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Wednesday, May 31, 2006


A new study by George Grayson, professor of government of the College of William & Mary, says Mexican politicians make "extremely high salaries." President Vicente Fox ($236,693) makes more than the leaders of France ($95,658), the U.K. ($211,434), and Canada ($75,582). And Although they are in session only a few months a year, Mexican deputies take home at least $148,000—substantially more than their counterparts in France ($78,000), and Germany ($105,000). The study was published by the Center for Immigration Studies.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is the reason by which people in Latin America are so interested in holding such positions.
From those lost cities to those anthills like Mexico DF.
Everybody wants to be at least a commissioner.

1:40 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Cripes, how much does the average college professor at a good school sitting there making judgments on Vicente Fox's salary make? Dollars to donuts, it's in the neighborhood of Fox's.

How much does Carlos Slim make? How much does Lorenzo Zambrano make? Cripes, how much does Lorenzo Zambrano's secretary make?

Look: Mexico is Latin America's second-biggest economy and per capita, it's the biggest. It's got 100 million people. Why shouldn't its chief executive be well paid. If he's badly paid, only crummy people will consider $100K a raise. Since Fox was a Coke executive, it's more than a little likely that he took a pay cut to become El Presidente.

I just don't see Fox's middling salary as a problem. Given the size and the importance of the Mexican president's job, the country ought to be recruiting the best.

Quibbling about salary is Evo Morales-type stuff. Foregoing a salary is what castro does. It's baloney, because he's got control of $550 million of the Cuban economy. All this quibbling doesn't do a darn thing to make the lives of any citizens any better.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:09 AM  
Blogger said...

WOW. And those figures do not include bribes.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The link in your article has the obvious intention to make Mexicans look bad because they oppose our immigration policy.

Let me quote the following:

...."I asked him if that meant that I was to yield to the ring in politics. He answered somewhat impatiently that I was entirely mistaken (as in fact I was) about there being merely a political ring, of the kind of which the papers were fond of talking; that the "ring," if it could be called such—that is, the inner circle—included certain big business men, and the politicians, lawyers, and judges who were in alliance with and to a certain extent dependent upon them, and that the successful man had to win his success by the backing of the same forces, whether in law, business, or politics."...

I am quoting Theodore Roosevelt from his Autobiography describing the corruption in our political system over 200 hundred years ago and his comments can easily be applied to our and the Mexican political system today.

The rightheous have much work to do in both countries.

Corruption and inmorality are not illegal immigrants. They are natives.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for the typo. It is ..."over 100 years ago"...

10:03 PM  
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