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The island colony needs help, and the U.S. government owes it.
Would love to have them as another state! The only problem is that they would at least initially be one of the "takers" of federal funds instead of one of the givers. But that's not a big deal long term. What does bother me is 51 stars. Can we make it a one off one on system? Maybe vote out Mississippi or New Jersey or something? Haha
Wouldn't that hurt the rest of the economy? If we take them as a full state, I think we inherit their debts as well. Sure helping is good, but not if its going to make things worse for the rest of the country.
"President Barack Obama earlier expressed support for the referendum and pledged to respect the will of the people in the event of a clear majority."............."The future of the island's political status, however, also is dependent on who governs the island.
According to partial election results, pro-statehood Gov. Luis Fortuno was ousted by a razor thin margin by an opponent who supports the island's current political status."..........."I can assure you we have rescued Puerto Rico," Garcia said. "This is a lesson to those who think that the well-being of Puerto Ricans should be subjected to ideologies."
Which congress dropped the ball on statehood after the 54% vote for change, and 61% of those voting for statehood? The US Congress or the Puerto Rican one? If I read it correctly the vote in 2012 should have triggered a vote in Puerto Rico for statehood and then Congress should have been given the vote. In that case since Puerto Rico is a US Territory, couldn't we find a way to force the vote to happen?