Mexican President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: “We are conscious of the need to maintain good relations with the United States”…

Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador “AMLO” easily won yesterday’s election with 54% of the vote; the highest vote total in three decades.  In addition his MORENA party won an absolute majority in both the Mexican Senate (38% +/-) and the Chamber of Deputies (38% +/-).

The multinational financial community is in the process of evaluating how the nationalist win will impact all prior investing.  One of the key issues is NAFTA.  Multinational corporations have poured billions into Mexico as a structural method to utilize the trade deal to gain access to the U.S. market.

Despite his campaign position, AMLO is now affirming a positive intention to renegotiate NAFTA; however, he is speaking from both sides of the current issue.  Example:

[Today] Lopez Obrador said he supports reaching a deal on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Canada.

[…]  Lopez Obrador said he will propose that his own team of experts be included in the talks. The winning candidate said he will make that proposal in a meeting Tuesday with current President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Lopez Obrador told Televisa that he will respect the current team of negotiators, and let them continue representing Mexico until he takes office Dec. 1.

[…] Lopez Obrador said individual and property rights would be guaranteed, promised respect for the autonomy of the central Bank of Mexico and said his government will maintain financial and fiscal discipline.

He said contracts obtained under energy reforms passed under President Enrique Pena Nieto will be scrutinized for any corruption or illegality, but otherwise contracts will be honored.

“There will be no confiscation or expropriation of assets. … Eradicating corruption will be the principal mission,” he said.

[…] The polling firm Consulta Mitofsky predicted Morena allies would take between 56 and 70 seats in the 128-member Senate and between 256 and 291 spots in the 500-seat lower house.  (more)

On NAFTA the bottom line is easily identified.  There are no ongoing negotiations.  The NAFTA fatal flaw, which allows Canada and Mexico to act as pass-throughs for foreign products, is an impossible impasse to overcome.  Neither Mexico or Canada can negotiate away their economic process of importing foreign goods, assembling them, and then using NAFTA to trans-ship the finished product into the U.S market.

Neither Mexico or Canada manufacture much of the product they assemble.  The overwhelming majority of Canadian and Mexican products, including cars, are assembly operations for manufactured goods using parts from Europe and Asia, mostly China.  They do not have the raw materials, infrastructure, or heavy-duty manufacturing plants, to *create* component parts for manufactured goods.  Therefore in order to maintain their three-decades-long economic and trade system they cannot negotiate a NAFTA plan that demands high-content source of origination, for durable goods, from North America.

Nothing can change that.

China has invested tens of billions in ports and transport infrastructure to facilitate the current process.  Those port and transit investments would become functionally obsolescent if Mexico and Canada were forced to stop importing parts for assembly.

♦ In the food sector the Mexican farmer, and by consequence Mexican farm-worker, are caught in the same multinational big AG network.  Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Monsanto, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Kraft (or, outside the United States, by the company’s alter ego, Mondelēz International).

Once the plowing, planting, nurturing, and harvesting are done, around 80 percent of major crops pass through the hands of four traders: ADM, Bunge, Cargill, and Louis Dreyfus.  This is a controlled market.

For farmers, BIG AG (oligopolies) mean fewer choices of supplier and sometimes no choice at all about whom they will sell to. This leads to “contract farming”, in which farmers grow according to corporate specifications, with all supplies provided by the company, in return for its commitment to purchase the farmers’ output if it is acceptable.

On the Agricultural side of NAFTA president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and U.S. President Donald Trump can actually work together.  Neither AMLO, nor Trump, support the continuation of the corporately-controlled, Wall Street profit-driven, status quo.   An interesting dynamic.

Keep in mind this next article about AMLO is from “Reuters”, a media outlet owned, operated, and messaging service of Wall Street:

(Reuters) – Mexico’s next president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said on Monday he will seek to remain in NAFTA along with the United States and Canada and that he respects the existing Mexican team renegotiating the trade pact.

Lopez Obrador won a landslide election victory on Sunday, getting more than double the votes of his nearest rival, dealing a resounding blow to establishment parties and becoming the first leftist to win the Mexican presidency since one-party rule ended in 2000.

“We are going to accompany the current government in this negotiation, we are going to be very respectful, and we are going to support the signing of the agreement,” he told Milenio TV in an telephone interview, saying the aim was a deal on the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement that was good for Mexico. (read more)

Overall, Obrador represents an ideological outlook almost identical to former U.S. Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders.  [coincidentally the same as former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez].   Hollywood celebrities and avowed leftists will likely embrace Obrador in 2018/2019 as they did Chavez in 2009/2010.  Watch, you’ll see.

AMLO has a governing philosophy almost identical to Bernie Sanders; the problem AMLO faces is his Mexican economic policy starts without any underlying Mexican wealth to spread around.  [Again, the Venezuelan issue]  Socialism only works when you have other people’s money, labor, and property to distribute.  The majority of the value in Mexico is owned by outside multinational interests.  Those multinationals will now have to figure out how to deal with a nationalist who despises their ownership and control.

[Again, see big picture Venezuela]

Eventually, in order to make good on his promises, AMLO is going to need to *take* value from private ownership and redistribute that wealth to his constituents.  That process may take a few years, but it is inevitable.   In the history of the world, a socialist economy has never survived itself (without absolute economic capitulation of the citizens).

When that process happens, those entities who have their wealth expropriated will exit the economic system.  It has always been thus; there has never been a socialist economy where that did not happen.. and that process begins the Venezuelan spiral.

The most dangerous time for a rescue swimmer is the moment when he reaches the desperate and drowning man.  The MOST IMPORTANT aspect for President Trump, and for the survival of the United States, is to make sure the U.S. is not pulled under when Mexico begins to drown.

That, my friends, is why we need the Southern Border Wall.  [Regardless of cost.]

Now, think carefully about AMLO’s quote again today:

“We are conscious of the need to maintain good relations with the United States.”

Yeah, I guarantee they are..

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346 Responses to Mexican President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: “We are conscious of the need to maintain good relations with the United States”…

  1. clipe says:

    Lightbulb moments popping off in the heads of the usual suspects.

    Maybe it’s just a side effect of what Kanye calls “dragon energy,” but Trump consistently shows the ability to simultaneously walk, and chew gum, and rub his belly, and pat his head, and tweet, and juggle chainsaws.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/06/19/on_blue_waves_red_meat_and_black_outreach_137301.html

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    • Carl says:

      Really enjoyed this article, clipe. Thank you for sharing!

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    • jb says:

      Just one slight correction . . .

      Donald chews chainsaws and juggles bubble gum. 🙂

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    • Carrie2 says:

      clipe, Trump is well aware that this new president is just as bad if not worse then any before him. The rich take care of the rich and lie like carpets on the floors (reminds me of most Congress members) but will expect extra good will and money from us. Forget it you fool because it ain’t gonna happen. You bring nothing to the table unless Slim lets you, otherwise he is like Soros and owns Mexico.

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  2. northwoodswatcher says:

    With the election of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the USA now has a communist neighbor even closer than Cuba.
    That realization conjured memories of a brief visit I made to the commie mother country — the USSR — back in my college days.
    In 1997, when Brezhnev was still in power, I wanted to see communism in action. I knew it was bad — I had learned this at the knee of my grandparents on my mom’s side, as well as from aunts and uncles who’d lived through the Depression and then World War II. Hardly anyone got to see the inside of the USSR back then. I grabbed at the chance.
    What happened is that the two New Hampshire professors running the trip were only able to attract five students — even advertising the study tour to colleges around New England.
    Ten days in the USSR just wasn’t anyone’s idea of a picnic.
    So they opened the tour to non-students. We ended up with a group of about three dozen.
    Our group had to sign up with one of the three official commie-mandated tourist agencies, and professors got the “best” — Intourist.
    We purportedly would stay at the best hotels and eat at the best restaurants in Moscow, Leningrad, and Kiev.
    In fact, our itinerary was purposely jam-packed so that we would only see what Intourist wanted us to see.
    But the professors had contacts among the refuseniks. We visited them.
    At one apartment we met with a couple who laid out the very best delicacies they could offer — orange slices.
    The husband was an engineer, but the moment he applied for them to emmigrate he was fired from his job.
    Because not having a job was against the law in the USSR, he became a janitor.
    The wife was a college professor. She was fired too, of course. Her job became teaching other refuseniks to speak English.
    Our professors surreptiously larded the refuseniks with whatever gifts they’d been able to smuggle through customs — such as a pair of bluejeans. One professor left behind a radio, which, we were told, was worth more than a month’s rent. One of the professors had stupidly tried to bring in ladies’ items in his suitcase instead of asking one of the women in our group to pack them, so those items were seized. A Canadian couple traveling with us made the mistake of bringing in an issue of TIME, so we had to wait while they were strip-searched.
    All of us had our luggage secretly opened and searched. The way we knew this is that someone broke the locks on our suitcases.
    Wherever we went we were pestered by people who wanted to buy our clothes. Kids would run up to us and plead “Chewing gum? Chewing gum?” Taxi drivers would cut their fares by 90 percent if we paid in dollars. In fact, there were shops in the best hotels which sold stuff available only in certain foreign currency, like marks, etc.
    We saw lines of shoppers queuing up at stores during the middle of the workday. People would carry a cloth shoping sack in case they saw something for sale, like toilet paper, and then buy all they could, as they could sell or trade what they didn’t need.
    We ate at the best restaurant in Moscow. We were served “salad.” It lacked carrots, tomatoes, lettuce. Cucumbers was the only vegetable. If we wanted any others, we’d have to go to the government-sanctioned farmer’s markets — and at quite a premium, I might add.
    The squalor of shacks paralleling our ride to and from the various airports was depressing. Here it was 22 years after WWII and the worst hovels in Appalachian looked like palaces compared to what we saw. Of course, we were not allowed to take photographs along these routes.
    Yes, we saw the very best that communism had to offer — the best cities in the most advanced communist country of all.
    The dyed-in-the-wool liberals on the trip would tell me to shut up when I criticized things like observing half a dozen soldiers fixing a sidewalk. “Sh-t, in the U.S. we’d have jackhammers and all sorts of machinery. They’re doing it all by hand!”
    I couldn’t believe how backward the whole schlepping country was!
    Heck, they even used soldiers with rifles slung over their shoulders to direct traffic — and soldiers with guns at the ready stood next to the officials in customs when we entered and departed the USSR.
    Here’s the thing: When our Aeroflot jet landed back at JFK in NYC, we cheered as we disembarked.
    EVERY ONE OF US CHEERED.
    People in the airport stared at us as if we were lunatics.
    Yet we had only been in the USSR for 10 days — where we had enjoyed the “best” of the “best.”
    Mexico is about to learn what the “best” is from Obrador.

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    • northwoodswatcher says:

      CORRECTION:
      Make that “32 years” after the end of WWII.

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    • Zippy says:

      “Ten days in the USSR just wasn’t anyone’s idea of a picnic.”

      But, but, Bernie honeymooned there, so it CAN’T be THAT bad. If it was, they “just weren’t doing socialism right.” I mean, it is possible to entirely overcome and change human nature via government edicts and thereby achieve utopia, right?

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      • Jenny R. says:

        American apparatchiki get special country dacha accommodations comrade.
        Just like whatserface Shirley MacLaine in Vietnam or Belafonte in Cuba — such a great place! Da suka, you keep saying that in Amerika, be good useful idiot.

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        • Jenny R. says:

          Everybody else gets to see how Russian soda drink machines work (trust me, you don’t want to know).

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          • northwoodswatcher says:

            I’d forgotten about Soviet soda. Coming from the USA, where we were weaned on 7-Up, Coca-Cola, Orange Crush, etc., we had a bit of culture shock when they rolled out the selection of soda pop in the USSR: flavors like pear and peach. Did you ever taste apricot soda? Yuck!

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            • Jenny R. says:

              What Jan was talking about below. I never made it to actually experimenting with flavors of the soda — screwed up the first try, kind (and likely aggravated Russian) showed me how it was done, got some fruity thing, gulped it down quickly (was not very good, yes, but wasn’t really paying attention to the taste at that point…never went back for a second try).

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          • Jan says:

            If you’re talking about everyone shares the same cup for their soda, they did likewise with the water machines. My friend, who went to Russia in 1989 or 1990, said his whole touring team got sick within 2 days of getting to Russia (and the toilet paper had wood splinters in it).

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            • Turranos says:

              Nothing like wood splinters, first thing in the morning!

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            • northwoodswatcher says:

              Staying in the best Intourist hotels, we only had to sleep two to a room, and we enjoyed luxuries like an in-room telephone on which we had to wait only six or eight hours for the switchboard to get an open trunk line to the USA. The toilet tissue in our hotel bathroom consisted of small squares of paper that were reminiscent of waxed paper, except thinner. Charmin didn’t exist in the USSR circa 1977. This was the “good” stuff and, if you lived there, you were happy to have it.

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      • What is that definition of insanity? Something about doing the same things over and over again expecting different results? Hmmm…….

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      • Charlotte says:

        Bill Clinton also went there while he was at Oxford

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    • Cow wow says:

      @northwoods-Going through ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ in the 70’s into East Berlin as curious newlyweds from the USA-we saw and experienced firsthand the very same things!

      We have no idea the blessings of freedom we have in this marvelous country I call home.
      God bless the USA and our President who understands as most other Americans have no idea about the differences and why we fight so hard to keep the sacred paths of our forefathers.

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      • Lindenlee says:

        When I worked for Pan AM, there were times I would come back and want to kiss the ground. These lefty dumbasses here that hate the US should go spend some time in one of the world’s many shitholes.

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    • Zippy says:

      BTW, interesting story, but I don’t think you meant to say 1997.

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    • David says:

      Great story…

      All of us had our luggage secretly opened and searched. The way we knew this is that someone broke the locks on our suitcases.

      This cracked me up. If they break your lock, then technically they aren’t being secret. Sadly the TSA will do the same to us today.

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    • Mountaingirl says:

      My daughter and son in law lived in Russia in 2002 for a year working with students in a university. During a visit, I witnessed some of the same scarcity that you did! After waiting on line for a roasted chicken in a “mobile food truck” which only came around every few weeks, my daughter came to blows with a burly man who tried to beat her to the last bird! The only available green vegetable was brocolli which my pregnant daughter grew to hate. There were dozens of elderly women selling bunches of a green leafy weed standing in the freezing snow all day. Their heat and hot water would be turned off for weeks at a time.
      Any American who has never experienced lack should visit a Communist country to gain a new appreciation of all of our blessings in our great nation.

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      • carole says:

        The daughter of a friend “won” a place at Moscow Conservatory. When she arrived, she found the dormitory without heat (it was winter), without hot water, and without food. Fortunately, other students helped her find places where she could buy food. She immediately wanted to leave. It took her parents months to get her out. Russia did not want to let her go. Her parents had to contact the US State Dept and were told it was a ‘delicate’ matter. She was paying to go there. Russians didn’t want to give that $$ up. Finally got her out, but it was a very scary time.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Thank you for sharing your story. Reminded me of excellent stories I had read in good ol’ “Reader’s Digest” in the 60’s and 70’s.

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    • PatriotKate says:

      Mexico has been a hell hole for decades. I recall my first visit in 1979 and was shocked during our cab ride from the airport to the resort at the level of poverty. Outside of the resort, we were constantly hit upon by street beggars. It was really depressing.

      During the 1980’s the company I was with held a big dealer meeting there that included a major audio visual presentation that took lots of equipment (not easy like it is today). The company had to go in a week early to get through Customs, had to lie about the date of the meeting to avoid it being held up (was released the night before we needed it). All the t-shirts and other advertising specialties we had bought had to be divided up amongst the luggage of all of us attending, since they frown on things being brought in that they thought should have been bought in Mexico.

      Lastly, my son went on a mission trip in 2002 to Nogales to build houses – wouldn’t be able to go there now. He was stunned that, despite extreme poverty, the people of the village were very kind and happy. I haven’t been back there since the late 1980’s.

      AMLO may surprise everyone. At least the Soros candidate didn’t win. However, he does sound more like a Bernie and that won’t end well if that’s the route he goes.

      P.S. In response to Northwoods, back when the Tea Party movement started, what struck me was that some of the earliest Tea Partiers were legal immigrants from Eastern European countries raising the alarm for Americans since they could more easily see where things were headed. One of the organizers of our local group had immigrated from Poland in the 1980’s.

      So many Americans don’t see the danger, because they have no conception of how good we have it compared to most other countries.

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    • The Mexican people elected Obrador to vent their hatred for the U.S. Hopefully, after he screws up the country big time, millions of emigrants who came here illegally, learned a trade, sent money back to their relatives and love their country, will go back to Mexico and straighten things out. If horses can fly.

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      • Lindenlee says:

        I disagree, they did it to reject the Ruling Families and their concentration of wealth, the ruling parties (PRI & PAN), the corruption, the lack of work, the cartels (many people are afraid to take busses to visit family because of the cartels hijacking the busses), and the crime.

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    • Risa says:

      My husband I befriended a young Vietnamese man who was working on his PHD at the university where my husband teaches. His family lives in what was South Vietnam prior to the end of the war. His parents were both teachers before the Communists took over the country, and did not fare well in the aftermath and his father was sent to a reduction camp twice before they were through with him.

      It’s evil that our public schools and universities are filled with instructors who would wish the same on this country.

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      • clive hoskin says:

        It makes you wonder just what the”Leftards”are thinking.I hear that THEIR version of”Socialism”will be different.From what I have observed,it isn’t!!!

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  3. JmkNY says:

    Daniel, you are mistaking the dictionary definition of refugee versus the legal definition according to accepted UN protocol. Just because the economy stinks in the country of origin does not confer refugee status on those who would flee Mexico if AMLO does a full Hugo.
    According to the UN, a refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

    Just because a country goes full stupid and votes for a socialist who then tanks the economy of the country and makes a s—hole even worse doesn’t mean we have to let them in and grant them refugee status.

    Nor is a woman whose husband hits her a refugee- it’s the responsibility of the country of origin to deal with it.

    And the “family “ seeking a better life are not refugees either. The lack of economic opportunities in their country of origin are a matter for that country and its citizens to address.

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    • PatriotKate says:

      Amen.

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    • Lindenlee says:

      You know what really ticks me off? The fact that the Catholic Church does NOTHING for these people, NOTHING but take their offerings and prayers to a dead woman, while they continue to horde their wealth.

      They could be teaching them not to get pregnant at 14 or 15, stay in school, not to steal, not to beat their wives, or to lie…. just to follow the 10 commendments. Just making a few changes could change the lives of so many.

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  4. Zippy says:

    “Socialism only works when you have other people’s money, labor, and property to distribute.”

    “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalize everything…” – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

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  5. Deplorable_Verspucciland says:

    Hey amigo, want to maintain good relations with the US? Up here we have a saying, “Good fences make good neighbors.” It’s your choice senyor AMLO.

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    • Mending Wall
      BY ROBERT FROST

      Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
      That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
      And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
      And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
      The work of hunters is another thing:
      I have come after them and made repair
      Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
      But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
      To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
      No one has seen them made or heard them made,
      But at spring mending-time we find them there.
      I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;
      And on a day we meet to walk the line
      And set the wall between us once again.
      We keep the wall between us as we go.
      To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
      And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
      We have to use a spell to make them balance:
      “Stay where you are until our backs are turned!”
      We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
      Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
      One on a side. It comes to little more:
      There where it is we do not need the wall:
      He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
      My apple trees will never get across
      And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
      He only says, “Good fences make good neighbours.”
      Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
      If I could put a notion in his head:
      “Why do they make good neighbours? Isn’t it
      Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
      Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
      What I was walling in or walling out,
      And to whom I was like to give offence.
      Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
      That wants it down.” I could say “Elves” to him,
      But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
      He said it for himself. I see him there
      Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
      In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
      He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
      Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
      He will not go behind his father’s saying,
      And he likes having thought of it so well
      He says again, “Good fences make good neighbours.”
      n/a

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  6. Paco Loco says:

    A new NAFTA agreement is probably on hold until AMLO takes office in December. The big auto manufacturers in Mexico will have had five months to work with AMLO team and come up with a resolution. If AMLO is smart, they will identify all of the Chinese manufactured parts that are imported into Mexico that go into final assembly and develop the capability to manufacture in Mexico. This would require a capital infusion from the US auto makers into Mexico to develop the OEM parts manufacturers. A Mexican manufactured car would then be 100% NAFTA certified, at a cost substantially less than relocating assembly plants to the USA and the “back door” to Chinese parts imports would be closed.

    The challenge for Mexico is to maintain good economic relations with the USA and grow their economy. That’s something that POTUS will help to promote as its clearly in the US best interest to have a healthy Mexican economy. I won’t be surprised if POTUS makes AMLO an offer for major US aid in closing the border to drug transhipments and going after the Cartels in a similar manner as the US did with Colombia.

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    • zorrorides says:

      This ! ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Paco Loco, thanks. This is the pathway to stable prosperity of which Sundance said, (paraphrase) ‘They ain’t got a chance in hell of doing that.’

      I think why it’s so is that the Globalists want to exfiltrate US wealth more than anything else, to gain their goal of total world domination. Mexico’s descent into horrible turmoil and war is OK with them if it will harm the USA,

      Ahh, but God … and Ahh, but God’s man Trump …

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Was thinking essentially this earlier–thanks for putting it in print. Will be interesting to see if ALPO will make this intelligent kind of suggestion, perhaps a staged phase out of the Chinese back door to allow MX and USA industry to catch up to raw materials production, but with a good, short time-frame to close fatal flaw/back door.

      ALPO claims to be a nationalist, but appears to be a communist. It’s worth considering whether it’s possible for him to actually be a national socialist and whether it’s possible for the political and economic structure of Nazism/Fascism to be applied in a non-racist, non-bellicose way. It’s never happened before, to my knowledge, but I see no reason it could not, at least in a country that has adequate natural resources within its borders, as MX does. Through a glass darkly.

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      • TarsTarkas says:

        Didn’t work in Venezuela, doubt it will work in Mexico with its much more diverse economy, people, and geography. Mexico could well disintegrate.

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        • Paco Loco says:

          AMLO is a national socialist. However, he’s pragmatic and understands that he has to play ball with Uncle Sam because we hold all of the economic cards. Mexico has great natural resources and a relatively well educated youthful population. The country could really prosper except that it is controlled by a powerful rich elite that stifles class movement and the drug cartels, ie terrorists, have infiltrated the police and army so the rule of law is meaningless. Mexico needs serious judicial system reform, otherwise impunity reigns.

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    • Lindenlee says:

      My thoughts exactly, Paco. All would have to done as to make it appear that this was AMLO’s idea, because of Mexican “pride”, which they are obsessed with. Mexicans suffer from a national inferiority complex, especially when it comes to the US, so it can’t be seen as US-inspired.

      Our president doesn’t are who gets the credit, as long as the US isn’t disrespected in the process. I hope this is his path, and that AMLO listens.

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  7. Pam says:

    I would trust this man any farther than I could throw him. Yes, we certainly without question need the wall ASAP!

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  8. northwoodswatcher says:

    CORRECTION: Typo in the USSR story. It was in 1977, not 1997.

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  9. Ned Zeppelin II says:

    Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right.

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  10. “The NAFTA fatal flaw, which allows Canada and Mexico to act as pass-throughs for foreign products, is an impossible impasse to overcome. Neither Mexico or Canada can negotiate away their economic process of importing foreign goods, assembling them, and then using NAFTA to trans-ship the finished product into the U.S market.”

    I’ve been seeing the Just In Time (JIT) inventory argument being trundled out, you know, ‘if you don’t let us do final assembly in neighboring Canada and Mexico, we will lose our instant responsiveness to modulations in product demand and costs will escalate appreciably as a result.’

    This is pure C of C fear-mongering.

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    • Paco Loco says:

      The “pass through” of Chinese made products is not impossible to overcome. The solution is simple, let Mexico based US automakers manufacture them as part of a new NAFTA. 2.0. Capital is still very cheap to finance new production lines and the payback will be in months compared to the cost of 20% tariffs.

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      • Let me sound like an ugly Anglo for a moment. The fool’s gold of ‘cheap Mexican labor’ failed to take account of acute cultural differences. Americans have a culturally ingrained habit of showing up to work every day. Mexican labor can often not show up the day after pay day, once money is in hand. This intermittency plays havoc with assembly line discipline. I am NOT denigrating one cultural approach over another and I may be stereotyping shamelessly. But sometimes cheap labor ain’t so cheap. There are no free lunches the world over.

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        • Paco Loco says:

          You need to visit one of the new auto assembly plants in Qeretero, Guanajuato. Super modern, state of the art robotics everywhere and a well trained workforce. This isn’t the picture of old Meijco with José snoozing under his sombrero. Mexico is now manufacturing parts for airplanes and has a huge electronics manufacturing sector.

          The country has potential to be a successful democracy. The problem is the uber rich who have control over the economy and who won’t allow meaningful reforms and a corrupt judiciary/police.

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          • “You need to visit one of the new auto assembly plants in Qeretero, Guanajuato.”

            You’re probably right.

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          • “The problem is the uber rich who have control over the economy and who won’t allow meaningful reforms and a corrupt judiciary/police.”

            To make this observation you could have been on the north bank of the Rio Grande.

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            • Lindenlee says:

              But that doesn’t negate what Paco said. It us3d to be that you could never be President of Mexico if you didn’t come from one of those families. It is not quite as acute now as it was (I think a lot of that changed with the presidency of Echeverria), but often true.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Hold it! If components are manufactured and assembled in the U.S., you would have even MORE ‘just in time’, so you are right, this is a specious argument.

      In fact good luch finding any VALID argument for the globalist trading system, cause there AIN’T one.

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      • Doreen Scott says:

        The best times in this country were before we were trading with any other countries. American’s buy more stuff than all other countries combined. Wages were so good only one person in the household had to work to own a home and cars. We should’ t allow all this junk from other countries in to the US. Most of it ends up in our landfills because it’s complete junk.

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    • G. Combs says:

      As a QC engineer I HATED Just-in-time (and ISO) It was an accountant’s wet dream and production’s nightmare. If you get a shipment of crap, what do you do? If the crap was ISO certified you have a MAJOR fight with upper management. The stuff get put into production then shipped to meet deadlines and a few months later you have a Vice President screaming at you about the crap you sent. (It is why I started doing children’s entertainment on the weekends @ birthdays. Mental health restoration.)

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  11. Donna in Oregon says:

    President Trump will close the border. It’s a simple fix. Do we need anything from Mexico that we don’t already make here? Nope.

    The only thing are Americans going across the border to buy their medications cheap. President Trump is fixing Big Pharma, they are on his list so that will be resolved.

    The only other thing is cheap vacations.

    Sorry, I have no sympathy for cheap vacationers. They’ll live….the Cartels are shooting up and killing at all the vacationing spots anyway. It’s one of those situations where Americans should stay home for their own safety anyway. Murder rates are incredibly high in Mexico right now.

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    • spren says:

      My wife and I went to Cozumel for a vacation three years ago. The resort was beautiful with great food, drink, and service. All-inclusive for the week for both of us was only $400. However, I felt very uncomfortable upon venturing outside of the resort. It was like a different world once you went out into the street. Idle people just loitering everywhere and they would all be staring at you as you walked by them.

      We rented a car to go visit some very nice national parks. I was very scared about getting hit by someone who had no insurance. We had a good trip but I was very relieved when the time came to return home. I will never go back to Mexico again, despite the ridiculously low prices.

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      • spren says:

        We had a woman who performed the house-keeping for our unit the entire week. We gave her a $40 tip on the last day. My wife happened to see the poor woman holding the tip, crying, and getting down on her knees to pray. That meager tip must have seen like a small fortune to her.

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        • formerdem says:

          speaking of which, clever of you both to get it to HER. in some places, not Mexico actually, i have seen the higher staff use passkey to go through the hotel room just after I left, obviously intending to pocket the tips to cleaning staff. new approach: give it to staff directly and secretly or else hide it somewhere horrible in the bathroom that no one but real Labor will see. ( just saying. )

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  12. scott467 says:

    “The most dangerous time for a rescue swimmer is the moment when he reaches the desperate and drowning man. The MOST IMPORTANT aspect for President Trump, and for the survival of the United States, is to make sure the U.S. is not pulled under when Mexico begins to drown.”

    __________________

    The Globalists are playing the long game.

    They put Hussein in office, he undermined America in every conceivable way in preparation (which even the Washington Times is now publicly acknowledging:

    America really did have a Manchurian Candidate in the White House
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/1/us-really-did-have-manchurian-candidate-white-hous/

    And they absolutely expected Sick Hillary to be the coup de grace.

    They put Justina of Canadia in place, May (and her predecessors) in England, Renzi in Italy, Merkel in Germany, Hollande and now Macron in France, and on and on and on.

    It makes perfect sense that the Globalists would have set the wheels in motion some time ago to put AMLO in power in Mexico, anticipating a compliant Globalist puppet Hillary Clinton to work hand in glove with Obrador.

    But then a funny thing happened on the way to the Coliseum.

    Obrador won, but Sick Hillary did not.

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      No, Obama could have done much more to damage this country that he did. He didn’t because he was too lazy to and believed too much in his own hype.

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      • scott467 says:

        “No, Obama could have done much more to damage this country that he did.”

        __________________

        Without provoking a military coup or a national revolt?

        .

        “He didn’t because he was too lazy to and believed too much in his own hype.”

        __________________

        I think he was completely controlled, 100% puppet, installed to do a job, and did exactly what he was told to do.

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      • Doreen Scott says:

        Hillary was supposed to get in next and finish us off.

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  13. Guffman says:

    SD echoes my thoughts exactly – a Mexican version of señor socialist Bernie Sanders.

    Actually, this might be a good lesson for all the lefties in the US and Canada… let’s see what happens to Mexico under this new socialist government. My money is on them going down the same shitty road as Venezuela in record time. IMO, that’s certainly the path Obrador’s political vision will predictably lead them.

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    • scott467 says:

      “Actually, this might be a good lesson for all the lefties in the US and Canada… let’s see what happens to Mexico under this new socialist government.”

      _____________

      Tragically, there are no lessons, there is no learning, there never has been, and there never can be.

      Yes, individually there are people who learn. There are people who know history, there are people paying attention, like nearly everyone here.

      Those people are cursed to watch the idiot-brigades repeat the mistakes of the past, over and over and over again, because the people who are actually paying attention are always few in number.

      This is not a new phenomenon.

      It is as old as time itself.

      It is part of the human condition.

      I give you Exhibit A:

      ………………………………….
      The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. [10] Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. [11]
      There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after
      .” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11, KJV)
      ………………………………….

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  14. Brant says:

    Very noticeably absent from the Mexican election campaigning were the Hollywood liberals who were all over the Hugo Chavez, Venezualan elections. I wonder where they all are since this perfect government in the making is so much closer to us.

    Maybe this could be a tweet for somebody to use.

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  15. Sunshine says:

    Mexico exports 79% of its market to USA. Thus, Mexico needs USA. As a socialist, I think he’ll come to realize his best interests lie in playing nice if he’s to fulfill his socialist needs.

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    • northwoodswatcher says:

      Just prior to the beginning of WWII, from 1936 to 1938, communist ruler Josef Stalin purged the Red Army leadership, along with many other parts of Russian society. The cost in lives was perhaps 1.2 million. The devastating impact on the Red Army was easily predictable. Stalin did this even as Nazi Germany — his erstwhile partner — was growing in military strength. When WWII broke out, the Nazis smashed the armies run by the incompetents whom Stalin had put in place. Bottom line: What’s important to commies isn’t common sense. What’s important is obedience to orthodoxy — even if it costs you a few million men on the front lines.

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      • TarsTarkas says:

        The initial success of Operation Barbarossa was also partly due to the Red Army having just started a changeover of equipment in preparation for a 1942 assault on Germany. As incompetent as Pavlov and Co. were as commanders, the outcome of the frontier battles and thus the course of the war might have been very different had their forces been fully outfitted with T-34’s and KV-1’s and 2’s instead of the older models they had at their disposal in June 1941.

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      • Sunshine says:

        The way I see it is the Cartels are running the country. Most of the police and army are corrupt. The corruption is so widespread, it’s almost impossible to eradicate.
        In socialism, it’s the same story re corruption.

        Having run on an anti-corruption platform, I think he might get along with Trump who will help him on the condition he helps Trump.

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  16. Sherri Young says:

    Wanting to make Pemex more efficient and reform the ridiculous government worker pension plan does not sound like a pair of priorities one should expect from a hard-core commie.

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  17. jmarshs says:

    With all due respect to Sundance, the real fatal flaw of NAFTA is that the Mexican Government, in conjunction with multi-national corporations, has allowed the value of the Peso to drop against the Dollar by over 700% since the signing of NAFTA in 1994. This means that in 1994, a Peso could by 35 cents of US exports – now it only buys a nickle (thus no more exports). And even though the GDP of Mexico has skyrocketed over the same period of time, the poverty rate in Mexico has not budged an inch (still at just over 50%).

    This concerted effort by the Mexican Government (and foreign companies) to keep wages artificially low by manipulating the value of the Peso is the real problem. And there is no provision for sanctioning Mexico for doing so.

    It is also true that – with the devaluation of the Peso which “helped” US manufacturers – US Big Agriculture sought and received taxpayer funded subsidies which allowed them to flood the Mexican market with cheap corn and other food stuffs – thus putting out of work many many Mexican farmers. These farmers, out of work, with worthless pesos and unable to fight subsidized US agriculture either went to work for drug cartels or headed north the the US (or both).

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    • Paco Loco says:

      A very astute observation. Wall Street and the globalists over the last fifteen years have driven the peso down to half of its value. For years the peso was stabilized and set at 12.50 to one USD. Today it’s 20 to 1. If you want to destroy a country, destroy its currency.

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    • G. Combs says:

      jmarshs.

      Well stated. The Manufacturing Kingpins LOVE ‘Clearances’ that bankrupt small farmers and send them flooding into the city desperate for ANY job no matter how low the $$$.

      They did it ibn Scotland in the 1800s, they did it in the USA in the 1900s and then they did it to Mexico.

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  18. Jenny R. says:

    The problem for Obrador is very simple: there is a very large gap between what he WANTS to do and what he CAN do.
    I’m sure he’d love to fulfill all those pretty Atzlan words he gave to the voters — it secured him the presidency; it was reflex anti-Americanism that drove this. But in the cold light of reality, he cannot do those things. Do you think this President would sit around and let him do that? with no consequences?
    I’m sure he would love to nationalize everything tomorrow — he is cut from the same vein as Chavez. This will be attempted I’m sure, but it will come at a cost he may not want to venture…not all of those multinationals will stick it out until the last moment. Then he loses capital; then he loses a bit of the influence that he had.
    In the meantime, Mexico is already a failed state, and it will be failing even more in the future. This gives a boost to our president’s calls for a southern border wall. And it will further divide the left, who are losing support.
    We are not in as desperate position as many fear.

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Hoping Ford and GM get out of Mexico while the gettin’s good.

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      • Jenny R. says:

        Well, they have their choices to make, but it’s basically a baked in the cake scenario: Obrador will have to make good his redistribution promises somehow, and the people holding a lot of the wealth in his country he will not touch — the cartels.

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  19. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    Wel that was fast. I thought he was all about putting America in its place. Reality bites, doesn’t it….

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  20. Angry Dumbo says:

    President elect can choose US or China as trade partner, but not both. As they say in the beer ads, choose wisely my friend. Hugo Chavez chose poorly.

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    • Lindenlee says:

      And Ecuador… Correa borrowed so much money from China that the Chinese wanted collateral, so he gave them the next 15 years of forward production from their oil, then concessions on the gold mines, and the contracts on the hydro electric plants. When building the plants, all the labor was done by imported Chinese, no inspectors could oversee the construction, all was closed to Ecuador. In five years, China will own Ecuador. So sad.

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  21. KBR says:

    Perhaps AMLO will also decide to encourage his Mexican citizens to return, which is the opposite of what he said he would do regarding that, just as saying a good relationship with the USA is opposite of ehat he had to say during his campaign?

    All those who find the Mexican illegals so precious can go with them. After all all of them really want socialism or communism, and can get that easily now by simply crossing the southern border, and becoming wealthy Mexican citizens. From what I have read of Mexican crime rates, the sanctuary city supporters can go to a whole “sanctuary country” chock full of the criminals they love.

    It would be nice to have the worst of our people flooding into their country instead of the other way round.

    Go Dems go, all the way to Mehico! All that you really want is just beyond the border. Take the MSM too.

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  22. Dutchman says:

    We didn’t benefit from the LAST Presedente of Mexico, maybe we’ll benefit with this new one?

    Maybe he’ll turn out to be more of a Nationalist, than a Socialist? Driving out the globalist/multinationals is not a bad thing, nor is trying to reduce/eliminate corruption.

    DJT has a nack for doing the impossible, or at least seemingly impossible. And, he tries to work with others for common ground. He MAY find some way to work with this guy. Think about who woulda thought Kim.

    Definetly a wait and see situation, but I dont see a lot of downside for DJT, and THATS where he likes to play!

    We may, at,some point be hearing “Make Mexico Great Again!”

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  23. SwampRatTerrier says:

    Contract Farming for Globalist Firms
    EQUALS
    Sharecropping.

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  24. Concerned Virginian says:

    AMLO is talking out of all sides of his mouth at the same time.
    Can’t run a socialist country without the slaves to work it. So here’s AMLO prior to the election telling basically the entire population of Mexico to leave there and go to the United States. Was he expecting this to actually happen? Was he expecting by some magic for millions of illegal Mexican aliens to get across the border into the U.S., get jobs, then send the wages back home via Western Union? And where would AMLO expect to get the millions of replacement slave labor he needs in Mexico to create the socialist dream state?—he’d have to “import” them from Central America.
    I don’t think AMLO is so stupid that he really believes all of that. No, he said what he had to say and did what he had to do, to get elected.
    On the other hand, I do believe that AMLO cherishes a vision of “Aztlan” coming back, starting under his aegis. And I am suspicious enough to think that he’s in contact with entities who would like to help him achieve his goals—for example, GEORGE SOROS, who like nothing better than to collapse the economy of the United States while making billions of profit for himself.
    With all that said, in my opinion AMLO is a dangerous person.
    And I think President Trump knows this.

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    • Doreen Scott says:

      President Trump said Mexico is not sending their best. Look how much money they could save if they cleared out their prisons like Castro did in the 1970’s sending them to us.

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  25. Sandra-VA says:

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    • Charlotte says:

      L E F T Y JINO

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      • jrapdx says:

        I dunno, according to the linked article,

        “Just because I might look like a skinny scientist doesn’t mean I’m not going to crack down on crime here,” she told attendees at a Mexico City rally. “I will.”

        Sheinbaum’s grandparents emigrated to Mexico City from Lithuania and Bulgaria, and she told a Jewish audience in the city that they would celebrate all the Jewish holidays together.

        That doesn’t sound particularly leftist, but I suppose time will tell.

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  26. litlbit2 says:

    IMO, as I said earlier AMLO must receive all incoming funds as well as take over corporate treasury accounts to prevent the continued corruption, theft, crimes against the people of Mexico. The theft of a good livelihood and happiness has been stolen from families for way to long. He, AMLO, being the only person that can correct these terrible living conditions. The future is now!

    Next for protection and insuring the safety and peace for their country, he will need a military base with weapons, missiles, navy, army and training! Just where could he find such? He will have the funds peacefully taken from his voters. They never seen it coming. Time frame…for AMLO, ASAP.

    Oh my got get more 🍩

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  27. Trump is going to play this guy like a Stradivarius.LOL

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  28. ron neymeyer says:

    Venezuela socialist utopia in Mexico future, ergo eat rats utopia, looms ominously for Mexico.

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    • Kaco says:

      And they’ll try to pour over here to escape from something 10x worse than what they have now. Not to mention countries south of there already pouring in. This will be our migrant crisis, Europe has Africa.

      We need the wall, we need to increase security with having Venezuela next door now.

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  29. American says:

    This leftard will have Mexico looking like Venezuela within ten years. Timber!

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  30. Donna in Oregon says:

    On Friday I was in downtown Portland and wrote about the preparation I saw for the protests this weekend.

    The left uses the homeless and useless idiots for protest. We know this because they have no home themselves and 80% of them are Oregonians…..and the point of their protest is they don’t approve of the free housing given to foreign invaders. Makes no sense.

    Secondly, I stopped at one protesting site, and there were people from Southern California. Why?

    I read in an earlier Sundance post that China has paid a lot of money for Mexican ports and the NAFTA loopholes. I think we need to look hard at foreign payments for these protesters. I do not think these are interested Americans, I think these are foreign powers influencing Americans with money.

    Seattle used to be a very violent Antifa destination, but President Trump closed the Russian Embassy. Seattle has since been quiet compared to Portland. I think there is a Russian connection. Cause and effect….

    I hope President Trump or his staff read this and take steps against the manipulation of Portland OR. We do have weirdos. But do they belong here? We don’t know…..

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    • Turranos says:

      I was in Portlandia a week ago. It was like an LSD trip. (Not that I would really know. I don’t use drugs.) I typically hang out in some of the most conservative areas in the U.S. I knew Portland was bad but it was worse than I had imagined. Stick a fork in Portland, it’s done.

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  31. dallasdan says:

    AMLO’s conciliatory statement has the life-span of a spark. He will be a tough adversary, and our President will soon be given good reason to remove the velvet glove from the hand he extended.

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    • libertysc2016 says:

      Tough adversary? Mexico is a hostile neighbor that floods the U.S. with heroin, cocaine and meth and encourages mass illegal immigration. Trump needs to put a carrier group in the gulf and we need to face the threat to our South.

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  32. joeknuckles says:

    I predict that AMLO is going to WANT the wall. He’s going to need it to keep people in his shithole commie country.

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    • Doreen Scott says:

      Communists don’t want alot of people, it’s easier to control less people. All communists kill alot of their own people.

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  33. taxpayer here says:

    Gotta have a voter card to vote in Mexico….and the people at voting stations have copy of your picture. Yet, we can’t have voter id here in the U.S. because….why?!!!

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  34. Charlotte says:

    TOO LATE
    He already told Mexicans to crash the border and enter the US illegally.

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  35. AH_C says:

    Spot on.

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  36. PotP says:

    Start by imposing tariffs on Western Union money transfers to Mexico.

    Look at who Western Union donated to:

    https://www.opensecrets.org/donor-lookup/results?name=&cycle=2016&state=&zip=&employ=Western+union&cand=

    No surprise.

    Every supermarket has a Western Union line at the service counter, with instructions in spanish.

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  37. Not to also Mention Mexico’s Caste System..
    99% of “Illegals” are in fact Native Indians.. ” Mestizos, Criollo, or Mulatto” (Same for the Central Americas)..
    Main reason Mexico doesn’t want them THERE..

    Article from 2011
    Colonial Mexico had a legal racial caste system that was very complex and detailed. It was a legal caste system, imposed by the Spanish government, and ones caste determined how high in society one could go. The caste system defined three main categories of humans, and then further broke that down into 16 distinct racial subcategories. In fact, the Spanish were so obsessed with race, that they even had the equivalent of posters commissioned by artists to describe the 16 official racial mixtures. Hundreds of these paintings survive to this day.
    The three main races were: Peninsulares, who were Europeans, Native Indians, and African Negros.
    https://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/fulano_de_tal/2011/nov/04/the-mexican-caste-system/#

    Impact of the Caste System in Post-Colonial Mexico
    According to a study done by Andrés Villarreal at the University of Texas in 2010, he surveyed three primary groups of respondents that varied in skin colour; blanco/güero (white), moreno claro (light brown), moreno oscuro (dark brown) along with socioeconomic status.
    http://wiki.ubc.ca/Impact_of_the_Caste_System_in_Post-Colonial_Mexico

    Caste and Politics in the Struggle for Mexican Independence
    http://dcc.newberry.org/collections/caste-and-politics-in-mexican-independence

    If you could Actually educate the Liberal/Progressive Left, (Calling Us, “racists & Nazis”..)
    You should TRY to point out Mexico’s Caste System that Still exists Legally AND in Practice to this Day..

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  38. wodiej says:

    He wants to keep good relations but tells his people to illegally invade the US. As they say, don’t bite the hand that feeds ya. Since Mexican leaders do not have the decency and humanity to take steps to provide a prosperous country so the people can have jobs, perhaps the US, a God loving country should put a tad bit of pressure on them. It goes something like this. We will not trade with a country that supports and encourages poverty. We will not trade with a country who does not embrace God. A specific percentage of trading/business profits need to be allocated to helping the people with education, job skills, and teaching morals. These things empower people. When they become empowered, they become powerful. No US jobs. No sending US made money back to Mexico. When you do too much for people they don’t do for themselves.

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  39. Legacy Driver says:

    Meanwhile, Mexico steals water they never “repay” out of our international reservoirs in violation of treaty. Their farmers thrive in times of low rainfall and sell produce to us while ours go out of business. Great system. Not.

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  40. RICHARD CANARY says:

    Without The Wall, AMLO’s election is a disaster for the USA. With The Wall, it’s not so important.

    Without The Wall, USA is screwed; it’s just a matter of time. With The Wall, USA has a chance to stop the illegal advances of the Democratic Party, which will in effect, absorb the Socialist and the Communist Party USA, and ally themselves with the socialist admisistrations in Mexico.

    The election of AMLO may have a greater effct on American politics than on Mexican politics. Now the rabble-rowsers in the USA democrat party can hold the carrot of international alliance with Mexico on a stick in front of the loons on the left. They have little else as of now. Communism has always wielded the promise of international scope to entice their followers.

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  41. Lactantius says:

    Mexico has a huge tourist economy on its coasts. The Maya Riviera, cruise ports, and Cabo are a far greater source of national income than is Mexican oil. If those cash cows begin to waver and dry up, there will be devastation to local economies and an enormous shock to the national economy. Acapulco has long been known as an “iffy” place for tourism and most cruise ships pass by it.

    Another “fact” is that for many years the drug cartels have stolen Mexican petroleum right out of the pipelines and from transport trucks. Some estimates are as high as 1/3 of Pemex products going to the black market.

    For years, the government has been able to govern by making “treaties” on the local level with the forces of corruption and crime which the government is unable to confront and contain.

    Basically, the only “other people’s money” Obrador has to spend on his socialist redistribution is in the hands of the drug cartel and a scant few multimillionaires who operate the time share resorts and condominiums for the tourism business.

    Obrador openly states that he wants Mexicans to be peons in the US where they will send part of their income back to the peons in Mexico who will spend in it in the Mexican economy. The drug cartel is dependent on addiction in the US to drive their market. Obrador sees US “wetback” labor addiction as another market to be supplied.

    The whole “illegal immigration” economic model is akin to the slave trade. Ironically, Progressives are bound and determined to make illegal immigration even more attractive by ….. wait for it ….. the socialism of welfare “entitlements.” We Americans will tax ourselves to support these poor families struggling to…. whatever.

    Keep in mind that Canada has long played the game of assembling parts in Canada as a by-pass of NAFTA. And globalists have fought to keep the lie in motion.

    Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure. Obrador is the newest liar on the stage. There is no reason for Trump not to call his hand. It far more difficult to “lie” your way through a large, beautiful wall. If Mexico collapses on their side of the wall, so what? Maybe they can send to Venezuela or Nicaragua or El Salvador or Honduras or Cuba for solidarity and help.

    Obrador gives the appearance of a man swimming around the waters of the sinking Titanic looking for which lifeboat he will decide to board.

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    • zorrorides says:

      Lactantious and Paco and other posters above, you describe Mexico well and I see you wish them well in the future. There has always been a pathway for Mexico to thrive and still be uniquely wonderful and hospitable Mexico. But there’s always been too many power centers who liked the money the way it was, and prevented good change.

      Sundance is right. The US wants to help Mexico save itself – but be careful! The drowning man is dangerous.

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  42. Save the money for the wall. Have ten sharp-shooters shoot straight south for an hour one day and that will alleviate half the problem in an hour. Do this a few times a day and save a ton of money. Hopefully a few people will get killed and that will intensify the message.

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  43. mashall says:

    https://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/remittances-mexico-workers-dollars/2016/05/16/id/729091/

    “In 2015, according to Forbes, remittances to Mexico totaled $24.8 billion, oil exports revenues were $18.7 billion, and tourism was $17.4 billion.

    After GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened to cut off remittances as part of his proposal for Mexico to pay for a border wall to be constructed, a senior Mexican official told the Los Angeles Times the battle against money laundering and other financial crimes would only get harder if Trump gets his way.”

    Disregard the Senior Mexican Official (we surely wouldn’t want to interrupt the significant progress in keeping Mexico free of crime. (sarc)

    Tax the remittances. The Peso is propped up by our dollar, once it nosedives foreign investors will pressure their corrupt Government to bend. Suspend the trucks and trains at the border for a re-negotiating period. Once their hand-to -mouth lifestyle comes up short, the people will pressure the Mexican Corrupt Narco State to our will.

    https://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/07/01/136-politicians-killed-581-attacks-in-10-month-lead-up-to-election/

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    • mashall says:

      Mexico’s leverage, “Disrupt the Cart (NAFTA) and we’ll flood your border with South Americans and Mexicans (and any other for that matter).

      American Trump leverage, “Void NAFTA, and Apply Tariff’s. Restrict Visas, Shut Off Foreign Aid.

      The Big Stick: The US Military conducting indefinite Desert Operations/Security Training on the border and Building and manning the Wall. Coast Guard employed in kind. National Emergency Declared if necessary to not grant any Asylum Hearings. All turned away. Mexico let them in, Mexico can choke on them.

      We are one False Flag Crisis/Catastrophic Disaster from ALL (100,000+++ at once) of the South American/Mexican Dirt Eating 3rd World attacking (yes, I meant that) our border and collapsing our systems. America’s enemies know this.

      Think long and hard about this point….
      You can’t afford the State and Federal taxes to pay for it all….The tent city invaders will take all that is sacred in your life. including your life.

      America First
      Americans First.

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      • mashall says:

        Don’t let Dirt Eaters put yer underwear in a twist, I define it as uncivilized/illiterate/corrupt/uncivilized savages.

        America
        Love it or leave it
        Defend it or lose it.

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      • I’ve had enough.
        Line up the border patrol and for one randomly selected hour per day, shoot straight south. Kill them. Come on. Days of yore. I don’t want to pay my hard-earned money to support law-breakers.

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  44. Scott says:

    All I can say is, thank God Hillary was not in office when a left-wing socialist got elected in Mexico. Can you imagine?

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