Crosspost from IfLizWereQueen  1

The neolibral policies followed by the leadership of the Democrat and Republicans alike have led to the economic ruin not only of the USA, but the world..  These principles were put into place over 50 years ago by a jerk from Chicago by the name of Milton Friedman.  Today a foundation of his and his wife still lives after him to fund the end of public education.  You see, the rich don’t give a damn about public education because they can afford to send their children to schools with tuitions that exceed the annual income of many Americans.  Just ask President Obama and his wife.

But frankly, I don’t expect too much to change at the presidential levels of most countries.  Look at Russia.  Just yesterday Putin was re-elected.  The world revolution that is on its way will come from the bottom up–in local governments, in state legislatures and even in the USA at the national level of the House of Representatives.–the one office where it is still feasible for an ordinary citizen to win.

Mexico is a great example of the severe failure of US neo-liberal policies.  Remember how NAFTA was going to “level” the playing field?  The only thing that NAFTA leveled was the majority of the people in Mexico.  According to the OECD, Mexico’s considerable income gap is widening while CONEVAL reports that 3.2 million more Mexicans have been plunged into poverty in the last three years; a striking commentary on the economic policies of right-wing, pro-US President Felipe Calderón.

Mexico makes the Republican/Democrat leaderships with their ongoing sideshow of  two sides of the same corrupted coin look amateurish by comparison.  Like the USA, in Mexico its a game  that both parties play against the majority of “heads the rich win and tails you lost (and the rich still win).

According to an article from The Upside Down World ”,  . . .the favorite to win this year’s crucial election in Mexico is still Enrique Peña Nieto, the much-hyped fresh face of the country’s former ruling dynasty; the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The party is often called  “the dinosaur” for the way it clung to power for 71 years, the PRI was notorious for corruption and political repression but has gained significantly from the National Action Party (PAN)’s tumble in popularity. It’s widely acknowledged, however, that the man really pulling the strings of Peña Nieto’s bid is Carlos Salinas de Gortari; the much-maligned former president (1988-1994) who signed the NAFTA agreement and was repeatedly linked to organized crime.

Felipe Calderón’s PAN will attempt to retain power through Josefina Vázquez Mota, the first ever female candidate for a major Mexican party. She then ran in the primary, held on February 5, 2012 and won with 55%.  During Calderon’s time in office, he appointed her as Secretary of Public education.  The PAN is a socially-conservative outfit with links to extreme right-wing elements of the Mexican Catholic Church. Poverty and unemployment have increased during its twelve years in charge, although its enduring legacy will be the tragically misjudged “Drug War”, which has left over 50,000 victims in its wake.”

Josefina Vazquez Mota has about as zero chance to win.  But even if she does, it makes little difference because Mota and Nieto are merely different sides of the same corrupted coin–no different from President Obama and Mitt Romney.  The one would give us crumbs to keep us pacified while the other would wold take much more.  It’s only a difference in degree–not kind.  Both Obama and Romney are elitists who represent the investor class to the exclusion of the majority.


Liz Berry

Liz Berry