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Pay to the Order of Puerto Rico: The Cost of Dependence Hardcover – April 1, 2004


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Allegiance Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159467289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594672897
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Odishelitze lacks objectivity, apparently does not have the academic crdentials and his book is simply a non starter.
Eduardo Baez
I read this book and was amazed at how much you can learn about the island of Puerto Rico, especially from someone that didn't come from there (a Russian native).
P. D. Quinones
It also doesn't make mention of the fact that residents of Puerto Rico not only pay higher taxes as a percentage of their income.
Juan Jimenez

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Luis A. Pagan on February 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a point of view from an outsider who has more interest in solving our case than our own people do. This book is a must read for all puertoricans and for the US taxpayer. It is not perfect, but it's an eye opener. Myself being a former statehood supporter that now favors independence, recommend this book to anyone interested in how the last colony in the world is still surviving.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cullen on September 24, 2005
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Taxpayer subsidies to Puerto Rico are costing every American taxpayer $400 per person, per year. The United States is not subsidizing the government of Puerto Rico or its population, but rather it is providing tax breaks for many of the USA's leading corporations-including drug companies-that have established operations in the Territory. Despite the subsidies, the percentage of the Puerto Rican population below the poverty level is a shade under 50%, a figure in sharp contrast to the poorest of mainland USA, and Puerto Ricans remain subjects, not full participants in the American democratic process.

Alexander Odishelidze's and Arthur Laffer's book, Pay to the Order of Puerto Rico, is a cry for freedom for the Territory of Puerto Rico and its people. The authors, well-known in their fields, offer a viewpoint that does not require a degree in economics to understand it.

Whether one agrees with Laffer's conservative politics or Odeshelidze's prescription does not challenge the facts of the situation. The book is clearly written, wastes no time on trivia and its length belies the quick read that it is.

Pay to the Order of Puerto Rico is valuable for putting the facts in front of the American public. While the USA is messing around in the Middle East, the theme of this book is a plea to right the wrongs far closer to home.

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Florence Hackman, CFA

Frank Cullen
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Aponte on June 21, 2004
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Many people in the United States mainland do not understand the Puerto Rico quagmire and the implications of the colonial status of the island. But what is worse is the cost to the American taxpayer of corporate welfare and its cost in the self determination of Puerto Rico. Odisheldize and Laffer put hit the nail right in the head. Any responsible U.S. taxpayer need to read this book. And any self respecting Puerto Rican needs to read this book and understand what is our reality.
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This book takes a look at the status of Puerto Rico with regards to its relationship with the United States. The book comes from an outsider's perspective, as the author is an immigrant from Europe.

This book argues that Puerto Rico costs the United States $Billions per year. This dependency is addictive and is holding Puerto Rico back.

The book is an enjoyable read about an important policy issue, but in context of other relationships the United States has with other foreign bodies, the neither fish nor fowl status of Puerto Rico pales in comparison to greater levels of support for South Korea and Israel. Additionally, holding Puerto Rico doesn't embroil the United States in the quarrels of others, unlike the support for the former two nations. One is also hesitant to see Puerto Rico's tax dodges as anything different than that of Delaware's tax structure.

On the whole, this book is a very interesting take on the issue of Puerto Rico.
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The corporate tax breaks are above the 22 billion. Actually, now, in 2014, it is double that. Recent articles in PR Daily Sun state US's taxpayers spend over 2 billion just to cover PR unemployment benefits.

This costs US taxpayers dollars and Puerto Ricans self respect.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Melendez on May 7, 2007
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Although it is a used book, received like new. Good price, fast shipment, It was a good deal.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luis VINE VOICE on March 20, 2007
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I am from Puerto Rico and had the opportunity to meet Mr.Odishelidze way before the publication of the book. We did not talked about the book but he impreesed me. With the book I learned a lot that I did not know about the Island.
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