Seven years ago, when we moved to Bucerias, we bought all our groceries at tiendas, little family owned stores, or at the tianguis, the weekly street market where farmers from the surrounding countryside brought their fruits and vegetables and honey and eggs and handcrafts. Now we have a Mega (a Mexican supermarket chain) in Bucerias and a Wal-Mart three miles away in Valle Dorado. Seven years ago, I couldn't find a bottle of decent scotch in Bucerias; Now I have my choice of everything from Vat 69 to Chivaz Regal.
These developments mirror an increase in Mexican affluence. Mexican per capita GDP has risen 34% in the last five years, compared to a US increase of 15% for the same period. Even as the US economy is floundering under the burden of misguided government intrusions, Mexico's economy is booming.
As a result, many of the Mexican citizens who were in the United States illegally five years ago have returned to Mexico. Thanks to Obamanomics, the grass was not greener on the other side of the border. This has lightened the load on local and federal welfare agencies.
And that has alarmed President Obama. He has spent billions of taxpayer dollars producing videos seducing people to apply for aid to dependent children or federal disability payments. He has ACORN hawking food stamps on the street. (Google "food stamps" and you'll see nothing but government solicitations – including one that promises you a free cell phone for signing up.)
So what's a dedicated Cloward and Piven freak to do? Well, if Mexicans have gotten too smart to fall into the American welfare trap, let's try Central Americans. And, hey, instead of soliciting able bodied men, who might get a job, let's put out the word that we won't deport Central American children. Yeah, children will be on the welfare rolls for years. And, hey, if Mexico complains about all those immigrants flowing through their country, just bribe President Peña to let them through.