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  •  Ok. (0+ / 0-)

    So how do you get around the corruption problem?

    •  The police have to be reformed, (6+ / 0-)

      make it into a profession, education is free in Mexico.

      The official attack on Social Security/Medicare has now formally started. Will you trust two oil men to fix that, too?

      by mattes on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 08:12:46 AM PDT

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      •  Not exactly free (3+ / 0-)
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        MamasGun, mattes, wa ma

        Students need to pay fees and purchase uniforms in order to get into secondary school in Mexico -- this can offer a serious obstacle to poor families, especially with multiple children.  

        Wikipedia reports 18.5 million children in primary school and 5.8 million in secondary (Grades 7-12) school.  

        Meanwhile, university tutition is subsidized.  Tuition for the 269,000 students at the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) is US$150/semester.  Moves to raise it from US$0.02 to US$150 in 1999 triggered a massive strike that lasted for ten months before it was put down by police (to considerable popular acclaim, consternation from some on the Left).  In defense of the strikers, the Mexican Constitution guarantees that any state education provided is free.  (That the Constitution is ignored in secondary schools passes without comment.)

         

      •  Corruption, police, and Americans. (1+ / 0-)
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        The main obstacle to rooting out corruption in Mexican government and law enforcement is the drug trade.  "Accept this bribe, ignore my drug shipments, or you'll watch your children die, then you'll die too."  Hard to compete with that.

        And of course, the drug trade lives on American money.

        It will be impossible to end corruption in Latin America until America legalizes drugs.

        -4.25, -4.87 "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein

        by HeyMikey on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 03:04:37 PM PDT

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        •  Well, look what happened when (0+ / 0-)

          Mexico tried to legal drugs. BEST thing they could have done.

          The official attack on Social Security/Medicare has now formally started. Will you trust two oil men to fix that, too?

          by mattes on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 04:24:44 PM PDT

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    •  NGOs (2+ / 0-)
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      MamasGun, means are the ends

      (true all over the Third World).  If you work within government programs, they will steal the bucks or block the development.  

      •  So Mexico can never self-govern? (0+ / 0-)
        Development must at least begin with recognition of ALL the institutional deficits that stand between Mexico's organix progression from failing state to healthy economy.

        "Colonists wiht hearts of gold" may facilitate a transition here and there, but they are not a solution.

        None Dare Call It Stupid!

        by RonK Seattle on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 11:19:38 AM PDT

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    •  Back honest political reform (0+ / 0-)

      In other words, get behind the Lopez Obrador candidacy, and allow a true Mexican democracy to flourish.

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