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    @earl My brother worked in PR for quite a few years for Texaco. My family visited often. It was my impression PR was no different really than the demographic split of say the LA area or maybe Miami. You had everything from rich to poor. The island was vibrant and busy. Seemed normal to me. well my Spanish was awful, but that was my problem, not theirs. Great place, always enjoyed myself there.
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    @MRMacrum They are very hospitable especially if you know the language (I lived in Spain for 3 years)> The food is terrific and the ladies beautiful, I married one.
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    @1hardcorerepub not sure why I was voted up. I have been to Puerto Rico too and I think it is a dump. We should not allow it statehood.
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    Though the Commonwealth government has its own tax laws, Puerto Ricans are also required to pay most U.S. federal taxes, with the major exception being that some residents do not have to pay the federal personal income tax. In 2009, Puerto Rico paid $3.742 billion into the US Treasury.[9] Residents of Puerto Rico pay into Social Security, and are thus eligible for Social Security benefits upon retirement. However, they are excluded from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the island actually receives a small fraction of the Medicaid funding it would receive if it were a U.S. state.[10] Also, Medicare providers receive less-than-full state-like reimbursements for services rendered to beneficiaries in Puerto Rico, even though the latter paid fully into the system.

    They do pay taxes.
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    @earl And that is still isn't fair, at least to me. I coughed up 28% fed + 7.5% state + 5% local (to two cities) in income taxes last year. Puerto Rico needs to pay up. Sorry. They need to be a state or be an independent country and go at it alone. I am a maker and I pay the price for it and so should everyone else. Just my 2 cents on it.
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    @RobertJHarsh I'm not as knowledgeable about their tax situation either but they did pay almost 4 billion into our Treasury . They pay into SS for sure.
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    P.R is a beautiful island that I have visited many times since my wife is from P.R. I hope they remain a Commonwealth. The US has too many problems now that will never be solved. Better to remain with their own local government than to have Washington ruin this lovely island.
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    Puerto Ricans have voted against statehood 4 times in 45 years.

    Statehood for Puerto Rico will mean higher U.S. debt for more people on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, welfare and other benefits, and more Democratic legislators in Congress.

    Stop Liberal Lies - Apr 28, 2010:

    Puerto Rico Democracy Act – Legislation Biased in Favor of Statehood

    According to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the House will vote on H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act, later this week. The legislation provides Puerto Rico a two stage voting process and makes some non-resident Puerto Ricans eligible to vote on Puerto Rican statehood. This legislation has rigged the process in favor of making Puerto Rico the 51st state and is not a fair way to force statehood on a Commonwealth whose people may not want it. Furthermore, this may be an expensive proposition for the American people who are already on the hook for approximately $12.9 trillion in national debt.

    This bill attempts to rig the voting process and denies the American people a real say on the issue of whether they want to allow Puerto Rico to be granted statehood. The fact of the matter is that Puerto Ricans have rejected statehood numerous times and this bill seems to have been written in a way to fast track statehood without a majority of Puerto Ricans favoring the idea. Furthermore, the people of the United States should be allowed a vote on whether they want to admit Puerto Rico as a new state. If the people of Puerto Rico can vote, the people of the United States should have a vote.

    http://www.stopliberallies.com/puerto-rico-de...
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    Why don't they vote for Independence? Because....they get all the social services benefits without having to pay federal income taxes. It's ok to take, right, but not to pay their fair share?
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    I am Puerto Rican by blood (both of my parents were born in Puerto Rico ) and me bring born in New England (Connecticut) I'm an American. I personally think Puerto Rico should remain a common weatlh or become independent.
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    Puerto Ricans are American citizens by birth whether born to American citizens here or in P.R.
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    @earl
    Not all of them see it that way. Some believe they're not American. So that's in correct. My cousins husband is an ignorant ass hole born on Puerto Rican soil he believes the Ricans like myself are inferior.
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    @msoler29 My statement was factually correct. Sorry about your cousin's husband, he appears to be very prejudicial in his beliefs.
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    @msoler29
    Mi esposa es Puerta Ricana, born there and has lived here for 45 years. She says she is an American of Puerta Ricana heritage. She is proud of America and P.R. And I am proud of her.
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    If I was a Republican I would probably be against it. If I was a Democrat I'd say, "Come on board. The more the merrier". Since I am an Independent, I do not care. But like Earl up a few posts, I am thinking PR might want to keep their politics separate and as far away from ours as they can. We are pretty whacked and it appears we are headed even further down Loonie Lane than ever before. But then I really do not have enough information to form an opinion one way or the other. So I figure it is up to them. Always trust the vote. ;)
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    If you think the 1040 EZ is easy then go for it. Once you get to schedule D on the 1040, you'll want to rethink that vote.
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    As an aside - As a selfish (and lazy) Pennsylvanian, I'd like to forward the notion of removing Palau from the territory list (or at least respell it to Pulau or something).
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    @DerivePI Absolutely agree! When you complete an online survey and have to enter your state, PW comes before PA!!!!!! Really, how many people from PW are entering an HGTV contest????
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    Yes, it would be good for the country and Puerto Rico.

    From Wiki Answers:
    1. The area desiring Statehood first petitions Congress for admission.
    2. If and when Congress chooses, it passes an enabling act, which directs the framing of a proposed State constitution.
    3. A convention prepares the constitution, which is then put to a popular vote in the proposed State.
    4. If the voters approve the constitution, it is then submitted to Congress for its consideration.
    5. If Congress still agrees to Statehood after reviewing the document, it passes an act of admission.
    6. If the President signs the act, the new State enters the union.
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    Absolutely! As should The District of Columbia! Long ago the argument for not making either a State was the configuration of stars, they argued that the number was too odd to look good. If both DC and Puerto Rico become states the configuration of 52 stars is not a challenge.
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    No! We have seen these people on our streets and they refuse to learn and speak English, they are of no use to my country, unless they want to do manual labor and they don't have to be citizens for that task.
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    Ignorance! These "people" protect our borders and fight for this country! Their languages on the island are spanish and ENGLISH. So before you assume that every Spanish person is the same get educated. And ignorant people like you are of no use to MY COUNTRY!
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    Should Puerto Rico take the step towards US statehood?

    From other articles I've read, they'd be stupid to do so. They have it pretty good as a commonwealth.
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    This isn't the first time they've voted on becoming a state, and they never vote to become one. If Puerto Rico were a state, they'd have to pay taxes. Those who live in the U.S. would not be able to fly (for free) once a year back and forth from Connecticut to see their families, and it would be a lot harder for them to get welfare.
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    I am capable of transferring thousands of dollars from one bank to another with my I phone. I have an app that allows me to watch my house in real time. All of this technology and we are still forced to cast votes in a voting booth?
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    If PR became a state today it would easily be the poorest per capita of any state in the union. PR has about half of the per capita that Mississippi has, currently the poorest state in the country.
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    PR is a beautiful place with a wonderful culture, ricisimo food & music, but they should be an independent nation not a US territory or state.
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