The problem with this bill (as I understand it) is that it would force PR to fish or cut bait. Either they vote on statehood and get the ball rolling or they become independent. I don't think this could pass but that it's happening at all right now is scary.
but they need to become incorporated territory first, which they aren't. I think it's actually about time that they chose which direction that they would go. I don't think that they will go Independent as there would be total chaos on the island due to lack of money.
Last edited by fettpett; 04-29-2010 at 02:18 PM.
There certainly are.There are advantages to remaining a commonwealth.
if they do become independant, it wont make much of a difference, because we'll give them billions in foriegn aid. if they do become a state, they'll pay taxes, but they'll get most likely democrat representatives. it's a no win scenario unless foreign aid stops.
Actually, it's been near 14 months.
Obviously the US doesn't want PR to become an independent state, it's rowing distance from Cuba and will immediately pass into Cuban influence.
There are also Puerto Ricans, including the governor, who bitch about the level of federal funding to the commonwealth being less than equal to a state of equal size. Well duh, it's not a state and they don't pay federal taxes. The people however, are not off the hook for taxes, because Puerto Rican taxes make up for it.
Then there is the Vieques thing. The people said that wanted the military to stop bombing Vieques, so the military said, "OK, then Fuck you!" And basically closed Roosevelt Roads.
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