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Thread: Would you have opposed Western Exansion, Alaska and Hawaii statehood?

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    Re: Would you have opposed Western Exansion, Alaska and Hawaii statehood?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    Im not sure if the bolded part is correct.

    Why does Puerto Rico want statehood, anyway?




    This makes it sound as if territories and states are not equal in all things federally funded.


    Okay, just read it over. If they became a state they start getting "... an extra $20 billion a year in federal funds." However, "...Puerto Rican residents currently don’t pay federal income taxes, and companies doing business there don’t pay corporate taxes — two loopholes that would be closed if the island were made the 51st state." The question then arises, is the $20 billion a year in federal funds greater than the new federal taxes the residents and businesses would have to start sending to DC. I just did a crude estimation based on Mississippi, similar populations and economies. +/- $17 billion in federal taxes if my often off math is correct.

    “Once Puerto Rico becomes a state, its fortunes could arc upward,” writes Reuters columnist Gregg Easterbrook, pointing out that Hawaii saw marked economic growth after it was made a state in 1959.
    Economic growth is not the same as a burden on taxpayer in the mainland.

    Why does Puerto Rico want statehood, anyway?
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    Re: Would you have opposed Western Exansion, Alaska and Hawaii statehood?

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    Puerto Rico is about as third world as West Virginia.
    The high crime rate of the ones who live here disqualifies them from citizenship. Throw them back. Only sick people with a secret desire to be gang raped welcome such misfits.
    On the outside, trickling down on the insiders.
    We won't live free until the 1% live in fear.
    Hey, richboys! Imagine the boot of democracy stomping on your faces, forever.

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