Should the District of Columbia become the 51st state, and should Puerto Rico be

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (5 posts)
  1. Johnny James A profile image69
    Johnny James Aposted 2 years ago

    Should the District of Columbia become the 51st state, and should Puerto Rico become the 52nd state?

    Recently there has been push to make D.C. the 51st state.  Some people argue they should become a state as the residents do not have senatorial or house of representative representation.  However, they do get delegates in the presidential election.  Others argue they should not as too much of the capital's security would fall to state level resources. P.R.s argument has been that they are a populous unincorporated territory of vast importance. Others argue that P.R. has already voted numerous times to not get statehood, although the votes were close. What are your thoughts?

  2. profile image0
    LoliHeyposted 2 years ago

    No.  I like them the way they are now.  We would have to change the flag again.

  3. tamarawilhite profile image90
    tamarawilhiteposted 2 years ago

    The district of Columbia was never intended to be a state because it was the administrative hub of the nation. And making it a state is like giving the band manager a vote and profit share as a member of a band, diluting the power of the states paying the bill.
    Puerto Rico has had multiple referendums on its option to become a state, but it has refused thus far because it has the best of both worlds. Free travel to the US and they don't have to pay federal income tax. Getting official congressional representation doesn't matter much when it is mostly acting as a state and would have almost no influence nationally, but federal taxes on top of local taxes DOES lead most Puerto Ricans to vote no to statehood.

  4. bradmasterOCcal profile image28
    bradmasterOCcalposted 2 years ago

    We can't handle the states that we have, and adding two new ones is not going to make things better.
    In fact, if you want new states, think about making CA into four new states as it has 38 million people and more diverse interests based on the size of the state.

    It is like they are 4 different states but they can only speak as one state, but their internal interests are unique to them.

  5. FitnezzJim profile image84
    FitnezzJimposted 2 years ago

    My understanding is that the Puerto Rican people and the Puerto Rican government are never synchronized long enough to allow application for Statehood to go forward.  When the people want go forward with it, the government stalls.  When the P.R. government proposes it for referendum, the people vote it down.  They're never in synch.  So, it becomes a never ending debate.

    There is also the matter of space.  The admission of new States would mean that the Senate chambers would need a redesign to make extra seats for the new Senators.

    With respect to the discussion in the comments about California: since they are already a State, their people and government would also have to be in sync long enough to propose it to the U.S. Congress, then Congress would discuss it and debate it. The constitutional text is "New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress."  As we have seen recently, legislators get voted out if they become at odds with those they represent.

    Recall is that there was something in the agreement for Texas becoming a State that left them with the option to break their territory into five States.  I don't recall my history studies well enough to know if that has already happened (back in the 1800;s) or if it is still an option for them.  But Texas is Texas, given the way they are being treated, they may be the first to attempt to secede from the Union since the Civil War.  The only good that would come of that would be that there are two open seats in the Senate and the Senate chambers would not need to be redesigned to admit Puerto Rico.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)