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THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION
Puerto Rico Voter Harassment
February 15, 2000
Copyright © 2000 THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. All Rights Reserved.
Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, having been seized during the
Spanish-American War a century ago.
In a 1993 referendum, Puerto Ricans were given their choice
between statehood, sovereignty and the status quo -- and they
chose the latter.
Given the same choice in December 1998, they voted the same
Now Clinton is asking for a referendum in October -- the second
in two years and the third in seven.
When is he going to accept the decision of the people of Puerto
It seems much like the efforts of casino gambling advocates,
who continue trying to get the issue on the ballot even though
Florida voters have defeated it several times.
The liberal president knows many Puerto Ricans are poor and
he may think that would increase the chances of them electing
liberal Democrats into the two new U.S. Senate seats statehood
Also, the first lady is running for the Senate in New York,
which is heavily populated with ethnic Puerto Ricans.
Apparently, there are a number of reasons why Puerto Ricans
keep voting against statehood.
Some want independence. Others understandably aren't willing
to give up the preferential tax treatment that comes with the
status quo. Yet others fear, with some justification, that statehood
would bring undue pressure to break with their Spanish culture
The merits of statehood can be debated at length, but the fact
is that the people there have spoken -- not once, but often. A
new election every five or 10 years might be reasonable, but not
every other year.
Give it a rest.