A View of the World
23 August 2005
  Consider the Possibilities
The United States should buy Mexico.

I've spoken to enough people about this by now, that I figure I should probably have some kind of 'copyrighted' document that can be tracked to a specific date and time - hence this blog.

Why not? A recent poll indicated that 46% of Mexicans polled indicated that they would emigrate to the US, and there is a growing resistance to the thousands of Mexicans that enter the US on an ever-increasing basis. So, let's buy Mexico.

According to the CIA World Factbook (http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/mx.html), there are about 100 million people living in Mexico. Of those, about 60 million are between the ages of 18 and 64. We give each one of these people a specific sum of money (say $25,000) as part of this buy-out of their country. That's about 1.5 trillion dollars - which is no small sum of money, but totally worth the investment.

Think about it. Buying Mexico gives the US access to the following:
• Pacific and Gulf of Mexico resorts and all of the tourism dollars spent there.
• Natural resources: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber
• $1 trillion economy - driven in part by NAFTA

In addition, buying Mexico could provide the United States with a potential for a huge public works/private industry cooperative venture. The need for infrastructure is great throughout Mexico, and the need to integrate common utility systems (gas, water, sewer, electricity, etc.) with the United States would drive job creation, building construction and the need for support services.

A large obstacle would be the language barrier. However, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) speakers are an increasing part of the American and Mexican culture, and this would drive increased interest in learning a second language for either native language speakers. In the US, most forms have become standardized in both English and Spanish, so that would not be a significant problem.

The Internet would be a critical component to the success of this action. Communication will need to be seamless, with options for dual-language information input and retrieval.

The logistics involved will be monumental, but not impossible. It will take vision to be a part of this, but this is something that is crucial to the success of the American hemisphere in the 21st century. The ability for Mexico to trade on its inexpensive labor market will soon be lost, and it will find its factories closing and moving east. China will soon be challenging every industry and its economy will dominate all others - especially the US.

The expression "One World, Ready or Not" is now more true than ever. And now is the time to act.
Insights from Randy Lawrence, aka randelaw

Location: Illinois, United States
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