Puerto Rico Makes a Poor Case for Statehood
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  • Pete

    The idea of statehood is absurd.

    Puerto Rico is a Third World entity which has as good a standard of living as it does only because of massive welfare transfer payments made to the island.

    Keep P.R. as a commonwealth ….or cut it loose entirely via independence. But in no way make P.R. a state as it does not come even close to fitting cultural or linguistic with America.

    P.R. as a state would not help the U.S.; it would drag us down.

    • Corlyss

      Worse than not helping the US, it would immediately become the playground of future Chavezes and like-minded mischief makers. We was fooled once about Cuba when we didn’t seize it. We ain’t making that mistake again.

  • Corlyss

    They could make the best case for statehood in the universe and they wouldn’t get it. Period. It’s a figment of liberal anti-colonialists that statehood is equivalent of manhood for males. The same is true of the District of Columbia. Both Puerto Rico and DC would like to run with the big dogs. Ain’t gonna happen just to salve their microscopic egos.

    • Bruce

      But the Dems dream about it. They would elect Dems reliably.

      • Corlyss

        Exactly. They lust after DC statehood too, partly as a residue of their glory days in the 60s civil rights drama, but as you say, mostly because it would be reliably Democratic forever.

      • Pete


        And imagine the U.S. Senate with four more leftwing Democrat Senators, each of whom would make Dingy Harry Reid look normal.

  • lukelea

    The problem is that Puerto Rico is not an English speaking country. Americans no longer share a common religious tradition, an unavoidable consequence (unintended) of the First Amendment. If we jettison a common language there will be nothing to hold us together as a culture and a nation. Diversity is a bitch.

  • Marcelino

    Mexico will be come the 51st. state before Puerto Rico.

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