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Puerto Rico To Have Referendum On Their Status. What Should They Do?


Puerto Rico is once again having a referendum over their status. The referendum will have two parts: The first part, asks whether or not to change their current status. If they do want to change, whether Puerto Rico should be a state, independent, or have a sovereign free association relationship with the United States. They’ve had similar votes four times before, all resulting in Puerto Rico staying a U.S. commonwealth. Puerto Rico lives under the protection and association with the United States since they became independent from Spain. They are sort of like a state but not a totally independent country. The governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuno, wants Puerto Rico to become the 51st state, while others support becoming an independent nation. There are pluses and minuses to all three choices. Here’s our analysis of the possible outcomes.

Statehood

Puerto Rico has a unique culture that has survived because they’ve managed to avoid becoming part of the U.S. If they become a state, they’ll just be another star on the flag. Then there is no avoiding having the local bodega replaced by Walmarts, McNuggets instead of pernil, and the shopping center that exists everywhere with the Target, Best Buy, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. These things already exist in Puerto Rico, but you better believe it’s going to get worse with statehood.

Independence

People wonder whether an independent Puerto Rico can survive economically. The island is pretty small and doesn’t have any oil or natural gas. Mainly, Puerto Rico has plantains and Ricky Martin. Man cannot live off plantains and sexy pop singers alone. Plus, they won’t have the protection of the U.S. military anymore. Puerto Rico could be invaded by Jamaica and would have to defend themselves. Irie!

Sovereign Free Association

What the hell does sovereign free association mean? As far as we can tell, it means that they would be a fully independent nation but still be closely associated with the U.S. It sort of sounds like the European Union…we think. Frankly, it’s really complicated and we don’t think anyone understands it. Currently, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, The Republic of Micronesia, and Palau have sovereign free association status with the U.S. Do you really want to be like Palau, Puerto Rico?

Via Yahoo News.

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