The production and sale of narcotics has been, as we know and as many studies have shown, a ‘lifesaver’ for the Mexican economy. As a result, the most recent governments have tolerated and even sponsored it.... In an interview not long after that article was published, “President Salinas himself admitted that the annual flow of cocaine and other illicit drugs through Mexico totals some $100 billion annually.” No one really knows how much the business is, but one thing is for certain, it hasn’t gotten any smaller. With a documented history of clandestine promotion of the illicit drug trade, can anybody really believe Mexico is going to shut it down? Which is why whenever the U.S. government pressures Mexico to clean up its drug-trafficking problem, we can be sure that our leaders are ready to throw more political kerosene on the black market fire, and Mexico’s ruling elite will gladly play along with the charade. To combat Mexico’s seemingly uncontrollable narcotics-trafficking problem, “The Bush administration has petitioned Congress for a $1.4 billion, three-year package to send anti-narcotics aid to Mexico and Central America. All but $50 million of the package is earmarked for the Calderon government.” For average Americans struggling just to make their mortgages, fill up their gas tanks and buy groceries, our political leaders’ continued generosity with their constituents’ money must be puzzling. For those who understand the politics of the system that actually governs Mexico, it is an unmitigated outrage. Full Article... Nice huh?