The more I think about it, the more the status quo people in PR seem insane to me. Either become a state or become independent. Territory is really not what you want to be, unless the people are all rich and don't want to pay taxes, but thats not the case at all.
As a territory, they have no votes, no Senators who must be catered to. Puerto Rico is the last dog at the bowl, after the pack of 50 hounds. They eat whatever is left, and it could be nothing if, say, the Senator from WV wants PR money to be re-allocated to building a road named after him.
Hawaii used to be dirt-poor. When they became a state and got their 2 senators who could hold things up if they aren't happy, they quickly modernized. Are the pro-territory folks freaking insane?
<ptp> how many emo kids does it take to change a lightbulb?
<Willy> HOW MANY?!
<ptp> none they just sit in the dark and cry