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  •  statehood would cost taxpayers a fortune, (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    so I'll go out on a limb and say its a bad thing.  PR should be an independent nation, full stop.

    •  This is why people like the current situation. (1+ / 0-)
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      Basically, Puerto Rico already enjoys a pretty nice deal as their current status, which is why statehood votes have generally foundered.

      Independence would be very expensive for them.

      I'll take the opposite view:  In a world where you basically can't buy sovereign territory for love or money, the idea of getting an additional state is simply too good to pass up, even a relatively poor state.

      •  Interesting view (0+ / 0-)
        In a world where you basically can't buy sovereign territory for love or money, the idea of getting an additional state is simply too good to pass up, even a relatively poor state.
        Pretty novel way of thinking about the issue.
    •  I agree - let's give PR independence (0+ / 0-)

      rather than statehood.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:28:14 AM PST

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      •  Force it on them? (0+ / 0-)

        So...would you strip citizenship from all Puerto Ricans, or only those who aren't resident on the island? What about Puerto Ricans in the military - should they be sent home as soon as the island is granted independence, or should they be required to finish the years they had signed up for?

        How would you handle social security and medicare payments? Should current beneficiaries continue to receive the benefits? What about people who have paid into the system for decades, but haven't reached retirement age? What about people who have paid into the system for, say, 9 years (i.e., too short a time to be vested)?

        Any way you put it, I find the "let's give PR independence" to be an awfully paternalistic attitude to your fellow Americans - people who have served their country in disproportionate numbers ever since they've been eligible.

        •  RLF - I agee that it would have to be a staged (0+ / 0-)

          event. All the current residents are US citizens and that could not be changed. The political independence could come quickly, but the economic ties would be in place for several generations.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:53:16 PM PST

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    •  And that would save money? (0+ / 0-)

      Why would statehood be more expensive than independence? For Puerto Ricans, independence would require them to take over expenses currently handled by the federal government. Statehood, on the other hand, would add federal taxes, but it would also add additional federal spending.

      Curious why you think independence would cost the Puerto Rican taxpayers less money than statehood.

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