Puerto Rico’s Never-Ending Economic Crisis

August 20th, 2007

Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported that Puerto Rico continues to endure an economic slump that the elected officials seem incapable of solving. For example, the consumer-price index, which includes food and fuel prices was up 15%. Water and sewer rates have more than double over the past two years while the electric bills have jumped over 40%.

Meanwhile, Puerto Rico Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is forecasted to decline by 1.4%. In comparison the U.S. economy grew 2.9%. Puerto Rico’s economy, the Journal explains, is essentially built around two sectors: the government and manufacturing which together account for 39% of the island’s jobs and 52% of its GDP.

With the cutbacks, employment has declined and as a result consumer spending has fallen. This has had the effect of lower tax revenues for the government, which has been struggling to balance its books. Puerto Rico had a fiscal deficit of $605 million for 2007. In response the government has tried to reduce spending and costs while also raising taxes. These tax increases for a population, whose median household income was $17,000 per year as well as the other costs of living increases are really hurting the Puerto Rican consumer. For example, the Wall Street Journal reports that the average electric bill increased to about $81 from $58 the previous year a 40% increase.

And perhaps the worst aspect of this crisis is that Puerto Rican business owners are being forced to reduce their work force in order to keep up with the increase costs of doing business. This is a recipe for economic disaster. The effect of this most-recent economic turmoil on the island will likely be what has always happened in the past, increased migration from the island to the U.S. mainland. Locations like Miami, Orlando, Houston and Atlanta have all seen significant increases in the number of Puerto Ricans calling these cities home. More Puerto Ricans now live within the 50 States than on the island of Puerto Rico and more continue to arrive.

While economic cycles are a natural phenomenon, Puerto Rico’s cycles are much more severe given the existence of one additional factor: the continued unresolved nature of the island political status. This situation severely hampers what island elected officials can do to increase trade and business in Puerto Rico with regards to the international arena, and given Puerto Rico’s second class domestic status, there are a number of vehicles available to the States that are not options for the island and its residents, hence the continued migration of islanders to the U.S. mainland.

13 Responses to “Puerto Rico’s Never-Ending Economic Crisis”

  1. ERNESTO J. MARRERO Says:

    I THINK THE PEOPLE IN PUERTO RICO SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE THE WAY THEY ARE NOW. PUERTORRICAN THAT LIVE IN USA ARE MOSTLY POOR. I WORKED AND LIVED IN USA FOR 40 YEARS AND STILL STRUGLELING TO SUVIVE. THE GOVERMENT HERE CHARGED TOO MUCH TAXES WHEN YOU HAVE PROPERTIES AND MAKE DIFFICULT TO LIVE HERE. IF THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO BECOME A STATE THEY ARE GOING TO BE PAYING HIGH TAXES ON THEIR PROPERTIES. IN PUERTO RICO YOU HAVE A HOUSE AND A PIECE OF LAND AND IN USA TO HAVE THE SAME THING COST A LOTS OF MONEY. I WORRY ABOUT PUERTO RICO BECOMING A STATE, AND MOST OF THE PEOPLE THERE WILL LOSE THEIR PIECE OF LAND AND HOUSES BECAUSE THEY WOULDNT BE ABLE TO PAY THE HIGH TAXES THAT USA PUT ON THEIR PROPERTIES. THE RICH OF USA WILL BE BUYING ALL THE PROPERTIES IN PUERTO RICO CAUSING THAT THE PEOPLE THERE WILL IMIGRATE TO USA TO FIND JOBS. I DONT THINK IS A GOOD IDEA. WHAT PUERTO RICO NEEDS IS BETTER EDUCATION AND MORE JOBS TO INPROVE THE ECONOMY. LOOK AT USA DOING BUSINESS WITH CHINA, A COMMUNIST COUNTRY, THE ONE WE FOUGHT IN THE COREA WAR, WHICH KILLED THOUSAND OF PUERTO RICANS. THE UNITED STATES SHOULD MORE SOME OF THOSE JOBS GOING TO CHINA AND COMMUNIST COUNTRIES TO PEOPLE THAT DESERVED AND FOUGHT FOR THE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY OF THIS COUNTRY. THE PROBLEMS THAT PUERTO RICO HAS IS BECAUSE OF USA NOT DOING THEIR JOB HELPING THEIR OWN PEOPLE, AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT FOUGHT FOR USA AND DIED IN ALL THE WARS OF USA. MANY AMERICANS ARE IGNORANTS OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF PUERTO RICO TO UNITED STATES. PUERTO RICAN HAVE FOUGHT AGAIN COMMUNISTS. NOW THE COMMUNISTS ARE STILLING USA AND PUERTO RICO JOBS. THIS POLICY SHOULD BE STOP AND THOSE JOBS SHOULD BE BROUGHT BACK HOME. I REMEMBER IN THE WAR OF VIETNAM, MANY AMERICASS MOVED TO CANADA AND MEXICO, SO THEY DIDNT HAVE TO GO TO THE WAR WHILE IN PUERTO RICO THEY WERE PEOPLE VOLUNTEERING FOR THE WAR, I HAD 2 BROTHERS THAT WAS IN THE SERVICE AS VOLUTEERS, ONE FOUGHT FOR 2 YEARS IN VIETNAM. WHAT DID THEIR GET OUT OF IT……..NOTHING……….THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO SUVIVED WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR HEALTH ARE NOT THAT GOOD TODAY. I THINK PUERTORRICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO THINK GOOD, BEFORE THEY WANT TO BE A STATE. WE HAVE TO MANY THINGS TOO LOSE, OUR SPANISH LANGUAGE, TRADITION, THE MUSIC, THE HOUSES , THE LAND, AND AT THE END, WE WILL LOSE THE ISLAND. WILL WILL NOT HAVE ANY IDENTITY. WE WILL BE LOST IN THE BEUROCRACY OF UNINTED STATES. MY FAMILY SUFFERED DESCRIMINATION FOR 40 YEARS LIVING IN USA, EVEN TODAY THE DESCRIMINATION IS HERE. MANY AMERICANS ARE IGNONORANTS OF PUERTO RICO MILITARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO UNITED STATES AND THIS HAVENT CHANGE IN 40 YEARS I HAVE BEING IN USA, I DONT THINK IT EVER GOING THE CHANGE.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA AND PUERTO RICO
    WE CAN USE HIS HELP NOW.

    SINCERELY YOURS,
    ERNESTO J. MARRERO

  2. vIKTOR Says:

    Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindred and tongues. Thomas Jeffersons Prayer

    After watching the recent (NPP) and (PPD) senators and legislators candidates political multiples debate different radios stations and local television, I came away from both with the sense that something extremely important was missing. Anything that can change our Borinquen USA Society in “quite fundamental ways” is appropriate fodder for any New Progressive Party and PPD debate. Most puertoricans citizens are naturally concerned with more immediate issues that confront them on a daily basis. Hearing how those now wishing to lead this Borinquen country to think about this issue would be helpful, and whether they want to lead us into that brave new world, or, alternatively, prevent scientists from even attempting to explore synthetic biology’s potential. Specifically, no Borinquen call politicians candidate approaches today’s important issues of health care, english education, For the Economy Purposes: Also recently, a handful of publications touted the remarkable progress scientists are making in creating artificial life forms. These synthetic life forms are purporting to be capable of wonderful things such as fighting disease and the environment and war in and out high crimes terrorism from the perspective that the near-term borinquen future of all of these issues will almost certainly will be different – and perhaps radically so – because of the accelerating pace of technological change. Efficiently creating new forms of clean, sustainable energy. Yet instead of hearing how any of these new technologies might affect education, we are offered status quo platitudes about an issue all the candidates claim is at or near the top of their agenda.Which led me to say on this thread? : We the TAINO PEOPLE ARE PAYING MORE HIGH TAXES ON OUR PROPERTIES THAT ANY OF THE REST 50 STATES AND THE ALL WOLRD, in this Status quo we are paying more in electricity, water and consumer products, contamination, terrorism and high crimes; but worst of all we the taino people are paying 75% percent politicians corrupt salary on the Capitolio..including retirement Why??? . Politics has become a beacon for weak willed pseudo-humans and I fully expect the Scientific Elite to rid us of this demonic plague in our Borinquen. A true test of leadership is a person’s ability to think about the future and, when appropriate, begin preparing others for a new future. Let us consider this in abstract political terms. Are your sayings that the most intelligent thing the congress of United States of America (La Estadidad para Puerto Rico)can come up with, is to destroy itself? These are merely economy-excuses. END preferential treatment and classifications NOW. Because I would assume that Borinquen statehood will strive for the most intelligent future, upon which it could bring. Few in the media attempt to pose thoughtful questions along these lines.This brings forth understanding and empathy – what we have now is suspicion, resentment and dictation of law. With this in mind, I believe that major sins in America & Puerto Rico, USA that are being practiced and accepted are releasing ancient evil upon the nation. On the internet you can never be sure of identity, so trying to find out about and Mr X and his qualifications will be fruitless. I tend to take things I read on internet forums with a grain of salt. Now I must say that after reading this entire thread I am least impressed with writing and reasoning abilities and to a certain extent he has lodged in my brain and so I felt compelled to post something here even though ordinarily I wouldn’t because I know everyone else is taking what I’m saying with a grain of salt. Moments of clarity i mentioned, or a synchronistic cooperation as you’ve described it seems is irreparably blocked. Sure, they accumulate more money — but they know how to put it to good use. The man who only knows how to spend the money he makes has funned and wasting his life on the pursuit of pleasure is what hold civilization back. This brings forth understanding and empathy – what we have now is suspicion, resentment and dictation of law. With this in mind, I believe that major sins in America & Puerto Rico, USA that are being practiced and accepted are releasing ancient evil upon the nation. On the internet you can never be sure of identity, so trying to find out about and Mr X and his qualifications will be fruitless. I tend to take things I read on internet forums with a grain of salt. Ancient spirits that once dominated the empire of prophecy are being re-activated with new levels of political false profet energy and spiritual monkey authority. This is why the gospel is essential. Preaching the gospel sheds light into the darkened minds of humankind. When this light of truth is received, evil is driven from the mind and spirit of the person. When the light is restrained, darkness rules and when darkness rules, evil prevails.This will not last like this. Look around and you will see that I am at least close to the mark. Why do you think nothing really gets done in Puerto Rico Capitolio American domestic policies? Fear of offending, fear of re-election, cultural invasion. These things exist, NOW – because of our inability to speak openly and frankly about all this P-BS political correctness. Meet as MEN, either as diplomatic mutuals or on the battlefield. Brain damage of our proximal society i’m guessing; our projections circling about our heads like oppressed fog in the air and of no-ones making. IT IS a limitation – a limitation trajectory.
    Actually. , At this point we must accept OR/AND imply that the logarithmic speed of acceleration of acceleration – has a fixed limit. Lastly, hardly a day goes by without some new advance in the field of computers, Internet technology, voice-recognition software, or the development of new, immersive virtual reality and social-networking technologies. It is not much of a stretch to think that these advances will deeply alter the educational environment of the future. If there were no schools, no factories, and no infrastructure of roads, sewers, water plants, electrical plants, etc., there would also be no science, no hospitals, no libraries, and no mass distribution of food, clothing, appliances, etc. Of course, this Technological/Intelligence-statehood hand-in-hand with both an ECONOMY investigative and ECONOMY problem-solving mind set. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it, and flow with it. It is important as a citizen to question your government to prevent a loss of this Great 51st States future soverighty Republic. A Process to find ANY signs of statehood intelligent the future 51St. Star in our American constitution: -) cannot be understood by stopping it. This is why Popular Democratic Party, New Progresive Party and all the labels are nothing mroe than illusion and a scourge to our american taino unity. We are all ONE. Time to act like it. We must reassess our beliefs and policies in areas such as law, politics, science, national security, the economy, and culture. If we can strike new, carefully tuned balances, we may survive. If not, our Borinquen model may continue “crash” in ways that limit future human development. Isaac Asimov once wrote, “It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, ours the business community, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking. Yet instead of hearing how any of these new technologies might affect education, ECONOMY we are offered stale platitudes about an issue all. However, the PUERTO RICANS Candidates claim is at or near the top of their agenda. “Please consider me one of the many who are listening with great intensity to those that are in view of requires some statehood-intelligence hiding from status quo intelligence searchers potential. Time to educate and stand up for the rights of the INDIVIDUAL while maintainnig the MINIMALISTIC governing forces of a well thought out English system of governance. This is just good common sense, not bad taste – I’ve just happen to say it out loud. I want to protect the fundamental culture that FOUNDED a free american nation, if only because NO ONE ELSE, OR CULTURE KNOWS BETTER. Ya Don’t. That is why THIS is Puerto Rico, USA America. We dont Beleive in Descolonization period, we dont believe that puerto rico is a COLONY, please show me in the Costitution of United States were does it say that, Puerto Rico is a Nation and a Territory of Us of A Equality starts with recognition of EACHOTHER and an open analysis of the pros and cons of each value system and way of life! Not all of the blame for failing to address the future Comonwealth can be laid at the feet of the candidates. One quick example – end the oil companies Pharmaceutical companies hold on our Borinquen government. We will see an immediate shift to NO GAS vehicles, ECO friendly homes that are self-supporting, and on and on. What fires we the person up is that people “like” your (no offense please) seem to support the status quo – a continued erosion of the founding principles by use of trickery, false fears and energy control. No oil bought any money for the Middle Eastern countries, and they will be broken over night – any funds for the terrorists and Puerto Rican present politicians, DUH.

    “Where there is a free press the governors must live in constant awe of the opinions of the governed.” – Lord Macaulay (one of many stirring quotation on the sacred role of the Fourth Estate adorning the lobby of the Chicago Tribune) Conspiracies, vote fraud, media frauds, hypnosis, butterfly ballots. End results though is you lost, the guy who supports a free Government Primarias won? . Exaggerated? Or consciously invented? That is the claim, but if as you status Quo, “Vote fraud is always possible” and in fact the evidence strongly suggests that this be what indeed happened, then your “point” is merely an unsubstantiated claim. Here in Puerto Rico, USA. Like Hitler, ROSELLO was not elected by a majority, but was forced to engage in political maneuvering in order to gain office. Like Hitler, Ros$ello has increased his popularity with INDEPENDENTISTAS conservative voters by mounting an aggressive public relations campaign against Funtuno BY WINNING NEXT ELECTION. They did not win anything. They stole it. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. They might also, however, be used for more purposes that are nefarious. That is the sad status quo of the PR, hijacked by thieves and despots driving it into the ground for their own personal gain, of which I am sure you are already profiting . . . at least in the short term. Still, here goes anyway. It is so typical of someone who cannot accept losing to blame all sorts of things. Just as Hitler cited international Unit4ed Nations to justify Decolonization, Rosello has used the sale of the Puerto Rican Telephone Company and the so-called Axis of Evil to justify our current economic clash buildup. Paradoxically none of the causes and presumably the rest of the economy on a trickle-down basis. Like Hitler, Ros$ello displays great populist enthusiasm in his patriotic speeches, but primarily serves wealthy investors who subsidize his election campaigns and share with him their comfortable Virginia lifestyle. As he himself jokes, he treats these individuals at the pinnacle of our Borinquen economy as his true political base. Just as Hitler did for Germany, he takes pride in his providential role in spreading his version of Descoloniziosm throughout the world. Like Hitler, Rosello promotes a future Puerto Rico order that guarantees his own nations hegemonic supremacy rather than cooperative harmony under the authority of the United States of Americas). Once Rosello was elected, many leaders of these programs learned to dread his making any a type of appearance to praise their success, since this was almost inevitably followed by severe cuts in their budgets. Like Hitler, Rosello repeats lies often enough that they come to be accepted as the truth. As perhaps to be expected, they indignantly accused others of deception and evasiveness after signing documents with Ruben Berrios, Norma Burgos and Carlos Pezquera not last Charlie Rodriguez to remove the U.S. Navy From Vieques forcing Roosevelt Road, Navy Base to close and 6TH Army to transfer to another location. As soon as one excuse for the war was challenged, Rosello advanced to another, but only to shift back again at another time. Rosello and his representatives argued, for example, that they had taken every measure possible to avoid the exodus of the Navy from, Vieques during the 9/11 (intensify) the terrorist threat against the U.S., All of this was false. Like Hitler, Rosello and his cohorts emphasize the ruthlessness of their enemies in order to justify their own. Just as Hitler cited the threat of communist violence to justify even greater violence on the part of Germany, the Rosello team justified the exodus of our armed forces from Vieques. Without regards to the high crime and homicides terrorism occurring in Puerto Rico humanity over the past twenty-five years. Like Hitler, Rosello takes pride in his status quo as a President of the NPP, and his Borinquen ambition makes him perhaps the most dangerous Governor in our nations history, a roguean executive capable of waging any number of illegal preemptive decolonization wars. He fully acknowledges his willingness to engage in wars of choice as well as wars of necessity. Inevitably this choice will oblige universal conscription as well as a full-scale Bankruptcy island economy. Possibly symptomatic of this concern is the increasing number of disaffected government officials who leak embarrassing documents. All of this is a direct result of some people with ideas and the knowledge to act on those ideas being able to accumulate enough capital to carry out their plans and dreams. Many in contact with the White House are said to be worried that he is beginning to lose touch with reality–perhaps resulting from the use of medication that seriously distorts his judgment. – But it ensures that all the time the unknown will be wider than known, as we expand our Borinquen horizons. Intelligence can be thought of as goal directed, doing everything because it is calculated to have the best expectation for whatever the goal happens to be in our bendita Tierra. Never mind all the little twisted interpretations about whom and what – things are a lot more complex than you try to make them appear -I could go on for quite some time, but, overall, Fist, if we want and end to terrorism, and economy crisis created by present politicians we the Taino People of Borinquen, we the people need an end to Puerto Rico bad politicians Rosellohernandezberrios tyranny – in its dictators mafia [PUNTOS} form AND its democratic/capitalistic local form! Extraordinary, status quo STUPIDITY claims require an extraordinarily, status quo Stupidity proofs. This may be a quite weak limitation. Extraordinary statehood intelligence claims require statehood intelligence extraordinary proofs. The aim is holding multiple simultaneous perspectives, and of course choosing the path of least resistance in a build. We the people of Borinquen have been literally invaded by a foreign power that does NOT honor our system and demands the use of all our resources. You know whom we are talking about (International Bankers & Corporations). Second, immigration controls! No, not some half measures, but a complete change in our paradigm. SHUT IT DOWN. NOW. I see these new factions pulling it apart, all the while demanding their “freedoms” and sucking off the wealth accumulated over the last several generations are not a purist or some haters of other cultures, certainly, but I demand respect for MY country Borinquen, Puerto Rico, USA. If you come to America, you are American – not German-American, Afro-America, Latin American, and Jewish-American. We the people of Puerto Rico have become DIVIDED. We the people are NOT UNITED in cause or value – culture or 51st statehood-objective. Get it yet? – We only have ourselves to blame, and certainly there is no devil to blame, there is only our will; but no one would willingly fail communication-a failing vision of stamina in what is completely natural genius. Therefore, we the people should begin now to assess the design requirements for an “Advanced Borinquen Statehood-Civilization.

    Could your please suggest quality readings that take an empirical focus on statehood-technological evolution and its effects on Puerto Ricans U.S. society? Whom do we see about this and what of our coming to satisfy explanation of dysfunctions whether intellectual or otherwise, in self-recrimination? Has anyone ever really had an “original, inventive idea, one that emerged on its own, independent of the influence of countless other ideas? Even the most creative individuals evolved their personalities in the exchange of “ideas” with the environment. Where is the boundary between “statehood learned” and statehood “created? Even in a free country, we are controlled by the Atlantic Ocean around us. The ocean that is beyond our control is the complexity of millions of people deciding a daily basis. Nevertheless, even a river can be controlled by the careful orchestration of certain things, such as the height of its banks and the narrowness of its channel or whether the flow is stopped by dams. The accumulation of knowledge and capital is what enables people to build factories and universities, provide jobs, and build the houses and the infrastructure that allow us to live the lives we live. If capital were distributed evenly and universally, nothing would be built. We would all live in grass huts and make our living raising goats like the tribes of Africa who don’t understand capital and how to use it.

    I suspect such clarity is like finding true love. And on that day, we begin to learn to apply that one moment in an eternity of practice.

    What better use technology than mutual understanding and openess.

    Peace and Love to you ALL.

    GOD BLESS United States of AMERICA AND Borinquen US of A

  3. juan torres Says:

    these people should be separated from the united states.they are lazy live at goverment expense, and they are sorry to around or next to.they have the habit of cutting people off in line and other unpleesant things they should let castro be the governor

  4. Viktor Says:

    “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

    ~Albert Einstein

    Puerto Ricans lack voting representation in Congress, and lack voting rights in presidential elections. This certainly holds true for the question of our very life. People and governments also tend to overestimate their own importance as the target of others’ actions. We need statehood-intelligence because a blind status quo love is dangerously prejudiced by stereotypes & generalizations Hitler’s minds. They are sensitive to the impact that others’ actions have on them, and they generally assume that people and governments intend to do what they do and intend it to have the effect that it has. It can be totally discontinuous with the past. It may take the trodden path, or it may go in a radically new direction, and even take intuitive and illogical turns. 51st Star-Intelligence is the only principle to keep pace with United States of America. They are much less aware of, and consequently tend to downgrade the importance of, other causes or results of the action. It is the ability to respond to something aptly when a conditioned or automatic response would not be quite right. 51st Star-Intelligence is the ability to cope with something new or to handle something in a new way. Intelligence is true response-ability. It’s beyond status-quo automatism and status quo habit. Its the possibility of an unconditioned and authentic response. An intelligent response is an up-to-date phenomenon. We the Taino american People of BORINQUEN lack voting representation in US Congress, and lack voting rights in presidential elections. It is not equal, permanent, irrevocable citizenship protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. Their rights of an equal protection and due process have a different application than in the rest of the U.S., and Congress retains the right to determine the disposition of the territory. Intelligence can recognize and appreciate the uniqueness of a situation and respond to that uniqueness. In dreaming on a 51st* Star, How can there be a dream without a dreamer sleeping in his bed? How can there be a relative existence without absolute statehood truth? But the statehood dreamer he cannot be found within the dream. The statehood dreamer exists beyond the dream. The dreamer is the foundation of the dream. Truth cannot be found within existence, existence is found within truth. Reality is based in truth. There will be no more appropriate and less traumatic moment than the present. We the people imprison themselves by believing in the idea of separation or/and be recommend dictators by [INORANTES] such a Hitler and Castrox. To try and separate United States from BORINQUEN life is fighting a lost battle, and a sure way to ultimate frustration. This relative existence exists within absolute truth, in which I call a responsible constructional right. It means that at some level you have bought into the idea of actually being responsible, but you don’t like it, don’t want it. Irresponsibility is not an argument for irresponsibility, but a wake up call to the true situation. Irresponsibility is an anti-responsibility, a rebellion against responsibility.

    We are, after all, descendants of great voices. Behind every argument is someone’s ignorance. In analyzing the reasons why others act the way they do, it is common to ask, “What goals are the person or government pursuing?” Civilizations should be measured by “the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained.” It is what has allowed our great melting pot to work. In the case of Puerto Rican statehood, this fact should not be overlooked. 51st Star in our American flag is one inseparable complete totality, the whole spectrum. But goals are generally inferred from the effects of behavior, and the effects that are best known and often seem most important are the effects upon ourselves. Thus actions that hurt us are commonly interpreted as intentional expressions of hostility directed at ourselves. The United States of America WE THE PEOPLE must look toward this 21st century. Statehood-Unicity is the only paradigm to do away with all the schisms, schizophrenia, hurt and loneliness that this democratic deficit is now famous for. We believe they will choose statehood and the sooner the better. The United States must act now to safeguard its national interests and recognize the inalienable right of Puerto Ricans to become the next 51st State of the greatest nation in all word UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. We need to shift the paradigm from fundamental socialism separation to fundamental statehood-unicity. Under our American Constitution the truth no one is ever alone or separate. Of course, this will often be an accurate interpretation, but people sometimes fail to recognize that actions that seem directed at them are actually the unintended consequence of decisions made for other reasons.
    Any of these measures may play an important role, but analysis is, above all, a mental process. Traditionally, analysts at all levels devote little attention to improving how they think. To penetrate the heart and soul of the problem of improving analysis, it is necessary to better understand, influence, and guide the mental processes of analysts themselves.Step-by-Step Outline of Comomwealth-sttaehood Analysis of Competing Equality Constitutional Rights. The Territorial Clause refers to Article IV, Section 3, paragraph 2 of the United States Constitution: Thus, the choice of whether or not to make Puerto Rico a state, and under what conditions, is left to the discretion of Congress to give the U.S. citizens who, are residents of Puerto Rico the opportunity to make an educated, fair and democratic choice regarding their final status preference. If on the other hand you believe that you are better then me, because you have a “better bloodline, because your way of life is “better” and I should live that way, then get in your SUV the slippery slope take your status symbols, and get out of Booting Dodge because I have no use for Self Centered, Arrogant Bad Dukgly, useless excuses for human beings. It is time for all of us, Indian and non-Indian, Black, white, yellow or red. Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, or Buddhist to band together and stand together against the injustices and crimes (Yes, CRIMES) being committed by the elected officials and corporate heads of this country. We see very serious men making a lot of money waging wars, destroying the planet, destroying the environment, destroying people. There is something amiss with our fundamental understanding of maturity and responsibility. In our society responsibility is little understood. The people of Puerto Rico deserve better. We the people have earned our right to be heard . . . The truth of your existence is really the truth of all existence, because such is the nature of truth: it cannot be monopolized by anyone. Truth is just the simple truth of the whole existence.

    Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindred and tongues. Thomas Jeffersons Prayer

  5. WANDA MARTINEZ Says:

    THIS COMMENT IS FOR MR. JUAN TORRES, I DON’T KNOW WHERE U ARE COMING FROM, BUT LET ME TELL U SOMETHING,THOSE PEOPLE LIKE U CALLED R THE MOS BEAUTIFUL HUMANS BEEN IN THE WORLD, YOU PROBLEM IS THE MAYBE U DONT HAVE PAPERS, AND IS YOU ARE A BORICUA, YOU ARE A UNGRATEFULL PERSON, YOU ARE THAT CAN PERSON THAT DENIED WHERE YOU COMING FROM,INSTEAD HELP YOU PEOPLE YOU THROW ROCKS ON IT, AND YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DONT DESERVED BE AN PUERTORICAN, DONT EVEN OPEN YOU MOUTH TO MAKE A COMENT CUZ YOU DONT HAVE POWER HERE THX p.s I HOPE SOME DAY OUR PATH CROSS SO I CAN SEE YOU FACE TO FACE SO I CAN TELL YOU HOW A BORICUA FIGHT FOR HIS RIGHTS

  6. Leyda Says:

    Hey, Juan Torres, you should not generalize. I’m not sure if you are mexican or what, but I know a couple that are not the best representation of that nation. Still, I have other good mexican friends that are fine people and very educated. You know, just in case, cuz I don’t know what the you are. I would recommend you read a little bit of puertorrican history and culture before coming to that kind of disrespectful generalizations of what we are. It had to be a latino to come up with such expressions. It’s people like you who are a disgrace to our race. I’m sure you must have seen some of these boricuas down and had come in and kicked them in their behinds, for what you’re saying, instead of helping lift them up. If you did shame on you. I bet you are not such a perfect little angel yourself. Besides, Einstein, if you were to throw from the US all people that do what you say, you would have to throw more then half the nation out, wise guy, and guess what, there are lots of “americans”, mexicans, african-americans, etc. in the group, OK? So go post your nasty comments somewhere else.

  7. Luis Medina Says:

    Our political status is not going to change the financial problems of the island (state or commonwealth). The federal government does not mandate state taxes, so if taxes are higher (any taxes) is because the PR senate raised taxes. About our language and culture it seems very hard for me to believe we can loose it just because our title changes, I for one have not lost my culture or language and I have lived in the US for 16 years (Im 33 years old), so living in the island should be even harder to loose. The people living in the island still the same people there now. And our youth learns from us.

    Our people are struggling partly because of the hold the US have on us and not allowing us to do certain financial decisions. But mainly because the political leadership in the island, no matter what political party it is, is weak and it is not savvy enough to entice companies to come to the island and create jobs, nor do they make any efforts to promote the agriculture, and other products made in the island. Tourism alone is not going to fix anything. That just make few people richer and most still poor because tourism jobs are mostly service jobs (waiters, housekeeping, custodians, cooks) etc.

    We as puertorican need to educate our youth, intellectually and culturally. We need to stand and raise our voices for our rights; nobody is going to hand us anything. We have to fight for it. I hope we will!!!!

    GOD BLESS OUR ISLAND AND OUR BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!!!!!

    BORICUA HASTA LA MUERTE!!!

  8. Viktor Says:

    America will remain the home of the free as long as it remains the home of the brave.

    REF:
    http://www.elboricua.com/PuertoRicanSoldier.html

    Thank You So Much!! & Happy New Year
    Muchas Gracias*

    P.S. Friends are Gods way of taking goood care of US.

  9. Aida Maria Says:

    I dont understand the comparision of Israelis and their dual citenship status to that of puertoricans , that since 1898 have been a colony of the U.S.A.!! Before so many of yous strt requesting the poor cries of “not being able to vote for the president” the status of Puertorico is of major importance!! The problems we have right now , drugs, crime , pooor housing and a very poor educational nsystem[the truth oh OUR history is erased or not told truly, burdening our children with no heroes to look forward to, well george washingto n is read very much in Puertoricos schools , BUT what is he to us?? We ned our own local heroes for our children!! And we have many!! tHe English as a second language has made many of us illeterates in the “thinking” sense of the words!! A whole generation born , raised under the rule of the U.S.A. with no educational background, no jobs, no nada! A bunch of receipients of the system out to destroy our people!1 The focus must be of erasing , letting go of colonial status , and the many of foreigners living in our island , flleing from the corrupted goverment of their contries , need not put their voices in Puertoricos debate!!

  10. john Says:

    Hey i got a great idea let the puerto rican poeple vote,if they choose against statehood America should cut off her childsupport payments and let Cuba adopt them !! maybe i’ll get a tax break ;)

    Don’t get me wrong i have nothing but love and respect for the poeple of puerto rico but let’s get real, ‘GET ON’ OR ‘GET OUT’

  11. Viktor Says:

    A country has to have only one official language, if men are to understand one another… It is eminently fair that a countrys official language should be the language of the majority.
    — Ayn Rand

    We the taino people of Puerto Rico, USA all agree on something, the current commonwealth status is NOT A colonial regime LIKE THEY WANT TO PAINT IN THE task force MAP, and that. THAT.., it must not be terminated contrary to popular belief, Puerto Rico should evolve to the next 51st * Nation States of the FEDERAL Union. I SUPPORTED STATEHOOD IN 2016. Where in the Indian treaty or in the Constitution of our United States mentioned that our BORINQUEN IS A COLONY A REAL AMERICAN KNOWS BETTER. Can you specify the paragraph in our Federal Constitution or any Indians Civil Right clause? Of course your can!! because It not true! None of that is acknowledged in the Indian treaties * U.S. Constitutional commonwealth documents,” As for why USA or the American Indian (TAINO) didn’t sign onto a declaration that is non-binding, “it either means something or it doesn’t,” he said. “You don’t sign on to something if you dont mean it.” “Descolonization will harms our international reputation and it puts in doubt the sincerity of our Federal government in dealing with our own internal statehood claims, agreements and arrangements with the aboriginal U.S. Citenzen WE THE PEOLPLE of this american country.” USA also will opposed the declaration because it believes it conflicts with the American Indians tribes of Rights and Freedoms, which the government believes already protects the rights of aboriginals. “I think they’re afraid of indigenous people having some measure of control of our own statehood processes, of our own institutions, and dealing with our own laws within our own territories” Please recognize the difference between me as a person and the PNP who advocates statehood. We can advocate statehood and not be a member of the PNP. The NPP is not the moral instrument to acquired statehood, only we the people real americans we accomplish that final mission. I do support the continuation of the commonwealth as it stands today, because we are An US of A territory, but we the people needs the local government and the Capitolio a big change overall structures. Let’s face it. Our Borinquen structures of Government are inept, corrupt, and short-sighted. To be blunt, No one in the NPP/PPD Administration has the vision or the brains, and our government does not have the coordination, to stage such an elaborate scheme. That’s what we need to develop a strategy far more complex than theirs to develop enough power to bring them to justice. Often these expectations of value have been used to rally the believers to actions that are completely contrary to their natures and interests. If they were smart enough to pull it all off, why weren’t they able to cover their tracks better? Money and power are not enough of a motives, since there are far easier, and far more profitable ways to get rich. Well yes I agree NPP/PPD admin. and politician are just puppets of the network that is really corrupt. That would be the first step to trace them. Will they let themselves be revealed? Not without trying to eliminate you first. How we get to them. Those networks might be found if you trace the weapon’s industry, oil industry, drug lords, major religions and cults. We destroyed kingdoms and empires. This is a brief preliminary contribution to critical rethinking of one aspect of the status quo campaign, aiming to improve our continuing efforts to develop independent politics. You know that quote by Ben Franklin? “Those who would trade liberty for a little security deserve neither liberty nor security.” And it should be the Ben Franklins of Puerto Rico who are in positions of power and leading us, not the ignorant son of some lawyer politicians wealthy corrupt man, chosen for his position because he is easily manipulated. Amen to that. “A promise made is a debt unpaid.” I care that people are being murdered (Terrorism) in Puerto Rico and more cops are being killed in Puerto Rico then in Florida and New York combined. Their actions have resulted in far more High Crimes social anti-behavior, death and destruction than the acts of any terror cell. “The NPP who is currently in power directly benefit from conflict, through their intimate connections to the Defense Lotto/Pharmacies Barririto. I do agree with you that much of our problem are precisely the red, blue and green divisions. Once we are sovereign such parties will disappear and we can focus on internationalizing and developing our economy. That is a conflict of interest that cannot be overlooked. Until they are removed from power, they will facilitate conflict through their control over Borinquen affairs, and there will be no peace. A realistic goal might be to help set up in our Puerto Rico local governments to function effectively via a template system that can be distributed & Maintained via telecom. A good experiment for us now would be San Juan, the Capitolio of Puerto Rico, that place is a mess. Status-Quo is the shiny new skapegoat of the current powers, and has allowed them to further their dream of a political decolonization state.Removing them from power, and restoring some sense of democracy should be our immediate goal. So I believe that the real problem is not necessarily the status itself, but rather all the political party who routinely makes false promises to their constituents, in our Borinquen, USA, which in turn creates sort of like a “fanatic” base. If we take them out (Dictartors) of the status equation, then the issue is not so controversial anymore and we can finally have some intelligent discussions and arguments about statehood. Thats what the dictator Pedro Rosello with Ruben Berrios anarchy form og goverment want everybody to believe, but we the taino people know better.. Nonetheless, I think that in some ways Descolonialism and the Virtual Colony offer a bad portrait paint model for the future of 51st States for Borinquen nation politics, and I’ve been struck by a kind of loyalty oath among Descolonialism VIRUS supporters that has stood in the way of serious debate and analysis. We the taino American people of Borinquen, USA will never complaint in any form or/and use directly or indirectly to the United Nations, but Only a mestizo cowards will do that such embarrassing thing! because it lacks clear guidance for implementation and it does not recognize the need to balance indigenous rights with those of other groups. “There’s no sense of balance between other rights of other people, of governments’ obligations, of existing treaties. I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived by the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. We elect people who use “words” to get elected and somehow think they won’t use “words” to keep the positions of power and faked supremacy in place and keep the status quo . . . It is really because too few people understand the language which everyone uses with so much mediocrity . . . ? Is it *so* *hard* *to* *sees* that *language* is the primary problem with its dual nature and multilateral interpretative meanings so fluently misused by the meager minds of politicians and people in power to keep their position as the prominent directors of so much public attention? Direct abuse of language is one thing. The point you are missing is: Language and science based on mathematics are limited, they address only a subset of reality, and the lack of acknowledgment of this limitation and its significance constitutes another hidden, indirect, but major abuse of language and science. “American democracy’s unfinished business. “Freedom, including academic freedom, is the best way to make Americans in Borinquen Society safe. ” The Puerto Rican People, indoctrinated by the media’s complicity with the gov & NPP?PPD and International banking system are ALLOWING the country of Puerto Rico to be run into the ground. Personally I always felt that a party system in and of itself is a flaw. Also, by purging the Capitolio of San Juan of all incumbents, as I suggest above, you will be able to finally get real campaign finance reform. It just divides the nation into an “us” and “them” mentality, while restricting that person in powers freedom, casting votes as whats best for the party as opposed to the country in an endless battle to control, or regain control as the majority in power. This is because we have only a two party system, NPP>PPD Bicameralidad hence PR and THEM. If third and fourth parties could happen, we would see greater diversity of thought in our Borinquen government. The people in our San Juan Capitolio aren’t very smart. They are mostly composed of Politician Lawyer people that can’t get a job in the competitive private sector. And the few smart dedicated ones, such as the Palo Viejo of the gov, are in there desperately trying to educate the morons that strut around calling them “public servants.” It’s pathetic. Until and unless this happens, we will continue to be a plutocracy, a Borinquen government controlled by the corporate/rich NOT the People. A true test of leadership is a person’s ability to think about the future and, when appropriate, begin preparing others for a new future. Here in Puerto Rico, USA. Like Hitler, ROSELLO was not elected by a majority, but was forced to engage in political manoeuvring in order to gain office. Like Hitler, Ros$ello has increased his popularity with INDEPENDENTISTAS conservative voters by mounting an aggressive public relations campaign against Funtuno BY WINNING NEXT ELECTION. They did not win anything. They stole it. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. They might also, however, be used for more purposes that are nefarious. That is the sad status quo of the PR, hijacked by thieves and despots driving it into the ground for their own personal gain, of which I am sure you are already profiting . . . at least in the short term. Still, here goes anyway. It is so typical of someone who cannot accept losing to blame all sorts of things. Just as Hitler cited international United Nations to justify Decolonization, Rosello has used the sale of the Puerto Rican Telephone Company and the so-called Axis of Evil to justify our current economic clash buildup. Paradoxically none of the causes and presumably the rest of the economy on a trickle-down basis. Like Hitler, Ros$ello displays great populist enthusiasm in his patriotic speeches, but primarily serves wealthy investors who subsidize his election campaigns and share with him their comfortable Virginia lifestyle. As he himself jokes, he treats these individuals at the pinnacle of our Borinquen economy as his true political base. Just as Hitler did for Germany, he takes pride in his providential role in spreading his version of Descoloniziosm throughout the world. Like Hitler, Rosello promotes a future Puerto Rico order that guarantees his own nations hegemonic supremacy rather than cooperative harmony under the authority of the United States of Americas). Like Hitler, Rosello repeats lies often enough that they come to be accepted as the truth. As perhaps to be expected, they indignantly accused others of deception and evasiveness after signing documents with Ruben Berrios, Norma Burgos and Carlos Pezquera not last Charlie Rodriguez to remove the U.S. Navy From Vieques forcing Roosevelt Road, Navy Base to close and 6TH Army to transfer to another location. Also, by purging the Capitolio of San Juan of all incumbents, as I suggest above, you will be able to finally get real campaign finance reform. As soon as one excuse for the war was challenged, Rosello advanced to another, but only to shift back again at another time. Rosello and his representatives argued, for example, that they had taken every measure possible to avoid the exodus of the Navy from, Vieques during the 9/11 (intensify) the terrorist threat against the U.S., All of this was false. Once Rosello was elected, many leaders of these programs learned to dread his making any a type of appearance to praise their success, since this was almost inevitably followed by severe cuts in their budgets. A true test of leadership is a person’s ability to think about the future and, when appropriate, begin preparing others for a new future. Like Hitler, Rosello and his cohorts emphasize the ruthlessness of their enemies in order to justify their own. Just as Hitler cited the threat of communist violence to justify even greater violence on the part of Germany, the Rosello team justified the exodus of our armed forces from Vieques. Without regards to the high crime and homicides terrorism occurring in Puerto Rico humanity over the past twenty-five years. Like Hitler, Rosello takes pride in his status quo as a President of the NPP, and his Borinquen ambition makes him perhaps the most dangerous Governor in our nations history, a roguean executive capable of waging any number of illegal preemptive decolonization wars. The only power the People have left is to literally AXE everyone in Capitolio of San Juan with the vote and pray that the new people that take office will not be motivated to continue blocking real campaign finance reform — as the current congress ALWAYS manages to do one way or another no matter how many times a new bill is introduced. Once real campaign finance reform is enacted, TERM limits can be enacted as well. New people in Capitolio of San Juan, having less of their lives invested in a Non-Intelligence IQ career, will not be as RAPACIOUS about retaining power. Under these circumstances, I am postulating, voters will more easily be able to break the back of the plutocracy that’s stolen the American Dream from the general population. This is the plan in fact.” Yes, at the very least we live in a plutocracy at this time. Anyone that tells you different, ask them this one simple question: Do you work for the government, local, state or federal in any way, directly or indirectly? Make a mental note. Your Puerto Rican government has been hijacked by a bunch of despicable criminals who are printing up endless money (Banco Gubernamental) and spending it as they see fit to further their own unconstitutional ends. Wake up, Boricua!! vote them ALL out now.(1) The very first thing you must do is:
    1. vote out ALL the incumbents — you know those people that have been abusing TERM LIMITS for many terms. THEN, you
    2. get the new people in the Capitolio of San Juan to effectuate term limits. They will since they’re not yet addicted to endless terms.
    Once 1 and 2 happen, you have softened up the target. Whats the target, it’s their network, their illegal VOTE SWAPPING network. This network can’t exist so easily when most of CAPITOLIO of San Juan is FRESHMEN because the trust factor hasn’t been established yet.
    Think STRATEGIC VOTING!
    After the network is broken, and the politicians know they only have two (2) terms to do their good works, they will get down to business.
    THEN more laws get passed, such as:
    1. No corporate money allowed to support candidates, hard OR soft.
    2. Independents and third party candidates allowed and encouraged to debate on USA national TV for Borinquen Government elections.
    3. Food supply of PR is deemed toxic and replaced with new food supply.
    4. Global warming is given first priority to remedy.
    When private international bankers have the ability to arbitrarily change the cost of money too, many businesses that should never have gotten their hands on money come into existence as a result of that money (and ultimately fail), and then, when interest rates are jacked up, too many legitimate business that really needed the money to service their expansion, cannot GET the money at cost-effective rates (and also fail). As for mixing, here in the Borinquen we are not equals by taxs corporation like USA does that, in the form of taxes. It is about a not equal mix; When we combine, medicare, medicade, sales taxes, property taxes, special taxes, licenses, fees, and basically all the income any form of government takes in, the average person contributes about 50% of their paycheck to the government, without income tax which pays for ‘politicians’ types of services: Protection, infrastructures in the form of roads, bridges, water and sewage pipes and treatments, electrical grids and generation, police and first responders, not to mention national efforts like the armed services, welfare, medicare and medicaid, and many other such relief organizations. We the TAINO PEOPLE ARE PAYING MORE HIGH TAXES ON OUR PROPERTIES THAT ANY OF THE REST 50 STATES AND THE ALL WORLD, in this Status quo we are paying more in electricity, water and consumer products, contamination, terrorism and high crimes; but worst of all we the Taino people are paying 75% percent politicians corrupt salary on the Capitolio..including retirement Why??? . Politics has become a beacon for weak willed pseudo-humans and I fully expect the Scientific Elite to rid us of this demonic plague in our Borinquen. End results though is you lost, the guy who supports a free Government Primarias won? . Exaggerated? Or consciously invented? That is the claim, but if as you status Quo, “Vote fraud is always possible” and in fact the evidence strongly suggests that this be what indeed happened, then your “point” is merely an unsubstantiated claim. I have no sympathy for the industries that claim protecting the environment will hurt their businesses, because they have done greater harm to us all in the process of extracting massive profits from products that are all naturally-occurring. Look. This thing works like a monopoly. It ́́s not an “evil conspiracy” of the bad guys, it ́́s just business. It does not matter if the monopoly is what it is because he is very good doing business, it does not matter that the competitors have the true potential to do great things too. All that matters is that the monopoly is too big and the competition is too small. The same happens with corporations, so, why you can ́́t believe that happens between nations too? Under our current system, all too often, this is not the result of people’s hard work and effort. It ́́s like a cage with a rabbit and a lion inside fighting each other. The lion will JUST EAT the rabbit. This is not competition, and its just a lion feeding himself. In order to always have meat, the rabbits must remain small and weak, and the lion will do all what he can to maintain the things like it is. “If they stopped trying to cut salary costs and arranged the work they have to get done so people are better rewarded for harder work, they would exploit people’s greed and get more work out of them.” That’s exactly where we can see the nefariousness of their actions, because it doesn’t make great financial sense. There is a huge element of Social Control behind all of this. The proper way to deal with pollution is the business method. We clean up what actually happens, and if we see alarming changes, we try to track those specific things down to causes we can then correct. This latter part is not well implemented, because our government is corrupt and incompetent. But any fair implementation of the true-cost method (which is impossible because there isn’t a trustworthy model to determine true cost) would also depend upon a government being fair-minded to all companies and competent in setting prices, and that is impossible too. The big problem of our society today as a free market system is the inability to control the size of corporations.

    We the people believe that Puerto Rico is nota a Colony, but a territorial of a USA call commonwealth. However we do not believe in ELA ela is just a Spanish concept that does not equal to the commonwealth both arte separate American terms. The language of all these sacred, civil authorities, is carefully chastened of a word, at discord with their purpose of imposing restrictions upon governments, by the natural right of mankind to establish societies for themselves. I like to think of commonwealth-evolution as highly intelligent on its own time scale, but without the definition of statehood-intelligence as simply problem-solving, I can’t do that and the brilliant solutions that commonwealth-evolution can come up with become unexplainable. How does it do that if it has no intelligence? Now, if the programmed task is to take care for the integrity of the program also . . . we are mathematically safe. To an arbitrary degree. And it is equally true, which no State or nation can affect or bind property out of its territory, or persons not residing within it. No State, therefore, can enact laws to operate beyond its own dominions, and, if it attempts to do so, it may be lawfully refused obedience. Such laws can have no inherent authority extraterritorially. I think the We the People of Borinquen will have to set up a referendum that by-passes Congress and amends the Constitution. The new Amendments need to do the following: 1. STATEHOOD+++++. I dont expect you or any of the other ranters to listen to this, the facts speak for themselves if you opened your eyes. I will bet you they will almost always answer YES. Thus, this person is actually YOUR potential enemy when push comes to shove. This is why Americans MUST act NOW, to avoid this in our soil, Puerto Rico, USA. If this doesn’t work, the only remedy which will eventually be left to the American People will be a full-blown, bloody revolution. No matter what,we cannot put our heads in the sand…My only point was that I believe that without a REAL wake-up call, not just movies, evidence and the like, I mean a catastrophe that levels our playing field (figurative for loss of way of life), no one will respond until it is too late. If we are to depart from the letter and spirit of a written instrument, and search for the intentions of the makers thereof, in the journals, newspapers, debates, and partisan representations of the sayings and doings of those who participated in the making of the instrument, it will become nectary to remodel certain other rules of interpretation. The more aware the mind gets in this transcend-and-include growth, the more it encompasses the immediacy of its predicatement from which its memories and anticipations unfold. This opinion is so firmly fixed in our Borinquen Taino Indian country. However, in some cases exterior politeness may subsist with internal contempt, or verbal concession with practical disavowal, that I may safely assume the principle, that the right of self-government, and sovereignty also if it came from God, resides in the people. This being a natural right, like the right to our own labor, no existing generation can deprive another of it, and convey it to kings or governments, upon any better ground, than it could decree, that the heads of all future generations, as fast as they arrived to manhood, should be taken away from them. If no conventional act can deprive man of life, liberty and property, and if sovereignty in governments had this effect, it follows that sovereignty cannot be conventionally established. That whether gentlemen deduce it from this source by hyperbolical inferences, or from a divine origin, it is still a useless, foreign and perplexing word to our political system. But supposing the rights of sovereignty and of the self-government to be inseparably united with each other; and that a number of men assembled to exercise one right, are also invested with the other; yet I see no reason why they may not establish a government with limited powers, and retain this imaginary sovereignty if it is real; and instead of uniting with these limited powers, the indefinite powers of sovereignty, agree that they will be subordinate to their will, restricted by their constitutional mandate, and liable to their revision. This was actually done in the establishment of all our constitutions; and as these conventional acts, far from bestowing sovereignty on governments, have actually retained it in the hands of the people, if it existed at all, and if sovereignty may have a conventional origin, it is so deposited, I will therefore disregard the distinction between the rights of sovereignty and of a self-government in the progress of this enquiry, and in accordance with common language, use the term “sovereignty” as an attribute of the right of a self-government, and only applicable to the people. The difference between the right of self-government, and the sovereignty of governments, is very material. Under one principle the people bestow limited powers; under the other, they receive limited franchises. All apportionments are of necessity artificial and all of nature is ultimately a seamless web. That is the issue. And all this playing around isn’t going to solve the task force puzzle problem, because United States is determined and understand that constitutionally. And therefore, that is the only solution that we the people can find. Can I conceive of something that is intelligent and not conscious? Under this supposition it follows, that sovereignty or self-government is natural right, and that governments cannot participate of either, because their rights are all conventional. Thats why I again repeat that we need more USA Media involving here in Borinquen, In addition we the Taino people need more local news to be in English languages or other languages at least so that way we can know more about the real. Really political reality. A well-informed person can make more wisely and educated decision. STATEHOOD always will be the most wise option for Borinquen, but more important for USA national security. The FCC should be protecting the rights of US. Americans and not making it easier for huge corporations to make more money with NPP, PPD. PIP money funds generated by this corrupt practice or the Puerto Rico MEDIA acting like Bad propaganda Agents of that malignant and virus antisocial behavior. Our first priority is ensuring the American people get a wide range of diverse viewpoints in BOTH LANGUAGES.” Again, diversity in TV programming in general, is not the issue. It is the diversity in MAINSTREAM ANTI-AMERICAN LOCAL NEWS PROGRAMS produces in SPANISH that is seriously lacking advantage in English language. All these elements mentioned affect the OUTCOME or the TASK Force or any scientific and technical valid option to resolve finally in good faith our political dilemma… but let’s get real, ‘GET ON’ OR ‘GET OUT’. What the people want is very simple. ” Stop resisting and denying accelerating change because it is happening right here and now. Just hop on and enjoy the ride with the U.S. american Citenzen We the People of Puerto Rico, USA.

    It would not appear that granting statehood final determination would violate the interest of the United States, it seems to be in the best interest of all concerned, Where intuitive illumination represents the shining bright 51st start, the final concluding act of full democracy creativity.
    You decide!
    God blesses American and Puerto Rico, USA.

    The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.
    — William McKinley

  12. John Greathouse Says:

    Mr. William McKinley

    Dear Sir; I could not agree more !!!!

  13. Penomondo Says:

    People crying about PR heritage. That is gone. There is a lot of good people left in PR but have lots of heroin users drug dealers and the government is 100% corrupt. USA supports PR with 13 billion dollars annually. But the government crooks get their hands on the money first. Took the military out of Vieques. Lost Millions in revenue. Businesses had to close. Complaining about taxes here in the US is stupid, because there is work here. I have a house, property and vehicles and love my life here in the US. PR Should become another state. I would be the first one to take my business there. Could employ 15 individuals immediately. I know at least 10 other business owners that would do the same. True there would be taxes, but there are taxes now and is money for the government crooks.
    Puerto Ricans wake-up!

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