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Puerto Rico Votes To Become 51st State

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Puerto Rico could soon become the 51st state of the United States.

Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood last night in a non-binding referendum. The vote still needs to be approved by Congress, but President Obama has already said that he would support statehood for Puerto Rico.

According to the BBC, voters in Puerto Rico were asked two questions in relation to statehood. Nearly 54 percent of voters said that they wanted to change the island’s 114-year relationship with the United States. The second question gave voters three options to describe that relationship: statehood, sovereign free association, or independence. More than 60 percent voted for statehood, while 33 percent voted for sovereign free association and 5 percent voted for independence.

A young voter told the Nevada Appeal:

“Puerto Rico has to be a state. There is no other option … We’re doing OK, but we could do better. We would receive more benefits, a lot more financial help.”

The Washington Post notes that, if Puerto Rico becomes the 51st state, then Puerto Ricans will earn the right to vote in Presidential elections. They will also, however, have to pay federal taxes.

Any change between the United States and Puerto Rico will require the approval of congress. The BBC notes, however, that Congress has never denied a territory’s request for statehood.

Hawaii was the last state to join the United States. Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.

Do you think Puerto Rico should become a state?

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143 Responses to “Puerto Rico Votes To Become 51st State”

  1. Jamie Phillips

    Yeah cuz we have a whole lot of financial assistance to give away!

  2. Ric Perez

    It's better to provide assistance to a state than to other countries

  3. Patrick Frye

    I have Puerto Rican friends and I'm surprised this vote went through. According to my friends the majority over there seemed to like their old status as a US protectorate where they get many benefits but don't have to pay taxes. I wonder what specific benefits they're wanting?

  4. Charles Netterville

    Bring em on. We've got a big tent and only 16 trillion in debt. What's a few more? Who else wants to get some Obamabucks? We're printing more every day. Come and get em while they're hot…

  5. Anonymous

    Who wrote this? Statehood has only 44.62% as of 11/07/12 @ 20:11 AST. Please check the facts… The "options" and their definitions were determined by the Pro-Statehood Party only. None of the options reffer to the "Estado Libre Asociado" (Commonwealth) that has been in place since 1952 (and was approved by the US Congress and declared a non-colonial status by th United Nations). And having all the advantages they only reached 44.62%. Does that sound like we are screaming for Statehood?

  6. Anonymous

    Oh yeah, they want on that Obama gravytrain. Free! Free! Free! Free stuff!

  7. Yuber Dayan Gomez

    Meh, the vast majority of the people wanting the statehood in this island are either those who don't want to get off their asses to go to work and prefer a life of coupons, federal financial assistance and other benefits (which are a LOT) and those with a lot of money who are ashamed of being Puerto Ricans and feel that the statehood will "clean" our image. It's a shame, seeing that a sovereign territory would benefit us more but the truth is that people don't get educated on these facts; specially the older generations. U.S. already has a lot of economic problems with their own states, but people in this country don't see that………………..and yes I'm a Puerto Rican, but I'm a realistic one.

  8. Christina Marie

    I don't fit any of those criteria because I don't receive extra help from the government or am ashamed of being Puerto Rican. Asi que… revisa eso :p

  9. Patricia Finnegan

    I say woot woot to puerto rico becoming a state..they are our brethren, and deserve it! I am excited at the prospect of it!

  10. Jeri Kirby

    I think we need to get our house taken care of first before we take on someone else. I vote no at least not now. Timing is entirely wrong.

  11. Linda Ross Shires

    What else would you expect from Puerto Rico? These folks live on the backs of the American Tax Payer, and have been doing so for years…………

  12. Linda Ross Shires

    What else would you expect from Puerto Rico? These folks live on the backs of the American Tax Payer, and have been doing so for years…………

  13. Iasia Davis

    This bedn goin on for.years it.might as well become part.of.the states

  14. Herb Magee

    maybe they can help pay in on ssi. welcome, more people for the world to hate.

  15. Charles Netterville

    The average income in Puerto Rico is around 16K annually. That puts roughly 2/3 of the area below the poverty line meaning they will qualify for a larger refund than they pay in, just like the poor we already have pay in a minimal amount but get huge refunds if they have enough kids. That level of income also qualifies almost every person there for government assistance, food stamps, welfare and a myriad other government programs. It's alright. I've made my mind up that whatever the left wants this term I'm not going to fight it. That way they have nobody to blame but themselves.

  16. Kris Fehr

    We already took them on a century ago. How is timing wrong when they would have to pay the US income taxes when they didn't before?

  17. RO Millán-Cintrón

    Para saber el significado del embeleco llamado consulta se tiene que usar como base el universo de los que contestaron, por tanto, los que contestaron SÍ: 796,007, NO+ELA Soberano: 436,997 y NO+Independencia: 72,551 -TOTAL: 1,305,555. Esos son más que los que dijeron NO-Estadidad-802,179…estos son los numeros de la CEE. Queriendo decir, que la mayoría del pueblo NO HABLÓ EN FAVOR DE LA ESTADIDAD. ¡La matemática no falla!

  18. RO Millán-Cintrón

    The US will NOT allow its citizens of another State to go hungry and die, or would they?

  19. Arturo A. Ramirez

    Not gonna happen (and I'm Estadista) for two basic reasons:

    1. The governor-elect is an Estadolibrista and he will block any movement in that direction. The shelf life of these positive results will not last until 2017, assuming a future estadista governor is elected.
    2. A Puertorrican statehood right now would add 2 Democrat Senators and 6-7 House Reps to Congress, plus the accompanying Electoral votes. The GOP will never go for that. I've been saying for years that the fastest way to statehood is for a Puertorrican electorate 50/50 Dem/Rep plus or minus 2. Just look at the battleground states and how much money and time both parties spent in them.
    (and please spare me the old, tired "GOP is racist against Latinos" rhetoric, Democrats would be vicious at stopping statehood if the percentages were flipped)

    And sir with all due respect, you just voted to lower our standard of living in the states towards the standard of living in Puerto Rico. When our public debt is sky high, when servicing that debt swallows a large percentage of the budget, and when higher taxes bring in less and less every year, what advantage would Puerto Rico gain by joining our bankrupt union?

  20. RO Millán-Cintrón

    Now: The English version of my previous post: In order to understand this non-sense called "referendum", you have to use the base of the ENTIRE electorate, and their answers, not just the "winning" number. The ones who answered YES to the question of: Do you want to maintain the current political status (Status Quo), as it is, with no changes? Meaning: (Associated [to the US] "Free" State) where its citizens cannot vote for President, nor Congress nor US Senate. Its residents ARE US citizens, but are considered, (by many inside the US, and around the world) as aliens, and NOT US citizens. Where the Jones Act clearly states that WE HAVE TO USE the US flagship merchant marines, in order to trade in/out of the island, and WE CANNOT make any negotiations with another country, because WE ARE NOT A COUNTRY OF OUR OWN. So, IF Yes, you want to keep that status, vote YES. The number of which was: 796,007 votes. Those who are NOT in favor of the Status Quo, but rather be a Sovereign Associated Free State (ELA Soberano) Vote NO+ELA Soberano, which was 436,997 votes. Those who do NOT want the Status Quo, AND want Independence: 72,551. Total: 1,305,555 who are AGAINST being a State. Those who voted NO+Statehood: 802,179. A CLEAR MAJORITY OF VOTERS DO NOT WANT TO BE A STATE…THE QUESTION IS FLAWED!

  21. Ronald K Hixson

    IF YOU ARE AGAINST PUERTO RICO BECOMING A STATE, YOU NO NOTHING ABOUT WHAT IT REALLY IS ACCOMPLISHING! READ UP, BEFORE YOU CONDEMN! THEY WILL BE GIVING UP MORE THAN THEY WILL BE GAINING! WAKE THE HELL UP!

  22. Monte Le Gould

    Did you know in Puerto Rico Inmates in prison can vote? Wow talk about boosting the Democrats voting base… Hey the parasites gotta get the votes, any votes where ever they can to maintain power and make money.

  23. Trey Roberts

    After this last election, why would you want to become a state? Hell, several states are probably considering getting out of the new Soviet States of America.

  24. RO Millán-Cintrón

    Because of the ignorance of a few, THIS IS WHY WE REALLY DON'T WANT TO BE A STATE OF THAT FUCKED-UP NATION!!! THE US HAS NO OFFICIAL LANGUAGE!!! AND, I DID ADD THE COMMENT IN ENGLISH, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE WHOSE MIND IS SO SMALL, THEY CAN ONLY SPEAK ONE LANGUAGE!!!

  25. Edwin Rivera

    the question is do you favor puerto Rico as a state all that other garbage you wrote will not help. I'm puertican also and I want statehood for a better island for all.

  26. John Groesse

    Some of the reply's on this post just show how bitter and wounded some people are. I personally think that we will do what is right for this country and puerto rico because in my opinion progress cannot be stiffled. We have a lot of old school political beliefs that don't work anymore but hell lets keep trying them. I think people need to get focused on making a difference and stop whining about the president already. I think having Puerto Rico as a state is enevitable based on the fact that it would be more to our countries advantage then how it is now, taxes and all. As of today I am not paying attention to the likes of Ronald McConnell and his buddy Eric Cancer.

  27. Jean Oliveras

    Well actually Puerto Ricans always paid Federal Taxes. The ONLY Federal Tax Puerto Ricans living in the island don't pay is the Federal Income Tax, which would be progressively paid during the transition period to become a State.

  28. Frank Simmons

    they still receive food stamps and such all (most?) US territories do.You just don't see it in the official numbers because it is in a different section of the food stamp report than the US states. but like 1.4 million Puerto Ricans are on food stamps as of now.

  29. Jean Oliveras

    Actually, the actual Status called "Estado Libre Asociado" was represented by the "Yes" option in the first question of the referendum. The "enhanced ELA" some were asking for is the "ELA Soberano" (Free Association) in the second question.
    Boths options for ELA (actual and enhanced) were in the ballot, yet the majority of the voters chose Statehood, even surpassing the votes that the "Yes" option in the first question got.

  30. Jean Oliveras

    Esa "lógica aritmética" es totalmente incorrecta. Cada opción cuenta individualmente. En NINGÚN momento se suman votos de una opción con otra.

    Según la ""lógica"" que propones, entonces la suma de votos del Sí + Estadidad + ELA Soberano derrotan Independencia, y la suma de votos del Sí + Estadidad + Independencia derrotan al ELA Soberano, y así no es como funciona el plebiscito.

    Por otra parte, si así fuera, entonces también se deberían sumar los votos que obtuvo para la Gobernación Fortuño, Dalmau, Bernabe, Arturo y Rogelio y la victoria de Alejandro García Padilla hubiese sido inválida.

    El resultado es claro. La Estadidad ha ganado.

  31. Charles Netterville

    Oh, I agree completely. There's no question we're already spending big money in subsidies there already. This just opens the door more is all. Every figure I've seen indicates a huge liability. The benefits they're limited to are detailed at the following link but it's nowhere near the amount they'll be eligible for when all the paperwork is in order. As I said before, I'm not writing one letter this term. If they insist on bankrupting us, I'll give them the rope and this should ensure they're unelectable for another 30 years or so until a new generation who has never lived through the fallacy of socialism grows up and like today's enlightened leftists says “it looks good on paper. Let's give it a shot”. http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/browse-by-category/category/LVA

  32. Jean Oliveras

    False. The options are not supposed to be summed up to make an inflation against Statehood.
    According to your "arithmetic logic", then the sum of the votes for Yes + Statehood + ELA Soberano defeat Independence, and the sum of the votes for Yes + Statehood + Independence defeat ELA Soberano.

    Also, following your line of thought, but applied in the ballot for Governor, the sum of the votes for Luis Fortuño, Juan Dalmau, Rafael Bernabe, Rogelio Figueroa and Arutor Hernandez would invalidate the victory of Elected Governor Alejandro García Padilla. And this is NOT how it works. Each candidate counts separately. Well, the same happens in the Plebiscite. Each option counts separately, and even the exclusive votes for Statehood surpass the number of votes for the "Yes" option in the first question.

    So, in the end, your theory is flawed and absolutely wrong. There are two clear winners:

    1st Question: Do you agree that Puerto Rico should continue to have its present form of territorial status?

    The winning option is NO (54%)

    2nd Question: Please mark which of the following non-territorial options would you prefer.

    The winning option is Statehood (61%).

    Also, note the following:

    Option Yes in the first question got: 797,720.
    Option Statehood in the second question got: 803,849.

    It is clear that the votes for Statehood were superior than the Yes option which represented the present territorial status (Estado Libre Asociado / Commonwealth).

    With this, I prove your argument to be absolutely wrong.

  33. RO Millán-Cintrón

    Jean: IT WILL ALWAYS BE A HOT TOPIC FOR DEBATE. But clearly, NO, we DON'T WANT TO BE A STATE. Math doesn't fail. If the question is made up in a way as to eliminate the current Status from the Options, then all others ARE going to vote for Statehood, since Independence is SO unpopular. Not even counting (I don't know HOW they can or cannot be counted) all those who stayed home and didn't vote. That also had a lot to do with the results. A lesser evil won. Alejandro García Padilla for Governor, and the lesser know evil of Independence, ELA and Statehood won… Statehood. I still prefer NOT to be a state. Of course, that is MY opinion.

  34. Samuel Reyes

    hello robert yes we want to become a state your analysis is flawed!!!!!!!! atuki!!!!!!!!! jajaja

  35. Jean Oliveras

    You're right, math doesn't fail, and I mathematically proved you that Statehood got a majority of votes than any other option separately as they are. Now, the other important factor that matter is not only doing the math, but also applying the laws of a plebiscite and a democratic election, which does not allow to sum votes from separate options as one against another.

    Also, you can't count people who did not vote or can't vote, or ballots left in blank. Those people didn't wish to express themselves or where not legally authorised to vote. That's the same reason why those people's wishes do not count in any level of a plebiscite or a general election. If you didn't vote, you let others to choose for you and that's the result that is going to be officially taken.

    I respect your opinion if you prefer Puerto Rico not to be a State, but reality shows that No option and Statehood won the plebiscite with around an 80% or 85% of participation in the elections, and the exact same voters who elected the Governor, Resident Commissioner, Senate, House of Rep, and Mayoralties.

  36. Larry Yeargan

    Yep,,for sure Derek. Sad days in the good ol USA but that's the way it is. As someone said,,they were sorry I was so consumed with the issues. Someone needs to be.

  37. Vanessa Ortiz-Perez

    Instead of blaming the citizens of Puerto Rico and stereotyping them as lazy asses, take a good look at the government of PR and how they have put the island in such a state of deficit…the lazy asses you're talking about cannot even get a minimum wage paying job!! Although I believe the island should stay independent, at the rate it's going, the island needs the help of the US…and why not?! After all, we are American!!

  38. Noemi Gomez

    I don't want Puerto Rico to become a state, although there's alot of benifits by it, It will also make Puerto rico loose it's identity, and culture, I feel it should stay an Estado Libre Asosiado, or Independent.

  39. Ken Barniak

    So after Puerto Rico becomes a state we will have two more lib Senators and one more lib congressman to vote to take money from people who work and give it to bums. That’s really good, tack on some more debt for the nations children to pay. Of course they want to be a state. The welfare pipeline will flow to them like rum to a drunkard.

  40. Ric Perez

    I know it's a US territory however I was stating the fact that we provide assistance to other countries so why not provide assistance to an actually territory of the US who wants to be a state. It was a comment from the article.

  41. Ana Maria Martinez-Perez

    All you people that made nasty and racial comments, I just want to tell you, that that is one of the worst problems here in the US. Bigotry!!! I am Puerto Rican by desent and other mixtures and I resent anybody stereotyping Puerto Ricans as lazy, no education, and living off the land!!! There are lazy ass people in every race and its offensive to those of us who have gotten an education, worked all our lives, paid taxes and contributed to society!!!

  42. Ana Maria Martinez-Perez

    As far as Statehood, I'm against it because as someone else stated, Puerto Rico will lose its culture, of wish we are so proud of!! Besides then all those bigots, who have made us bigots in retaliation, will come to that beautiful island as if they belonged there. Puerto Ricans are a warm people who help one another when need be. We are passionate and beautiful. That's why we are hated, because you all want to look like us LMFAO. So even with my education, I'm going to get ghetto with you, which I'm sure that's what you expect, lol. So here goes, al them bitches and bastards who see us all the same, kiss my Puerto Rican ass!!

  43. Ric Perez

    No problem, now wouldn't that be something…adding another state

  44. LooLee KooKoo Davis

    I think it's a fine idea personally, I wish both Puerto Rico and American Samoa would become states. I know for a fact American Samoa needs infrastructure work badly, jobs….but their "government" is crooked as crooked can be, so AS prob won't happen….

  45. Ken Barniak

    Advantage to who? Not the rest of us who will be subjected to the "representation" they send to DC. The last time the Puerto Ricans were at the United States Capital they shot the place up in 1954.

  46. Edward Martinez

    it's sad that you think that way Mr. Netterville, where are your people from sir England, Ireland, did you know that the place you are living now once belonged to Mexico. it's so sad to read a comment that is so racist by an educated man such as yourself. you must clap your hands every time you see a documentary on the murder of Jews. you are a sick person who only concern is your self and you fear what you can't understand, we are more American then you and I would like to meet you in person because cowards never say what they feel in person. God bless the United States of America!

  47. Edward Martinez

    Don't say anything else because, it is better to remain a silent fool then one with a big mouth!

  48. Gina De Lena

    Wow, what an ignorant comment….this article is about PR, so if you're offended (racist) against Spanish speaking people, why are you reading it???

  49. Ivelisse Mercado

    En esta estoy contigo. Nuestra isla es bella sólita como esta. Por qué nosotros los bóricuas somos únicos como la isla. No tenemos que ser número 51 cuando en nuestra bandera nuestra estrella se ve bien linda solita. Por qué es única!!!

  50. Jean Oliveras

    Actually that's wrong. Puerto Rico won't lose it's culture under any political status, not even Statehood. We won't lose our identity as Puerto Ricans and Americans by being a State. People born in Hawaii are Hawaiians and Americans, people born in Alaska are Alaskans and Americans, people born in Texas are Texans and Americans, and people born in Puerto Rico are Puerto Ricans and Americans and will always be like that under Statehood.
    Puerto Rico as a State will also keep its flag as it is, waving next to the US national Flag like it does today and have always done since over 60 years.

  51. Gunner St. James

    As a Cuban-American, Mr. Martinez, I must say that your reliance on straw man arguments is quite disturbing. Never did Mr. Netterville mention race or state any racist comments. In fact, the only one who mentioned race was you. Mr. Netterville is clearly concerned about the fiscal ramifications that will arise with Puerto Rican statehood. Use your critical thinking skills.
    If the land that he lives in now was once owned by Mexico then that means that it was once owned by Spain who stole it from the Native Americans, so what is your point, exactly? And your mention of the Holocaust is a complete misrepresentation. It's sad that you are such a racist, señor.

  52. Sean Howley

    Man, now that means I have to tell the people that moved into my parent's old house that they need an extra star on the flag.

  53. Edward Martinez

    Linda Ross Shires You are a very stupid woman! Racist, insecure, your ancestors must be from England no doubt. keep your mouth only open when having sex.

  54. Noemi Gomez

    I disagree, we will also loose our language, english will be the first language, and although Hawaii, are still call Hawaiians, they did lost some if not most of their culture. Even though I live in the States, I still consider myself Puerto Rican, and that pride has been instill in me by my mother, Because i was born In Puerto Rico, it would not be the same to me in an emotional level, or culturally, for me it will feel like my Identity would be castrated. Therefore I personally feel Mi Isla boringuen, should become Independent, we've lost to much of ourself, while being under Spain rule, and now under the United State. We need to be what God intented us to be a soviegn country. I don't believe we can't not servive on our on. Yes it would not be easy, but I have faith in My fellow Puerto Ricans, we survived, desimation of our Tiano culture by the Spainish conqusitadores, and are still here. I think we can govern ourself, if we put our minds in it. All we need to do is reach within ourself, and the strenght we inherit from our for fathers, and we can acomplish anything. I believe in my peoples resilency. therefore what i wish for my People is Freedom from the Imperialist. :)

  55. Denyse Millan

    No!!! we dont want Puerto Rico to be a state, Im with Robert. Puerto Ricans didnt even know what they where voting for, besides we are already treated like we are no ones, so becoming a State wouldn't make a difference. Puerto Ricans have voted before for this option and it hasn't pan out. So let's leave it as is. We will still fight for our country ( US), we will still be a comonwealth, besides is up to the American goverment to take up on this matter. When it all boils down to is, Does the United States want Puerto Rico to be a State? Just my point of view. NO to become a state, if they want a State they should pick 1 out of the 50 already established and move there. The United States Congress is considering this request by the Puerto Rican, December 2012 though June 2013, lets keep our fingers crossed and hope they say NO again. Que viva Puerto Rico.

  56. Rose M Tepedino

    I remember in the mid 70's young people talking about wanting this and protesting it at dance clubs and colleges and it never made any sense why they wanted to fix something that wasn't broken and now it might be a realty which will do nothing but make things harder for everyone. things seemed great the way they were.

  57. Rita Buck

    I have never been to Puerto Rico, and really know nothing of the culture there – but I am curious as to why, at this time in America's history, when the economy is at its' worst, unemployement high, etc etc – would Puerto Rico want to be a state? I am 48 and on and off through out my life this topic has come up. It makes me question the validity of the article and the number of people who really want their home to become a state. I can't believe they would want the poison candy in obamas welfare bag – would the Puerto Ricans give up their freedom and culture for a damn foodstamp, phone, and TV – from the little I do know – they seem too proud – but I guess anyone can be bought – how sad – for you who think the Republicans are evil and money hungry, you should take a good look at the Dems – they are buying willing souls for a lousy couple bucks – but I guess the real question is – why are people so willing to sell out their freedom and their souls for so little?

  58. Rita Buck

    great point Ms. Martinez-Perez – hope all is well in Altamonte – lived there about 20 years ago and loved it.

  59. Ana Maria Martinez-Perez

    Thank you ms buck! It's nice to see that there are people out there with unbiased opinions. I love Altamonte Springs. It's lovely!!! I was born and raised in Brooklyn New York and of course miss my home. However, looking for a better place to live, or rather running away from bad neighborhoods, I moved to Fla 12 years ago. Built a beautiful Jersey home in Kissimmee. I was miserable because I was too far from everything. I left my beautiful home and moved to a condo in Altamonte and I love it!! My daughter lives in lake Mary which is about 15 minutes away. It's great and I plan to stay here. Thanks again and it was a pleasure to connect with you!!!

  60. Robert Minor

    Statehood is almost now a certainty for one simple reason. It will add several million voters to the Democrats arsenal and perhaps make them virtually unbeatable in the future simply because of the numbers. Should Puerto Ricans follow the general voting patterns being exhibted by their already citizen brothers in America they will vote 65-75% Democrat. I wonder if, since this was a non-binding referendum, if they would have to have a binding vote to really move this forward. In the past they have refused statehood as it would actually place a burden, ie taxes, on them without measurably increasing the many freebies thay already get.

  61. Jean Oliveras

    I'm Puerto Rican, I support Statehood, yet I do not support Obama nor Romney and I'm against unreformed and excessive welfare.
    Puerto Rico would definitely be a "swing State".

    And Paula, Puerto Rico have always paid Federal Taxes. The ONLY ONE Federal Tax people don't pay in Puerto Rico under the present status is the Federal Income Tax. Puerto Rico would have to pay Federal Income Tax which would be progressively adjusted during the transition period for Statehood according to the people's income rates.
    (Personally, I'm against Income Taxes all over the USA. I don't consider it to be fair that you have to work all day long to earn your profit and then the Government takes 2/3 of your income to give it to other people. That's government stealing from its citizens.)

  62. Joyce Bond Hart

    I have no problem with Puerto Rico being a state but I think they need to think seriously about this. They will lose their independence, will be dictated to by Washington, they will have to pay income tax which is getting ready to skyrocket, and will have to conform to all of the red tape and regulations. I do believe they would be sorry. For those who are looking for "the benefits and financial help" they are sadly mistaken as the gravy train will soon be coming to a halt.

  63. Edward Martinez

    You don't have to be mad that Mitt Romney lost, America was built on different people and not just the whites. We are no longer in the middle ages the plague took care of that.

  64. Edward Martinez

    Who knows, after four years maybe you'll be crowned king and your culture of lady fair and throwing turkey legs after taking a bite will come back and you can appoint Romney to be you knight.

  65. Edward Martinez

    What is wrong with these people, all should pay taxes including the rich, the church, the poor, and the middle class and upper middle class, did I leave someone out how about we put in God we trust all others pay cash!

  66. Frances Nunez

    I hate when americans talk about puertorricans like they perfectly know us or as if they live here (PR) you guys cant talk because you don't know the reality down here. US give us billions in federal aids but we give them double the money in other goods. Then why do you think US hasn't let us go by ourselves? Because they also need us. All this big stores like sams, costco, walmart, etc sales way much more here than in US.

  67. Ann Monahan Gary

    Welcome Puerto Rico, come help us share the exorbetant debt, severely over zealous regulations, to all those except the lawmakers, they should choke on Obamacare and the horse it rode in on. Oops that's right they aren't subject to the crap they legislate, I bet they just sit around and laugh and laugh. So Puerto Rico I'm with my friend Joyce you might want to reconsider.

  68. David Cancel

    David Cancel 100% Puerto Rican. After all the time I spend in the US working, and kowing what's going on in this.
    country, and after all the wars we fought(including to many of us, and the ones that die) I don't see any reason why.
    not be a State. Progress is always wonderful, taxes we can get use to it. We are not lazy people, and I don't pay.
    attention to what some idiots say out there. LET IT BE A STATE, AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL. LOVE MY PEOPLE.

  69. Larry Yeargan

    Edward,,nothing racist at all. If they were all white, red, black,,the truth is this country is full of folks looking for a hand out. Has noting to do with color at all. Old outdated language. Good folks in PR..don't turn the subject to the extream, but check their record and then check to see if the USA is broke.

  70. Adelina Gonzalez Mimnaugh

    Well said! I feel the same way, moved here when I was 19 yrs old,educated myself and always worked to support my family.Proud to be Puertorican!

  71. Ana Maria Martinez-Perez

    Thank you Adelina!! I'm proud of you and also all those Puerto Rican people that have struggled all their lives and never get the credit that they deserve!!! I admit that the there are bad apples, just like in every culture and those I'm not proud of. However, I still take offense when they lump us all into one category!!!

  72. Adelina Gonzalez Mimnaugh

    BTW, I'm retired and now working a part-time job to make ends meet. oo proud to take handouts! How come nobody mentions all the people from the USA that are living there and have big corporations like Wal-Mart, paying half the wages that they pay here?Why all the hate and racial comments?We have good and bad, lasy and hard workers,pretty and ugly,like any other race or country! DIVERSITY!!!!!

  73. Ana Maria Martinez-Perez

    That's so true! And needless to say, we are no longer minorities!!!

  74. Edgar Miranda

    I'am 100% AGAINST it! Puerto Rico is its own nation a of people its not just a culture its a country & if we become a state they will erase our identity as a people no more Olympics, no more Miss Universe, no more world recongnition or representation, no more Flag? Maaaaan FUCK THAT

  75. Edgar Miranda

    Its a bunch of bullshit I want it to stay the way it is people in Puerto Rico don't know how good they got it & now they are willing to give up their identity because they think it will financially benefit them & it WONT!!!!!

  76. Diego Portela

    I hate when rican come wit the bs ur, ur own nation but when they take advantage of everything USA has to offer welfare, unemployment , going n coming as u please , all the constitutional rights but wanna be ur own nation c'mon then be that without USA help! If not stfu n be a state not a country!

  77. Edgar Miranda

    @ Diego, And I hate when a Non-Rican thinks he knows whats best for my Country you don't shit about Puerto Rico & what went thru over the centuries. They invaded our homeland & massacered millions of people you wanna talk about welfare, unemployment & constitutional rights thats the least they can do since they're not gonna leave anyway & another thing nobody said that we wanted to break relations with the U.S.A. its been this for way too long & no ones trying to start over but what I'am saying is to leave it the way it is we're fine we don't need to lose the little identity we got our relationship with the U.S.A. is not the best but its pretty good right now theres no need to rock the boat. Get your facts straight you never stepped one foot in Puerto Rico you don't know about my people Jersey Ricans that you know & Puerto Ricans from the Island are two entirely different kinda people so ahead with that your the one that needs to STFU!

  78. Paris Farinas

    i agree – keep it the way it is. yes, as a state it will have the right to vote and a few more benefits, but those benefits and voting will be paid for with federal taxes that as a state it will have to pay…so it evens out. soveriegn free association i think is the best position, keep it that way. the benefits wont be worth it since they will be much higher taxes, nothing is free. and i agree, the identity of the people, which is not a small identity but a world known unique culture is not worth voting or benefits and should not be traded. most that voted for statehood dont see it that way, but it is, if becomes a state lots of things will change, it should stay as it is.

  79. Aristoteles Farinas

    My dude, my opinion its a little to late, Puerto rico biggest mistake it's not having the Owen money, also the walfare system, of u.s.a live what's going to happened u Guy's would have a catastrophe and u hands, that's why I think it's to late,

  80. Samuel Anthony Rios

    Independence is the only rational solution. Ruben Berrios, the president of the Puerto Rican Independence party spoke to a committee in Washington D.C. and said even if statehood gets the majority it has to be ratified in Congress.

  81. Edgar Miranda

    @ Aristoteles, Our own money has nothing to do with it neither does welfare I never said to be independent I'm saying deja Puerto Rico quieto

  82. Samuel Anthony Rios

    If you want P.R. to stay the same that's cynical and pessimistic. 300 billion is sucked out of PR by corporations and only 80 billion comes back. It's a major fucking embarrassment!!!!

  83. Juan Perez

    The press in the U.S. and in the world have been misinformed about the results of this referendum. First the party that won the elections, the Popular Democratic Party, who supports the formula of Commonweath, was opposed to this referendum and did not participate in the talks previous to defining the referendum. The parties that participated and agreed on this referendum were the Puerto Rico Independence Party, who is in favor of independence and the New Progressive Party, the ruling party until the end of the year, that supports statehood.

    The ballot was divided in two parts totally independent one from the other. In the first part, voters had the option for voting in favor of continuing the current status with a yes vote, or voting against it.

    The results of this part were as follows:

    Sí (yes): 796,007 votes.

    No (no): 934,238 votes.

    Total de votos (total votes) : 1,730,245.

    En blanco (unmarked ballots) : 64,123.

    Protestadas( protested): 12,720.
    (The number of total votes only includes people who voted for the yes question or the no question. The votes of the people who deposited the ballot unmarked or protested were not included in the total votes. Why? The Comision Estatal de Elecciones, the entity that conducts the election have not answered that.)

    The second part of the ballot stated: "Regardless of your selection in the first question, please mark which of the following non-territorial option would you prefer." And it had three options: statehood, independence and sovereing commonwealth.

    The result of this part was as follows:

    Estadidad (statehood) : 802,179 votes.

    Independencia (independence) : 72,551 votes.

    ELA Soberano (sovereing commonwealth) : 436,997 votes.

    En blanco (unmarked ballots) : 468,478.

    Protestadas (protested) : 17,602.

    (As in the first question, the Comision Estatal de Elecciones did not count the ballots that were deposited unmarked or protested, that is why statehood comes with 61% of the votes. If all the votes were counted statehood will come with only 44.6% of the vote.)

    The result in the first part reflects that voters voted against the current status.

    The second part, which as the ballot instructions said is totally independent of the first question, out of a total of 1,797,807 ballots, 802,179 voters favored statehood. That's a 44.6% votes in favor of statehood. The reason for the high number of unmarked and protested ballots was that the Popular Democratic Party and other political movements encouraged their militants to leave this question without voting in it or protesting it by writing some message of protest.

    To say that statehood was favored is totally incorrect.

    Here is a link to see the ballot used in the referendum: http://www.practicatuvoto.com/PracticaTuVoto/processPapeleta.jsp.

  84. Israel Melendez Jr

    So exactly how did you determined that the vast majority percent? Is that math you do as a socialist independentista to make you feel better? — Shame on you for putting down your fellow citizens just to convince other US citizens that they are better off without us even though our best talent is moving to the states to be professionally employed proving you wrong. The TRUE reasons are EQUALITY, REPRESENTATION and DIGNITY.

  85. Samuel Anthony Rios

    Puerto Rico is done. The only way it can become the 51st is by diluting the Puerto Rican culture. It's happening. Most Boriquas can't see a future without their American fathers. The same one's who flood the island with heroin.

  86. Straighkillingyouhoesand Ipullthetriggerinamdout Mykingdom

    Every one chiiiill.it really don't matter. It still wont change shyt.

  87. RO Millán-Cintrón

    And like everything else…Puertorricans are blind, dumb and stupid… just go to the White House website and see how many States are petitioning to Secede from the Union!….So, why the hell do we want to e a State, if 19 States want to get out????

  88. Leah Walentosky

    Barbara Wales: We don't have an official language in this country. In case you haven't notice, many states have an official language along with English. Take a look at New York, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Louisiana, Florida, Maine, Alaska, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and California. All have a historical population of non-English speakers who shaped that state. We let Louisiana in the Union under the promise they could continue speaking French and the same should go for all states. There are several communities across the US that have the written Native American languages.
    The Star Spangled Banner is written in 10 languages.