Wry & Dry

Give Mexico's land back!

Donald Trump sees Mexicans and Mexico as burrs under his saddle.   Which is a pity, as it is an amazing country with a rich history and strong culture.

Work with W&D on this.

A little history

For three centuries until its independence in 1821, Mexico was a colony of Spain.  This gave it its core language and religion.

Readers will remember then that Mexico was once larger than continental USA.  But it lost a war (1846-8) with its northern neighbour, and so lost what today is effectively Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California and Arizona.

MexicoMexico lost the area in white to the US

During the war, the Mexican armies were routed and an American army even captured the capital city, Mexico City.  And just prior to the war, the US annexed Texas, which had became an independent republic.

Texas hitherto had been a part of Mexico, but won its independence in a short war in 1836*.

The whole affair was a complexity of malevolent and underhanded actions, especially from James Polk, the US President at the time.  But the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo saw Mexico humiliated and losing an area about the size of Western Europe.

Its borders today are very different to what they should be.  If the Mexicans were Chinese, they might claim an 'Unequal Treaty'**. 

(W&D thinks that Mexico should.  And claim back Texas (currently 40% Hispanic/ Latino), New Mexico (48%), Colorado (25%), Utah (14%), Nevada (30%), California (40%) and Arizona (30%).  The trouble is, that the Trump Wall would need to be even longer.)

A little economics...

The Mexican economy is large, larger than Australia, at the 11th largest in the world. But its population is massive, at over 127 million; the 10th largest in the world.

It is a rapidly developing economy, with low inflation and unemployment.  Its government debt to GDP is about 38% and it runs a modest budget deficit.

A primary cause of its rise to economic strength (on average - there is a massive gap between rich and poor) is NAFTA - the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Mexico's trade with Canada and the US account for some 90% of its exports.  It is the ninth most visited country in the world.

The problems...

...for the US are: drugs; loss of blue collar jobs to 'south of the border' and illegal migration to north of the border.

W&D is not sure if the Trump Wall will ever be built.  Even if it is, it will make little difference to either of the three problems.

The Trump problem is that he espouses simple solutions to what are complex issues.  W&D is waiting for him to threaten to nuke Mexico.

 *A battle that the Texans lost early in the war was the Battle of the Alamo, upon which much myth has evolved (and a John Wayne movie made).  But it is certain that famed frontiersmen Davie Crockett and Jim Bowie died for the Texan cause.

The Texan general who finally defeated the Mexicans was one Sam Houston.

** An unequal treaty, in Chinese history, was any of a series of treaties and agreements in which China was forced to concede many of its territorial and sovereignty rights. They were negotiated during the 19th and early 20th centuries between China and foreign imperialist powers, especially Great Britain, France, Germany, the United States, Russia, and Japan.  

By 1999, China had got all of its land back.  Mexico is still waiting.