You wouldn’t think that a presidential candidate who self-describes as a fiscal conservative would want to bring a dead-broke island into the union of an already broke United States. But there it is. I don’t make up the news, I just report it.
On a campaign trip in April Jeb! Bush said he thought it was time for Puerto Rico to become the 51st state if its 3.7 million residents wish to be so included. No mention that the folks in the existing 50 states should have a say in this. This is “the best path,” Jeb! says, without saying path to what exactly.
More recently, Bush has said that Puerto Rico, which has racked up debt of $72 billion that it has no prospect of ever paying off, should be allowed to declare bankruptcy. Seems this puerto is not so rico. At least it has one thing in common with the mainland US of A, debt that is has no prospect of paying off. Though this may not be enough commonality to make Puerto Rico good state-hood fodder.
Now it’s a passing strange way to invigorate the American economy, bring in a new state that has just stiffed its creditors, will immediately need an infusion of tax dollars which its millions of new Democratic voters will demand. Demands that will be whooped up by the two brand new Democratic senators from the great state of Puerto Rico.
What on earth could the Bush III wannabe be thinking? Is there no end to what Jeb! will do to pander to Hispanic voters?