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Poll: Should Puerto Rico become a state?
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Puerto Rico should merge with Texas.
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(Original post by CHAMON)
Well, I'd have to see some stats on that other than take your word on it. I know you're biased when it comes to all matters USA.
Actually, I'm not. The Georgia thread gives something of a false impression.

However, in this case, I think the benefits are fairly obvious; a strong economy being the biggest one. Nationalism is a powerful force, but it's got to be pretty powerful to overcome that. It's the same for East Turkestan and arguably for Chechnya.
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Nope. They don't vote for anyone in either houses, although I believe a motion has been tabled to give them a single representative in the House of Reps.

The issue is of course that no Republican is going to pursue the issue with any enthusiasm as DC has always been a democrat stronghold, even in the darkest days of the Reagen years. Why work to give 2 free senators to the opposition?
You forget that the Democrats have a majority. Why work to deny yourself two free senators?
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Neatness?! Have you considered the vexillological consequences?
By the time it actually happens, it won't matter anyway, because the US will be using the Christian Flag.
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(Original post by Agent Smith)
Should it become a fully-fledged US state? Why, or why not?
No. Canada should become the next US State. Followed by Mexico and then Europe.
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(Original post by pretz)
I think that is something for Puerto Ricans to decide.
Heaven forbid - perhaps even Americans might like to have a say in it as well?

But I doubt there'd me much support to take in Puerto Rico - it would be by far the poorest state and nobody is going to be clamering (apart from the Hispanics) to pay more taxes to Federal government so they can redistribute it to a poor island state.
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You forget that the Democrats have a majority. Why work to deny yourself two free senators?
They do NOW, hence the ball is starting to roll. But for the best part of 2 decades prior to 2006 this certainly wasn't the case.

Besides a Republican president can still veto a democrat majority.
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They do NOW, hence the ball is starting to roll. But for the best part of 2 decades prior to 2006 this certainly wasn't the case.

Besides a Republican president can still veto a democrat majority.
The veto is fast becoming irrelevant. The situation of a Republican President at the head of a Democratic Government will only last until November.
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The veto is fast becoming irrelevant. The situation of a Republican President at the head of a Democratic Government will only last until November.
Indeed, the future's bright.
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Doesn't it send something like 1 representative to the house? It's awfully unrepresented IMO
They have 1 non-voting delegate in the House of Reps, hence the city's amusing unofficial motto "Taxation without representation" which you will see on car plates.
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Heaven forbid - perhaps even Americans might like to have a say in it as well?

But I doubt there'd me much support to take in Puerto Rico - it would be by far the poorest state and nobody is going to be clamering (apart from the Hispanics) to pay more taxes to Federal government so they can redistribute it to a poor island state.
Americans have been pouring money into Puerto Rico since they took it from the Spanish, I don't see exactly what your point is.
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At least DC, despite not being a state, is treated like one for Presidential election purposes.

Unlike Puerto Rico, which isn't. And the bloke they send to Congress isn't allowed to vote.
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Indeed, the future's bright.
Not for you
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And the bloke they send to Congress isn't allowed to vote.
At least they send someone to Congress....
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I think they should. They're in a horrible position at the moment. Puerto Rico is America's *****, yet doesn't receive all the economic benefits of being so.
Haha! Are yiou kidding? PR is pumped full of US money. If it wasn't for the US PR would be on par with Haiti.
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Haha! Are yiou kidding? PR is pumped full of US money. If it wasn't for the US PR would be on par with Haiti.
I know economically it's very wealthy compared to the rest of the Carribean, but compared to mainland US it's relatively backward, with more poverty than the mainland per capita.
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PR has voted a few times on it and has never agreed to join. It's a bizarre situation, really. Interesting to read about though.

Also, Guam.
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