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  •  Actually I disagree w/you Michael in that... (7+ / 0-)

    ...I think Congress, if it debates statehood, likely will consider and openly debate that very thing among a million other things.

    There's no way a statehood discussion happens in our real-life politics without ad naseum discussions of what impact it would have on both Puerto Rico and the rest of the United States.

    I look at it very narrowly, politically, in terms of more Democratic House seats and two more Democratic Senators, which are reasons I think that eventually would assert themselves in making it very difficult to get GOP support for statehood.

    But economic arguments will be big in the discussion and probably drown out political arguments.  And I think getting Congress to approve statehood will be an uphill climb, not unlike how Marylanders, Democrats and Republicans alike, really don't want the District of Columbia absorbed back into Maryland.

    One thing about Puerto Rico, in a lot of ways it's the developing world, not like Western society at all.  Things like continuous electrical power service and other public services are spotty and uneven to a degree that would shock and enrage us if we had to suffer it in any of the 50 states or D.C.  This is going to get raised and discussed as an obstacle, making people fear Puerto Rico somehow would drag us down as much as statehood would help them or us.

    This is not a reflection of my own views, but where I think the national conversation is likely to go.

    I really hope we make Puerto Rico a state.  That Hawaii is a state does, I think, make it easier, since it shows we can culturally integrate a culturally and geographically very different place.

    44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:12:21 AM PST

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