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  •  Thanks for the great read! (1+ / 0-)
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    pkbarbiedoll

    You've taught me a lot. I'm astonished to hear there is such a thing as "tortilla suppliers" in Mexico. When I've visited in the past, there were tortilliarias everywhere and lots of people made their own tortillas at home.

    Has that changed? Is there really a cabal of tortilla suppliers, or have I misunderstood?

    I've hotlisted your diary to come back to. Excellent work, thanks.

    "This chamber reeks of blood." -- Sen George McGovern, 1970

    by cotterperson on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 10:48:25 AM PDT

    •  It is the monopoly (5+ / 0-)

      on the masa, the flour that is sold to the end producers. Yes, people still buy their tortillas at local stores, but the stores have to buy the masa from Maseca, etc. The days when locally grown nixtamal and masa was available is long gone.

      •  Tortillas were once Subsidized (1+ / 0-)
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        mariachi mama

        Tortilla prices were once subsidized in Mexico, as the govt. realized that tortillas are a staple.  The Japanese government does this as well with rice, as does the US government via its many subsidies (farm bill).

        But Mexico, in a nod to the GOP and the Heritage Foundation, decided to phase out the subsidies, exposing the millions of Mexicans who depend on tortillas for protein to price shocks.

        In many ways, the PRI/PAN are what the GOP would like to be, were it not for the opposition of the Democratic Party.

        Think about it.  The top marginal rate is 28%.  No capital gains tax.  No subsidies on staples.

        I can go on and on.

        Then they wonder why Mexico has grown less than 1% annually on a GDP/Capita basis during the last 25 years.

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. http://www1.hamiltonproject.org/es/hamilton/hamilton_hp.htm

        by PatriciaVa on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 01:06:10 PM PDT

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