Please join me as I turn into a political wonk for just a minute ...
There have been a couple of threads running through my mind recently, and I'd like to share them with you here. Mainly, Puerto Penasco - and Mexico - has been all over the news lately, so I'd like to zero in on some things.
First, the border governor's conference was all over the news lately, and while most of the US coverage zeroed in on Arnold Schwarzenegger, they completely skipped over the comments made by Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Thankfully, some of Calderon's remarks were highlighted in the recent De Frente article, "Governors And President Meet On Border Issues".
From the article:
The United States economy is highly intensive in capital, while the Mexican economy is intensive in its labor force. The USA will have in the next 6 years almost 70 million retired people, and Mexico, on the other hand, is a young country where most of its population is under the age of 30, and will stay that way for a long time.
That means that, to keep a sustained economic growth, Mexico needs as much investment as possible and, on the other hand, the United States needs for its own benefit - let's say it clearly - Mexican labor force to sustain and improve its economic performance.
This was just a brief sample. I'm still trying to get ahold of his speeches. Speaking of which, only two of the participating governors have posted their Border Governor's conference comments to the web so far, but I'd like to point them out here.
Governor Schwarzenegger's comments, video (Day 1) More of Governor Schwarzenegger's comments, video (Day 2) Joint Declaration (it may look dry, but there's some interesting points in here) Texas Governor Rick Perry's closing speech
So, combine that with former president Vicente Fox's recent appearance on Larry King Live. He crams a lot of hits into 13 minutes. Larry pings him on referring to President Bush as "the cockiest guy I have ever met" and a "windshield cowboy", and Vicente Fox also briefly mentions the far-off possibility of a 'North American currency'. (Oddly enough, it was that last bit that got all the attention ...)
CNN has the whole 13-minute interview available on their streaming site, if you'd like to see it. Just click the image below, (and sit through the commercial they front-load on the thing for 30 seconds).
And, of course, if you'd rather have local news, be sure to check out the new