Puerto Rican Statehood?

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    Many say that we should not grant Puerto Rico the right to be the 51st State.
    One of the main reasons being is that they will become a 23billion dollar a year tax burden for the American taxpayer.

    Moreover there millions of Puerto Ricans that will immediately rush to join the Welfare rolls.
    Many say we must grant Puerto Rico its independence now.
     
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    Well it sounds like we couldn't afford it even if that's what they wanted. What are the advantages/disadvantages for them to be a territory versus independent??
     
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    No real advantages, but many disadvantages in terms of additional tax outlay for the
    American taxpayer, as there is going to be a lot of requests for American entitlement
    payments.In particular welfare payments, and medicare.
     
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    They already get tons of government money as a territory. They are already a tax burden. I dont see why making them a state would be bad. Besides, my hope is that the Federal Government will soon be cut significantly.

    If it's not, it wont really matter if PI is a state because the systems going to collapse.
     
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    The initial part is up to Puerto Rico itself. It has to ask for statehood or independence. Right now, they seem to like being off the federal tax rolls by being a territory.
     
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    We don't need two more guaranteed to be Liberal Democrat Senators sending pork to the Caribbean.
     
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    It is SOLELY up to Puerto Rico and its citizens when and if it ever becomes a State. The vote for such has always failed. They are happy sucking off the tit as a territory.
     
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    I lived in Puerto Rico for a time.

    My first wife was a Puerto Rican woman. (That was a wrestling match that would make the WWF blush.) They already are entitled to US benifits as a commonwealth.

    They get what you get already. Except a federal vote.

    I love that island, they have the most sassy asses in the world. Tempers like hurricanes but souls that soothe the damage.

    If you ever walk El Morro on a moonlite night in love, you will never forget it.
     
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    I read that also. They have welfare and all the things our citizens in the US have.

    They have voted on becoming a state several times and always voted it down. After all, why buy the cow when you get the milk for free.

    They do not pay taxes but suck off the American tit for free. They sure don't seem want to be a State. Go figure.

    All the territories have the same deal. They should either become a STate or be independent. Just sayin.
     
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    FYI

    I took the liberty of emboldening those things I though answered some of our questions

    If PR went it alone, they'd be just another impoverished Caribean nation, I suspect.
     

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