Puerto Rico’s new gov promises immediate push for statehood

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January 3, 2017

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s new governor was sworn in Monday, promising an immediate push for statehood in a territory facing a deep economic crisis.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello, 37, proposed several measures aimed at alleviating the crisis shortly after he was sworn in at midnight. Among them is a proposal to hold a referendum that would ask voters whether they prefer statehood or independence. Many have argued that Puerto Rico’s political status has contributed to its decade-long crisis that has prompted more than 200,000 people to flee to the U.S. mainland in recent years.

“The United States cannot pretend to be a model of democracy for the world while it discriminates against 3.5 million of its citizens in Puerto Rico, depriving them of their right to political, social and economic equality under the U.S. flag,” Rossello said in his inaugural speech, delivered in Spanish. “There is no way to overcome Puerto Rico’s crisis given its colonial condition.”

The crowd rose to its feet and cheered as Rossello announced that he would fly to Washington, D.C., Monday to back a bill to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state.

He also said he would soon hold elections to choose two senators and five representatives to Congress and send them to Washington to demand statehood, a strategy used by Tennessee to join the union in the 18th century. The U.S. government has final say on whether Puerto Rico can become a state.

  • Jose

    Why would we want to add a “broke” colony/territory (whatever the hell you want to call PR) as a state so now are taxes will go up so the government can bail them out and put everyone there on welfare? They need to learn how to be self supporting and not depend on the rest of us to support them.

    • Retired

      Probably another UN and Obama idea.

    • chock

      Because they are on every welfare program and disability social security without paying a dime in federal taxes.

  • justinwachin

    Maybe Puerto Rico’s economic crisis would improve if they practice fiscal responsibility. I have met several Puerto Ricans. All of them felt like they should be supported by the government and that they didn’t need to work.

    If Puerto Rico wants to become independent so be it. At the moment they become independent the United States can cut off the welfare it sends them. Their economic problems will not be fixed by a 51 star flag. Their problems will be fixed when they have an attitude change.

    • Retired

      You can lead a horse to water but that does not mean it will drink.

      • chock

        Cut off the welfare and believe me they will go to work.

        • Retired

          The problem is they will just move to another place and start the cycle all over again.

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