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President Trump needs to lower the volume on Mexico

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It was a tough week for the U.S. and Mexico.  It started with talk of President Peña-Nieto visiting the U.S., but it ended with a cancelation of the visit.   

To be honest, I think President Trump pushed President Peña-Nieto into a corner.  It was wrong, but both sides will get over it.  Mexico and the U.S. need each other a lot.

Down in Mexico, there is a “Mexico first” movement brewing, too, and none other than Carlos Slim is in the picture.   

This is from CNBC:

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said a united country could help the government negotiate with President Donald Trump.


Mexico needs to negotiate from a position of strength, Slim said in a Fridaynews conference. 

Slim, who gained a $50 billion fortune owning mobile network America Movil, argued the clash between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has brought Mexico together. 

Slim urged political parties in the country to unite behind Nieto.

While he called Trump a great negotiator, Slim said Friday that Mexico should not be scared of him or assume things will go badly.

Slim even joked that the U.S. will need Mexicans to build the wall.

During the last few days, I’ve exchanged a few messages with Mexican friends, and they are angry with Mr. Trump.  They fear that Mr. Trump is making Mr. Lopez-Obrador, the leftist who nearly won the 2006 election and put up a strong showing in 2012, into the next president of Mexico.   

AMLO, as he is known in Mexico, is a leftist in the style of Chávez, or not the kind of man we really want next door.  You can count on him to be a nuisance and not cooperate with the U.S. at all.

Do you think we have troubles with Mexico?  Wait until a Chávez disciple takes over!

At the same time, some of my friends feel that Mr. Trump may actually be doing a much needed favor.  In other words, Mr. Trump may be forcing Mexicans to realize that they are too dependent on remittances (U.S. $25 billion) and not doing enough to make the country more appealing to the young people who are cutting our grass and fixing our roofs.

Time will tell where this story goes.  We are entering into a new period of U.S.-Mexico relations.

It could be good or bad.  I guess it depends on Mr. Trump and how far he wants to fight with Mexico.  I hope Mr. Trump lowers the volume because we have much bigger problems in this world than Mexico.

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January 29, 2017 at 7:11 am

Saturday: The US economy, US-Mexico issues, Jose Marti and Trump week 1

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January 28, 2017 at 10:00 pm

The life and times of Jose Marti with Professor Alfred Lopez

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GUESTS: Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for a chat with Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book, ‘Jose Marti, a revolutionary life’……….the book is in English and offers many Cuban Americans an opportunity to read about Marti…….. as the book tells us ‘….Beyond his accomplishments as a revolutionary and political thinker, Martí was a giant of Latin American letters, whose poetry, essays, and journalism still rank among the most important works of the region’. We believe that the book is a must for your Cuban history library………. Click the link below to listen:

Source: The life and times of Jose Marti with Professor Alfred Lopez 05/19 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts

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January 28, 2017 at 1:30 pm

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Remember the one about the great economy Obama left Trump?

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Like that ear-crushing, obnoxious long version of “In a gadda da vida“, the Obama years were too long for those of us who live in the real world.        

President Obama couldn’t help it, but he left us another one of his signature less than 2% GDP quarters:

The U.S. economy’s expansion slowed in the fourth quarter, and annual growth failed to reach 3% for an 11th straight year, reflecting the huge hurdles the Trump administration faces in trying to speed up a 7½-year-old expansion.

The article points out that a “wider trade deficit” was the biggest problem. It dragged the U.S. economy down, according to the experts. Wonder when President Trump pivots from Mexico’s US$ 50 billion deficit to the China’s really big one?

What does this mean now that President Obama is gone and President Trump now has to act?


Politically, it will certainly shut down all those Democrats who kept telling us that President Trump got an economic gift from Obama. Wonder if those glowing posts about the economy will now be amended? Will we hear that President Obama never saw the upper side of a 3% GDP?

President Trump will be under more pressure to energize the U.S. economy. He will recall President Reagan’s efforts from 1981. However, President Reagan did not have the crushing debt (US$ 20 trillion) that President Trump will have to take into consideration.  

My hope is that the deficit hawks, of which I am a proud member, will understand that something must be done to pump the GDP into the 5-7% range as soon as possible. It is the only then that we will be able to put people back to work and pay down the debt.

In the meantime, let’s remember all those posts and articles about the great economy that President Obama left President Trump. It was good while it lasted!

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January 28, 2017 at 6:49 am

The Democrats now plus week 1 for President Trump with Barry Casselman

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Guest: Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor……..we will look at the first week of Trump and the state of the Democrat Party…………..and other stories…

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Source: The Democrats now plus week 1 for President Trump with Barry Casselman 01/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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January 27, 2017 at 11:30 pm

Ernesto pulls a Tip O’Neill

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Once upon a time, the Democrats had a Speaker of the House named Tip O’Neill. We remember him for having a good relationship with President Reagan. He also said that “all politics is local”!

President Ernesto Peña Nieto of Mexico just cancelled his trip to Washington next week. This is exhibit A of what Speaker O’Neill was talking about years ago.

Down in Mexico, President Peña Nieto is about as unpopular as any politician that I can remember. In the past, Mexican presidents became unpopular after leaving office. I frankly do not recall one this unpopular with two years to go (2012-18).

To be fair, he is unpopular because he tried to reform some sacred cows, such as the PEMEX oil monopoly and the corrupt teachers’ union. In other words, the left has been after President Peña Nieto for a couple of years.   

President Peña Nieto is cancelling the visit because of what President Trump “tweeted” last night.    


Let’s review the events:

He made the announcement that he would skip the Jan. 31 session a few minutes before noon on his Twitter account.

This is the translated text:

“This morning we informed the White House that I will not attend the working meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with @POTUS. Mexico reiterates its willingness to work with the United States to reach agreements on behalf of both nations.”

A few hours earlier, Trump threatened to cancel a meeting scheduled for next week with the president of Mexico if the neighboring country is not willing to pay for a border wall.

“If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting” with Peña Nieto, Trump wrote on Twitter.

After Nieto’s announcement, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the two leaders may yet meet at a date to be determined.

“We’ll look for a date to schedule something in the future,” Spicer told reporters as he exited Air Force One in Philadelphia, where Trump was attending a GOP retreat. “We will keep the lines of communication open.”

On Wednesday Trump signed an executive order authorizing the planned wall, just as a Mexican delegation led by Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray arrived at the White House for talks.

The timing caused outrage in Mexico, with prominent politicians and many on social media seeing at as a deliberate snub to the government’s efforts to engage with Trump, who has for months used Mexico as a political punching bag.

Frankly, I am very disappointed with both sides.

Up here, I do not understand why President Trump continues to bang the drum by saying that Mexico will pay for the wall. Build the darnn wall and move on to more important things.

Down in Mexico, President Peña Nieto has surrendered to an irrational political class that does not want to have a frank conversation about illegal immigration.   

Don’t be surprised if President Peña Nieto’s approvals go up but the Mexican peso goes down!

We need for both countries to stop this silly posturing and get down to issues that really matter, such as cash & weapons going south plus people and drugs going north.

Based on my conversations with many Mexican friends and business people, I am convinced that building a wall would do wonders to stop those aforementioned weapons and cash boxes going south every day. The weapons are killing Mexicans and the cash is corrupting the system.

Unfortunately, the leaders won’t meet and the left in Mexico, and probably in other countries, couldn’t be happier. I’d bet that they are preparing their placards about “El trumpo the ugly gringo”.

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January 27, 2017 at 6:29 am

The Doolittle Raid and other stories of World War II with Barry Jacobsen

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Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger, joins us for a another episode about World War II: The Doolittle Raid, the Battle of the Java Sea and the Battle of the Coral Sea………………and other stories…

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Source: The Doolittle Raid and other stories of World War II with Barry Jacobsen 01/26 by Silvio Canto Jr | History Podcasts

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January 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm