Friday, May 26, 2006

Deal, Or No Deal, USA and Mexico

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Been busy lately, working with special kids with extreme problems, which make my day to day issues pale by comparison, thus not much blogging.

It seems to me that with Mexico's President Vicente Fox touring the U.S.A. and the hassles with energy we are all facing, that perhaps the two countries can work together.

It's obvious that the increasing demands for gas will not be met, as China and India, rich with USA dollars from outsourcing and Walmart Schlocking, will, with six citzens for every one American, continue to buy more gas guzzling mopeds, cars, and yes, even SUV's. Soon we will hit a point world wide where the price of electricity is lower than gas, and the electric car will come onto the stage. As the USA has never done for solar energy, what it did to build the Atomic Bomb and then to do the Moon Shot, i.e., spend billions of federal dollars to make it happen, we will ramp up nuclear power plants.

But we have a problem with the waste, a NIMBY problem. Nevada took tons of money from the Feds to build a storage site north of Las Vegas, and then voted not to let the Feds use it.

Mexico, on the other hand, seems to want the USA to educate, medicate, and employ rather large numbers of its people. And a great many of the citizens of the USA don't exactly think it's fair, considering that USA citizens can't work in Mexico and can't own real estate there, under current laws. In fact, said citizens are getting mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore.

Now Mexico has vast regions of very low population, safe from earthquakes, and relatively close to the USA border. What if Mexico were to trade some land, and a rail corridor, in exchange for similar USA land and access. The USA could store spent fuel and maintain control, and Mexico could "retake" some relatively worthless part of the USA, of the same acreage, excluding the rail line.

As a second condition to continue to allow the on-going "re-taking" of California, Mexico would have to adopt English as its official second language, much as French is recognized in Quebec, so that USA employers and schools won't have to bear so much of the burden of training these people who want to reconquer the Southwest. It should be required that a minimum of 1/2 hour per day in school at all levels be devoted to learning English. Of course the USA will have to help pay for these educational moments. I think the USA should trade the right to work and own property in Mexico for making Spanish the official second language of the USA.

Now don't get all hot and bothered ! Is this a good idea or what ?