We are fortunate the United States is surrounded by good neighbors, as Michael Barone reminds us in a recent column on National Review Online.
A lot of times the war on drugs is often all that is mentioned in connection with Mexico, but this focus ignores all of the rest of Mexico’s progress over the last 25 years.
For example, Mexico has established a clean election system under presidents Carlos Salinas and Ernest Zedillo. Pemex, a state-owned monopoly in the energy sector, now has greater proposed competition, and “Pemex has been a sacred cow in Mexico since the 1930s,” according to Barone.
Perhaps one of the biggest indicators is that Mexico’s economy is growing at 5 percent.
According to Barone, all of these indicators seem to vindicate “our previous four presidents, who pressed for closer ties with Mexico. But most of the credit belongs to the leaders and people of Mexico. Good neighbors.”
Our neighbor to the north, Canada, will be reviewed in a subsequent column by Barone.