Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul all apparently agree on one thing: if Puerto Rico votes for U.S. statehood, it should become a U.S. state.

Which may be about to happen. In late December of 2011, Puerto Rico’s governor Luis Fortuno signed legislation authorizing a referendum on Puerto Rico’s status,  to be held on November 6, 2012— the same day as the U.S. presidential election—along with the regular Puerto Rican legislative and gubernatorial elections.

That referendum could lead to Puerto Rico’s becoming the 51st state.

A lot of people think that’s great, or at least they say that. The Democrats stand  to get two more Senators, and several more congressional representatives and Electoral College votes,  so why would they object?

But before making Puerto Rico the 51st state, shouldn’t we examine the issue and see how sensible it is? If Puerto Rico votes for statehood,are we duty-bound to grant it?  

Shouldn’t Americans have a say in whether or not Puerto Rico becomes a state?   And would it really be good for Puerto Rico itself, in the long run?

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Article by Allan Wall, published on Feb. 8th, 2012, on VDARE.COM.

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