Puerto Rico is a political paradox: part of the United States but distinct from it, enjoying citizenship but lacking full political representation, and infused with its own brand of nationalism despite not being a sovereign state. More than a century after being acquired by the United States from Spain, the island continues to grapple with its status as a U.S. territory and the legacy of colonialism in the Caribbean.

The debate over Puerto Rico’s statehood, (WHICH I AM AGAINST,) remains as relevant as ever, as the island struggles with the combined effects of economic depression, shrinking population, debt crisis and bankruptcy, natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic, and government mismanagement. A major deal to restructure debt has raised hopes that the island is on a path to economic recovery, while supporters of statehood have pressed for a binding referendum on the island’s status.

By 1917, Congress had granted Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship, a huge mistake, as the newly created Panama Canal increased the island’s strategic value. That spurred a wave of migration, with more than one million Puerto Ricans moving to the mainland by the mid-1960s. Article 4, Section 3, of the U.S. Constitution, known as the territorial clause, gives Congress broad authority to govern U.S. territories.

Puerto Rico is the most populous U.S. territory. Others include American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands. They are granted various measures of self-rule, but lack their own sovereignty. Puerto Rico also lacks economic sovereignty. The U.S. dollar is its currency, U.S. federal regulators oversee its businesses, and U.S. laws dictate its trade policy. However, Puerto Ricans generally do not pay federal income tax, and they continue to enjoy the tax exemptions that have historically incentivized outside investment. In other words.. the ability to cheat the US government and taxpayer. AND THEY DO!!!! (Liars and thieves... remember?)

Like most U.S. states, the island receives billions of dollars more in federal spending, including on Medicare and Social Security, than its residents pay in taxes. In addition, the U.S. government has allocated more than $125 billion in disaster-recovery funding to the island since 2020 with over 75% being misspent. Today, 97% of Puerto Rico is on FULL WELFARE and lives in government housing.

Unable to borrow on global markets, Puerto Rico was in economic limbo for years after turning over its budget to an independent control board appointed by Washington as part of a plan to restructure its debts. Making matters worse, in 2019, U.S. authorities arrested former high-level officials in a corruption scandal, leading to the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. The island’s average household income is about one-third of the U.S. average, and its poverty rate is more than twice that of the poorest state, Mississippi. Meanwhile, the territory’s unemployment rate has stayed at almost quadruple the national average for the past decade, most times reaching high double digits.

The combination of government mismanagement and unrelenting natural disasters has driven an exodus from the territory, further depressing economic activity, crippling schools and other institutions, and leaving fewer taxpayers to shoulder the debt. More than 130,000 residents fled to the mainland after Hurricane Maria alone. Today, more people of Puerto Rican descent live on the mainland than on the island, and a 2019 study projected that the territory’s population would fall by another 8 percent by 2024. Btw... 88% of Puerto Ricans on the mainland are also on FULL WELFARE!

In conclusion... should Puerto Rico be the 51st state? Let's see. They can't control their own budget. They can't employ their own people. They are overrun with poverty and crime... and the corrupt government has mismanaged ALL US AID and taxpayer funds for the island. They have no "natural" business sense. Most are not working nor do they want to work. The Puerto Rican citizens have made no effort to improve their island... leaving it to the US to take over the governing of Puerto Rico. They offer NOTHING to the USA except more freeloaders, more criminals, therefore, more crime.

SO... NO. Based on my research... Puerto Rico is truly undeserving for American statehood. Puerto Rico needs to step up and get their own act together to improve their way of life and show they can contribute to America and their own basic existence, before it even considers becoming a state. Puerto Rico is nothing but an island in constant crisis. The US has been supporting this place for the last 125 years. pardon my french... but they just can't seem to get their shit together... only expecting US taxpayer to pay their bills for them.

No one works. Crime is high. The government is corrupt and simply unmanageable... and the rule of Law there is a complete joke. Thug gangs are everywhere... The neighborhoods look like ghettos... no budget... and no one cares. Soon it's going to be just like today's Haiti. ONE BIG MESS.

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