Puerto Rico Votes to Become 51st State

Puerto Rico voted yesterday to become the 51st state.

Barack Obama said he would honor their vote.
The BBC reported:

Voters in Puerto Rico have supported a non-binding referendum to become a full US state.

The measure will require approval from the US Congress, but President Barack Obama has said he will respect the vote.

The island is currently a US territory, which uses the dollar and whose citizens travel on US passports.

But it does not return senators to the US Congress and is represented in Washington by a non-voting delegate.

Almost 80% of the island’s electorate took part in the referendum, the fourth in the past 45 years.

With almost all the votes counted, almost 54% voted to change the island’s relationship with the US.

And in reply to a second question on what future they favoured, nearly two-thirds wanted full statehood…

…A young voter in the capital San Juan, Jerome Lefebre, said: “Puerto Rico has to be a state. There is no other option.

“We’re doing okay, but we could do better. We would receive more benefits, a lot more financial help.”

The Democrats will love to hear that.

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  • http://redc1c4.livejournal.com/ redc1c4

    what could possibly go wrong with this?

  • http://redc1c4.livejournal.com/ redc1c4

    it just occured to me: if they become a state, i wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of the healthcare industry that currently is resident there up and moves away, since i would imagine all sorts of regulations and taxes they currently avoid due to the commonwealth status would go away with statehood.

  • JC

    Great more hispanics on the dole.

  • Mad Hatter

    I’m sure the Democrats had their Get Out The Vote in overdrive in Puerto Rico, in order to set this up as the, first step, that will lead to the next step. And what is the next step?

    Sometime in the next two or three years, Obama will “work with both sides of the isle” and show that American “must grow in these changing times” and be the President that gets Congress to grant them statehood.

    Furthermore, it will allow the Democrats to gain two Senate seats year in, and year out.

    If that happens, and there’s a good chance it will, the Democrats are going to lock up 90% of the Hispanic Vote for the next 100 years regardless who we run for office.

  • Sasja

    Isn’t that just marvy! More dependents. More and more each minute I am so happy we decided to stop playing the work your butt off and fork most of what you earn to the parasites, game.

    After the feds confiscate all what is left of the wealth of our nation, then we can really be like Greece. That shouldn’t take more than a few months if they try really hard.

  • myohmy

    What the heck…we are bankrupt as nation anyway. Just follow the line, welfare is on your left.

  • Jim

    Their benefits will change very little, but they WILL pay US taxes, and companies that went there for the tax shelter will move. Be careful what you desire, you may get it (heh heh heh).

  • anti-bho

    Just what we need, but what the hell, obama can afford it…..
    Man of the people my a$$.

    Obama Wins 8 of the Nation’s 10 Wealthiest Counties – CNBC


  • K-Bob

    Glenn Beck did a whole show about a referendum they had a couple of years ago that set this up. His point was that it will forever insure the demographic shift that is replacing black Americans as the main, client minority of the Democrat party.

  • LLiberty

    Should just sell them to Brazil or China. Raise some money and pay off some debt.

  • Time

    Obama numbers very close to that of Chavez, oh really ? Could this be why ? Hmmm… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko2ths1IR3w

  • john03

    Only 6 more states to go!

  • squeaky

    the governor who campaigned with Romney was also voted out.

  • anti-bho

    Let’s adopt ten or twelve more of those third world paradise while we’re at it.

  • Freddy

    There is a major disconnect in this vote. The Pelosi congress claimed they could become the first non-englishing speaking state. Their vote was based on that assumption.

    Are we really ready to balkanize the USA with nogo Spanish ONLY sections?

  • anti-bho

    We can rebuild them annually when the hurricanes blow away their little mud and grass shacks.

  • Bigkahuna

    No more parasites.nthey can’t meat all the zoning and EPA codes forget it. You can’t vote yourself in and only get free crap.

  • owl

    Absolutely NO.

    We control the House. Absolutely NO. This from someone who is not a ‘send em all back’ Republican. We Republicans needed to do illegal immigration fixes under Bush, we didn’t. Now it is too late but somebody better get in there and salvage what is left because there is not much left. But adding another entire Democrat state? NO WAY.

  • squeaky

    [Lower Taxes, Pro-Growth Policies have Sparked an Economic Revival on the Island during the Governor’s First Term] and now he was bounced. maybe it really is about the free happy meals.


  • munchnstuf

    #12 November 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm
    john03 commented:

    Only 6 more states to go!

    LOL! But I think the real question is: What the heck happened to those other six??