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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Congress Votes Wrong on Puerto Rico

On April 29, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a terrible bill to move Puerto Rico toward becoming the 51st state in the United States. The game plan of the people who are pushing this bad idea is unconstitutional and outrageous: (1) let Puerto Ricans think they can decide by referendum to become a state (rather than this decision being made by "we the people" of the United States, (2) hold a ballot referendum in Puerto Rico dishonestly rigged in favor of statehood, (3) allow persons born in Puerto Rico but living in the U.S. to vote in this election (that should be held unconstitutional because is bases voting on ethnicity rather than residency), (4) after Puerto Ricans approve statehood, they would elect representatives to send to Congress, put them on a plane to Washington and demand they be seated, (5) call anybody who opposes this plan a "racist."

This devious plan would make Puerto Rico eligible to elect two U.S. Senators and six Representatives to the U.S. House, and it's easy to predict that they will all be Democrats. Puerto Rico would then have more Members of Congress than half of the United States. It was shocking that so many Republican Congressmen voted for this dishonest bill.
The American people do not want to accept Puerto Rico as a state because that would overnight make the United States a bilingual nation. Americans want our official language to be English, and Puerto Rico will not accept English as its one official language.

Accepting Puerto Rico as a state would vastly increase federal spending for entitlements because 45% of Puerto Ricans live below the U.S. poverty level and thus would immediately become eligible for all kinds of means-tested handouts. Tell your U.S. Senators to vote No on any bill that encourages Puerto Rico to think it can make itself a U.S. state.

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Further Reading: Puerto Rico Statehood

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