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  • Puerto Rico should remain a territory

    4 10.00%
  • Puerto Rico should become a state

    13 32.50%
  • Puerto Rico should become an independent nation

    5 12.50%
  • Puerto Rico should be freely associated with the US

    0 0%
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Thread: Puerto Rico Statehood?

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    Re: Puerto Rico Statehood?

    It should either become a state or independent nation. No more of this territory crap. Same with Guam, Midway, etc.

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    Re: Puerto Rico Statehood?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    Personally I think it is the Dakota's that should unite. As a nation our north/south divisions have been much more problematic.
    What about the Carolinas?


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    Re: Puerto Rico Statehood?

    Is it how I would vote if I were voting in the referendum, or what I think as an outsider?


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    Re: Puerto Rico Statehood?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    Personally I think it is the Dakota's that should unite. As a nation our north/south divisions have been much more problematic.
    I kinda think we need more north/south divisions. Florida definitely needs it. The northern part is conservative and the southern is liberal. No matter how the vote turns out each election, 49.999% of the state is unhappy.
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    Re: Puerto Rico Statehood?

    Quote Originally Posted by MadLib View Post
    Puerto Rico is having a referendum in November to choose whether it should be a territory, a state, an independent nation, or freely associated with the US.

    What do you think it should be?
    Personally they should do as they please. That said there is something to be said about remaining a territory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    ...they are already immigrating to the U.S. in record numbers anyhow, making them a state will allow people to move both ways freely...
    Actually, Americans and Puerto Ricans already are allowed to move both ways freely. Puerto Ricans are born U.S. citizens, and are free to come and live in the U.S. as they please. Likewise, Americans born in the U.S. are free to go and live in Puerto Rico as they please.

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    Re: Puerto Rico Statehood?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Exactly. Once they make that choice they can not say they want back out. It's hell of a good reason to not do it in the first place, imo. Why anyone would want to join a union where they don't have the freedom to leave is beyond me.
    You could have said the same thing about all of America outside of the Original 13. I don't know your political leanings for certain but America would not have hardly any conservatism if all we had was the East Coast dominated by the North East.

    As someone probably more familiar with the geo-politics than most, Puerto Ricans want statehood. They just don't want a 100% tax increase. Most Puerto Ricans live on the US mainland, mostly in New York, Chicago and Florida. About 4 million live on the island. All Puerto Ricans are US citizens from birth, carry US passports when traveling internationally but because of constitutional guidelines cannot vote for POTUS as only states are included in the electoral college. However, just like someone moving from Texas to Oklahoma if a Puerto Rican moves to the mainland he can register to vote in his new state as soon as he gets an address there and then participate in presidential elections. Granting PR statehood will not add to the entitlement rolls since as part of the US they already get federal entitlements. Independence would decrease entitlements though since they'll be on their own if that happens, which trust me, won't happen. Because of the the plight of their former sister island of Cuba, the risk of coming under a dictatorship has pretty much cancelled out any aspirations of independence except among a very small single digit percentage of the population. After a century of thinking of themselves as secure under the American flag and especially since Castro, Puerto Ricans have become very Americanized serving in every US war since WWI. Currently the PR National Guardsmen can be called up to serve in Afghanistan but they cannot for President. Politically, statehood would mean 5 new House seats, 2 US Senate seats and 7 electoral college delegates.
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    Re: Puerto Rico Statehood?

    Didn't Puerto Rico reject statehood over taxation reasons?
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    Puerto Rico Statehood?

    What would be the benefit to the people of Puerto Rico, besides being involved actively in U.S. politics, of Puerto Rico becoming a state, as opposed to the U.S. territory that they are now?

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    Re: Puerto Rico Statehood?

    I voted state but its not really my call the vote is on them.

    But I also feel that Puerto Rico should only have two choices become a state or independent nation.
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