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Puerto Rico should become a state.

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Started: 1/31/2012 Category: Economics
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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There are several reasons that Puerto Rico should vote to become a state of the U.S.A. One reason is the economy boost. Puerto Rico is currently struggling economically, and so is the U.S. The jobs being held by the people in Puerto Rico will boost the USA's economy because those are more jobs, creating more products, creating more money. Also, Puerto Rico has a frighteningly high violent crime rate, especially among youths. A better trained police force might help to lower the violent crimes.


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Puerto Rico shouldn't become a state because
1) Their economy sucks and would provide no benefit
2) Crime would top all other US states and bringing down crime would cost vast amounts of money
3) Unemployment is at 14% and would only add to US economic recovery woes
4) Puerto Rico is poor in resources
5) Drug trade is rampant
6) Companies are leaving, not coming, to Puerto Rico

It is for these reasons that Puerto Rico should not become a US State
Debate Round No. 1


ZacharyDamon forfeited this round.


I Extend my arguments that Puerto Rico should not become a state on the grounds that they have a dreadful economy, a massive drug problem, a massive crime problem, and a host of other problems that would cost billions of dollars to fix and would take many years to recover. This would all have to be done during the worst recession the US has faced in almost 100 years which means that Puerto Rico may not get the adequate funds necessary to fix the country any time soon
Debate Round No. 2


I apologize for making this argument, and I apologize to imabench. I am half retarded and this was a dumb idea. Imabench, 1 you, 0 me. I'm sorry for wasting your time. I was 90% asleep when I made this so I have no clue what I'm doing. Again, my sincerest apologies to imabench.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by 16kadams 6 years ago
The debate is should. Not can. Also our congress would have to vote on it.
Posted by ConservativePolitico 6 years ago
Its all up to the people of Puerto Rico... if they petitioned to become a state they would

Its not a should or should not game
Posted by imabench 6 years ago
Puerto Rico has a terrible economy and would only harm ours if they became a state

Unemployment is at 14%

Drug Problems

Crime problems

Poor in resources

Companies are leaving not coming
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