Originally Posted by FeelTheLove
I think the exact opposite would happen. There would be a huge gold rush for prime land and Mexican businesses. There would be an inflow of investment capital for the first time. The Mexican economy would expand for the first time, and as millions of baby boomers arrived to retire along the beaches of the Pacific Coast, the service economy would rev up, restaurants, medical practices and investment banks would spring into being, and America would get a young and energetic work force to pay the bills for the increasingly old and disappearing Anglos. America itself would see inflation lowered while food prices drop and housing would finally become more affordable as millions of acres of tropical real estate entered the market.
Every been to the Mexican tropical rainforest? I've spent months in it. Most of what is left is nearly vertical -- montane cloud forests on the east side of the southern mountains. The rest of the rain forest is nearly gone.
From satellite imagery you can clearly see the borders with Guatemala and Belize delineated by the albido of bare earth and stone in Mexico vs the dark green of the rainforests of Belize & Guatemala. The Mexican oligarchy is busy raping the land and stealing from the government and using the government to seal from the people. Mexico should be a wealthy nation. The people are hard-working and self-motivated. The country is rich in minerals and agricultural land. If the Mexican government doesn't turn-around and very soon, the people will elect their version of Huey Long or Hugo Chavez. In my opinion, given the prevailing attitude of the rich and powerful in Mexico, it's a virtual certainty.
Huey Long did some wonderful things for the state of Louisiana. First and foremost he broke the political vicegrip held by the New Orleans bankers on state government. Secondly, he destroyed the connection between Rockefeller and the bankers. Third, he built roads and bridges that connected people with government and each other, In many cases shortening travel time by road across the state from a matter of over a day to just a few hours. Fourth, he funded public education that provided free textbooks an educational material to children who had previously no books or materials, including black people -- unheard of in that area at that time. Fifth, he spoke directly to the poor whites and blacks of the state and told them they were valuable for who they were, not what they had. It was a revolution. Much the same can be said of Chavez' impact on Venezuela and I suspect, whomever the radical is that the people eventually put into the Mexican presidency.
But that type of man -- Huey or Hugo -- also are terrible for democracy and introduce a whole new form of political patronage and corruption. It took Louisiana 50 years to get passed Huey Long. The passage was signaled by jailing the last governor produced by the Long Machine, Edwin Edwards. The same misery will likely be visited on Mexico, when Mexicans get their own Huey or Hugo.
What a waste. But better than a bloody revolution, which Mexicans have also staged from time to time.