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Old 11-07-2012, 08:34 AM  
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Puerto Rico wants to become 51st State

Why? Because they want some benefits and entitlements of course!




http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/11...lls-open-late/



Puerto Ricans faced a fundamental question on Election Day: Should they change their ties with the United States?

Citizens in the U.S. island territory cannot vote in the U.S. presidential election, but many were excited to participate in a referendum on whether to push the territory toward statehood, greater autonomy or independence.

Car horns blared and party flags waved after polling stations closed following what election officials said was a high voter turnout. During the day, many voters carried umbrellas against the blistering tropical sun as temperatures neared 90 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius).

The two-part referendum first asked voters if they wanted to change Puerto Rico's 114-year relationship with the United States. A second question gave voters three alternatives if they wanted a change: become a U.S. state, gain independence, or have a "sovereign free association," a designation that would give more autonomy for the territory of 4 million people.

With 243 of 1,643 precincts reporting late Tuesday, 75,188 voters, or 53 percent, said they did not want to continue under the current political status. Forty-seven percent, or 67,304 voters, supported the status quo.

On the second question, 65 percent favored statehood, followed by 31 percent for sovereign free association and 4 percent for independence.

"Puerto Rico has to be a state. There is no other option," said 25-year-old Jerome Lefebre, who picked up his grandfather before driving to the polls. "We're doing OK, but we could do better. We would receive more benefits, a lot more financial help."

But 42-year-old Ramon Lopez de Azua said he favored the current system, which grants U.S. citizenship but prevents Puerto Ricans from voting for president unless they live in the United States, and gives those on the island only limited representation in Congress.

"Puerto Rico's problem is not its political status," he said. "I think that the United States is the best country in the world, but I am Puerto Rican first."

Both President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney said they supported the referendum, with Obama pledging to respect the will of the people if there was a clear majority. Any change would require approval by the U.S. Congress.

Puerto Rico held non-binding referendums in 1967, 1993 and 1998, with statehood never garnering a clear majority and independence never obtaining more than 5 percent of the vote.

The island also was electing legislators and a governor, with Gov. Luis Fortuno of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party seeking a second term. Fortuno, a Republican, was challenged by Alejandro Garcia Padilla, whose Popular Democratic Party favors the status quo. With 817 of 1,643 precincts reporting late Tuesday, Garcia had 427,604 votes, or 48 percent, while Fortuno had 422,506 votes, or 47 percent.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:59 PM   #46
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I think it would be cool to add a state since I've never seen that done, but it would really screw up our flag. Would we go to three rows of 17 stars?

It seems like we should add three more states at the same time so we can have 9 rows of 6 stars on the flag. So maybe we add Puerto Rico, we throw all of those Pacific islands together into a state, we split California into a north and south state, and then maybe see if British Columbia wants to hook up so we can build a land bridge to Alaska.

Or maybe we could see if all of Canada wanted to come in as #54.
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:17 PM   #47
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not going to happen. They are freeloaders, not job creators.
You serious ?

But that 47% of freeloaders here are job creators, right.

I say bring them in, let's bankrupt this country so China can take over. Isn't this the intentions of the D's. Free hand outs ?
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:19 PM   #48
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I think it would be cool to add a state since I've never seen that done, but it would really screw up our flag. Would we go to three rows of 17 stars?

It seems like we should add three more states at the same time so we can have 9 rows of 6 stars on the flag. So maybe we add Puerto Rico, we throw all of those Pacific islands together into a state, we split California into a north and south state, and then maybe see if British Columbia wants to hook up so we can build a land bridge to Alaska.

Or maybe we could see if all of Canada wanted to come in as #54.
Why not Mexico, hell all of Latin America, screw immigration reform, just annex them.

Hey, the D's say we can do this, we can provide for all.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:17 PM   #49
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I think it would be cool to add a state since I've never seen that done, but it would really screw up our flag. Would we go to three rows of 17 stars?

It seems like we should add three more states at the same time so we can have 9 rows of 6 stars on the flag. So maybe we add Puerto Rico, we throw all of those Pacific islands together into a state, we split California into a north and south state, and then maybe see if British Columbia wants to hook up so we can build a land bridge to Alaska.

Or maybe we could see if all of Canada wanted to come in as #54.
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