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.
Even Steve Sailer
suggested it back in
2001—but only if explicitly tied to Mexico reducing
Don`t think that the scheme is just moldering on the
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
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,
Council on Foreign Relations Mexico expert Shannon
admitted in a Nov. 6 CFR interview that the idea for
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
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
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
Why can`t Washington stop making the same bonehead
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.
many poor people, but overall it is rich. Its elites
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
characterized Mexico as an "immensely wealthy
said that its elites "live
like maharajas". Grayson just published Mexican Messiah,
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
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
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
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.
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She believes all foreign aid should terminated until the
national debt is paid off.