Puerto Rico Oppression Act – H.R. 2499

On April 28, 2010, in Big Gov't, by Mark Ciavola

Our country is facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Unemployment has been around 10% for over a year. Under-employment is estimated to be almost twice that. States like Nevada and Michigan see unemployment rates over 13%, and minority unemployment in those states are as high as 25%. People are out of work, they are losing their homes and they are losing hope.

Instead of working to improve our economic situation, Congress and the White House have embarked on a year-long strategy to implement the most far-left policies imaginable, before they lose significant voting power in November. They have focused on:

– Billion-dollar auto-industry bailouts that saw the White House replace the CEO of General Motors and replace him with Rahm Emanuel’s buddy Ed Whittacre.

– An expensive and poorly-crafted Health Care Reform bill which includes a federal takeover of student loans, a provision to micro-chip humans, and a mandate to force Americans to buy insurance – at whatever those companies choose to charge.

– An expensive, business-crushing and consumer-screwing Cap and Trade bill which stands to make Al Gore a billionaire.

– An ineffective Financial Reform bill that allows the government to seize control of any failing institution it sees fit.

– A destructive Climate bill that will give the government unprecedented control over our daily lives, and cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

Despite the spin (lies), the only jobs created by any of these bills is 16,000 IRS agents (in the Health Care bill).

Now, Democrats in the House are pushing through a new bill – the Puerto Rico Democracy Act (H.R. 2499). They always make these bills sound so nice, don’t they? Who would be against the Puerto Rico Democracy Act? Democracy for Puerto Rico – sounds great!

But that’s not what this bill is about. This bill forces Puerto Ricans – yes forces them – to vote on whether or not they’d like to become a state. Now, Puerto Ricans have voted on the statehood issue several times, and each time they have wished to remain a territory. This allows Puerto Rico to be part of the United States, protected by its military, eligible for Social Security and Medicare, but pay NO TAXES to the U.S. government. Hmm… maybe they should be a state.

Also in this bill, is a provision that would allow FORMER Puerto Ricans to vote on statehood – even if they are now registered voters in the U.S.! How does that make sense? Yet another provision requires Puerto Ricans to vote on statehood every 8 years until it passes. Isn’t that nice? What happened to democracy for Puerto Rico? Apparently that is lost in the translation.

Supporting this bill is the equivalent of giving the federal government power over Puerto Ricans (who are U.S. citizens). It forces them to vote on an issue they have voted on regularly, and mandates that they continue to do so until they finally submit to the pressure, and become our 51st state. It seems to me that Puerto Ricans are perfectly capable of making these decisions on their own. If they want to vote on statehood again, and approve it, they can – and will. In addition, Puerto Ricans living in the U.S., registered to vote in one of our existing 50 states, should not have the ability to vote on the future of Puerto Rico. That clearly stacks the deck in favor of statehood, and Congress knows exactly what it’s doing in this regard.

So is this bill about democracy? Is it about choice? I hear Democrats every day talking about being pro-choice. Unfortunately, that only pertains to abortion.

If you’re looking for choice in health care, education, energy, and apparently whether you become a state or not, you’re shit out of luck.

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