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Tuesday, June 26. 2018
For all of that country's advantages, why such a mess? VDH on Mexico — What Went Wrong?
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I went to New Mexico State University and knew some Mexican nationals going to school there. They made jokes about the 100 families that own Mexico. These jokes were not entirely joking. There are some very wealthy families in Mexico but most people are poor.
Historically it has been the 14 families. I guess they grew like Topsy. Spanish culture is tribal - note the multiple names that are ubiquitous. Combined with the Indian and Mestizo cultures which are also tribal you have the formula for economic stagnation.
It's due to corruption of government from top to bottom, or so it seems to me.
Exactly right. With their new soon to be elected president Mexico becomes an existential threat to the U.S. I don't think Mexico can be saved but it is possible to save the U.S. from Mexico. Shut down the border, no vehicles no people pass thru, only exception would be Americans returning and Mexicans returning to their country, build the wall. Mexico will likely turn to China and perhaps Iran (just as Venezuela did) and we cannot afford to have either of these powers on our southern border, so if that happens I would suggest we invade Mexico (yes, really) and throw out their corrupt leaders and hunt down and destroy the cartels.
Honestly, have we learned nothing in the last 70 years? Democracy at the point of a gun does not work. Hell, we’re one Presidential election away from being Venezuela. We haven’t defended our own culture. We’ve allowed the philosophical enemy to control our children. We willingly, and under threat of law, send them to the indoctrination centers eight months of the year for twelve years. Now the left wants them as early as 2-1/2 years old! Yes, close the border! A moratorium on immigration is in order. The enemy is well with in the walls already. We best get serious about defeating them.
Imagine Cuba as a land border country. Now imagine 10 times bigger taken over by China intending to destroy the country to the North. That is the future of Mexico if we simply allow it. You do not have to wait until a World War is inevitable and 10's of millions of people are killed doing what a few thousand could have prevented. You can choose to stick your head firmly in the sand or face reality. You will see the day when multi-millions of Mexicans, central and South Americans are pushed across our borders by Asian powers who were invited into those countries by Marxist/socialist leaders. It can and will get far worse. It could destroy us.
Since I am 75 years old born during WW II I can tell you that the last 70 years were better than the 30 years prior to that. Maybe that is the lesson of the last 70 years even if it is misstated by the left; that prudent military action in time saves massive military action where the outcome could go either way.
". . . scrimp and save cash to send home to provide the support their own government will not."
How does this author think any government provides support? Governments don't make money. They take money other people that had scrimped and saved and then give it to someone else.
The only difference between the US and Mexico is that these Mexicans are making their money outside their country and sending it back *voluntarily*.
We're here inside the US making money, scrimping and saving, and then having it stolen from us by our own government so that someone else doesn't have to work as hard.
At the bottom, every institution must have a strong moral foundation of the people involved. Countries are no exception. Lose the integrity, honesty, loyalty, industriousness, etc. and all else is lost to corruption, power, and greed.
There appears to be little real self-reflection in Mexico about how and why such a naturally rich country — blessed with good soil, climate, natural resources, ports, and a strategic geography — remains so dismally poor.
GDP growth in Mexico has been around 2-3% per year, but there are wide disparities in income between rural and urban areas. There has been significant industrialization in the last decade. GDP per capita is approaching $10,000. Inequality of opportunity along with corruption due to the drug trade are inhibiting growth.
Anon: Shut down the border, no vehicles no people pass thru, only exception would be Americans returning and Mexicans returning to their country, build the wall.
U.S.-Mexico trade is $600 billion per year. Shutting down the border would cause vast economic damage on both sides of the border, including disruption of the food supply.
Not much has changed:
"U.S.-Mexico trade is $600 billion per year. Shutting down the border would cause vast economic damage on both sides of the border, including disruption of the food supply."
Which would hurt Mexico worse than us which would incentivize them to fix their shithole country.
We can live without avocados and tequila and there would be less food poisoning from their tainted produce.
Shut it down. MAGA
Anon: We can live without avocados and tequila and there would be less food poisoning from their tainted produce.
Many recent outbreaks of food poisoning have been from U.S. producers (e.g.) In any case, the U.S. imports about $300 billion in goods from Mexico, including machinery, computers, medical apparatus, furniture, plastics, as well as food. There is little doubt stopping all trade would cause severe economic damage to both countries.
Furthermore, people have relations on both sides of the border, so you would be isolating people from their families.