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Press Release (Spanish Version Here)

Monday, December 19, 2011 San Juan, PR: Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, along with the Presidents of the House of Representatives and the Senate, announced tonight that after receiving input from the different sectors that have participated in public hearings held at the Legislature that fostered greater participation of the island’s residents in a fair, reasonable, and inclusive manner, agreed to amend the island’s plebiscite status process.

“The amendments discussed and we are announcing today will permit that on the day of the vote, the first phase of the the plebiscite will consist of two questions on the same ballot. We decided that the questions that our constituents will be able to vote on will be detailed as follows:

First: Do you want to maintain the current territorial political status?

Second, voters will select from the following non-territorial options: statehood, independence and sovereign commonwealth, Fortuño said.

“The agreed process includes the main recommendations of the White House Task Force on Puerto Rico. It also addresses the concerns of various groups and members of all parties who participated in the discussion prompted by legislative bodies, which have requested that this process is a simple, fair, and inclusive,” the Chief Executive said.

“This way, all formulas will be represented on the same ballot and in the same query. Similarly, the agreed amendments result in savings for the people of Puerto Rico and will foster a fair and equitable distribution of public funds to the entitled parties or groups who choose to participate in the Consultation,” the Governor added.

Finally, it was noted that the Legislative Reform Consultation for the country will be held on August 19, 2012.

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So, there is a debt compromise and most of the country is pissed. Hey, democracy isn’t pretty and we do commend the US Congress for actually completing a deal, since we do think about 80% of the United States is pretty middle of the road and logical.

Which brings us to the illogical. FOX NEWS.

Looks like this week’s FOX MESSAGE OF THE WEEK is that the United States cannot be Greece, which is having some economic problems of its own as well as social chaos.

First the video evidence:

This message has been going on at Fox for the last three weeks. And now we will tell FOX a couple of things. First of all, the UNITED STATES WILL NEVER BE GREECE. Leave your fear-mongering and irresponsible reporting alone. Start being freakin responsible.

Case in point:

  1. The Wall Street Journal, which last time we checked is owned by FOX NEWS CORP, basically said that comparing the US to Greece is ridiculous.
  2. The percentage of debt as part of each country’s GDP doesn’t even compare. Greece has a larger percentage of debt than the US.
  3. Greece is a REALLY SMALL COUNTRY with just about 11 million people. The US has over 350 million. Not even close. In the grand scheme of things, Greece is a bit bigger than New York City.
  4. Umm, the Greek GDP is in negative numbers. The US is not.
So FOX NEWS, come on, freaking report the news, and just quit being so damn irresponsible. As if you care.

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