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Migration and Mexican Politics

by Christopher Chantrill
May 17, 2006 at 4:07 pm

WHAT DO THE Mexicans think of Mexicans emigrating from their homeland to the jobs, jobs, jobs in the United States? We looked at this here at the Road to the Middle Class back in April.

Migration just entered Mexican presidential politics as lefty PRD candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called it “`Mexico's disgrace,’ caused by the government's failure to create enough jobs,” according to Alistair Bell of Reuters.

Well, that’s for sure. But what standing has any leftist anywhere to talk about jobs, apart from low-productivity government jobs financed by taxpayers’ money? Lopez wants to cancel Fox’s attempt to bring a free market to corrupt Mexico.

He vows to boost employment and cut poverty by slashing government spending, launching large infrastructure projects and introducing welfare programs for Mexico's poorest.

Oh good. That will really help.

President Vicente Fox promised to create “1 million jobs a year and oil-rich Mexico's economy has grown only slowly in his 5 1/2 years in office.”

Lopez also wants the US to help in Mexico’s development. As if we hadn’t, by pushing NAFTA and encouraging Mexico to lose its patronage economy.

The fact is that we know how to grow an economy. Ask the Chinese. Ask the Irish. Ask the Estonians. Ask Vaclav Kraus, former President of the Czech Republic, who just got an award from the Foundation for Economic Education.

But here’s a tip for you folks in Mexico. Don’t ask a lefty.

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Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.  His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.

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Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


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In 1911... at least nine million of the 12 million covered by national insurance were already members of voluntary sick pay schemes. A similar proportion were also eligible for medical care.
Green, Reinventing Civil Society


Education

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E. G. West, Education and the State


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Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures


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Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


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