Rigged House Bill to Make Puerto Rico 51st Welfare State

UPDATE: House passed the bill today, 223 to 169. Post-mortem analysis tomorrow. 

While we were preoccupied with Obamacare and illegal immigration, Demonrats in Congress have been feverishly at work doing the devil’s work.
On the eve of a House vote on HR 2499, we are just now finding out about this toxic bill that is rigged in favor of making Puerto Rico the 51st state. Given Puerto Rico’s poverty, this means adding a 51st welfare case onto American taxpayers — the 53% of us suckers who actually pay federal income taxes — via an increase in entitlement spending of an estimated $3 billion a year. To add to the outrage, the American people do not get to vote on this.
We all know why Obama and the Demonrats are doing this. They are counting on votes from the 51st welfare state of Puerto Rico to be joined by the new “voters” from giving amnesty to illegal aliens, all to ensure Demonrat victory in the November elections.
TELL YOUR CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT IF THEY VOTE FOR HR 2499, THEY WILL PUSH THIS COUNTRY TO THE BRINK OF CIVIL WAR.
We, the People, will not stand by and just watch our country being deliberately destroyed.
A big h/t to beloved FellowshipOfMinds members FS and Dave.
~Eowyn

Puerto Rico Democracy Act – Legislation Biased in Favor of Statehood

By Brian Darling – Heritage Foundation – April 27, 2010

According to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the House will vote on H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act, later this week.  The legislation provides Puerto Rico a two stage voting process and makes some non-resident Puerto Ricans eligible to vote on Puerto Rican statehood. This legislation has rigged the process in favor of making Puerto Rico the 51st state and is not a fair way to force statehood on a Commonwealth whose people may not want it. Furthermore, this may be an expensive proposition for the American people who are already on the hook for approximately $12.9 trillion in national debt. 

This bill attempts to rig the voting process and denies the American people a real say on the issue of whether they want to allow Puerto Rico to be granted statehood. The fact of the matter is that Puerto Ricans have rejected statehood numerous times and this bill seems to have been written in a way to fast track statehood without a majority of Puerto Ricans favoring the idea. Furthermore, the people of the United States should be allowed a vote on whether they want to admit Puerto Rico as a new state. If the people of Puerto Rico can vote, the people of the United States should have a vote. 
The legislation contains many questionable provisions. First, the legislation sets up a voting process rigged for success. The legislation sets up a preliminary vote and the voters are given two options. If a majority of Puerto Ricans vote in favor of changing the status of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to “a different political status,” then a second vote would be scheduled to poll voters on the following three options:
  1. “Independence: Puerto Rico should become fully independent from the United States;”
  2. “Sovereignty in Association with the United States: Puerto Rico and the United States should form a political association between sovereign nations that will not be subject to the Territorial Clause of the United States Constitution;” and,
  3. “Statehood: Puerto Rico should be admitted as a State of the Union.”

Clearly, a plurality of the people of Puerto Rico could vote for “Statehood” without a majority of the people voting ever supporting the idea. The people of Puerto Rico have rejected statehood three times and it seems that this vote is set up to allow a simply plurality of the people to carry the day. Another odd provision allows non-resident Puerto Ricans to vote on statehood for the Commonwealth. The bill states that “all United States citizens born in Puerto Rico who comply, to the satisfaction of the Puerto Rico State Elections Commission, with all Commission requirements (other than the residency requirement) applicable to eligibility to vote in a general election in Puerto Rico.” Residency requirements may be waived, because Puerto Ricans living in the states would naturally favor statehood for the Commonwealth. This provision allows non-resident Puerto Ricans to undermine the will of the residents of the Commonwealth. According to the U.S. Census, there are more Puerto Ricans residing in the 50 states, than in the proposed 51st state. The estimates as part of the American Community Survey estimates that out of the 301 million people in the United States, 4.13 million are of Puerto Rican descent.  The Census also estimates that the population of Puerto Rico is a mere 3.97 million. This would allow for the will of the residents of the Commonwealth to be overridden by people who have chosen to move to one of the 50 states. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) put out a report dated July 28, 2009 on H.R. 2499. The CBO report estimated that there would be no score for this bill, because it only authorizes a vote, but if Puerto Rico was granted statehood the cost would be massive. My boss, Edwin Feulner wrote in 1997 piece titled Do We Need a 51st State? “in an era of government downsizing and balanced budgets, it would increase entitlement spending (welfare, Medicare, Social Security) by an estimated $3 billion per year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.” Those arguments still hold water today. The Lexington Institute argues that “Puerto Rico, which received $18 billion in direct federal expenditures in FY 2008, has a population with a median national income of $17,741, nearly a third below that for the United States. While eligibility for many major federal social programs is the same in both jurisdictions, others, like the Food Stamp Program, include different eligibility requirements. This would likely result in increased federal expenditures should statehood be achieved, but a lack of comparable data makes cost projections for such changes difficult.” It is clear that the cost of statehood to the taxpayers will be high.The Puerto Rico Democracy Act has some serious flaws. The votes seem to be set up in a way that favors statehood. The two provisions that allow a plurality of Puerto Ricans to vote for statehood to be ratified and the allowing of non-resident Puerto Ricans to vote in the plebiscite is of deep concern to those who favor a fair vote and referendum on statehood. A vote by members of Congress is not enough to indicate consent of the American people for Puerto Rican statehood. If the Obamacare vote and secretive procedure is instructive, many Members of Congress are willing to defy the will of their own constituents.

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Dave
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The commies are getting desperate to hod onto their power.
Apparently they don’t think the votes of illegals here from Mexico will be enough, so they are trying to generate some more.
They also get additional dem congress critters, too.
This cannot happen.
-Dave

tina
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they say the vote on this is tomarrow! this is B.S. they are blind siding us,this would give them 6 more congressmen and 2 more senators-for election time-get ready to “Roll” people.

Ron
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Ron

Well, we know the people of PR don’t want to be a state, but what we don’t know is –how smart are they. The democrats are using the old shell game to conjure up another state. They aren’t fooling anyone who understands the game but will they fool the Puerto Ricans?
We’ll see.
Ron

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Doc's Wife

I am so tired of waking up every morning and thinking, “what are they going to do today?” Barry is working non-stop to ensure that he and his crooks reamin in power for a very long time. Why hasn’t anyone heard about this vote in Puerto Rico until yesterday?

May
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There are a lot of us who dread “tomorrow”. The regime machine – doesn’t stop churning while the rest of the country attempts to sleep.

Gandalf
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Gandalf

This whole post is bunk for so many reasons: 1) This vote is to give Peurto Ricans a chance to vote in a non-binding plebiscite, not grant PR Statehood. Congress is not promising to follow Peurto Rico’s results. If Statehood fails to get 50% or more, chances are that they would not be offered Statehood. 2) The likely pleabasite in PR won’t be held until later in the year. The chances of them having the pleabasite, PR certifying the results, PR sending the results to Washington, Washington accepting them, and congress introducing, debating, and passing legislation making PR the 51st… Read more »

Marylin
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Marylin

Our none Preident is killling this country and the people in it. WE need to get him out before we are all dead. This is not America any more. I’m ashamed of this country, A few people try to do what is right and the rest praise Obama.

Ron
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Ron

Well, they certainly have fooled Gandalf the idiot. But that is what I expect from an emotional illogical liberal who does not understand what it means to be free from a government of tyranny. Just ask the Jews about Hitler or even me, I remember how he sweet-talked the people into believing he was there to help them. It didn’t take him very long to invade his neighbors and start a world war –all in the name of self preservation. Obama’s way to self preservation is by destroying the will of the people and making slaves of every citizen in… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

Steve!
What’s wrong with big blondes?? I like em.
Ron

Doc's Wife
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Doc's Wife

What about small blondes? The ones in my family have an unbelievable amount of spunk!

Ron
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Ron

Doc’ Wife,
I’m also an equal opportunity pervert–Small blondes are just fine.
Ron

Gandalf
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Gandalf

Wow…. First, I’m a conservative. I’ve been a member at RedState for years, though I rarely post (you can look up my ID if you’re really curious). Sorry I came across as liberal, though I’m still not sure how pointing out the errors in the original post makes me a liberal. Eowyn – I do feel foolish for misspelling “plebiscite” the second time. Thank you for graciously pointing that out so I won’t make the same mistake. As for my name: I chose it years and years ago as my ID on RedState and use it now only to keep… Read more »

Dave
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“3) This isn’t a shock. We’ve been talking about it on RedState and other conservative website for weeks.”
RedState?
Puhleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze.
Erick Erickson is a spineless pussy who sold out true conservatism for a gig on the Communist News Network, and who knows what else.
Blog-wise, he is destroying his credibility by imitating Charles Johnson in every way possible.
Take it somewhere else.
-Dave

Joan
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The whole point of this dialogue, and what Eowyn is attempting to communicate, is that we, the people, don’t matter anymore! Even beginning the process of statehood for Puerto Rico should be done by a vote of the people of the United States, not by manipulation and tactical moves by the Democrats to suit their own purposes. As Doc’s wife said, you don’t know what they are going to do next, precisely because we don’t matter anymore! The very premise of our country, the people, is being ignored!!! As Eowyn set out, this is spiritual warfare and if we don’t… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

My next door neigboor is Puertorican he was talking to me and he told me they don’t pay taxes but the taxes we pay here the federal goverment send over $300,000,000 of tax payers money they got better welfare who is that posible?

virginia
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that’s not true we do pay taxes.iam guessing that your friend has not been to puerto rico in year’s.that was a long time ago now we pay taxes just like newyork city. and remeber our men go to war.and died for the us,

primo
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u go girl give to this people that dont know crap

US Marine
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US Marine

The talk of Puerto Rico becoming a state have been going on for years- this is not the first time- every president has to talk about it – they have had 3 plebicites- 1967, 1993, 1998- not to mention both the Presidential task force in 2005, and 2007 under president bush- yet they dont pay taxes or vote for the President but have to join the military- when half on you on this site has never fought for your country- yet they are fighting for your freedom- and remember that before every state in the union was a territory before… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

I say pull our base out of there. Cut off their free ride. I’m sick of this press 1 for English. Your want our benifits speak ENGLISH.

ZEEQTEE
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ZEEQTEE

IM NOT FOR STATEHOOD…..TOO MANY DEPENDENTS….Y R THEY GETTING AID WITH FEDERAL MONEY AND THEY DONT PAY FEDERAL TAXES………MAKES NO SENSE…..THE ISLAND IS A BURDEN…..WE NEED TO CUT THE STRINGS.

primo
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im a puerto rican and the island where i lived in for 7 years does need help theres no jobs for people and they do need to eat thats wat foodstamps are for just like the blacks,, whites ,chinese ,mexican and everybody else in the united states take foodstamps too. Another thing is that we are the ones paying taxes and puerto rico does have taxes. dont talk about wat u dont know.

Susan m
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Susan m

Obama is getting his checkbook ready, there goes billions of our $$$$$$$$