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Re: Property Tax on Boat Kept in Puerto Rico
The problem with these "protectorates" is colonialism and "we know what's best for you." Same thing with many of the British colonies. The corruption was learnt from the guidance of Stateside politicians. They just don't hide it as well in the Caribbean. There's a book called "Rape of the American Virgins," now out of print, circa 1972. Nothing has changed much, but it's a bit of an eye opener (albeit somewhat dry). Thing is, many, many Americans, including some at the top, are clueless, calling Puerto Rico a "country" and the governor of the USVI "the president of the Virgin Islands." My problem with "independence," is that they have not been paying anything but FICA taxes into the U.S. system (medicare, SS) for decades, and if they became a "State" in some way, shape or fashion, the income taxes would necessarily immediately double or more because they'd be paying into the U.S. coffers just like the citizens of every State. In the USVI, income taxes are paid to the IRB, SS, Medicare is paid to the IRS stateside. How do you account for all the previous payments to the IRS if "independence" occurs? Just say "tough, you're done"? No social security, no medicare? Pay all the money back since the inception of the systems? They're subject to every other law, were subject to the military draft, but don't have the right to vote for the President, nor the right to indictment by a Grand Jury if charged with a felony crime. They are "citizens of the U.S." and obtain full Constitutional Rights when they move Stateside, but are considered "non-citizens, not resident in the United States" by the Federal Government. That's colonialism. Change your address and domicile to Stateside, you get more rights. You try and figure it out. I don't see any easy answers.
Last edited by VIEXILE; 04-26-2019 at 08:13 AM.