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    Re: The 51st State: Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    Are you OK with Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state of the United States?

    Why or why not?
    As an American, I don't really care all that much.

    If I were a Puerto Rican, though, I would be vehemently against it, as it would mean the continental states would de facto decide who'd be my President rather than keeping such decisions local.

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    Re: The 51st State: Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by Centrist77 View Post
    IN theory I have no problem with anybody with in reason becoming a state(s)
    Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba etc.

    The only problems I see is security. Always a concern protecting an island away from mainland

    the other of course is, quality of life? Like how far a society is below ours and how much would it cost to bring them up to standards above the new taxes we collect from them?

    But in general Im all for it.

    Can anyone educate me on real serious CONS of the matter
    I'm not sure how much in new taxes we'll collect, considering the average income is around $17k a year.
    It is a tax haven for businesses, how many of them will move to a new tax haven?
    I don't know.

    I imagine it will cost us more than any kind of benefit we would receive from incorporating them as a state.
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    Re: The 51st State: Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I'm not sure how much in new taxes we'll collect, considering the average income is around $17k a year.
    It is a tax haven for businesses, how many of them will move to a new tax haven?
    I don't know.

    I imagine it will cost us more than any kind of benefit we would receive from incorporating them as a state.
    17K A YEAR?
    again since i admit I dont know about them what does that mean? Do they use our money is that their money, whats the exchange rate if there is one.

    I do agree that most places we aquire would cost more initially but would it ever pan out? Ill always take a bigger population and there would have to be benifit for buisnesses with tax breaks and since it is a vacation/resort/cruise spot that would have to do something in tax dollars.

    but either way im for it unless I learn something drastic thats a con.

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    Re: The 51st State: Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by Centrist77 View Post
    17K A YEAR?
    again since i admit I dont know about them what does that mean? Do they use our money is that their money, whats the exchange rate if there is one.
    They are a U.S. territory and they use U.S. dollars.

    A good primer,
    [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico]Puerto Rico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    Quote Originally Posted by Centrist77 View Post
    I do agree that most places we aquire would cost more initially but would it ever pan out? Ill always take a bigger population and there would have to be benifit for buisnesses with tax breaks and since it is a vacation/resort/cruise spot that would have to do something in tax dollars.

    but either way im for it unless I learn something drastic thats a con.
    I think it is mostly a political ploy for additional Democrat votes, but that is just my opinion.
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    Re: The 51st State: Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    They are a U.S. territory and they use U.S. dollars.

    A good primer,
    Puerto Rico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



    I think it is mostly a political ploy for additional Democrat votes, but that is just my opinion.
    Thanks for the info.
    also why do you assume the dems would get the votes? not a loaded question just interested on your opinion.

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    Re: The 51st State: Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by Centrist77 View Post
    Thanks for the info.
    also why do you assume the dems would get the votes? not a loaded question just interested on your opinion.
    The most popular party in Puerto Rico is the Democrat party, if I'm not mistaken.
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    Re: The 51st State: Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    The most popular party in Puerto Rico is the Democrat party, if I'm not mistaken.
    really?
    you could be right by the way I "thought" they had a little different system at least three party but again one could always be dem because again I gotta "edumacated" on the subject

    maybe ill do some reading tonight, thanks again

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    Re: The 51st State: Puerto Rico

    .... If Puerto Rico becomes a state.... do they still get to celebrate Puerto Rican Day Parade?



    Can they keep the damn thing and we just treat them like the Irish on St. Pattys?
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    Re: The 51st State: Puerto Rico

    YES! AND next I want IRAN and then I want Cuba then I want chavez's country . It is about time we go off on an American Imperalistic romp for a while I mean hell . Aint it our turn we have been so good to the poor down troden and the less fortunate lets play the same game only at times for KEEPS! Come on now you KNOW- yous is a oint'in to.

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    Re: The 51st State: Puerto Rico

    Quote Originally Posted by b.larset View Post
    YES! AND next I want IRAN and then I want Cuba then I want chavez's country . It is about time we go off on an American Imperalistic romp for a while I mean hell . Aint it our turn we have been so good to the poor down troden and the less fortunate lets play the same game only at times for KEEPS! Come on now you KNOW- yous is a oint'in to.
    We really haven't been good historically. Read a book sometime on our little social experiments in Central America. The 1920s-1960s are the wet dreams of people who support aggressive foreign policy.
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