Today, Congress is said to vote on a bill [HR 2499] that will begin the process for Puerto Rico to gain statehood.
If Puerto Rico becomes a state, Democrats will gain roughly 12 million new voters, 2 Senate seats, and 6 House of Representative seats through expanding the Hispanic bloc vote. Sadly, race politics continues to be the Democrats' bread & butter for re-election.
Since 1967, Puerto Ricans have voted 3 times on referendums for statehood in the U.S. Each time, they voted "No," choosing to remain a territory. For Progressives in both the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico, the phrase, "The people have spoken," means nothing. They're going to use an expedited approach, the Tennessee Plan, to finally achieve statehood.
This new process begins with the bill, "Puerto Rico Democracy Act" [HR 2499]. It is designed to change the previously asked question of Puerto Ricans, "Do you want Puerto Rico to become a U.S. state?" to, "Should Puerto Rico change their political status?"
In our heated political tug-of-war, who wouldn't want to "change their political status?" That's what's going on globally: a desire to change the status quo of political situations!
Democrats are banking on this sentiment. If the majority of voters say they want to change the political status of Puerto Rico (whatever that means can vary person to person,) then Congress will issue another vote. This time the option for Puerto Rico's current relationship with the U.S. will be removed --leaving only 3 options:
2) Sovereignty in Association with the United States (Dissolves the impoverished territory's current financial aid agreements.)
If the majority of voters initially decide not to change their political status, then every 8 years they will be asked again.
Who is forcing Puerto Rico's hand?
The New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico.
According to Progressives at PuertoRicoUSA.com, "Statehood will complete the full rights and benefits package of American Citizenship...In addition new and expanded social programs will benefit those that need it the most, the poor. "
The entire "state" of Puerto Rico will become a drain on our welfare system as it will be requiring redistributed funds from other states. They admittedly, "cannot grow economically at an adequate rate as a territory or commonwealth."
Do we really need more on the dole, right now? America has record-breaking deficits of over $1 trillion a year, over $100 trillion in debt from unfunded liabilities, and an economy in collapse.
America should be starting drastic spending cuts, not sacrificing its citizens and their money for political gain.
Update: HR 2499 passed in the House on April 29, 2010.