Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pope Francis: It's a Third World After All

It’s endless Pope Mania.  The news cycle is dominated by the pontiff’s U.S. visit and I’m already sick of it.  I’m especially irked at being lectured to by a third world Marxist, global warming fanatic who believes the golden rule exempts invasions.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I can tell you most definitely, I would not bust into my neighbors house and then take his job.  Nor would I squat in the middle of his living room and drop an anchor baby then hand him a bill demanding payment for food, clothing, shelter, education, and medical care.  But somehow this pope believes the “immigrant” cause is just and American citizens are a bunch of wasteful, greedy bastards who are contaminating the planet with voracious consumerism.

Why is it always Americas fault?  Why don’t liberals and this pope point fingers at Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and the rest of the third world?  Why doesn’t anyone address the causes of a mass migration from Latin America?

The answer is simple.  The policies that Pope Francis and his liberal buddies lecture us on are the root cause for the economic disaster in Latin America.  If liberals are successful, they could turn the U.S. into a third world hell hole too.

Here are some of the basic principles for a country’s economic success:

  • The rule of law
  • Limited government
  • Cheap dependable energy
  • Property rights
  • Abolishment of punitive taxation and regulations
  • Christian Morality and culture

Alexis de Tocqueville made the following observation:

The Constitution of the United States is akin to those fine creations of human endeavor which crown their inventors with renown and wealth but remain sterile in other hands.

Contemporary Mexico has illustrated this very thing.

The Mexicans, aiming for a federal system, took the federal constitution of their neighbors, the Anglo-Americans, as their model and copied it almost exactly. But although they transported the letter of the law, they failed to transfer at the same time the spirit which gave it life. As a result, they became tangled endlessly in the machinery of their double system of government. The sovereignty of states and Union entered into a collision course as they exceeded the sphere of influence assigned to them by the constitution. Even today Mexico veers constantly from anarchy to military despotism and back again.

Tocqueville further observed:

To the south, the Union has one point of contact with the Mexican Empire, where one day serious wars may well develop. But for a long time to come the backward state of civilization, the degeneration of its morals, and its extreme poverty will stand in the way of any hope of achieving high status among nations

Mexico has vast energy resources.  However, their country is corrupt.  The oil industry is state owned.  Graft and bribes are common, if not expected.

Reuters identified more than 100 Pemex contracts signed between 2003 and 2012, worth $11.7 billion, that were cited as having serious problems by the Federal Audit Office of the lower house of the Mexican Congress. The allegations ranged from overcharging for shoddy work to outright fraud. The deals were worth about 8 percent of the $149 billion in Pemex contracts registered in Mexico’s federal contracting database in that period.

Pemex almost always disregards these warnings. From 2008 to 2012, the most recent year of available data, the congressional auditors issued 274 recommendations that Pemex take serious action over contract irregularities – either press criminal charges, discipline employees or claw back money.

The company issued responses to 268 of the cases. In only three of them was action taken. The result: A handful of employees received suspensions. Pemex’s internal control office dismissed 157 of the cases. As of last month, 108 were unresolved.

“In Mexico, no one gets punished,” said Arturo Gonzalez de Aragon, a former head of the Federal Audit Office, known in Mexico by its Spanish acronym, ASF. “If you don’t punish anyone, impunity becomes a perverse incentive for corruption.”

Pope Francis should address the causation of the third world’s poverty instead of importing their problems to America.  The world will not benefit by turning the United States into a third world hellhole.  It maybe a small world, but it needn’t be one replete with poverty and despair.


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