“Please, Let’s Not Do It Again:” On NAFTA and Why Mexico’s Poor are Not to Blame

Counterpunch has the article “Please, Let’s Not Do It Again:” On NAFTA and Why Mexico’s Poor are Not to Blame.

Before 1994, the year NAFTA went into effect, Mexico was a country that produced and exported corn. It did not buy it. Corn had been the basic grain of the Indigenous food across Mesoamerica since before the Spanish Conquest.

Since NAFTA, Mexico has become a country that relies on foreign corn and foreign food.

The statistics we get are all about the increase in GDP. What it doesn’t tell you is that the increase is all concentrated in the hands of a very small number of people. This seeming increase in the size of the economy is a decrease for most people, and a huge increase for a small number of people. There is a reason why the numbers look great, but most people are being pinched. The poor and the malnourished have to tighten their belts, while the rich have to loosen theirs. More tax cuts for the wealthy.

This is one of many reasons why I refused to buy what Hillary Clinton was selling during the 2016 Presidential campaign. It is not a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils. It is a matter of refusing to vote for a candidate who does not meet some minimal standards. If the Democratic Party wants me back, they will have to meet my minimal standards. If they cannot get above the low bar that I have set, they cannot get my support.

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