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Groundswell Of Support Essential To Earn Puerto Rico The 51st Star

There are 5 comments on the www.tbo.com story from May 12, 2007, titled Groundswell Of Support Essential To Earn Puerto Rico The 51st Star. In it, www.tbo.com reports that:

C ongress is again trying to figure out what to do with Puerto Rico, the beautiful tropical island frozen for a century midway between independence and statehood. via Tampa Bay Online

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Since: Feb 07

Caguas, Puerto Rico

#1 May 12, 2007
"If Puerto Rico squeaks in on a 51 percent vote, the marriage might be an unhappy union. A better option would be to continue living together as nation and territory.

Statehood is the smart choice and Puerto Ricans will eventually choose it, but Congress is inviting trouble if it arranges a shotgun wedding."

Spoken like a true, mainland-based, minimally informed,$30K/yr fodder-pumper.

OTB50, Zero, HGW, this is a big part of what manifests itself as a problem for you. There's a bunch of paperwork, and laws, and Congressional findings that indicate that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. But there is a mental distance between the mainland U.S. citizenry and what occurs in Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans (on the island) are largely slaves to an incredibly corrupt government, run by two parties who have figured out how to game the situation to their respective advantages.

Ignorance is the root of all evil. The school system here is absolutely abominable. Kids in the public schools grow up thinking that NO ONE cares about them or their welfare. We're talking old books, no chalk, no trash cans, no toilet paper. Not in ALL schools, but why would this be the case in even ONE school? The government does not care to produce an educated populace. It's not in their best interests.

THEIR kids go to private schools. THEIR kids go to college. THEIR kids either move to the mainland, to enormously lucrative positions (hey, they have the best education money can buy), or they stay here and become part of the "ruling class". Sickening.

Statehood, and the accountability that accompanies it, would put a damper on their little game, and THAT's why they whip their poorly educated constituents into a frenzy over "Commonwealth" status.

Uneducated people (of ANY nationality) don't make the best of neighbors.

Sorry for the rant.
Maria

United States

#3 May 14, 2007
Boy oh Boy! The “Status Quo” Party is hard at work spreading their Puertorrican politics tactics. Good thing most of the mainland Puertorricans are educated and can see through their "hidden agenda". This article is already charging the process to be undemocratic, easy to rig, and that congress is basically forcing statehood down their throats.

The Federal Tax and English language scare. The brain drain and low income story.
"A better option would be to continue living together as nation and territory".

Yeah! Pegamelas pero no me dejes. Let me continue to be a low self-esteem concubine.
Obviously this Editor is another outsider that don't have any idea of the dysfunctional relationship between the US-PR.

Puerto Rico deserves better. Independence or Statehood!- No more Status Quo!

Since: Feb 07

Caguas, Puerto Rico

#7 May 15, 2007
Anibal Mercado Jr wrote:
Puerto Ricans don't be afraid of anything. We can provide for ourselves, we can educate ourselves, as we have been doing.
Together we Puerto Ricans can make a much better place to live than any U.S. state.
Believe me I live here, but am moving to Puerto Rico. You do not want this.
We can do it alone, look at our neighbors. Hello statehood, goodbye Puerto Rico.
With Love
Anibal Mercado Jr.
[email protected]
Just a couple of questions, Anibal. You state "We can provide for ourselves, we can educate ourselves, as we have been doing.". If you're bringing kids with you, I hope you can afford private schools, because the public school system here is a joke. I also take issue with your "We can provide for ourselves" statement, because PR has never demonstrated a capability to do so. The government here is filled with waste. It's not gonna stop on its own.

Lastly, the "We can do it alone, look at our neighbors." comment... what neighbors are you referring to?
Anibal Mercado Jr

Oviedo, FL

#10 Jun 26, 2013
Your right. I thought Puerto Rico was the bomb until I tried to live there. Didn't take me long to realize that the United States is the best place in the world to live, and I have lived in other countries as well. No matter the petty frustrations, the US is simply the best. Puerto Rico is a nice place to visit, but difficult to live there. Sorry Puerto Rico.
Signed,
Anibal Mercado Jr.

Since: Oct 12

Marlboro, NJ

#11 Jun 26, 2013
Territory status hasent worked anywhere ... statehood however has a proven track record of lifting 37 territories out of economic and political quagmire.

It dident work in Hawaii, it dident work in Alaska, it dident work in Arizona, it dident work in Utah, it dident work anywhere. And it certainly isent working in Puerto Rico.

Garcia Padilla and the other colonists say statehood would turn Puerto Rico into a ghetto ... but it's already a ghetto!

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