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Independence for Puerto Rico?

Should the U.S. Declare Puerto Rico Independent?

  • Yes

    Votes: 1 33.3%
  • No

    Votes: 2 66.7%

  • Total voters


Oct 9, 2005
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Southern California
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Puerto Rico was acquired from the old spanish empire during the spanish-american war. Plebiscites have been held by the U.S. government giving the people of puerto rico three choices on their future: 1. continue as a U.S. "commonwealth". 2. become a U.S. state. 3. Independence. The first option has always won. The U.S. spends tons of money on welfare payments for PR.

During the cold war, when the soviet union was keeping the cubans afloat with an annual $5 billion subsidy, I was against PR independence, because I thought that castro would go in and set up a communist government. But now, even though Castro has found a new bankroller in Hugo Chavez, I think the threat is much diminished.

The PR people have a separate language and distinct culture, and I think they should go their own way. Considering the historical circumstances of the U.S. acquisition, I think the U.S. should give them a good chunk of money to "get started", say $20 billion, and then that would be that.
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