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Just Generally Irked At Mexico (And the Fertility Rate)
It is no surprise that the Mexican government encourages and supports emigration from Mexico and illegal immigration into the United States. It does this at least as fervently as it encourages Americans to come with their dollars and vacation in Cancun, and perhaps more so. Mexico helps its people enter the United States in violation of the law using every tool as its disposal—men, shelter, instructions, politics. This in itself should be a serious international issue, but of course it is not, chiefly because America’s white-hot economy is thirsty for more fuel, and outsiders provide it where Americans leave off. (I’m not talking about Jobs Americans Won’t Do; I’m talking about Jobs Americans Can’t Do Because They’re Already Working And By The By Aren’t Making Enough Damn Babies To Fill Them Going Foward.) But our positive problem of too many folks wanting to come here is the happier side of a problem that should properly be known as the economy of Estados Unidos Mexicanos.
Most responsible modern nations, such as the United States, are forced to deal with poverty with such instruments as education and, in the worst of circumstances, government-created jobs. A select few, like Mexico, are able to do exactly nothing, and thereby force their poor people to leave—passing, in addition to the buck, all sorts of bad things, like smuggled children, drugs, guns, and enslaved women, all of which attend a fractured border’s black market. Vicente Fox Quesada is every day in the business of booting out the Mexicans who make him look bad and claping the dust off his hands even as he lambasts President Bush on the international stage for trying, as every sovereign nation always has and will, to keep control over who enters. Meanwhile, illegal immigrants found in Mexico—mostly from Central American countries—are robbed and raped.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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