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The 58th State?

It looks like there was one overlooked item on the 2012 ballot that may turn interesting.

It appears that voters in Puerto Rico have opted to become a state, at long last. Why? Well, isn’t it obvious?

“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.”

If it’s financial help you need, you might take that application for statehood elsewhere. In fact, I’m starting to wonder if some states in the US shouldn’t start looking at some alternatives if they can’t get bailout money. Just eliminate the middleman and join the People’s Republic of China already.

Honestly, I would prefer that Congress reject Puerto Rico’s bid purely for the reason that it’s just going to be another welfare-munching blue state. Be curious to see what happens next.

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  1. Hal_10000 says:

    I was about to post on this! My instinct is to support statehood, but PR would instantly become the poorest state in the country with five shiny new Democrats in the Congress. I’m honestly not sure what to do with it.

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  2. Thrill says:

    Bingo. Just say “no”, Hal.

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  3. Kimpost says:

    Be curious to see what happens next.

    They will become a state.

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  4. Thrill says:

    They will become a state.

    Congress has to bless it. The Senate Democrats would love it, but the GOP House? They’re fools if they support it but they may, MAY, go for it if they think it will earn cookies from Latinos. I doubt that it would. Puerto Ricans and Mexicans don’t get along so good.

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  5. Kimpost says:

    I’d be interested in the rationale for not blessing an application. Republicans would probably have to go along with it. Or they’d be considered racist.

    Or am I missing something? There might be good grounds of dismissing them?

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  6. Thrill says:

    By “good” grounds, I’m guessing you mean “not totally driven by partisan politics?”

    No, I suppose there are not. I don’t think there has ever been a territory denied statehood that applied for it. Someone should fact-check me.

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  7. ilovecress says:

    I don’t think there has ever been a territory denied statehood that applied for it.

    Hear that CM? We should suggest it to John Key. Then we could get Netflix.

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  8. Thrill says:

    Hey, why did I get downvoted on that last comment, you bastard? IS there a good reason that doesn’t have anything to do with the GOP’s interests?

    I’m admitting my partisan motivation here. Is that so wrong????

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  9. Kimpost says:

    Haha. I’m innocent, promise!

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  10. Thrill says:

    Oh, I didn’t think it was you. I just wish someone would TELL me if I’m wrong and why. Getting downvoted doesn’t bother me when I’m being an asshole, but come on.

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  11. ilovecress says:

    It was me Thrill. And it was because of my fat fingers on this ipad.

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  12. Kimpost says:

    I think that you are right, and that Republicans might be a bit hesitant to giving them statehood (political reasons). On the other hand Puerto Rico is 3,5 million people. What would that mean in electoral votes? I’m guessing 3-4. Not the end of the world.

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  13. Thrill says:

    Oh. Sorry to call you out, cress.

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  14. TxAg94 says:

    Oops, sorry Thrill. Accidental thumbs down. I was hoping it would say who voted oyu down first.

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  15. Thrill says:

    I have downvoted my own last comment myself to compensate for my whining. And this one too.

    I denounce myself.

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  16. CM says:

    Hear that CM? We should suggest it to John Key. Then we could get Netflix.

    ;-)

    I understand the main driver was the leader of PR, who lost the election to a guy who is against it. The plot thickens.

    It was me Thrill. And it was because of my fat fingers on this ipad.

    Happens to me all the time. Sometimes I downvote myself 10 times by accident.

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  17. Thrill says:

    Happens to me all the time. Sometimes I downvote myself 10 times by accident.

    HA! Love it.

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  18. blameme says:

    Thrill, I downdinged you for calling out cress and updinged you for calling yourself out you pitiful bastard.

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  19. Thrill says:

    You have brought balance to the Force despite my best efforts to plunge it into eternal darkness, blameme (I’m about to geek out yet another thread). Good to see you, old friend!

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  20. blameme says:

    Good to see you too. Hit my email on hotmail bro.

    BTW, I will be coming to your neighborhood from time – hook up next time I am in the area?

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  21. Thrill says:

    DEFINITELY. I can break away any time. Just let me know.

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  22. blameme says:

    Sometimes I downvote myself 10 times by accident.

    Saved you at least one click.

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  23. Seattle Outcast says:

    Regardless of what PR wants, the rest of the country doesn’t really want them as a state.

    1) “50 states” is a nice round number that Americans like. 51 states will irritate people, and as petty as that is, it will weigh heavily on the national psche.

    2) PR is freqently viewed as being filled with nothing but welfare recipients with a crappy, tourist-based economy that does nothing except send unemployed people to New York. Not a good selling point.

    3) They speak too much Spanish, many of them no English at all (don’t tell me otherwise, I’ve known enough people from there to know this is accurate), and it’s already a bad topic to not speak the language of your country.

    4) PR has had a LOT of opportunities to become a state over the last century and turned them all down. Many people will say “you already had your chance – live with it.”

    5) PR gave us Geraldo Rivera, and they have to atone for that first.

    6) PR is too damned small. We got away from itty-bitty states a long time ago. If you make PR a state, then Rhode Island becomes part of Massachussetts as part of the deal.

    Personally, I’d make PR part of Florida.

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  24. CM says:

    Saved you at least one click.

    That was worthy of an upthumb.

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  25. blameme says:

    That was worthy of an upthumb.

    So, now what do we do? I upthumbed you (sounds porno but whatever). Now will you have to downthumb yourself 11 times to make up the difference?

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  26. CM says:

    So, now what do we do? I upthumbed you (sounds porno but whatever). Now will you have to downthumb yourself 11 times to make up the difference?

    Thanks, but my one downthumb carries 10 Electoral Downthumbs anyway.

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  27. blameme says:

    Thanks, but my one downthumb carries 10 Electoral Downthumbs anyway.

    Damn that electoral college!!!

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  28. CM says:

    Gotta play the hand you were dealt ;-)

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  29. West Virginia Rebel says:

    While we’re at it, we could make DC part of Maryland…
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  30. Mississippi Yankee says:

    Worked on a huge roofing job at Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico in 1972. The people, almost to a fault, were saccharine sweet to your face but, in spanish say things that would make me blush. In general a lazy and untrustworthy lot.

    Don’t know if anyone here is old enough to remember West Side Story, it came out in 1957. But it made a good case for non-statehood for PR.

    Rita Moreno aside they had their hands out back then too

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