EXCERPT: The U.S. House is voting Thursday on a bill that allows the government in Puerto Rico to ask its residents if they want to change the island’s commonwealth status, in what critics are saying is a backdoor attempt to force Puerto Ricans into choosing U.S. statehood. Puerto Rican voters repeatedly have shot down the idea of statehood over the past several decades, but the bill under consideration would call on the commonwealth to continue bringing the question before the voters. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said that while Puerto Rico doesn't need congressional authorization to hold such a nonbinding vote, the bill could be a game-changer. He described the effort as part of a plan to give the island's progressive activists "legitimacy" to push forward with and build momentum toward a statehood plan. He said it's something most Puerto Ricans don't even want, but suggested it was part of an effort to bring more Democrats into Congress."
Amazing isn't it? Is it not enough that liberals cheat in elections with the help of ACORN and the unions, particularly the SEIU, or that that gerrymander districts to guarantee their continued reelections? No, now they have to try and hide and slide in order to bring Puerto Rico into the union, simply to garner more Democrat voters as they pander to the Hispanics. HR 2499 is coming in folks, UNDER the radar.
Maybe the transparency that Obummer was yammering on about during the campaign was really about the transparency of their agenda and their need to radically transform America into a liberalistic hellhole.
Here is part of the bill:
"Puerto Rico’s non-voting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, Pedro Pierluisi, introduced the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009 (H.R. 2499) on Tuesday May 20, 2009. Billed by Pierluisi as the “just, impartial and democratic” way forward to free determination of status that allows Puerto Ricans to decide on an alternative to the current unenfranchised territorial status, H.R. 2499 was introduced with the support of 86 members of the U.S. House of Representatives including the Democratic Majority Leader in the House Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Republican Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, Chair of the House Republican Conference. Importantly, the bill is also supported by Nick Rahall (D) of West Virginia and Don Young (R) of Alaska, Chair and former Chair of the Natural Resources Committee respectively."
Not to pick on Puerto Rico but what are they bringing to the table?
Their unemployment rate is currently 16%. One think tank wrote about PR back in 2006:
"The island economy is no longer compared to that of the Asian Tigers, and instead has become distinguished for its destitution and joblessness.
Since the 1970s Puerto Rico's economy has steadily deteriorated, culminating in poverty levels twice those of Mississippi. Unemployment, although officially reported between 12 and 14 percent, is more likely to be between 40 and 50 percent because of the island's low labor participation rate. Only 46 percent of the population has a formal job, and to make the situation worse, nearly half of the island's salaried employees work directly or indirectly for the government. The Commonwealth's government expenditures are now over $9.6 billion, leaving the tiny nation with a steadily-rising deficit of $3 billion. Puerto Rico's paternalistic bureaucratic and political policies have turned the island into a no-growth, debt-ridden economy.
Puerto Rico's drastic economic decline can be blamed on many factors, but the most prominent link is the unintended consequences of an expanding government role in the provision of welfare services. Economic indicators show that the Commonwealth's economic collapse coincides with a sharp rise in the amount of federal transfer payments being made to citizens. Transfer payments going to individuals have increased exponentially, from a meager $69 million in 1968 to over $8 billion in 2002. Disability, unemployment, and welfare payments received by citizens now account for one-fifth of the island's personal income. This massive social spending, which began in the 1970s and continues today, has resulted in severe domestic disinvestment in the economy. Domestic capital investment has declined from 32 percent of GDP in 1970 to 16 percent in 2000. This means that the Puerto Rican government, rather than supporting the creation of jobs and market incentives, relies primarily on tax-induced revenue and foreign investment for any growth in the island's GDP."
Wow, just what the US needs right? More debt from a state piled onto what we already have from Blue States like Mexifornia, NY, NJ, Michigan, etc. Are liberals deliberately this stupid or is this merely more of what we've been seeing from this regime; that is, doing whatever they need to ensure that America crashes economically, socially, and militarily?
Another Puerto Rican website had the following:
"Puerto Ricans are eligible for federal disability payments, for example, through Social Security. Enchautegui and Freeman point out that, in the territory, federal disability allowances are much higher than the United States average as a share of wages and pension income. Unsurprisingly, therefore, one in six working-age men in Puerto Rico are claiming disability benefits. Many families do not view the federal handouts as temporary. Neither does Raoul Vega, who owns a consumer- finance outfit in Aguadilla. His firm treats the benefits as income when deciding whether to lend people money for new televisions. What do Puerto Rico's men do all day? Some get into trouble. But many others hang out in pleasant places that require little money, such as beaches, shopping malls and the armchairs in Borders bookstores. They also watch plenty of television. Puerto Rico's bloated government also bears much of the blame. Around 30 per cent of the territory's jobs are in the public sector. Among other things, a big and coddled bureaucracy undermines Puerto Rico's educational achievements in two ways. "They have no ambition ... Everybody wants to work for the government." (The perfect liberal voter base)
So unless you want another Blue State, heavily laden with debt that we did not earn, steeped in poverty that we'll end up paying for, full of unskilled labor that is not our fault being admitted to the Union in an underhanded and backdoor move by scummy libs, write, call, fax, and email your Representative and Senators and tell them in no uncertain terms, HELL NO ON HR 2499.
The Gunny is sure that the four FALN terrorists that Eric "ratface" Holder worked to pardon and who BJ Bubba Clinton DID pardon, would agree with the Gunny. After all, they killed some Americans in their fight for Puerto Rican independence.
I have no doubt that the leftist in our government want a place like Puerto Rico to be a state. It is the quintessential welfare state. Of course the liberals want more dependents to vote for them. Should this pass and Puerto Rico be admitted as the 51st state that would be 2 more liberal senators and a few more leftist congressional reps.ReplyDelete
Even if HR 2499 fails the Obama admin can say,"Look Hispanics, the White majority hates you so vote Democrat in November!" This is just more race-baiting by the Ace of the race card players.
That is a great point I missed. No doubt the racist Obummer would pull that shate. I can't wait to get rid of him in 2012. I have zero respect for him as a man or as a potus.ReplyDelete
I phoned my Representative this morning over this bill. We will see how much good it does. He is a democrat, Dan Boren. He is a so called Blue Dog (nudge nudge wink wink)He voted no on the health care bill. He's up for re-election this year.ReplyDelete
This administration shows more and more corruption with each passing day!!!
Good for you, that is what is needed. Let them know that we know what they're up and that we don't like it.
I Think its great,admit them as a state that way there will be a whole state on welfare and crazy as it sounds take in Mexico as well,burden these f*ckers with trillions more debt,bury the Government and these Obamunists with debtReplyDelete
That is probably what these libs want! Just another straw on the camel's back!
Gunny,according to the Drudge report only 47% of Americans are paying any taxes and I know for sure in this county in Florida I live in just lost 1700 well paying jobs this month,with unemployment benefits being extended forever there is no incentive to find another job,now there are 1700 new Democrats.ReplyDelete
Of course the left wants Puerto Rico, they've made it into a ready made welfare state. It's not the people, it's the socialism. Puerto Rico was economically solid until the left started buying the population with government hand out. It's sad what they have done there. We so need to clean Washington with disinfectant. It's filthy and the disease spreads.ReplyDelete
Gunny,I am changing the subject, but I want to know your thoughts about this oil rig explosion. I was suspect from the get go. It seemed to me it came too quick on the heels of oil companies pointing out that even during Katrina, there had been not one drop of oil leaked into the gulf.ReplyDelete
Anyway, a while ago they were calling for "Drill baby drill" to stop. All drilling and exploration must cease. I still feel it was sabotage. What is your view?
What liberals fail to realize is that when those with money have no money, who is gonna pay the tab?
INDEED! We seriously need to clean house, from the top down!
Just got the results of the House vote on Puerto Rico. It passed the House. My Rep voted yea. Figured he would. A dem, is a dem, is a dem.ReplyDelete
Some voted against. Maybe they take turns on who can vote yea, and who can vote nay.
Just caught that myself. Still has to get by the Senate but if it does, Zero will rubberstamp it.