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Puerto Rican’s don’t pay US Federal income taxes but we are still on the hook to fix their disasters?

How did we get into this sucker deal?
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  • Exactly, and they don't have electoral votes, either. Now they want us to totally rebuild their previously third world island.
    The Donald · 4 0
  • maybe we should put them in concentration camps.
    Professor Kid Buu · 9 2
  • They also have no representation in the US government. We had a war over that idea, we won. No taxation without representation.

    And since we basically took PR from Spain, we are responsible for it.
    "On July 25, 1898, during the Spanish–American War, the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico with a landing at Guánica. As an outcome of the war, Spain ceded Puerto Rico, along with the Philippines and Guam, then under Spanish sovereignty, to the U.S. under the Treaty of Paris. Spain relinquished sovereignty over Cuba, but did not cede it to the U.S."
    davidmi711 · 9 4
  • You're trying to make it sound like they don't pay *any* federal taxes. Puerto Rican residents pay import/export taxes, federal commodity taxes, social security taxes, and federal payroll taxes such as Social Security and Medicare taxes.
    They ALSO provide a naval port between Cuba and the Atlantic, which is what they wanted it for in the first place. We get our money's worth out of them for sure.
    Bye · 6 1
  • What the president may not realize is that Puerto Rico funds the US government. Puerto Ricans who live on the island aren’t just American citizens — they’re American taxpayers. They pay payroll taxes, business taxes, and estate taxes. They helped pay for disaster relief in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and in Florida after Hurricane Irma.

    Now they are entitled to the same response and financial help that the federal government extended to those states. This is not a matter of charity or goodwill. It’s how the federal government is supposed to work.
    I Am Merica · 12 3
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