Puerto Ricans opt for statehood in referendum

Posted by Old John on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 12:24 PM:

Isn't this repeated every few years?


  • Do Puerto Ricans currently pay federal income taxes to the U.S.?

    -- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 2:02 PM
  • Puerto Ricans pay most federal taxes. Income taxes are a bit different as a PR citizen who has no non PR income can avoid paying the IRS.... although they instead pay a PR specific commonwealth income tax.

    Considering the median household income is only 18k, it isn't like they would bring in much additional tax income. They will always be a welfare territory or welfare state regardless of their status.

    PR will not become a state because of that vast economic disparity and also in large part because no Republican congressmen is going to want to admit a state that is likely to be as reliably Democratic as Washington D.C. is.

    -- Posted by Nil on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 2:16 PM
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    No. We acquired Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War.

    -- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 3:42 PM
  • They would be much better off just claiming theirselves as illegal aliens on american soul. More entitlements that way. I'm sure the obama administration would welcome them to the trough.

    -- Posted by Mowrangler on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 4:12 PM
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    As best I remember from my History classes, we backed Cuban independence (for whatever reason I don't know). When the USS Maine was sunk, we declared war on spain and sought to deprive them of their overseas territories. We acquired Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam as a result of the war.

    -- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 5:01 PM
  • Did Obama bow to the Philippino and Puerto Rico leaders on his appology tour. Did he even fly over Guam and tip the wings of Air Force One?

    Regarding Cuba, I think it it time to unleash the powers of American capitolism to bring down the regime there. End the embargo.

    -- Posted by Old John on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 5:33 PM
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    You can pretty much bet those voting for statehood have visions of join the 47% or whatever % the takers have reached.

    I don't think we need any more dependants at this point in history.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 6:22 PM
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    "End the embargo."

    I reckon the embargo will end the day Fidel Castro dies.

    I think it has outlived its usefulness, but repealing it while Fidel lives will be seen as handing him a victory, methinks.

    -- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Fri, Nov 9, 2012, at 8:30 AM
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    Puerto Ricans saw the video with the "Obamaphone" lady and said "¿Me estás tomando el pelo? ¡Qué gran pa's!"


    "Are you kidding me? What a great country!".

    -- Posted by Dug on Fri, Nov 9, 2012, at 9:49 AM
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    "I am not sure if the is anything left in Cuba worth trading for , it is about on the same level as Haiti ."

    They still have great cigars, shirts, and music...

    -- Posted by Shapley Hunter on Fri, Nov 9, 2012, at 9:52 AM

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