First of, not all puerto ricans are progresive or democrats. The current government is actually republican (small government, tax cuts etc). Second of all, Puerto Rico pays all kind of federal taxes except income tax such as import/export taxes, commodity taxes, social security taxes, and medicare. Futhermore, all federal employes pay income taxes and any individual that have business with US among many other instances. So stop repeating that we don't want to pay taxes. Third of all, we have all the duties of the citizenship. Puerto Ricans have fought for your country since 1917 and were also obligated under the compulsory drafts to fight for US. And many have done it proudly, because they believed in the values of this country. Fourth, Puerto Rico hasn't become an independent country because US has constantly, through history, persecuted and executed all the leaders of the independence movement (research on Pedro Albizu, FBI Carpetas or FBI files on PR, masacre de ponce, etc). Why instead of asking why Puertoricans haven't gain independence, ask why US has hindered the political development of the island. Do some research on the benefits US and the american population have obtained from us. I recommned the book of Ruben Berrios "The Independence of Puerto Rico: Cause and Struggle". After you do these readings I will invite you to post a more informed opinion.
It seems like there is constantly something going on in Government that we should be paying attention to. Check this commentary out by Glenn Beck!
This is being pushed by progressives to give them a greater voting bloc for future elections. Also, this would allow those born in PR but living in the U.S. to vote on PR statehood. But the catch is that there are more PR-born voting citizens in the U.S. then there are in PR, which would, in effect, allow U.S. citizens to vote whether PR can become a state. Get the message out on Facebook, Twitter or however else to get people to contact their congressman.
I would think that if the PR people have voted this down three other times because they do not want to pay income tax (they are smarter than we give them credit) that they will revolt and protest against implementing it as if they have no choice in the matter. Isn't this hijacking a country in a sense? Also, if I heard correctly, before anyone can vote they have to be a citizen for five years as well as having registered in the primary first. If this still holds true (unless I was misinformed) that means that PR and illegals would not be elligible to vote in Nov and possiblly in 2012. Can anyone give me correct info?
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