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Post by BarrileteCosmico Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:10 pm

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20121107/WIRE/121109686?p=1&tc=pg

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Post by RealGunner Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:40 pm

46 percent voted no ? Not a good sign
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Post by Swanhends Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:45 pm

I'd have no qualms with Puerto Rico becoming a state, as long as they WANT to become a state...and with an issue like this, I'm not sure that a 53-47 or 55-45 margin is big enough to make me comfortable with it

If they voted 60-40 (at least) or stronger I'd feel a lot better about it
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Post by zizzle Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:56 pm

RealGunner wrote:46 percent voted no ? Not a good sign

the lost federal tax expemtions are probably the main motive here..
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Post by BarrileteCosmico Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:04 pm

RealGunner wrote:46 percent voted no ? Not a good sign
On the 2nd question they were asked to choose between statehood, more autonomy, and independence with votes of around 60, 35 and 5 respectively. Not quite sure why it was so different than the first question's answers, but it does suggest a majority want it.

Either way there's a long-standing trend of more people favoring more statehood in PR so if it doesn't happen now then maybe in 10, 20 years.
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Post by VivaStPauli Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:10 pm

47% of Puerto Ricans are never going to become Americans, no matter what you tell them. They think they're entitled to tropical weather, latin rhythms and speaking Spanish.

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Post by BarrileteCosmico Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:16 pm

Have you been to the US recently? They're a bilingual country if I've seen one Razz
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Post by RealGunner Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:39 pm

Not surprised at all tbf. Wish we could focus more on foreign languages in here
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Post by free_cat Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:48 am

Don't see why they would want to become a US state. His current situation seems pretty good, with international recognition and big sovereignity, but protected by the US.
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Post by Bellabong Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:19 pm

You get further while travelling if you speak Spanish over English :coffee:
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Post by VivaStPauli Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:44 pm

Depends on where you're travelling :p
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Post by free_cat Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:52 pm

Phritz wrote:You get further while travelling if you speak Spanish over English :coffee:

Not true at all unless you are travelling in south america or Iberian Peninsula. Rest of the world -> english.
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Post by RealGunner Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:35 pm

Heard Chinese was on the rise hmm
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Post by TalkingReckless Thu Nov 08, 2012 6:56 pm

think of how many jobs they will create by adding a new star to the flag ....oh wait they are Chinese made
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Post by RealGunner Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:35 pm

lol
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