[QUOTE=Kraken;173088]I would think many Americans regret the war against Spain in 1898. It made you a lot of trouble over the years. But have you learned?
Puerto Rico will probably be an expenditure for you in perpetuity.[/QUOTE]
Most Americans alive today have never head about the Spanish American War in 1898. Of those that have heard about that war, few know more about it than that it was started by the sinking of the Battleship Maine in Havana Harbor, and that Teddy Roosevelt led the charge of the Rough Riders up San Juan Hill on the way to victory. Not more than 1 percent of the US population would understand the point you are making.
Puerto Rico’s problems are a product of: American liberal white guilt, excessive welfare programs which discourage gainful employment and encourage laying about, and having more children than they can support. There is massive corruption that supports a large bureaucratic elite administering innumerable US do-good spending programs.
It would be fair to say that Puerto Rico is not much different than the ghettos in many American cities. You are right, we will be paying for both in perpetuity. However, the war in 1898 has little to with it.