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  •  "Mexico" is the location, but the shanty-towns (3+ / 0-)
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    were caused by US-owned corporations, including the big auto makers among them.

    •  Yeah, that's right (1+ / 0-)
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      Mexico was Monte motherscratching Carlo before NAFTA.

      There was no poverty, no shantytowns and no one ever emigrated.  Except for Hugo Sanchez to Spain.  And he came back.  

      •  Of course not (3+ / 0-)
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        Mexico has always been screwed up. I just don't think it was because Mexicans are cowards or stupid. It's institutional. I thought Mexico was improving and then Calderon decided to play Elliot Ness.

        Plus Barca and Cruz Azul lost. Not a great day.

        •  Teams from hick mining towns rule (1+ / 0-)
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          I feel sorry for Cruz Azul; always so close.

          It's pretty funny to see all these diaries and comments about how Mexico is poor because it has too much trade with the United States.

          Then, you see diaries and comments about how Cuba is poor because it doesn't have enough trade with the United States.

          •  Mexico is not poor because of too much (4+ / 0-)
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            trade with the US.

            Mexico is poor because our corporations and their monopoly corporations are in cahoots and there are no politicians in either country with the cajones to take on the monopolists and corporatists.

            Mexico is poor because they've been run for the last 100 years on a version of Reaganomics: take care of the rich and the poor will get the drippings from above.

            Mexico allows "la casta divina" to control everything. And Reaganomics are turning the USA into a similar version by comforting the rich and afflicting the poor.

            Calderon stole the election just like Bush stole his two. His brother-in-law owns the software company that provided the national ballot count. They perpetuate their corruption, even though the people voted the other way.

            Did you know that we mine gravel along the Costa Maya and ship it to the USA?  Gravel.  Because there are no rules to worry about when destroying the land in Mexico, so it's still cheaper to take theirs than to use our own.

            That's the kind of idiocy that is allowed by OUR trade agreements. The same agreements that destroyed their agricultural system and substituted our cheap, massive-farm produced, enormously govt subsidized corn.  And on and on.

            We -- the USA -- are in the top three reasons Mexico is poor - because it benefits us to keep them that way.

            •  I always figured Rove/Cheney/Bush Inc. (1+ / 0-)
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              had a lot to do with Calderons 'winning'.
              s far as the gravel, I'll bet it is not an American company. Most cement production in the US is now controlled by a Mexican company, Cemex. Which I think is controlled by...surprise...Carlos Slim.

              Republicans: "Double your pleasure, double your fun, double your National Debt, and blame 'The One' "

              by Bluefin on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 08:52:02 PM PDT

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              •  Vulcan Materials Corp (2+ / 0-)
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                HQ in Birmingham AL:

                In 1981 the company began a concentrated effort to locate quarry sites in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Afterwards, Pete Wiese, the Vulcan geologist who headed the exploration, described the effort in the company's annual magazine, Profile: "Quintana Roo was pretty unsettled. I had a machete and I would just get out of the car and cut through the jungle to the coast and see what I could see."

                The joint venture eventually settled on a site about 45 miles south of Cancun and only a few hundred yards from ancient Mayan ruins that had been built out of the same tan limestone.

                The W.H. Blount, a refitted Panamax-class vessel named for a former chief executive officer and then chairman emeritus of Vulcan Materials, was put into operation in March 1991 to carry limestone from the Mexican quarry. More than 700 feet long and 100 feet wide, the W.H. Blount was one of the largest self-unloading ships in service. It could carry more than 64,000 tons of limestone, or about 2,667 truckloads. A second, similar ship was put into service in late 1992.

            •  Gravel? (1+ / 0-)
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              They mine gravel alongside the 2nd longest barrier reef in the world and thereby drive away rich scuba divers & sport fishermen?

              That's dumb.

          •  I always feel sorry for (3+ / 0-)
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            Cruz Azul since every loss triggers drama in this house.

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