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Puerto Rico - The 51st State

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If they can enter, then we (Texas, Louisiana, and others) can leave.

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Not necessarily. The U.S. obtained Alaska before the Civil War.

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Not necessarily. The U.S. obtained Alaska before the Civil War.

 

That's irrelevant. The point is if they can willfully enter, then we can willfully leave.

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Are you talking about whether or not we have a right to do so, or whether or not the federal government would let us? Because if you were talking about what should be allowed to happen, then I agree with you.

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I for one hope they don't apply for statehood. They already receive the benefit of trading with the other states with relatively few restrictions, but are exempt from most federal taxes. What do they win from joining as a state? The right to send a few more leeches to congress? 

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Oh, but they win all of the freedom that the United States has to offer! They get FCC censorship, flight pat-downs, the much hated American identity, the wonderful public education system offered by the Federal DoE, and much, much more where that came from!

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Are you talking about whether or not we have a right to do so, or whether or not the federal government would let us? Because if you were talking about what should be allowed to happen, then I agree with you.

 

Yes, every people-group has the right to self-government, especially of the size of a state. Of course, the tyrannical federal government wouldn't let us. Lincoln slaughtered 600,000 people to preserve the "Union."

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Oh, but they win all of the freedom that the United States has to offer! They get FCC censorship, flight pat-downs, the much hated American identity, the wonderful public education system offered by the Federal DoE, and much, much more where that came from!

 

Don't forget the welfare state. They want the free money.

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Yeah, soon to be free paper.

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Kakugo replied on Mon, Nov 12 2012 1:11 PM

Just think about all the jobs the need to print new flags and textbooks will create. wink

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Yes, I believe we can all expect 1st Baron Krugman to come out of the woodwork once more and give us a run-down on how an American assimilation of Puerto Rico will be beneficial to the economy.

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Bogart replied on Mon, Nov 12 2012 1:22 PM

Not unexpected.  The island is 52 in rank of GDP per capita out of 52.  So they are looking at the half full part of statehood that all of this supposedly "free" money that will head for the island.  They don't know the half empty part which is that their most productive citizens will have to shell out US Federal Taxes and given that they are so poor, they will not be on the top of the list to get that largeness.  Also with a population of 3.9 million they will not have the representative power in the Senate that many states that are smaller in population maintain.  Furthermore, they will not have neighboring states to combine their power with in the US Congress. 

The other issue is that Puerto Rico will certainly lose its somewhat exempt status for corporations manufacturing there.  This would be DISASTEROUS for the island, and if they think they are poor now then just wait.

So for all of these reasons the best advice for them is to follow the example of Costa Rica, Caymans, Bahammas, etc and declare independence.  Then they can issue to any corporation on the planet tax exempt status for doing business on the island.

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Groucho replied on Mon, Nov 12 2012 1:23 PM

Not to mention they get the privelege of becoming a conduit for blowback terrorism. I'm sure the neocons would love it.

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It would be interesting to see that happen. What would occur if the U.S. refused Puerto Rico it's independence?

I think Puerto Rico is a good example of how the Cuban Revolution could happen all over again.

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@ Groucho

Yes. And you know, Puerto Rico has already been the site of a few U.S. military bases. They even dropped bombs on one Puerto Rican island that was inhabited. One guy was killed.

But anyone who doesn't know the atrocities that U.S. bases cause...I just tell them to look up anything about the Marshall Islands.

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Kokesh just came out with a video on the matter.

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