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A "Marshall Plan For Mexico"—Sending Welfare To A Crack House
A really bad idea has been gaining currency among America's political class: a "Marshall Plan for Mexico"—a massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to Mexico in the guise of foreign aid. A Google search shows more than 200,000 references. [VDARE.COM note: Even Steve Sailer suggested it back in 2001—but only if explicitly tied to Mexico reducing illegal emigration.]
Don't think that the scheme is just moldering on the back benches. Former Mexico Presidente Fox, on his book pander tour, suggested that exact policy just last week.
"Citing the evolution of the European Union from the U.S.-introduced Marshall Plan after World War II, Fox suggested a similar project in North America." [Mexican leader speaks to chamber, By Stepfanie Romine, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 8, 2007]
("North America" is Fox's favorite new term for uniting the continent in a way that pipelines massive funds to Mexico by ripping off the American taxpayer. Fox also removed any hope that this proposed North American Union was a delusion of loony right-wing conspiracy theorists by admitting to it openly on CNN's Larry King Show—including his desire that a continental currency replace the national currencies.)
And, incredibly, substantial foreign aid for Mexico is being prepared right now by the Democratic Congress, in concert with Mexichurian Candidate Dubya's White House. They want to send over a billion dollars in military aid to fight the increasingly powerful drug cartels that run large areas of Mexico. (See Bush wants $1.4 billion for Mexico drug war, By Héctor Tobar, Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2007)
Council on Foreign Relations Mexico expert Shannon O'Neil admitted in a Nov. 6 CFR interview that the idea for the Merida Initiative (as the funding package is called at the globalist CFR) came from Mexico's new Presidente, Felipe Calderon.
O'Neil further remarked that the proposal has been kept unusually secret, not going through the usual committee process, and guessed that the State Department was busy "hammering out these negotiations" with the Mexican Government, and "trying to deal with the sensitivities of Mexico. "
The Washington Post called the deal a "secretly negotiated aid package" [Document Details U.S. Aid Proposed For Mexico, By Manuel Roig-Franzia, October 27, 2007].
Nice that the Bush administration is more interested in begging Mexico to take our money than informing the American people how our funds are being spent!
Any aid to Mexico is lunacy for several reasons. We shouldn't be further indebting ourselves to one enemy (China) to give military equipment to another enemy (Mexico), which happens to be very corrupt as well as wealthy enough to finance its own internal police operations.
Remember the national debt? Our shared credit card recently clicked over another digit to hit 9 trillion dollars. But Washington keeps on spending money we don't have in ways that make bad problems worse.
And aiding the Mexican drug-corrupted military is idiocy on steroids. There have been 231 documented incursions from 1996 to 2006 by Mexican soldiers and police into American territory—often to escort drug shipments. The dangerous Zeta cartel enforcers were originally trained by US Special Forces to battle the drug gangs. Then the Zetas went over to the better-paying bad guys.
Why can't Washington stop making the same bonehead mistakes? Already overwhelmed U.S. border sheriffs will be even more outgunned if this aid gets into the wrong hands, as it likely will. A surveillance aircraft with a stealth cartel member on board could easily report US Border Patrol positions back to the home office.
The question is unavoidable: why not spend that money on our own border enforcement?
Sadly, this derangement is not a single instance of misplaced generosity, but has a history. In 2004 for example, the United States funneled nearly $72 million in foreign aid to Mexico.
And, contrary to popular opinion, Mexico is extremely wealthy right now—and not just in terms of potential. Mexico has many poor people, but overall it is rich. Its elites are fabulously wealthy and live lives of shameless opulence. Presidente Calderon could easily purchase any equipment he might want, just as the Saudi king buys fighter aircraft and other weapons.
- In 2006, Mexico had the highest GDP in Latin America per capita.
- Mexico expert Prof George Grayson of the College of William and Mary recently characterized Mexico as an "immensely wealthy nation" and said that its elites "live like maharajas". Grayson just published Mexican Messiah, about the far-left candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who came close to winning the presidency last year.
- The ascension of Carlos Slim to pass Bill Gates as the richest man on earth should have been a wake-up call to the growing economic power of Mexico's elites. On Forbes billionaires list for 2007, there were 10 Mexicans among 36 Latin Americans. Furthermore, Slim's rocket to success starting as an undistinguished billionaire in the early 1990s has more to do with Mexican crony capitalism than any special business acumen. (Scroll down on this forum to read the March 9, 2007 LA Times article, $49 billion is Slim's pickings in Mexico, which notes the "sweetheart deal" behind his juicy telecom holdings.)
- Former Presidente Fox bragged on the Larry King show (October 8, 2007) that Mexico is the "seventh largest trading economy in the world. Mexico trades more products and services than all of Latin America together." Mexico benefits enormously from the misperception of poverty, so it's unlikely Fox would purposely overstate his nation's trade stats in such a major venue.
Get the picture? As a whole, Mexico is well off. Only people who are smoking Mexico's best-known product could think that country is fixable any time soon. So it's time for America to quarantine Mexico and forget about marrying it. Forcing Mexico to solve its own problems would actually be a kindness of the tough-love variety.
Sending "foreign aid" of any amount or type to Mexico is the proverbial coal to Newcastle. If we want to waste money more productively, let's unload a couple tons of hundred-dollar bills in the middle of Rockefeller Plaza and set the pile on fire.
Washington is Uncle Sucker to continue to fall for the poor-mouthing lies coming from Mexico City.
Whether foreign aid to Mexico is a massive Marshall Plan or the medium-sized Merida Initiative, it amounts to sending welfare to a crack house. Not what we should be doing. At all.
Brenda Walker (email her) lives in Northern California and publishes two websites, LimitsToGrowth.org and ImmigrationsHumanCost.org. She believes all foreign aid should terminated until the national debt is paid off.