Sunday, November 11, 2012

Will Puerto Rico Become a State?

 While Americans were either celebrating or groaning over the re-election of President Barack Obama, Puerto Rico voted internally on whether it should become a state, stay a commonwealth of the U.S., or become an independent nation. They voted they wanted to become a full-fledged state of the United States, however they still need Congress to pass a bill allowing them to do so. Will it happen?
 To be honest, the question of statehood is mixed on both sides of the fence. When it comes to Republicans, I can see a lot of them voting "no" due to the party's history of questionable actions against Hispanic communities and countries. Don't expect much help from them.
 I can't see Democrats jumping up in excitement to vote them in either. Puerto Rico is very conservative, and they would be likely to become a "red state" if they're granted statehood. Which is not good for them politically on a federal level. Especially if they get 2 senators for being a state. Also their high unemployment rate (13% currently) will also make the national figures worse which won't be good if they want another Democrat in the White House in 2017. 
 My feelings about Puerto Rico becoming a state are mixed. I believe making them a state is unfair to Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. I do believe that all of these U.S. governed lands should have a vote(s) in the electoral college for the presidential election, a representative(s) in the House of Representatives, and one seat in the Senate each. But I don't think any of these places should be full-fledged states.
But I will support the outcome of whatever Congress decides. If the bill passes, then President Obama should sign it for the sake of the Puerto Rican people and democracy.  

8 comments:

  1. Never even knew about this, be interesting to see the outcome.

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  2. That makes two, Patrick. I didn't have a clue. I guess I've learned somthing today, Adam.

    P.S. I've had to rebuild my blog from scratch (don't ask). My new address is www.thebluegrumpster.blogspot.com

    You take care now:)

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  3. hmm you make good points...perhaps the timing is not right...I say this to my kids lol.

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  4. It'll be good for the US as well with a foothold in South America!

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  5. I seriously doubt that america will be adding any states no matter what.

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  6. I don't see it happening and I know because I'm from there. Even if statehood won, it is not the majority. The plebiscite was criticised for its format and left the anti-statehood people angry. So what the majority still thinks is yet to be seen.

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