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Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’

Obama’s Sends 13-Year-old Daughter on Mexican Spring Break

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 21, 2012

Politico and other independent news organizations have reported on a story about President Obama’s daughter Melia that deserves further attention.  According to reports, Melia, the Obama’s 13-year-old daughter, and 25 of her classmates took a spring break trip to Mexico.  The story raises interesting questions including:

  • The United States State Department has warned Americans against traveling to Mexico because of the drug cartels related dangers there.  The First Family obviously has ignored the advice of their government.
  • Irrespective of the dangers, why does any 13-year-old need/deserve a spring break trip to Mexico or any other exotic place?
  • The trip reportedly required 25 Secret Service agents.  Who paid for the costs involved?

It seems that the questions are not being lost on the White House.  While this story initially was posted on the Huffington Post, the Telegraph, in other well known websites, they began disappearing from the sites shortly thereafter.  The White House has since admitted that it was involved with the scrubbing with Michelle Obama’s Communications Director saying: ” From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest.  We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.”  Translation, we are embarrassed by this episode.

The expensive vacations and special privileges given to the Obama’s are not unique to this First Family.  Unfortunately the elitist mentality in Washington is quite widespread and not based on one’s political philosophies.  It is, however, disingenuous for this president to continually instigate class warfare when he and his family so often demand treatment that only the wealthiest Americans can afford.  Before asking other Americans to pay their fair share, he should set an example for cutting governmental costs and start acting like a servant of the people instead of royalty.


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Hillary Out of Step at G 20 Conference

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 21, 2012

The G 20 economic conference is currently ongoing in Los Cabos, Mexico.  At the conference the 20 represented countries are supposed to be working together towards global economic growth.

The photo below posted by England’s Mail Online indicates that on the dress code at least, all who attended the conference were in lockstep with the exception of Hillary Clinton.  For an Administration that is known for following from behind, Hillary seems to be out of place.

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Government Spends $10M Storing $44M of Unneeded Fence Steel

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 4, 2012

In another example of the government wasting taxpayer money, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), part of the Department of Homeland Security, spent $10 million to store $44 million in steel for a few years.  The material was originally purchased to build a fence on the Mexican border, but never used, according to the DHS Inspector General.

Congress originally approved a 650-mile long fence on the border.  Cnsnews.com reports that only about 300 miles of it has been completed.  The available extra steel fencing could add another 75 miles to that fence.

In reporting this governmental boondoggle, the DHS Inspector General said: “CBP did not efficiently plan the purchase and storage of steel for the SSCM task order,” reported the DHS IG”.  He further concluded: “As a result, Customs and Border Protection purchased more steel than needed, incurred additional storage costs, paid interest on late payments, and approved a higher-priced subcontractor, resulting in additional expenditures of about $69 million that could have been put to better use.”  In plain words the government blew it, wasting $69 million of taxpayer money.

In this day of $1 trillion budget deficits and the government blowing hundreds of millions on green energy loans to failed companies, $69 million is just in of noise.  However, it is yet another example of why the government is inefficient and an incompetent distributor of the people’s capital.  That repeated reality has not stopped Progressives such as President Obama from giving more power to the government and demanding even higher taxes to be wasted on boondoggles.  Instead of provoking class warfare, the President should be spending efforts trimming government and attacking its qrotesque waste.

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U.S. Accuses Iran in Saudi Envoy Assignation Plot

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 12, 2011

Yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder announced a murder plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian diplomat on U.S. soil.  An incredible part of the announcement was the involvement of the Iranian government with Holder saying that the plot was “directed and approved by elements of the Iranian government and, specifically, senior members of the Quds Force” and that “high-up officials in those agencies, which is an integral part of the Iranian government, were responsible for this plot.”

The story gets more bizarre.  The United States has claimed that the Iranians engaged an Iranian-American used-car salesman to hire assassins from a Mexican drug cartel for $1.5 million.  In addition, the Los Zetas cartel was to bomb Israeli and Saudi embassies.  Finally, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was to funnel opium from the Middle East to Mexico

There have been concerns expressed by some that Attorney General Holder made this announce at this time to take the heat off of Congress’s investigation of his involvement with “Fast and Furious”.  This was the lame plan implemented by US government that allowed thousands of weapons to be sold to Mexican drug cartels with American government approval.  While this Blog would like to give the Attorney General the benefit of doubt, the fact that this serious accusation was made without strong retaliatory diplomatic steps also being announced is curious.

Eric Holder’s involvement in Fast and Furious makes it impossible for him to be an effective Attorney General.  He should immediately resign or be removed from office.

As for Iran, should the US government be certain of the charges it levied against them, it should immediately expel all Iranian diplomats from the United States including those involved with the United Nations.

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Over 50 Killed in Mexican Casino Attack

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 27, 2011

Monterrey, a northern and fairly well-to-do Mexico city of 4 million, was the site of terrorist attack this week that killed at least 53.  A drug cartel gang burst into the Casino Royale and set fire to gasoline they had spread throughout the building.  At least 53 trapped patrons died in the blaze.  Local police reported that the attack was retribution for the casino not paying protection money.

Monterrey has been the site of increasing drug related violence with another 20 people killed by gunmen in a bar last month.  As tragic as the casino attack is, the 53 dead are a drop in the bucket of the approximately 42,000 people that have been killed in Mexico’s drug violence since 2006, the year Mexican President Calderon started an aggressive crackdown against the cartels.

With the crackdown now in its fifth year, it is apparent that the Mexican government is not gaining the upper hand against the cartels.  The amount of money involved in the drug trade is just too large and corrupting.

The United States is complicit in Mexico’s violence.  American’s are the drug buyers and therefore funders of the cartels.  America has the responsibility to cut off funds to the cartels.  Over the years billions have been spent on drug interdiction and law enforcement.  However, these efforts have failed to stop the flow of funds to the cartels or the drug consumption in the U.S.   Continuing America’s failed drug policies will not be any more successful go forward.

There are two alternatives to stop the money flow to the Mexican drug cartels.  Either Americans will have to give up substantial freedoms to stop drug trafficking within our borders or the drugs must be legalized.  This second approach is the only solution that will stop the money flow to the Mexican cartels and stop the violence that threatens to make Mexico a failed state.  Should Mexico fail, the consequences for the United States are significantly more damaging than the effects of legalizing the drugs.

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American Patriotism Distorted by Progressives

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 4, 2011

Earlier this month soccer’s Gold Cup final was held in the Rose Bowl in California.  The contest for the championship was between teams from the U.S and Mexican.  Given its U.S. venue you would expect the American team to have the home-field advantages.  But not in today’s topsy-turvy world.  The US. team lost, 4-2, but that was not the real story line of the match.

Of the 93,000 fans that attended the match, an estimated 80,000 cheered on team Mexico and more surprisingly booed the American team.  This would not be particularly surprising had the team Mexico fans lived in Mexico, but in fact they are residents of the United States.

In a free country, patriotism is a sense of national pride that society creates that acts as glue holding together diverse special interest groups.  While in the past it has at times led to overstepping of reasonable boundaries, it also enabled countries to overachieve for the betterment of the world.  America’s herculean effort that saved the world from fascism in World War II is a prime example.  So too was America’s long and expensive effort to contain and ultimately defeat the Soviet Evil Empire.

The melting-pot that is America was created through freedom, opportunity and yes patriotism.  This allowed people of many different ethnic backgrounds to mold together for the common good and create the world’s greatest country.  However, in more recent times the patriotic glue has been weakened by Progressives who see America as the impediment for achieving a new world order.

It is not surprising that American’s of Mexican heritage would feel pride in their old country’s soccer field successes.  It is, however, shocking that they would boo their new country’s team.

Most Mexicans flee their country because of lack of economic opportunity and/or the fear of violence within that failing state.  Remarkably, those that attended the Gold Cup still feel greater kinship to the country they fled, rather than the one that now feeds and protects them.  Yikes.  Compare this to previous waves of immigrants who came to America and quickly assimilated into the melting-pot.  What has changed?  Progressives have created a society based on entitlements.  Instead of a societal view that immigrants start at the bottom, work hard and learn the national language, Progressives have demanded that the rest of America learn the language of the immigrants.  They also offer immigrants, both legal and illegal, social benefits that previous immigrants did not have access to.

As we celebrate Independence Day, it is time to once again embrace patriotism as a national virtue.  Patriotism is a requirement for the melting-pot to continue to succeed.

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US to Return to 1848 Lines to Resolve Immigration Concerns

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 25, 2011

HEADLINE: US to Return to 1848 Lines to Resolve Immigration Concerns

Using Barack Obama’s logic for settling the Israeli-Palestinian border issue, imagine if Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would suggest that America return the territory to Mexico that we gained in the Mexican-America War?

As Al said when forwarding in this map, “well at least this gives insight as to the plans on solving the US immigration concerns.”

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Juarez, Mexico Sees Coldest Temperatures in 60 years

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 7, 2011

The cold weather that has blanketed much of North America this winter is setting records south of the border.  According to an Associated Press report, Juarez, Mexico recorded the coldest temperatures to hit that city since 1951, going below 9 degrees Fahrenheit.

What do the proponents of the theory of man-made global warming have to say when confronted with cold temperature of Mexico or Europe?  They see it as proof positive of their theory.  World temperatures get warmer; that is of course due to man-made global warming.  Temperatures significantly dip; well then they change the name of the calamity to “man-made climate change”.  Is this science or convenience?


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Fed’s Cheap Money and Unintended Consequences

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 14, 2010

Bloomberg published a report that once again shows the unintended consequences of governmental meddling into the economy.  Phoenix-based mining company, Southern Copper, announced that it plans to invest $800 million in various projects including a new smelter and natural-gas furnace.  Such capital equipment investments are what the government and Federal Reserve were promoting through its low interest rates policies and printing dollars.  Southern Copper took advantage of these policies raising $1.5 billion in debt this year.  However, much of those funds will be invested in Mexican and Peruvian mines.

The laws of supply and demand will not be circumvented by government policies.  According to Bloomberg, a significant portion of the debt being raised in the United States is being invested in emerging markets, not the U.S.  While U.S. corporations raised about $1.0 trillion in debt in 2010, foreign companies also raised about $600, a significant increase over the previous year.

The Federal Reserve Bank’s Dallas president, Richard Fisher has said: “I have begun to wonder if the monetary accommodation we have already engineered might even be working in the wrong places.”  Such disruptions, Mr. Fisher, are guaranteed when the government attempts to manipulate the economy.


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Northern Mexico Falling Further into Anarchy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 23, 2010

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal included a chilling story about the disintegration occurring south of our border.  The report stated:

Caravans of armored SUVs crammed with gunmen firing automatic rifles prowled the streets. Parents pulled terrified children from schools.  The town of 6,000 went dark every time the combatants shot out the transformers.  In May, a man was hung alive from a tree in the central plaza and dismembered while town folk heard the screaming from behind shuttered doors.”

It’s like we’re in the Wild Wes. We have no mayor, no police, no transit system.  We have been left to fend for ourselves.” Said resident Santos Moreno Pérez.

This report might be expected from the worst areas of the war in Afghanistan, not from North America.  However, as the Journal reported, while southern Mexico including Mexico City has been spared the drug-war violence, northern states including Tamaulipas, Chihuahua and Michoacán are steadily falling into anarchy.

Drug gangs have been increasing their strength and control in parts of Mexico for years.  In late 2006, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón attempted to wrestle power back from the gangs declaring war against them.  The effort has not been particularly successful with 31,000 people killed in the violence and vast parts of northern Mexico breaking down to near states of anarchy.

While most of the violence has been contained within Mexico proper, it is not realistic to expect this to continue.  The Mexican state of Tamaulipas has a 230 mile border with Texas.  The corruption and violence that have taken hold in northern Mexico will inevitably be brought to the United States

There are two major issues for America to come to grips with quickly.  The amount of money involved with the drug trade is astronomical.  It is this huge pool of funds that corrupts Mexican politicians, police force and army.  It is this money that funds the private militias set up by the drug gangs.  It is this money that buys arms for the thugs.  If the United States cannot stop the demand for drugs by curbing its own appetite for them, then the Country must legalize the poison to stem the violence emanating from its illicit trade.  Giving the hundreds of billions spent over the decades on interdiction and law enforcement with little results to show, it is time to admit this a failed strategy.

We must also address the nearly free-flow of illegal aliens crossing America’s porous southern border.  While the vast majority of those immigrants are merely in search of a better life, some percentage has lees noble intent.  Further, it is just a matter of time before these drug gangs find it in their interest to partner up the Jihadists.  Doubting this likelihood is just plan naïve.

America’s failed policies towards the drug trade and the problems on our southern border have spanned decades through both Republican and Democrat administrations.  This does not excuse Present Obama of responsibility for continuing failed policies.  Instead of having Attorney General Eric Holder attack Arizona for attempting to protect its citizen, Obama should secure our Southern border as he is Constitutionally bound to do.

The situation in northern Mexico presents a clear and present danger to the United States.  Inaction by our federal government is inexcusable.  Unfortunately, the President does not seem to see evil anywhere except within America’s past.


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