For many of us the benefits and disadvantages of status as a territory versus statehood are vague, virtually meaningless abstract ideas that have nothing to do with our daily lives. They’re things we never even consider unless a particular instance draws it to our attention. This past Sunday, an article on Breitbart.cominvolving Ben Carson’s support for statehood for Puerto Rico, served that purpose. It motivated me to look a little closer and learn a few things about Puerto Rico and its relationship with the United States. It leads one to wonder if an endorsement of statehood is the kind of thing that would enhance a political candidacy or label one as being a threat to the island residents.
While noting that Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have both also expressed similar pro-statehood positions, the article put forward two very enlightening statements. First, “In four nonbinding referendums on the island’s status held over the past half century, the idea of statehood has never won a clear majority from Puerto Rican voters.”
While that might seem surprising initially, with the common perception among Americans being that US statehood is the Crown jewel, the status of preference for any nation or territory, the second part of that paragraph cleared things up considerably. It stated, “Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but those living on the island do not owe federal income taxes, paying only Social Security and Medicare taxes to the federal government.”
That's just what America needs. Another bottomless pit of corruption to throw billions of taxpayer dollars into. Anything smell fishy to you?
Just one of many reasons I would NEVER vote for Dr. Carson.
There is (0) advantage to making it a state. They don't want to because they get everything FREE now. Why become a state when you get it all free???
WAKE UP AMERICA!!!
"Stupid assumptions. They are unfounded and wrong!
Here are just a few of the programs provided to PR on OUR TAX DOLLAR!!!!
JUST THE FACTS!!
The Adult Programs in the Territories provide monthly cash payments eligible to financially deprived aged, blind and disabled persons in Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. These payments help with food, shelter, clothing, and other daily living needs.
Puerto Rico operates this program in place of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Public welfare in Puerto Rico is a system of nutrition assistance, public health, education, and subsidized public housing, among others, provided to the impoverished population of the island. It is mainly funded by United States Federal assistance and by local government funds.
Puerto Rico received more than $6.5 billion annually in federal aid from the United States. A substantial portion of this amount is earmarked for public welfare, including funding educational programs (such as Head Start), subsidized housing programs (such as (Section 8 and public housing projects), and a food stamp system called the Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico program.
The following programs are provided by the U.S. Federal government in Puerto Rico:
The United States Congress, for budgetary reasons, has capped Puerto Rico's participation in the federal Medicaid program. The current annual spending cap of about $230 million is about 15% of the $1.6 billion that Puerto Rico would receive if equal treatment applied.
Nutrition Assistance for Puerto Rico (NAP) —Spanish: Programa de Asistencia Nutricional (PAN) commonly known in Puerto Rican Spanish as Cupones (English: Food Stamps)— is a federal assistance nutritional program provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) solely to Puerto Rico. It provides over $1.5 billion USD in supplemental economic resources to help just over 1 million impoverished residents cope with their nutritional needs. It is based on, though not directly part of, the USDA's national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Need help buying a home? You may qualify for one of these programs.
NO, I am not a politician! However, I am a "True Conservative" who believes that we don't need to add another state that has NOTHING to offer in order to pay their own way.
What would we, as a country, be raping them of? Other than some nice beaches for tourists and a small amount of sugar cane, please inform of anything that would make it a value to the United States?
We are giving PR 6.5 BILLION a year in assistance. We could buy the whole island for less than that.
We are 19 TRILLION dollars in debt. WE CANNOT SUPPORT THE WHOLE WORLD.
WAKE UP AMERICA!!!
No wonder there is nothing left for the citizens that need help here.
WTF! If they are considered U.S. Citizens then they should be paying income tax. Or no one should pay income tax. Cut off the SS, and medicare payments to the U.S. and let them fend for themselves.
Go for it shame we can not do that in the UK.It would make things
By all means, if missing, Congress should confer income tax administration to the Guam government (after all, the states do it independently), but BY NO MEANS should Guam gain statehood as compensation for loss of an undue advantage. It is an isolated island naturally set up to be an entitlement recipient, and you know what kind of political participation can be expected from that in Washington, D.C. ! (think Hawaii)
Obama has been trying to get Puerto Rico for years. He so wants those votes. That is so not fair to all the other states and all should be screaming. Perhaps the states that do pay income tax should stop.
Holy shit "Batman" I'm moving to Puerto Rico!
Cut them loose --they produce nothing