Steny Hoyer (the #2 Democrat in the House) as hinting that he believes he could get enough bipartisan support to get an Act of Admission through the House.
Thanks for the website, will look into it, now.

On the other hand, Congress will "drag its feet" until both, Washington and Puerto Rico, get their act together bringing the colonial economy on par with the rest of the nation (which may take a decade or two).

One thing Congress can do is exempt us from paying federal taxes until we, here, get our economic act together...

Since: Oct 12

Marlboro, NJ

#8 Dec 12, 2012
Jorge wrote:
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Thanks for the website, will look into it, now.
On the other hand, Congress will "drag its feet" until both, Washington and Puerto Rico, get their act together bringing the colonial economy on par with the rest of the nation (which may take a decade or two).
One thing Congress can do is exempt us from paying federal taxes until we, here, get our economic act together...
I believe Incorporated Territory status would mean Federal income taxes would be gradually phased in over a period of several years. I am not 100% on this though.

It may one of the 'conditions' imposed by the Act of Admission to win over the Republicans.

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