Rep. Jim Saxton

Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ), Testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee, October 4, 2000, p. 7.  Now, it seems to me that if something looks like a duck and it acts like a duck and it talks like a duck, we all know that it is probably a duck.  But if something would look like a territory, act like a nation, and walk like a State, I think we know what it is, too.  It is unconstitutional and legislatively unattainable.

The enhanced commonwealth plan appears to be nothing more than an attempt to gain political advantage by misleading the people of Puerto Rico into believing that they can have all the rights, privileges, and benefits they want without the duties, responsibilities, and obligations that go along with them.  Congress is given the authority under the constitution to make the needful rules and regulations governing territories. 

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