Don’t ask me how, but my résumé ended up in the hands the Mexican people. They were desperately seeking a strong leader who believed in their ideals and who showed the most promise in bringing their economy out of recession. The United States must have been contacted by the people of Mexico who were asking for help. And so they called on me. Who knew?? The Americans on one hand are expecting me to help solve the illegal immigration problem. On the other hand the Mexicans are depending on me to solve economic problems in their own country, in effect to make it nicer there so they won’t want to leave. They’re proud of their nation. They’re tired of immigrating; at least that’s what that one guy said… What was his name?? Oh, its not important.
Now in keeping with the assignment, what qualifies Mexico as a third world country? According to 1upinfo.com, third world countries are described as being technologically backwards, having poor economies, “high rates of illiteracy, disease, population growth and unstable governments.” Mexico does have a moderately stable government, growing economies, technologically advanced cities where literacy rates are high, and some available health care. Yet Mexico still has a population growth problem, high rates of unemployment, inferior healthcare facilities and public services. Most people in Mexico are in severe poverty. Ones who are able to find work make barely enough to live on. Children are undernourished and many have to drop out of school and find work to help support their family.
As a result of unemployment, drug abuse and juvenile crime is high. When people don’t get paid enough or can’t find jobs in the cities, they migrate to the northern border states of Mexico where most of the country’s industrialized cities are located. But most of the jobs there have already been filled, so Mexicans continue northward over the U.S. border seeking a better life. This is where the illegal immigration problem comes from. The lack of available jobs combined with an ever growing work force is one of Mexico’s biggest issues. The majority of Mexicans go without the necessities for a happy life. People want to work. Work brings money. Money buys houses, education, and services. Money does buy happiness. This is my main goal: to create jobs in Mexico.
Population growth has dropped from 3.7% per year in the 1970’s down to 1.5% as of 2001. That means that within a year of 2001, there would have been over 1.5 million new Mexicans. This still poses a problem for the government. The exploding population is making it impossible for leaders to effect positive economic changes. Mexicans strongly believe in family and traditional values. I’m there to help. And if they really want help, then the first thing they have to start to do is architect their families more responsibly. This is a serious push, but they’re the ones who asked specifically for me; if I have to, I’ll enforce legal restrictions on the size of new families.
Whew! Now that I got that over with, on to the jobs. Mexico shifted from an agriculturally based economy to a manufacturing and export based economy after World War II. However, Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 2002 – thank God for CD ROM encyclopedias – says “Agriculture still provides more jobs than industry.” Only 14% of the land in Mexico is farmable and because the population is so huge, there’s not enough food for everybody. So they have to spend a lot to import food. Most of Mexico is high and dry (lots of mountains, not enough fertile land or rain.) A lot of northern Mexico is irrigated for farming via the Rio Grande, Conchos, and Sonora rivers. Most of southern Mexico is tropical and has rainforests. But central Mexico lays waste and is just asking for thoughtful development; hence one of my focuses for job creation – reaggregation! Ya, its a word I made up. It works on 2 levels: 1 – make the land farmable, and 2 – fix the current plot size problem. I know this is deep, but hang with me.
Many poor families in Mexico were given parcels of land that weren’t big enough or fertile enough to do much more than to meagerly supply for themselves. Plus, these families were too poor to buy fertilizer, seeds, and machinery to make the deal work. In order to organize these areas, the plots are going to have to be consolidated, fertilized, irrigated, and the families will need to be provided with machinery until they can buy their own. Consolidating the plots may take some convincing. The land will probably have to be owned jointly between families through communal contracts. They’ll do it though, because they’ll know its for the best (K sure they will…)
New man made agricultural regions will also have to be developed in the high wastelands of central Mexico. How!? Fertilize and irrigate, but you’re getting ahead of me. To irrigate central Mexico we’d normally have to depend on rain. But we don’t have any of that here. So I propose we build massive pumping stations, desalinization plants, and pipe lines that will bring water up to the highlands directly from the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, as well as from lakes, rivers, and reservoirs around the country. New channels and reservoirs will also have to be dug in these dry mountainous regions. To fertilize the land we can turn to a natural geographical resource – volcanoes! Yes, using volcanic ash for fertilizer is a common practice world wide. There are many active volcanoes in Mexico with free fertilizer up for grabs; such as Jorullo, Paricutin, Nevado de Colima, Popocatepetl, El Chichon, and much much more! Collecting volcanic material in itself would be another job source, as well as the nation wide transportation of it.
Skilled technicians and engineers will need to be brought in from around Mexico and the U.S. to build the irrigation plants. The work force to dig the new channels and reservoirs, harvest and deliver the volcano fertilizer, as well as man the new farms is readily available. If the equipment and finances needed to accomplish all the digging, constructing, trucking, and farming can not be gotten in Mexico, I have been assured that the U.S. is willing to loan it to them without interest. No joking! Mexico had some bad experience with taking out loans 20 years ago when it began investing heavily in its oil industry. But when oil prices dropped, they couldn’t pay off their debt. I was sent to Mexico with the message that in the interest of national security and mutual prosperity the United States is dedicated to resolve the illegal immigration problem by contributing to the growth and self-sufficiency of the Mexican nation. Billions of dollars have already been donated by private companies and U.S. citizens who are giving out of the generosity and compassion of their hearts (tee-hee,) not to mention what has been budgeted by the administration for foreign aid to Mexico. Everybody knows that the best way out of a recession is to give.
Mexico has huge petroleum reserves around the Gulf of Mexico. Because of an agreement to balance the trade of oil globally, Mexico can not use this resource as the only way to advance its economy. But it is self sufficient in this area. Before, the Mexican government totally controlled the extraction and sale of gasoline through its own branch of government franchised fuel stations. But it recently began to allow private companies to begin running their own fueling companies. The government needs to continue on this track and give most of its control of the petroleum industry to private Mexican companies as well, and not to foreign investors.
Currently, there continues to be a migration from rural to urban locations because farmers are barely making enough to survive. If they abandon their plantations, they won’t find any work in the cities. People who can’t find work end up in shanty towns with no electricity, running water or sewers. Shanty towns like this exist in and around Mexico City as well as other large industrial centered cities throughout the country. Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world, and due to its intense industry and manufacturing focus it attracts desperate people who are looking for work. People often quit farming because they don’t have enough healthcare and education services in rural places. I’ll have to create incentive for farming families by rewarding them with more reasonable pay, healthcare and education opportunities for their children.
A lot of the people who work in Mexico City live to the east in Netzahuacoyotl. They also don’t have adequate housing, services or communications. To make living and working more tolerable in the city, I’ll have to convince the people who live in the slums to apply to work on the newly created farms. They’ll load up onto trucks and be relocated to their new jobs and homes. Then new apartments with electricity, running water, sewers, and modern appliances will be built on the old shanty sites. Because Mexico City is such a large industrial city, it has one of the worst air pollution problems in the world. The government has enforced emission restrictions on companies and allows only a certain number of vehicles to be driven daily. What they need is to expand their public transportation system, and to stop relying on energy that’s produced by burning coal and oil. Mexico has huge natural gas resources, but they haven’t developed the facilities to distribute it for widespread use.
Well, I’m on the sixth page now and you’re probably tired, so I’ll just quickly list other areas that I’m focusing on here in Mexico. Building more public roads connecting states to better facilitate transportation of products, especially between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean through theSierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains. Stop deforestation in central Mexico mountains and in rain forests in southern Mexico. Extend protection over endangered species in Mexico. Cut down air pollution in industrial cities. Rework the temporary work visa program between Mexico and U.S.. Create more specified education opportunities like trade schools. Fix illiteracy and intestinal diseases in impoverished regions. Kill the relationship between unions and the government and allow more privatization of banks. Modernize and expand railroad systems. Improve telephone and power line grids.
If you couldn’t tell, this report was written mostly tongue and cheek. The World Geography college professor that this report was written for was a flaming liberal and self proclaimed witch. So I took advantage of the simplicity of her world view in order to cut corners in governmental and civil issues which really don’t work that way without more serious thought. This report does, however, bring up most of the important issues that need to be dealt with in Mexico.
Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 2002
1 Up Info, Encyclopedia, International Organizations, Third World.
Earth Bulletin, Living on the edge.
USGS, Major Volcanoes of Mexico.