Understanding the Mexican Worker to Understand NAFTA/USMCA

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is back in the news this week. The USMCA is NAFTA 2.0. NAFTA is often blamed as the reason why poverty has exacerbated in México. In 1991, I published a white paper on NAFTA; “North American Free Trade Agreement – A Hesitant Handshake Between Neighbors”. (link) This paper was the… Read More Understanding the Mexican Worker to Understand NAFTA/USMCA

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American-Made Car?

I just purchased a Jeep Wrangler. It is my first “American” car. You may have noticed the quotation marks around American. I purposely added them for two reasons. The first is that “American” designates the American continent. Although many U.S. citizens consider themselves American, they are, in fact U.S. citizens. There are still individuals that… Read More American-Made Car?

GOP Caving on Tariffs and AMLO on Verge of Channeling Santa Ana

As I expected, the Republicans are starting to realize that the repercussions of the Trump punitive tariffs against México will damage America’s economy and their constituencies. The Republicans are historically pro-international open trade. The fluidity of the trade dispute makes it difficult to forecast what the outcome will be. But here is a nugget to… Read More GOP Caving on Tariffs and AMLO on Verge of Channeling Santa Ana

The Next Seven Days Will Show the Future of US-Mexico Relations

The next seven days will show us what the U.S.-México relationship will be like in the future. Next Monday, as we discussed yesterday, Donald Trump is intending to impose punitive tariffs on Mexican goods entering the United States. On Monday, the punitive tariff is expected to be five percent, increasing up to 25% over the… Read More The Next Seven Days Will Show the Future of US-Mexico Relations

The BREXIT Failure

Before Donald Trump stormed into the oval office via a dissatisfied electorate that cares nothing about the repercussions because of their vote, there was BREXIT, Britain’s departure from the European Union. Much like Donald Trump, BREXIT was the product of inward-looking xenophobia by individuals afraid of cultural diversification. It was the political shenanigans of voter… Read More The BREXIT Failure

The Mexican Military Industrial Complex

Looking at the aerospace industry in México yesterday, we saw how México is growing its aerospace manufacturing prowess through strategic partnerships with manufacturers. We also noted how the Mexican military has embarked on the plan to reduce its military reliance on foreign equipment. The annual budget for the Mexican defense budget is expected to continue… Read More The Mexican Military Industrial Complex

The Mexico Factor

As you all likely know, Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by denigrating México, Mexicans and immigrants. Trump called NAFTA the “worst deal” ever. Donald Trump consistently threatened to scrap NAFTA. Throughout the political rhetoric, renegotiating NAFTA has been happening, often in the background and sometimes out in the open. But things have changed in… Read More The Mexico Factor

Mexico Chose Whiskey to Make A Point

México is fighting the México-U.S. Trade War intelligently by making sure the American worker understands how Trump’s attacks on Mexican trade will hurt them directly. When México imposed the 25% retaliatory tariff on whiskey, it strategically targeted the Republicans and Tennessee workers to make the point that Donald Trump’s trade sanctions will hurt American workers.… Read More Mexico Chose Whiskey to Make A Point