2013 September 29 Sunday
Miami And US Becoming Latin America

Tim Padgett sees some bad trends in south Florida. Read the whole thing.

There are two hard truths to swallow here. The first is that Miami is dead last among the largest U.S. metropolitan areas when it comes to workers trained for STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, math) fields – which is a big reason it’s next-to-dead-last in its ratio of high-tech companies to total workers.

Where else is that dearth of science education and tech industry a chronic millstone? Latin America, which accounts for a paltry three percent of the world’s R&D compared to 30 percent for Asia

Did you know that Miami-Dade has the second highest level of economic inequailty out of all US counties? It has high inequality levels similar to that of Latin America. Never mind our elites look at Latin America so fondly. They love enormous social and economic distances between top and bottom. The decline of the middle class is being accelerated by immigration. I urge you to try to move up so that you do not move down.

Padgett understands Latin America well.

Tim Padgett is WLRN-Miami Herald News' Americas correspondent covering Latin America and the Caribbean from Miami. He has covered Latin America for almost 25 years, for Newsweek as its Mexico City bureau chief from 1990 to 1996, and for Time as its Latin America bureau chief, first in Mexico from 1996 to 1999 and then in Miami, where he also covered Florida and the U.S. Southeast, from 1999 to 2013.

Padgett has interviewed more than 20 heads of state, including former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and he was one of the few U.S. correspondents to sit down with the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez during his 14-year rule.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 September 29 09:03 PM 

Jonathan Portes said at September 29, 2013 11:51 PM:

Big business is deeply racist.

Notice hwo up and coming start-up firms never bit never locate in an area chock-full of darkies.
- If you locate in Miami, then you'll have to employ a shitload of blacks and spics. Big business doesn't want them, hence it goes elsewhere. I've actually heard business execs myself, with my own two ears, expressing the need to re-locate in order to get a 'higher-class' workforce. Needless to say it was a move from a darkie neighborhood to a white neighborhood.

destructure said at September 30, 2013 12:59 AM:

Randall recommends "mov[ing] up so that you do not move down." That will work for a while but eventually it will catch up with you no matter how elite you think you are. That's why the best people from 3rd world countries emigrate. You can't have a 1st class country with a 3rd world population.

SOBL1 said at October 1, 2013 9:22 AM:

Before we get to STEM degrees, let's make sure the population can read and write. Miami-Dade county also have a functional illiteracy rate of over 50%.

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