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Escape from Tehuacan

Don Rogers

The Wall Street Journal’s Monday edition has quite a telling report about Latin America’s chasm between rich and poor, and how that stifles growth in those nations. Most prominent among those countries for the problem is Mexico.

The wealthy have the country in a locked grip, and the culture only tightens it. According to this story, the Latin Americans do not have but a remote chance of woking themselves up the ladder, as we in the United States think of it.

There, father’s occupation passes to son, for generation after generation. The baker’s son becomes a baker, the banker’s son will become the banker in his turn, and on.



And education for the poor? Well, forget it. Anyway, that’s less of a way to get up on the ladder and climbing. Daddy’s boy trumps any scholarship.

So, guess what, Mexico’s economy, like the rest of Latin America, suffers grievously.

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Oh, Mexico’s tax structure is a conservative’s dream. There simply ain’t much. There also isn’t much of a middle class. They are wealthy or dreaming of braving all to work like a dog in America. Unless they are already here.

The combination of America’s tremendous promise and Mexico’s paucity of opportunity is the biggest driver of all for the high tide of Mexican’s crossing the border.

I think that given their choices, we’d be doing the same. The real answer to our “illegal” problem lies in Mexico itself.


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