Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Puerto Rico Democracy Act HR2499 - #1644 - Legislation Biased in Favor of Statehood - Heritage Foundation













The following information is contained in this post for your information:
  • Heritage Article - Legislation Biased in Favor of Statehood
  • Summary of why HR 2499 is dangerous at this time
  • Contact information for Tom Perriello - 5th District Virginia
  • Link to podcast of Rob Schilling's interview with Brian Darling, author of Heritage article below.
  • Puerto Rico Government statistics
  • Washington Examiner article
  • Video of Glenn Beck explaining the ramifications of this Bill.
  • Glenn Beck interview with Congressman Jason Chaffetz- (RUtah)
This article is most important to read, has major implications for the balance in the Senate and House of Representatives, 2 more Senators and 6 House of Representative members.   According to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the House will vote on H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act,  tomorrow, Thursday, April 29th. 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.

(1) 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.
(2) 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.
(3)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 one of the 50 states.
(4) 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.” 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.
(5) 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. Read more.....
A quick recap of why this Bill is so dangerous:

  • Legislation rigged to give Puerto Rico quick statehood status, 2 more Senators, 6 House of Representative members
  • Non-resident Puerto Ricans living in the United States will be allowed to vote along with citizens of Puerto Rico, 4.13 million in U.S., 3.97 million in Puerto Rico.  In U.S. Puerto Ricans already pay taxes, will likely vote for statehood.
  • It would increase entitlement spending, median national income in Puerto Rico $17,741, nearly 1/3 below that in the United States.
  • We in the U.S. would not vote, only our representatives, and we see how that has gone this year.
  • There are 3 major political parties in Puerto Rico, (1) New Progressive Party, 48.4% of voters, in favor of full statehood (2) Popular Democratic Party-43.4% of voters, enhanced Commonwealth status (3) Puerto Rico Independent Party-4.4%.  Puerto Ricans have the highest voter turnout in the world, 81.7%.
  • There is a massive media campaign in Puerto Rico right now by the New Progressive Party to influence voters right now.  
This story broke on Glenn Beck's TV program last night, and was featured prominently on today's radio show and all his investigative information will be presented today on his Fox TV show at 5:00 p.m.  Jason Chavez, Representative from Utah was on Glenn Beck's Radio show and is very concerned regarding this bill.   Rob Schilling also covered this on his radio show today and interviewed Brian Darling who wrote the above article.  It has not been mentioned on most mainstream conservative sites yet.  Fifty eight republicans have signed on to this bill, they need to hear from you about the negative impact of adding 2 more Senators and 6 more representatives, in view of some of the economic tax increasing legislation, such as Cap and Trade, Immigration, etc., that may be up for a vote this year.   Please call your representatives.

5th District in Virginia - Tom Perriello -202-225-4711 - Email Tom - link to website:  I called and had to leave a message.  Please call, the vote is tomorrow.
The Rules Committee is meeting on this bill at 3:00 today, chairwoman, Louise Slaughter, remember her "deem to pass" rule on the Health Care Bill.  Follow what happens in the Rules Committee today.  It is also speculated this could include District of Columbia, illegal aliens and convicted felons voting rights.


Video of Glenn Beck discussing this bill that will be voted on tomorrow.

Link to Glenn Beck Interview with Congressman Jason Chaffetz,  R-Utah,  on today's radio show.

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