posted on Jun, 11 2017 @ 10:27 PM
a reply to: Xcathdra
For a lot of reasons, Puerto Rico will never be a state (not in this century anyway), and those reasons aren’t all related to debt.
The main reason it’s a nonstarter this time is that Congress is going to have no appetite to take on the problems, poverty, crime, and debt of what
is essentially a third world country, not to mention the billions it would cost to Federalize the island.
There is no upside to the existing states in admitting PR. Unemployment and poverty will go up as a result, and that’s a political deal-breaker.
I doubt Trump is going to be to be too keen on the idea either. The minute PR is admitted to the Union, all the numbers he loves to crunch get worse.
I am personally opposed to admitting anymore states and would be far more in favor of allowing the exiting states – especially here on the West
Coast, to create new states from existing US territory (a la “Jefferson” in Cali and “Cascadia” here in WA).
edit on 11-6-2017 by SBMcG because: Correction