Originally posted by MrSpad
The vote for change was only 54% that is below the 60% needed. The pro state hood govenor also lost to the status quo candidate. Nobody wants independence because all you have to do is look at the rest of the area to see how a small nation would fair. You either end up as an unofficial part of the US as a tourist destination like the Bahama's or you end up dirt poor and unstable. Common Wealth is not a bad way to go, it seems to work well for Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. While Guam and the Virgin Islands chose to be Unincorporated organized territories and American Somao goes with being and unincorporated unorganized territory. Then you have the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau who have all chose to be in a Compact of Free Association with the United States. Lots of potential future states.
As of Wednesday morning, 54% voted to change the island's status. As to the second question, 61% want statehood, 33% are for sovereign free association, and about 5.5% are for independence.
Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by Sissel
You don't need a passport if you are an American citizen, still foreign tourist will have to show passport just like they do when they come to port in the US.
Originally posted by UMayBRite!
There are some big obstacles to statehood. For one education is primarily in Spanish. While English is taught in
all grades and has been for a long time, most people don't end up fluent.
The political system is quite different as the civil service is patronage based. As a results services often stink. Permits are impossible if you picked the losing side. Property law, tort law, etc is still heavily based in Spanish law. There are some interesting effects for this. For example car insurance comes with your tag. The medical part is covered under a socialized medical system.
While a lot of income comes from Tourism a great deal also comes from government dependencies. For example, SNAP(foodstamps) usage was 5 time the national average(2002 statistics)
The Obama administration basically bribed Puerto Ricans presumably toward statehood, by sending them a special "Stimulus check" that the rest of you didn't get.
If you really want to get some work done, you need to find a Dominican.
The politicians support statehood, but its lip service mostly, as it would spoil their thing.
Originally posted by UMayBRite!
One way things are the same Stateside as PR is that any kind of physical labor is difficult to get done without hiring aliens. In Puerto Rico its Dominicans that work.
Originally posted by crankyoldman
This will never happen.
The reason: The IRS is a corporation located in PR, that is the entire reason for the connection to the US. The IRS would not, and is not, legal in the us, and for it to exist it must "collect" - it is a collection agency, outside the boundaries of the constitution.
PR will never become a state as long as we are under the thumb of the Federal Reserve - the IRS is the collection arm of the Federal Reserve.
Besides, 50 stars is just perfect on the flag and we know how loathe we are to change perfection.