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Advantages of Puerto Rico becoming a state

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Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#1 Jun 29, 2009
What are the advantages of Puerto Rico becoming a state of the U.S.?
Dave Lopes

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#2 Jun 29, 2009
We would be treated equally so, with the other states, allowing us to pay Federal taxes, receive the appropriate benefits as all other US State citizens do by being treated as a real child, not as a stepchild any longer as we have for the last 111 years as a colony under the dictatorship of the USA...ETC.
Factchecker

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Jun 29, 2009
There would be federal elections every 2 years.

There would be less income tax evasion as the IRS would enforce the payment of taxes much closer.

There would be more enforced separation of church and State.

There would be more Federal litigation as all parts of the US Constitution would apply.(IE more prison rights litigation, 1st Amendment litigation, etc)
yaddayadda

United States

#4 Jun 29, 2009
the rest of the states will not accept PR as a state. it does not contribute to the country. it only contributes soldiers for the military. for the rest, it is just a drain on the county's economy. PR has to stop acting like a lazy child who wont get a job or move out of its parent's home.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#5 Jun 29, 2009
Why should the U.S. want Puerto Rico as a state?
We would benefit from it. Puerto Ricans have brought much to our society; politically, economically, culturally
The Puerto Rican people have earned it through their steadfast support of our country, our flag, and by sending their sons and daughters to fight in US wars, our wars, ever since the Spanish American War in 1898.
We cannot continue to operate a colony, forcing U.S. citizens to accept a second-class citizenship, one without full political rights and equal representation, and not guaranteed by the constitution. The United States is a republic, not an empire
U.S. taxpayers are paying billions per year to prop up an economy that in its present form doesn’t work well. It doesn't provide proportionate economic benefit for Puerto Ricans, nor does it provide to pay their share.
Commonwealth status was never meant to be permanent , it was meant as a transitional step
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Why should Puerto Ricans want to be a state?
They should not have to wait any longer to gain constitutionally-guaranteed citizenship with full political rights and responsibilities
Puerto Ricans would then share as everyone else in full benefits from our government, while paying taxes like everyone else
In the words of Don Luis Ferre, Ex-Governor of Puerto Rico, and winner of the U.S. Medal of Freedom, "It is an honor to be a citizen of the greatest country in the history of the World."
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What would it cost the U.S. taxpayer to bring Puerto Rico into the fold?
Based on studies conducted by noted economists, it is projected that Puerto Rico as a state will actually contribute to, rather than be dependent upon, the U.S. taxpayer.
Here’s why. Under the current system, Puerto Rico costs the U.S. over $9.7 billion yearly. Why? Because that’s what we lose from a combination of federal taxes forgone from large corporations doing business on the island as well as from individuals, together with grants-in-aid and transfer payments to the island. Puerto Rico gets significant amounts of federal grants-in-aid and transfer payments to individuals, such as veterans benefits, and welfare payments, which are not off-set by taxes collected on the island.(Puerto Ricans also draw Social Security, but they pay into it like everyone else.) These payments are in large part "needs tested." In other words, they support people who are elderly, poor or disabled.
Nothing wrong with that, except that no income taxes are being paid in. Part of the reason there are so many poor people in Puerto Rico is that the economic system in place under Commonwealth just doesn’t work well, creating a situation where many people are out of work; many underemployed.
Remember, we are talking here of people who are currently U.S. citizens, who would demand favorable treatment and help. Puerto Rico, as an island with 3.8 million people and no other significant natural resources, is not economically viable as a separate nation without significant external aid and free access to large markets like our own.
With statehood, Puerto Rico can be economically viable and a contributor to our nation’s wealth.
Look at what happened to the last two states admitted to the Union, Hawaii and Alaska. Both economies grew substantially after being admitted to the Union and became net contributors to the U.S. Treasury. Puerto Rico would receive equal treatment in both taxes and benefits, the same as the other states. Benefits to the island under the current system are limited by Congress. Those limitations would be removed. At the same time, payments of federal taxes would be phased in, as provided by the enabling legislation. We estimate Puerto Rico as a state will contribute nearly $2 billion to the U.S. Treasury each year. How is that possible? Through economic growth. With economic growth there are more jobs, fewer unemployed, and less of a public assistance burden.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#6 Jun 29, 2009
yaddayadda wrote:
the rest of the states will not accept PR as a state. it does not contribute to the country. it only contributes soldiers for the military. for the rest, it is just a drain on the county's economy. PR has to stop acting like a lazy child who wont get a job or move out of its parent's home.
Puerto Rico as a state will contribute nearly $2 billion to the U.S. Treasury each year. How is that possible? Through economic growth. With economic growth there are more jobs, fewer unemployed, and less of a public assistance burden.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#7 Jul 23, 2009
Bill to decide Puerto Rico's status moves forward

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The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 22, 2009; 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- A House committee approved a proposal Wednesday that would let Puerto Ricans decide their island's political status. It was unclear whether the full Congress would consider the bill.

The Natural Resources Committee approved the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009, which was submitted by the island's resident commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi.

Voters would choose between keeping the island's commonwealth status, adopted in 1952, or to opt for something different. In the latter case, a second plebiscite would let them decide whether they wanted statehood, independence or independence with a loose association to the United States.

Two of the island's main parties oppose the proposal, and a similar bill that the committee approved in October 2007 has since died. Wednesday's debate marked the 68th time that the House has debated a bill related to Puerto Rico's status.

Puerto Ricans voted to maintain the island's current status and rejected statehood in nonbinding referendums in 1967, 1993 and 1998.

Residents of the U.S. Caribbean commonwealth are barred from voting in presidential elections, and their Congressional delegate cannot vote.
NoStatehooPuerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#8 Jul 23, 2009
Why should the U.S. want Puerto Rico as a state?

There is NO reason because as a state:

PR will not increase US military power
PR will no change US political stance in the world
PR will not make the US any richer

The way it is now the US seize whatever they want from US with the blessing of our spineless politicians.

Why should Puerto Ricans want to be a state?

We DONT want to be a state, this is just the sexual obsession of the NPP and its ignorant followers with US dollars believing they will fall from the sky and grow from every tree if we become a state. After 111 years under US jurisdiction PR has NEVER vote for statehood, no other US state has been for so long under US jurisdiction before becoming a state.

What would it cost the U.S. taxpayer to bring Puerto Rico into the fold?

It costs the time and effort into addressing a sexual obsession of the NPP and its abysmally ignorant followers unrelated to the mainstream US citizen.

Now answer these questions.

What significant benefits will the US get from PR becoming a state?
Why hasn’t PR requested statehood after 111 years under US jurisdiction?
How many millions in money has the NPP wasted lobbying for statehood in the US congress?
Why has the NPP, the party who advocate for statehood and promoters of the US domination of the world in PR, stolen the most money from Uncle’s Sam?
vivian

Lancaster, SC

#9 Jul 23, 2009
the men are hung huge amd the women are sexy.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#10 Jul 23, 2009
NoStatehooPuertoRico wrote:
Why should the U.S. want Puerto Rico as a state?
There is NO reason because as a state:
PR will not increase US military power
PR will no change US political stance in the world
PR will not make the US any richer
The way it is now the US seize whatever they want from US with the blessing of our spineless politicians.
Why should Puerto Ricans want to be a state?
We DONT want to be a state, this is just the sexual obsession of the NPP and its ignorant followers with US dollars believing they will fall from the sky and grow from every tree if we become a state. After 111 years under US jurisdiction PR has NEVER vote for statehood, no other US state has been for so long under US jurisdiction before becoming a state.
What would it cost the U.S. taxpayer to bring Puerto Rico into the fold?
It costs the time and effort into addressing a sexual obsession of the NPP and its abysmally ignorant followers unrelated to the mainstream US citizen.
Now answer these questions.
What significant benefits will the US get from PR becoming a state?
Why hasn’t PR requested statehood after 111 years under US jurisdiction?
How many millions in money has the NPP wasted lobbying for statehood in the US congress?
Why has the NPP, the party who advocate for statehood and promoters of the US domination of the world in PR, stolen the most money from Uncle’s Sam?
We will have to ask the U.S. Why do you keep "clinging" to the Puerto Rican colony?

U.S., why do you insist on wasting over $100 billion dls every four years?

U.S., why insist on granting parity on federal funds to the colony of Puerto Rico (with the rest of the States)?

We have to ask the U.S. so many questions.....

ISA

Since: May 07

New York - born and raised

#11 Jul 24, 2009
vivian wrote:
the men are hung huge amd the women are sexy.
Is this a prerequisite in becoming a state....LOL
NOstatehoodPuert oRico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#12 Jul 24, 2009
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
We will have to ask the U.S. Why do you keep "clinging" to the Puerto Rican colony?
U.S., why do you insist on wasting over $100 billion dls every four years?
U.S., why insist on granting parity on federal funds to the colony of Puerto Rico (with the rest of the States)?
We have to ask the U.S. so many questions.....
We will have to ask the U.S. Why do you keep "clinging" to the Puerto Rican colony?

They created the "colony" for their own benefit.

U.S., why do you insist on wasting over $100 billion dls every four years?

Both parties lobby enough to get this for PR.

U.S., why insist on granting parity on federal funds to the colony of Puerto Rico (with the rest of the States)?

Parity!!!??? if there were parity NPP supporters would not be asking for statehood because MORE MONEY is the only thing the NPP cares about.

We have to ask the U.S. so many questions.....

Sure
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#13 Jul 24, 2009
NOstatehoodPuertoRico wrote:
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We will have to ask the U.S. Why do you keep "clinging" to the Puerto Rican colony?
They created the "colony" for their own benefit.
U.S., why do you insist on wasting over $100 billion dls every four years?
Both parties lobby enough to get this for PR.
U.S., why insist on granting parity on federal funds to the colony of Puerto Rico (with the rest of the States)?
Parity!!!??? if there were parity NPP supporters would not be asking for statehood because MORE MONEY is the only thing the NPP cares about.
We have to ask the U.S. so many questions.....
Sure
If its just a matter of "asking" by both parties, why was citizenship imposed?

The imposition of citizenship comes with obligations and demands. The Populares negotiate, the statehooders "DEMAND". If "DEMANDS" are not met, then the U.S. ought to "GET THE HELL OUT OF PUERTO RICO".

The problem is the territory. The only way to renounce citizenship is by renouncing on foreign soil and "requesting" the return to the island to the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico, which by our historical experience, the U.S. has forbad those who have tried, such as Prof. Mari Bras.

Jorge
Retired in NY

AOL

#14 Jul 24, 2009
The people of PR should consider STATE on a trail period for three four years and then elect to remain a state or other,, beware PR congress may just eliminate PR from there US territory.
2, let the governor of PR spell out the pro @ cons to being a state .
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#15 Jul 24, 2009
Retired in NY wrote:
The people of PR should consider STATE on a trail period for three four years and then elect to remain a state or other,, beware PR congress may just eliminate PR from there US territory.
2, let the governor of PR spell out the pro @ cons to being a state .
It is not a matter of fear, it is a matter of education. Colonial minds (in Congress, the owners of the colony) and in Puerto Rico (the colony) have been violently imposed for over half a millenium. At least, Spain was honest enough as to recognize it was an empire.

The U.S. is a dishonest imperial nation, which imposes its colony (on Puerto Rican) thru a military occupation, but (as in Cuba) under the disguise of "electoral ballot".

We have to demand statehood because we, Puerto Ricans, are entitled to it (by an imposition of U.S. citizenship and its constitution). We do not have to negotiate, plea, request, or any other "bargaining tool", the imperial U.S. wants to impose...much less fear.

It is a matter of dignity, not fear.

Jorge
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#16 Jul 24, 2009
The end of half a millenium of colonialism.
Factchecker

Eugene, OR

#17 Aug 3, 2009
Jorge wrote:
The end of half a millenium of colonialism.
21.5% of that half-millennium under the control of the United States master. Independence could end that colonialism and launch Puerto Rico toward the economic powerhouse that Singapore has become.

Puerto Rico could become whatever the people of Puerto Rico want it to become, but they must decide WHAT they want to become. NO ONE ELSE will make them anything other than what they continue to be--a colony. No one else cares WHAT Puerto Rico becomes.

Since: Jun 09

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#18 Aug 4, 2009
NOstatehoodPuertoRico wrote:
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We will have to ask the U.S. Why do you keep "clinging" to the Puerto Rican colony?
They created the "colony" for their own benefit.
U.S., why do you insist on wasting over $100 billion dls every four years?
Both parties lobby enough to get this for PR.
U.S., why insist on granting parity on federal funds to the colony of Puerto Rico (with the rest of the States)?
Parity!!!??? if there were parity NPP supporters would not be asking for statehood because MORE MONEY is the only thing the NPP cares about.
We have to ask the U.S. so many questions.....
Sure
100 billion dollars every 4 years? Give some proof for this assertion.

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#19 Aug 4, 2009
yaddayadda wrote:
the rest of the states will not accept PR as a state. it does not contribute to the country. it only contributes soldiers for the military. for the rest, it is just a drain on the county's economy. PR has to stop acting like a lazy child who wont get a job or move out of its parent's home.
More yadda, yadda, yadda. You got the name right. Just a lot of hot air. Assertions without any proof.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#20 Aug 4, 2009
Factchecker wrote:
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21.5% of that half-millennium under the control of the United States master. Independence could end that colonialism and launch Puerto Rico toward the economic powerhouse that Singapore has become.
Puerto Rico could become whatever the people of Puerto Rico want it to become, but they must decide WHAT they want to become. NO ONE ELSE will make them anything other than what they continue to be--a colony. No one else cares WHAT Puerto Rico becomes.
The U.S. was not our only master. Jeez, are some Americans full of themselves.

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