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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Real Reason So Many Wish to Enter the US..

~ American warships off the coast of Veracruz, Mexico as we prepare to occupy the city - 1914

For today's post we fear we might make loyal listeners quite jittery as opinions will be expressed on economics that will sound quite extreme left on the political spectrum but we promise we have not turned radical socialist/communist in the last 24 hours

We just pride ourselves on giving honest and unique perspectives you won't find elsewhere and as always you decide if you agree, disagree or think we're full of it

OK, so here we go..
Ever wonder why so many people from 3rd world countries, especially in this hemisphere desperately seek to enter the US whether it be through legal or illegal channels?

To say that our economy is good and theirs are weak or poor is a massive over-simplification because you have to take the time to understand exactly why their economies are the way they are and why the US isn't (well debt wise we are worse but reserve currency has its privileges)

Basically most of South and Central America are financially in very bad shape because we, the US started colonizing them starting back in the late 19th century

And though the terms change (we call them allies now), the corporations remain as does the suck-sucking of wealth from most of this hemisphere up northward to us
Here's a modern example of the last decade that is as good as any as to how the US controls a country's economic autonomy for our benefit:

On June 1, 2011, the magazine 'Nation' headlined "WikiLeaks Haiti: Let Them Live on $3 a Day," reporting that:

"Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.... 
The factory owners told the Haitian Parliament that they were willing to give workers a 9-cents-per-hour pay increase to 31 cents per hour to make T-shirts, bras and underwear for US clothing giants like Dockers and Nautica. 

But the factory owners refused to pay 62 cents per hour, or $5 per day, as a measure unanimously passed by the Haitian Parliament in June 2009 would have mandated. 

And they had the vigorous backing of the US Agency for International Development and the US Embassy when they took that stand." 
Hillary Clinton's State Department pushed hard to reverse the new minimum wage law.

A deputy chief of mission under her said the $5 per day minimum 'did not take economic reality into account' but was a populist measure aimed at appealing to 'the unemployed and underpaid masses.'

So in other words the US government took the side of US corporations and arm twisted enough Haitian government officials behind the scenes with promises of 'carrots' and/or threats of 'sticks' to convince them that their people did not deserve 31 cents more an hour in wages
This is not a Obama/Hillary thing..  As much as we hate both, they're not alone or isolated in how the US continually works to take other nations' natural resources for itself while allowing US corporations free rein to dominate and subjugate a region as the natives suffer in deep poverty

You can go back over 100 years to find examples of this, one of the biggest being what was known as the 'Banana Wars' which was a series of US military interventions into Central & South America and the Caribbean between 1898 and 1934 to control those governments and bend them to the will of the US corporations that were exploiting them
Most prominently, the US was advancing its economic, political, and military interests to maintain its sphere of influence and securing the Panama Canal (opened in 1914) which it had recently built to promote global trade and to project its own naval power.

US companies such as the United Fruit Company also had financial stakes in the production of bananas, tobacco, sugar cane, and other commodities throughout the region.

So let's take a few moments to look at various countries the US government then took over which basically they still control economically and politically to this day:
Panama: U.S. interventions in the isthmus go back to the 1846 Mallarino–Bidlack Treaty and intensified after the so-called Watermelon War of 1856.

In 1885 US military intervention gained a mandate with the construction of the Panama Canal. The building process collapsed in bankruptcy, mismanagement, and disease in 1889, but resumed in the 20th century.

In 1903, Panama seceded from the Republic of Colombia, backed by the U.S. government and building resumed.   Originally no nation was supposed to own the Canal but ultimately we full control and managing the canal until President Carter gave it back to Panama in the late 1970's.
Cuba:  U.S. forces seized Cuba along with Puerto Rico and Philippines from Spain in 1898 as a result of winning the Spanish-American war and led to the start of Banana Wars.

In December 1899 US president William McKinley deemed General Leonard Wood to have supreme power in Cuba, so we liberated Cubans from their Spanish 'oppression'.

We occupied Cuba from 1898 to 1902 under military governor Leonard Wood, and again from 1906 to 1909, in 1912, and once again from 1917 to 1922; in 1903 the US took a permanent lease on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.

Like everywhere else, we allowed US corporations to enter while protecting their interests through puppet rulers or by sending in the Marines
Dominican Republic: US military were sent in 1903, 1904 and 1914 then we occupied the country from 1916 to 1924.

Nicaragua: Occupied by the U.S. almost continuously from 1912 to 1933, after intermittent landings and naval bombardments in the decades beforehand.

Mexico: The U.S. military involvements with Mexico in this period are related to the same general commercial and political causes, but stand as a special case - we conducted a Border War with Mexico from 1910-1919 to control the flow of immigrants and refugees from revolutionary Mexico (pacificos), and to counter rebel raids into U.S. territory.
Haiti:  Occupied by the U.S. from 1915–1934, which led to the creation of a new Haitian constitution in 1917 that instituted changes that included an end to the prior ban on land ownership by non-Haitians. This period included the First and Second Caco Wars.

Honduras:  The United Fruit Company and Standard Fruit Company dominated the country's key banana export sector and associated land holdings and railways, saw insertion of American troops in 1903, 1907, 1911, 1912, 1919, 1924 and 1925.

The writer O. Henry coined the term "Banana republic" in 1904 to describe Honduras.
Other Latin American nations beyond what we listed here were influenced or dominated by American economic policies and/or commercial interests to the point of coercion.

Theodore Roosevelt declared the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine in 1904, asserting the right of the United States to intervene to stabilize the economic affairs of states in the Caribbean and Central America if they were unable to pay their international debts.

From 1909-1913, President William Howard Taft and his Secretary of State Philander C. Knox asserted a more "peaceful and economic" Dollar Diplomacy foreign policy, although that too was backed by force, as in Nicaragua.
Perhaps the single most active military officer in the Banana Wars was U.S. Marine Corps Major General, Smedley Butler, nicknamed "Maverick Marine"

He saw action in Honduras in 1903, served in Nicaragua enforcing American policy from 1909 to 1912, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his role in Veracruz in 1914, and a second Medal of Honor for bravery in Haiti in 1915.

In 1935, in his book 'War is a Racket', he denounced the role he had played, describing himself as "a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers...a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism"

And really, aren't pretty much all soldiers today the same?
So the long and short of it is this --  There is a reason all these people from our hemisphere desperately want to enter the US, legally or illegally and why there aren't massive waves of Americans seeking to migrate elsewhere:

We economically exploit their home nations instead of they getting to exploiting us

If the US government truly wants the massive wave of illegals to stop,  it would institute new economic policies where other nations claim genuine economic sovereignty over their financial affairs and are free from the shackles of debt which the US run/controlled IMF and World Bank have placed on them

Since that will never happen, the only other option is the wall.