Puerto Rico Case Neg
Text: The United States federal government should pass the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009.
Observation 2 solvency:
1. The counter plan creates a world of true self determination
(Steve Garcia, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, has worked in the private, federal, and military sectors, but his involvement in
philanthropic work started at an early age as his parents taught Steve and his siblings to consider philanthropic work a top priority.
Steve was involved in various volunteer groups during college at the Universidad Adventista de las Antillas and afterwards, including
groups that provided assistance to victims of Hurricane Hugo and STOP AIDS: Chicago. In 1996 Steve adopted the artistic name
Estefán Gargost, merging his parents' last names: GARcia-aGOSTo; he makes donations of paintings to support humanitarian causes.
He served in the US Army in the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, during the events of September 11, 2001. Starting in
2006, Steve worked with former Congresswoman Lynn Schenk in the California campaigns of Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi,
State Controller John Chiang, State Attorney General Jerry Brown and others. “
Puerto Rico's Path To Statehood
” July 20, 2009
In a letter to former Governor Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, President Obama (then a presidential candidate) expressed:
I will actively engage Congress and the Puerto Rican people in promoting this deliberative, open and unbiased process, that
may include a constitutional convention or a plebiscite, and my Administration will adhere to a policy of strict neutrality on
Puerto Rican status matters. My Administration will recognize all valid options to resolve the question of Puerto Rico's
status, including commonwealth, statehood, and independence. -Senator Barack Obama, February 12, 2008
Congressman Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico's representative in Congress, is taking Obama's statement to heart and is leading
the effort to make Puerto Rico the 51st state with H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009. Of
course, Puerto Ricans may choose to continue as they are, a commonwealth, or opt for independence.
In a plebiscite held in 1998, all three options mentioned by Obama were defeated, with 50.3% of the people voting for a
fourth option: "none of the above." Second in place was the statehood option with 46.7%, and Congressman Pierluisi saw a
glimmer of hope in those results. His plan will require two visits to the polls. The first would be somewhat
similar to the 1998 plebiscite:
Puerto Ricans will determine whether they want the current status, or something else
(essentially the "none of the above" option of 1998). If they choose "something else," they'll return to the polls
to decide between statehood, independence, or a sovereign association with the US
(a modified version of
the current status, which can be ended at any time, unilaterally). Requests to get Pierluisi's comments were unsuccessful.