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Steve Muehler's Plan for the 70 States of the United States

Updated: Apr 23

In an earlier blog post, I stated I supported a merger with Canada. This merger would take us from the 50 States of the United States, to a Country with 60 States with the additions of ten new States: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

Upon the completion of this merger with Canada, my Administration would explore adding ten additional States.

The 61st State: Puerto Rico:

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has had the opportunity to join the United States a number of times, with the United States Federal government welcoming the commonwealth as a state with open arms. The citizens of Puerto Rico are full United States citizens, but the majority do not pay Federal income tax. Puerto Rico does have a representative in the United States Congress, but their representative does not carry a vote.

Under my Administration, Puerto Rico would become a State of the United States.

The 62nd State: New York City

A desire to create a state out of New York City is not a new one - novelist Norman Mailer used statehood as a key issue in his bid for election for mayor of New York City in 1969. New York City is the de facto financial capital of the planet and the population of the city dwarfs most states.

The population of New York City surpassed 8 million in 2010, making it the 11-12th largest state if only Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island jointly separated. The New York Metropolitan Area surpasses a population of 20 million (and covering parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut), making it the third largest state in the union.

Becoming its own state would give the New York Metropolitan Area a greater say in governing itself, as the state capital of Albany is 150 miles away. Secession from the state would also allow NYC to retain $11 billion in tax revenue it currently sends to Albany.

The 63rd State: The District of Columbia

Like New York City, and after a merger with Canada, Washington, D.C. is a viable candidate for statehood via secession. Citizens of the United States seat of power pay Federal taxes yet lack full voting representation in the United States Congress, an antiquated agreement stemming from a desire to prevent political players from having a say in national elections.

As the population of Washington, D.C. increases, the push for statehood continues to grow, if only to give its citizens without political connections a rightful say in Federal government. If / when the district becomes a state, it will likely adopt a new name, with New Columbia being a popular choice since the early 1980s.

The 64th State: Cuba

Less than 100 miles from the coast of Florida, Cuba and the United States enjoy a tenuous relationship at best. Cuba is home to the United States oldest overseas Navy Base, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, a 45-square-mile parcel held the southern tip of the island since 1903.

The United States has been actively seeking a democratic Cuba for years, funding the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba to transition the government from a socialist republic. Now with the Castro reign over, and a desire for democracy on the island, the time is soon coming to strongly consider statehood for Cuba.

The 65th, 66th, 67th, 68th, 69th and 70th States: MEXICO!!

In the Words of the the Great Ronald Reagan, "Let's Tear Down That Wall"!

The U.S. already spends billions of dollars each year for aid to Mexico’s impoverished 92 million people.

The United States Border Patrol is tired of grabbing illegal immigrants and sending them back to Mexico, and the illegal immigrants already here, live in fear of being captured, like pre-World War II Germany when the Jewish people had to wear the star of David bands on their arms to announce they were Jewish rather than German. Mexicans are already living and working in the United States. Most of them are working in hospitals, restaurants, landscaping and other service industries. Instead of playing tag at the border with illegal immigrants, it would be simpler to make Mexico a part of the United States.

Changing border boundaries would eliminate the need to patrol the border and would save a lot of money. Then too, Americans wanting to vacation in Can Cun or other tropical paradises in Mexico, could freely travel to those spots. Then there would be no need to patrol the southern United States border any longer.

The new United States Southern Border with Guatemala and Belize will be much easier to patrol for illegal narcotics flowing in from South America.

Civil liberties and lifestyles would greatly improve for all Mexicans as the United States could spend its Border Wall Monies and Border Patrol Monies on a worthwhile cause – namely, bringing Mexico up to the same standard of living as what we Americans have already!

Again, this is just an opinion with broadstrokes, and there would need to be people more educated than me to define the finer points, and what the additional cost (or savings) this program would have when compared to the current programs.

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