2006 April 26 Wednesday
Mexico's Corrupt Elite Pays Itself Well

Writing for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), George W. Grayson, a Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary, reports on how well the corrupt Mexican elite pays itself while they demand that the American people pay for the backwardness of Mexico.

  • President Vicente Fox ($236,693) makes more than the leaders of France ($95,658), the U.K. ($211,434), and Canada ($75,582).
  • Although they are in session only a few months a year, Mexican deputies take home at least $148,000—substantially more than their counterparts in France ($78,000), Germany ($105,000), and congressmen throughout Latin America.
  • At the end of the three-year term, Mexican deputies voted themselves a $28,000 "leaving-office bonus."
  • Members of the 32 state legislatures ($60,632) earn on average twice the amount earned by U.S. state legislators ($28,261). The salaries and bonuses of the lawmakers in Baja California ($158,149), Guerrero ($129,630), and Guanajuato ($111,358) exceed the salaries of legislators in California ($110,880), the District of Columbia ($92,500), Michigan ($79,650), and New York ($79,500).
  • Members of the city council of Saltillo, San Luis Potosí, not only received a salary of $52,778 in 2005, but they awarded themselves a $20,556 end-of-year bonus.
  • Average salaries (plus Christmas stipends known as aguinaldos) place the average compensation of Mexican state executives at $125,759, which exceeds by almost $10,000 the mean earnings of their U.S. counterparts ($115,778). On average, governors received aguinaldos of $14,346 in 2005—a year when 60 percent of Mexicans received no year-end bonuses.

It is noteworthy that the Bush clan has many friends in Mexico's corrupt elite. George W. Bush looks at Mexico's elite and sees kindred spirits.

Returning to the CIS report, Mexico's elite pays itself handsomely while investing little in the education of its people and expecting the American people to pay for the failures of Mexico.

These same politicians turn a blind eye to the fact that, when petroleum earnings are excluded, Mexico collects taxes equivalent to 9.7 percent of GDP—a figure on par with Haiti. In addition, the policy makers (1) spend painfully little on education and health-care programs crucial to spurring social mobility and job opportunities, (2) acquiesce in barriers to opening businesses in their country, and (3) profit from a level of corruption that would have made a Tammany Hall precinct captain blush — with $11.2 billion flowing to lawmakers in 2004 alone.

Many Mexican officials enjoy princely lifestyles, while expecting the United States to solve their social problems by allowing the border to serve as a safety-valve for job seekers.

We should separate and isolate ourselves from Mexico. Otherwise America's racial hierarchy will increasingly come to resemble Mexico's.

Mexico is a very corrupt place.

Corruption. A study by the highly respected Private Sector Center for Economic Studies (Centro de Estudios Económicos del Sector Privado) estimates that 34 percent of businesses made "extra-official" payments to legislators and bureaucrats totaling $11.2 billion in 2004.26 In a similar vein, Transparency International (TI) ranked Mexico as tied for sixty-fifth to sixty-ninth place among 158 countries surveyed for corruption. TI found Mexico to be even more corrupt than nations like South Korea, Bulgaria, Colombia, Cuba, and Brazil.

The United States should build a large wall with Mexico, not only to keep out Mexican immigrants but also to separate the United States from such a corrupt and backward society. We should also stop voting for the Bush dynasty. The Bush ties with corrupt Mexicans and George W. Bush's ambitions to merge the United States with Latin America are reason enough to put an end to the careers of the Bushes as politicians in America. We deserve better.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 April 26 09:38 PM  Immigration Money Politics

John S Bolton said at April 27, 2006 1:14 AM:

I'd say it shows a real hatred against humanity, to want to merge with a society like that, even apart from the traitorous character of such impulses to subordinate American success to Mexican failure. There is no excuse for high-level corruption when they have pay-scales like that; especially considering the low cost of many services there. Recently, the head of the Sicilian mafia was captured, and he lived in rustic simplicity for decades, while his organization survived. The overreaching greed and ostentation of the Mexican drug mafia, and its connections in high places in government, calls attention to the iniquities, which should hasten its destabilization.
America should want no part of that system.
The warlike stance of the Mexicans relative to US territory, and the elite appeasement of such moves, means we are coming continually closer to full-scale war with Mexico.
They need to be reminded that we have weapons very superior to theirs, and have used them before.

Jorge D.C. said at April 27, 2006 2:41 AM:

They need to be reminded that we have weapons very superior to theirs, and have used them before.

We can impugn the ethics of the Mexican elite. But not their intelligence. There's another recent thread with a post that salutes the satanic smarts of the ruling families of Mexico. And that is a good factual post.

These folks are too smart to compete with us in military weaponry. It's a non-issue. They are engaging in social warfare and kicking our ass. They are not stupid. Reminding them that "we have weapons very superior to theirs" is a weird statement. In a social war, what exactly are our superior weapons? Multiculturalism? Feminism? Open borders?

Jorge D.C. said at April 27, 2006 2:43 AM:

Anyone concerned with Mexican antics will laugh when viewing this page at the CNN website:

CNN Anchors and Reporters

There's one anchor missing. The only guy on the network whose ratings are up. His name is Lou Dobbs and apparently he is getting no respect over at the CNN website. And as far as I know the CNN network has taken him out of the primetime schedule in the American southwest timezones. This guy has real enemies.


JohnS said at April 27, 2006 7:48 AM:

The "warlike stance" of the Mexicans relative to US territory is a sideshow. It's another stroke of genius by the oligarchs - getting the poor to vent their anger at the US which must be holding them down. The more they deflect hostility to the US the better. The more illegals that come here and receive amnesty the more favorable US policy will be to Mexico in the long run. Mexico will gain increasing influence in America without firing a single shot.

Derek Copold said at April 27, 2006 8:13 AM:

Unfortunately, I have to dissent. Like it or not, we are deeply tied to Mexico and vice versa. That glass simply cannot be unbroken. Twelve years of NAFTA combined with our straitening oil supplies, along with a tremendously large frontier, mean that our fate is inextricably tied to Mexico's. Because of the corruption Randall notes, this is a bad situation, and it certainly could have been handled better. On the bright side, Mexico is making a number of serious steps towards moving its economy into First World territory. Yes, much of it has occurred at our expense, due to our leaders, but the country itself has shown a great deal of un-Latin restraint over the past decade. Her currency has solidified and economy is expanding. It's still a mess, and due to immigration we're more and more aware of it, but the comparisons we're making are based on a U.S. standard. Compared to where Mexico was in the 1980s, she's in much better condition, and she looks even better when compared to the rest of the world.

Of course, none of this means we should open our border, as Bush clearly wants to do. If anything, we should be more firm with border control, up to and including a wall and strong employer sanctions, so that we can make it clear to Mexico that increased trade does not mean decreased sovereignty on our part. Unfortunately our corrupt elite will never do such a thing.

Randall Parker said at April 27, 2006 4:15 PM:


Check out basic trade data on the United States. We export about $126.14 billion in goods to Mexico and import about $177.881 billion. This is for a US economy of about $12.4 trillion. So biz with Mexico is down in the 1-2% of US economy range.

However, we could still trade with them while doing much more to isolate ourselves from them.

As for the long frontier: We can afford to build a long border barrier that'd reduce illegal crossings by orders of magnitude.

Derek Copold said at April 28, 2006 6:11 AM:

The problem is that among those goods we import is a good chunk of our oil. Also, many American businesses have incorporated Mexico into their supply chain, for good or for ill, so the costs of isolation would be much higher than the raw numbers show. And, yes, we can and should build a barrier along the border, but we cannot so easily isolate ourselves as you think. For one thing, a lot of border states depend on the trade we have with Mexico, trade that also opens the door to other Latin American markets.

Like it or not, our fate is largely tied to them.

Randall Parker said at April 28, 2006 4:36 PM:


A number of American manufacturers have packed up capital equipment in factories in Mexico and shipped it to China. Just as they moved production down there pretty quickly in many cases they have just as quickly moved it elsewhere.

But, again, we could still trade with them even while isolating ourselves from them socially.

Jim Hunter said at November 19, 2006 3:19 AM:

I have to agree with the comments by para pundit concerning Mexico, and would go further to say that the Mexican elite have a parasitic relationship with The United States. I cant understand why the US doesnt insist of civilised modes of behaviour and International norms on Mexico, Thier really is no excuse for this. I seen Bueracracy and corruption at first hand, I stayed there for several months marrying a mexican girl. I dont believe that a nation that hasnt gone through important historical development and maturity such as the reformation and enlightenment that we Europeans have experienced and unfortuately Latin Amercicans have not, so we cant expect anything spectacular of them in the way of social reform.I really dont understand why the US sends its young men and women across the world to die so they can give democracy and civilised behaviour to others, yet not demand this of Mexico, Sorry but all I can conclude is that The elites(political and economic) In the US, tolerates stagnant and corrupt government in Mexico, US tax payers pay the price with economic illegal immigration and Americans have lost any voice in trying to participate in the democratic process, they are led by an intellectual elite, given a mandate every 4 years and this is Americans only participation in democracy, we have exactly the same corrupt system in Europe, our voices dont matter, if one says anything about immigration or condenm bad regimes he-she is branded a nutcase, without any intelectual authority and marginalisd.so a new relationship with Mexico has to be forged with obligations on Mexico that it will behave. I will leave my comments with this question, Do we really have a new world order, of Racial and intellectual and economic elites who control all within in thier own enginered system? I think probally yes.

Juan Castro Torres said at May 16, 2007 12:49 PM:

The Unites States must accept the sovereignty of all nations, including Mexico.

I think if you want to talk about corruption, you would need two whole lifetimes just to speak of the United States and Mexico. We must not pretend to be angels, as Americans, as I have seen corruption take place in the United States firsthand. Furthermore, I say lift your head up and look at the International Monetary Fund. Do you see it? I see it, along with other multi-national enterprise fronts for the US government, doing unspeakable acts of violence to third-world economies. I see it thanks to a Confession from a certain Economic hitman, named John Perkins, who confessed to be a sort of economic assassin for the US government in a little book called Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins. By the way, John Perkins was paid very well for his corruption. the key word here is double standard: (noun) an ethical or moral code that applies more strictly to one group than to another.

Anyways, an approach of isolation from Mexico is both impossible and foolish to attempt.

A more wise approach would be to take a dramatic and pro-active stance on a policy of economic cooperation. Deal with the water issue. Cancel the illegitimate, parasitic IMF external debts to allow internal social mobility to take place.

A prosperous Mexico means defeat to corruption.
A prosperous Mexico means Peace and prosperity FOR the UNITED STATES.

Solution: Allow Mexico to prosper.

Randall Parker said at May 16, 2007 7:49 PM:

Juan Castro Torres,

I want to abolish the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

I want to respect the sovereignty of Mexico by reducing American involvement with Mexico and Mexicans. Let Mexicans run their affairs while Americans run our own affairs.

The only way Mexico can prosper is with genetic engineering to raise the average level of intelligence of Mexicans.

Jeezus said at January 7, 2009 9:37 AM:

Randall Parker: Please tell us about the lobotomy that was obviously performed on you.

kinda sick of AZ mexican food said at January 7, 2010 2:32 PM:

Why the heck doesn't any US politician want to say "Mexico, clean up your act. We are sicking of the mess you are causing us."

I say - why doesn't the US invade Mexico, take it over, get rid of the drug lords, get rid of the crooked pols, educate the indiginous peeps and in so doing we would have less illegal immigration - because there would be a plethora of new jobs - laundry to wash and lawns to mow in newly Americated Mexico, and it would be more efficient overall because we wouldn't need passports to go to Cancun.

no i don't said at January 8, 2010 3:42 PM:

"I say - why doesn't the US invade Mexico, take it over,..."

Wow Kinda sick of AZ, you really are sick. Not just "kinda sick" but brain damaged sick.

no i don't said at January 8, 2010 3:52 PM:

"The only way Mexico can prosper is with genetic engineering to raise the average level of intelligence of Mexicans."

"Heil to the Fürher Randy"

And you say you "want to respect the sovereignty of Mexico..." Respect yourself first Randy before suggesting genetic engineering for those who live differntly to, or don't agree with you. The world is a little more complex than what your polluted brain is capable of imagining.

I'll have to agree with Jeezus. Please Randy tell us about the lobotomy that was obviously performed on you

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