Puerto Rico Wants In: The 51st State? [Pic+]

Submitted by: fancylad 4 years ago in

Good idea? Bad idea? And what the f**k are we gonna do with the American flag and an odd number of stars? BEDLAM!
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Male 1,216
Damn, you Americans have some awful reasons not to include Puerto Rico... Hard to draw the map? Ugly flag? Really?!
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Male 39,619

Who was left to vote?
I thought all the Puerto Ricans had moved to New York.
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Male 2,424
Don`t want in when things are good, want in when things are bad. Blow.
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Male 9,543
Andrew155

"the South would still be one of the world`s top economies."

You are saying that as if they separated now. However if they separated in the 1800s and there were trade embargos the south would have none of the businesses, technologies, or industries. Their economy would be based on farming and local manufacturing.
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Male 15,187
They will become the US equivalent of Greece. Money pit
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Male 2,578
Their economy wouldn`t have to be agriculturally based in 2012 just because it was in 1860. It`s 150 years of development.

But the South separating would hurt the North more than the South. The South was largely used as a colony by the North to produce its raw good and the North would refine them in its factories. That`s why the slavery system endured in the South.

So you`re also assuming that the North would have the same development level if the South separated. If it`s not true for the South, it can`t be for the North.

The North would be completely alien from today. For instance, there would`ve been no Great Migration, and therefore almost no black people. This would`ve been bad for industrial areas like Detroit that never would`ve come into prominence otherwise. But I suppose there are some that imply having no black people would "wink wink" be the best thing for development. Whatever floats their boat.
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Male 9,543
Andrew155

"the South would still be one of the world`s top economies."

You are saying that as if they separated now. However if they separated in the 1800s and there were trade embargos the south would have none of the businesses, technologies, or industries. Their economy would be based on farming and local manufacturing.
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Male 2,578
Guys, look at the referendum results. A majority voted AGAINST statehood. It`s only a majority if you don`t count the half million blank protest ballots. That matters.

It`s also logical, since the pro-state governor got voted out.
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Male 3,625
51 may be odd, but it`s not prime.

We were discussing this at the bar yesterday, and I came up with 3 viable solutions.

The favorite was 7 rows that contain 7 stars, 7 starts, 8, stars, 7 stars, 8 stars, 7 stars, and 7 stars.
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Male 39,619

Morons. Currently, as a territory, they don`t have to pay taxes. But I guess since the motivation is to become a state and get federal aid, they just want to sign up for welfare. They won`t pay taxes anyway.
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Male 2,578
HolyGod, the South would still be one of the world`s top economies. California and New York used to be the centers of innovation and what not, but now they are all dying. California is literally bleeding jobs to Texas, and New York is bleeding them to places like New Jersey and Florida. Tax rates are the major culprit. Texas and Florida don`t even have state income tax.

They are not what they used to be, I hope you`re ok with this.
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Male 14,331
I like the flag with the circle but that`s probably too much of a change for most people.
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Male 878
In my opinion if you can`t walk there from Washington without crossing a foreign country or getting your feet wet it shouldn`t be a state. We have enough trouble trying to draw a map of the States now by having to jiggle Hawaii and Alaska into a corner.
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Male 4,546
OldOllie: "Trust me, guys, you really DON`T want in. Rats don`t climb onto a sinking ship."

What a patriot.
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Male 646
"Instead of that idea, can we give them California and New York? We don`t need those festering, stinking, rats nests cluttering up our coasts anymore." ~ You do realize that you can`t move states... They`re still going to be there
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Male 9,543
AvatarJohn

"Instead of that idea, can we give them California and New York? "

Hahaha. What a f.ucking joke. Yes. Let`s give up the states with the highest concentration of business, wealth, arts, culture, and innovation.

You`re from the south right? What does your state contribute? Honey Boo Boo?

You do realize that if the Union would have let the south secede you`d be like North Korea to our South Korea now, right?
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Male 1,059
Instead of that idea, can we give them California and New York? We don`t need those festering, stinking, rats nests cluttering up our coasts anymore.
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Male 336
Yay, Puerto Rico! We`ve been waiting for you to become an official member of our (disfunctional) family for a long time!
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Male 15,832
Trust me, guys, you really DON`T want in. Rats don`t climb onto a sinking ship.
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Male 2,578
Proform, I would take our flag any day over one of those boring European tricolors that clearly lack creativity. Plus many actually compliment the look of our flag, a flag that actually represents things.

But may I remind everyone - a majority did NOT vote for statehood in Puerto Rico. Back to 50 states, all.
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Male 314
Runemag, in what sense would they get "none of the drawbacks of being a state"? The article clearly says they would pay the usual taxes.
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Female 6,381
Six rows of stars; 8 stars, 9 stars, 8, 9, 8, 9. There - now you can go ahead!
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Male 587
Lets just scrap the US flag in favor of one that doesn`t look awful. Seriously, we have one of the worst flags in the world.

At least simplify the thing.
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Male 2,578
Although, technically, a minority of Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood. 1.8 million voted on the status. Only 800,000 voted for statehood. 470,000 left their ballots blank, presumably because they wanted an option not in the question, probably the status quo that can`t be maintained, the UN doesn`t like because they don`t have representation.

So the 61% in favor does not include the nearly half million blank ballots.
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Male 2,675
Statehood would be great for them ... but lousy for the "other" 50 states. They want all the perks and none of the drawbacks of being a state. It shouldn`t work that way.
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Male 2,578
Angillion, there were two questions in the referendum. The first said, "Do you want the current status?" A majority rejected that. The second question had three options to choose from, they chose statehood.
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Male 771
Do it up!
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Male 1,377



Maybe like this.
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Male 9,543
Would look like this:

http://tinyurl.com/bfbanmh

Barely noticeable.
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Male 12,365
Have I misread it, or did the poll only contain 3 options for change (i.e. no option for remaining with the current status)?

Also, was it an informed choice? Or was it more a case of being promised more money and power for free?

The odd number of stars opens up the possibility of a redesign! You can arrange those stars any way you like. A message in Morse code, perhaps :) Or a star, to wind up the alien conspiracy nutters :)
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Male 3,445
Noooo...we`ll have to change all the flags now!

Seriously, though. If they want it, let them have it. They pay taxes.
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Male 2,578
Over 60% favored statehood.


But it still might not happen. They have to make decisions about how it will be integrated and what not. One big thing would be the language. Fortuno originally had a plan to make all of Puerto Rico`s schools English as a plan for statehood.
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Male 587
It probably won`t happen this time. The vote barely passed, and the party that supported it had their candidate voted out of office. Still, the only reason they aren`t a state is that they haven`t wanted it... That and we like big round numbers.
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Male 263
I click. Y U NO WORK?!
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Male 20,830
Link: Puerto Rico Wants In: The 51st State? [Pic+] [Rate Link] - Good idea? Bad idea? And what the f**k are we gonna do with the American flag and an odd number of stars? BEDLAM!
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