Not unlike addressing a conjoined Alaska and Hawai’i statehood, airports and car dealerships should be the least of criteria for statehood, and the 2.8 million Puerto Ricans should be part of the deal.

“D.C. would be the only state — the only state — without an airport, without a car dealership, without a capital city, without a landfill, without even a name on its own, and we could go on and on and on.” — Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), arguing against statehood for the District of Columbia

“No,” James Madison said, even more sadly. “Everyone knows that states contain certain immutable characteristics: an airport, a landfill, industrial manufacturing and a car dealership.”
“Oh, my God!” Patrick Henry screamed. “James Madison is possessed by a demon and is making incomprehensible sounds!”
“Please,” Benjamin Franklin said, “we know that demons are not real. I am sure that he has simply been overcome by galvanism!”

“That D.C.’s population is too small to be a state is another myth….   D.C. has a larger population than both Wyoming and Vermont, and is almost on par with Alaska and South Dakota.”

In 1889-90 Dakota territory was cut in half and admitted as 2 states, part of a scheme by the GOP to add 6 new states and pack the Senate with Republicans.

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