• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico: America’s Greece

    Pop quiz: Which economy has high unemployment, soaring debt, and beautiful beaches? If you answered Greece, you wouldn’t be wrong. But the answer is America’s own little Greece: Puerto Rico, whose bond investors met last week in New York to discuss a potential debt restructuring. As the U.S. recovery has … More

    Hispanics Are Conservative, Too

    According to a recent McLaughlin poll, over 50 percent of Hispanics would vote for a conservative candidate in an election, and almost one-third identified themselves as conservatives. While this may be a surprise to some, the truth is that conservative values are shared by many in the Hispanic community. As … More

    Protectionist Jones Act Harms Puerto Ricans

    An obsolete U.S. law known as the Jones Act makes people in Puerto Rico poorer, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, requires people transporting goods by ship between two points in … More

    Economic Development and Disaster Relief Inhibited by the Jones Act

    If the Jones Act was created to mitigate disasters at sea, why has it been waived during such disasters? Such a question was posed in a recent Bloomberg article. The answer is that, rather than supporting wartime goals or sustaining national security, the Jones Act now serves primarily as a … More

    VIDEO: Gov. Luis Fortuño Predicts Puerto Rico Will Become 51st State

    Puerto Rico has long flirted with the idea of becoming the 51st state. This year voters will once again have their choice at the ballot box. And for Gov. Luis Fortuño, the time is right. Fortuño visited the nation’s capital last week for a meeting at the White House on … More

    Obama's Puerto Rican Trip Won’t Reduce Hispanic Unemployment

    After nearly half a century, President Obama will end the drought of no sitting U.S. President making an official visit to the island territory of Puerto Rico. The President’s trip will fulfill the campaign promise of then-candidate Obama to return to Puerto Rico as the Chief Executive, just as the … More

    Statehood for Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands

    The House passed a little noticed bill, H.R.3940, on a voice vote on December 7, 2009 to provide money to Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands money to “facilitate public education programs regarding political status options for their respective territories.”  The Senate is considering consideration of this measure … More

    Puerto Rican Statehood – Don’t Rig the Election

    H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act, contains language that will rig the election in favor of Puerto Rican statehood. I have written a more comprehensive post titled “Puerto Rico Democracy Act – Legislation Biased in Favor of Statehood” on why this legislation is biased in favor of statehood. The … More

    Puerto Rico Democracy Act – Legislation Biased in Favor of Statehood

    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 … More