Puerto Rico Could Become the 51st State? – Updated

Glenn Beck is talking about this right now on the air. I’ll add that video when it’s available.

The Heritage Foundation published this article yesterday.

According to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the House will vote on H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act, later this week.  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.

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.  Furthermore, the people of the United States should be allowed a vote on whether they want to admit Puerto Rico as a new state.  If the people of Puerto Rico can vote, the people of the United States should have a vote… .

Basically, what they’ll do is rig the questions so that most Puerto Ricans wind up voting for statehood, especially because American citizens with Puerto Rican heritage can vote. There are more Puerto Rican-Americans than there are citizens of Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican-Americans are in favor of statehood for Puerto Rico. Once Puerto Rico becomes a state, there’s no doubt the Puerto Ricans will vote for the Democrats. Their national median income is about a third what it is in the US, so we’ll be adding about 4 million Puerto Ricans to the welfare rolls.

Here’s what Glenn Beck had to say about it on his radio show today, via Breitbart.

Update: The Right Scoop has video of Glenn Beck’s show on Fox News Wednesday night. It’s a must see!