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Image of the Day: A Powerful Tribute to Free Market Capitalism

Economist Deirdre McCloskey will soon release her new book entitled "Bourgeois Equality:  How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World." It it, she describes the unprecedented transformation  and improvement of human wellbeing through the power of economic freedom, as illustrated by this graph:

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. As McCloskey summarizes, that's the result of the free market revolution:

. [I]n the two centuries after 1800, the trade-tested goods and services available to the average person in Sweden or Taiwan rose by a factor of 30 or 100.  Not 100 percent, understand - a mere doubling - but in its highest estimate a factor of 100, nearly 10,000 percent, and at least a factor of 30…[more]

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By CFIF Staff
Thursday, June 10 2010
Whatever his innocence or complicity, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka is a casualty of the Mexican Border War. So, too, is an American policy not sufficiently implemented to meet the Mexican threat to the sovereignty and safety of this country and its citizens.

On Monday, June 7, U.S. Border Patrol agents on bicycles were attempting to arrest two men illegally crossing the border from Mexico to the U.S. on the banks of the Rio Grande near El Paso.  As they were detaining the two, one of whom had previously been deported for illegal entry, the agents were met with “large” rocks thrown by a group that had run back to the Mexican side of the muddy river bed.

While details of the incident are sketchy at this point, after agents unsuccessfully warned the group to stop the “barrage,” shots were fired by an agent at the rock throwers and a 15-year-old Juarez boy, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka, was killed.

There is unreleased video of the incident, but the initial investigation by U.S. authorities was hindered by Mexican soldiers (or police) who arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting, pointing guns at the investigators, while a Mexican crowd continued to throw rocks and firecrackers.  An FBI spokesperson told reporters that the investigators were forced to withdraw.  One of the Mexican officers crossed into the U.S. (not allowed), picked up an unknown object and returned to the Mexican side near Huereka’s body.

The border patrol agent who fired, name not yet released, has been placed on administrative leave.

While the dead boy’s family has insisted that he was an innocent bystander, Fox News is reporting, from sources close to the investigation, that Heureka was “known to authorities as a juvenile smuggler...was charged with alien smuggling in 2009,” and, in fact, was “on a ‘most wanted’ list of juvenile smugglers compiled by U.S. authorities in the El Paso area.”

As might be expected, the Mexican government has reacted vigorously to the shooting, including volatile accusations of the U.S. agent crossing into Mexico (also not allowed) and a shell casing found near the body on the Mexican side (that before it was known that video of the Mexican officer’s excursion to the U.S. exists).

As reported by the El Paso Times, the Governor of Chihuahua charged, “that the death was due to the ‘xenophobic and racist conduct derived from the approval of the anti-immigrant law S.B. 1070 in Arizona.’”  Mexican President Felipe Calderon issued a statement reiterating Mexico’s “rejection to the disproportionate use of force on the part of U.S. authorities on the border with Mexico,” according to the Associated Press.

While the government of Mexico never seems to restrain its self-serving rhetoric against even the colossally failed U.S. border enforcement policy, the Obama administration seems determined to refrain from issuing even factual government reports, for use by state and local police forces, so as not to duly upset our southern neighbor with regard to its failed policies, or, in the words of The New York Times, “in an apparent effort to minimize diplomatic turbulence with the Mexican government...partly because of the increasingly delicate politics of the United States-Mexico border and drugs.”

According to the Times, “the Obama administration has been delaying for weeks the release of a Justice Department report that describes a ‘high and increasing’ availability of methamphetamine mainly because of large-scale drug production in Mexico.”

It seems that the report was initially postponed so as not to upset President Calderon during his state visit to Washington, begging the question of how much nastier he would have been if it had been released, given his low threshold for upset.  The report has been “repeatedly delayed” since, despite having been printed and even shipped for use at a meth conference before being withheld.  A lot of defensive gobbledygook follows from the administration, not evidencing enough credibility to repeat, even though the Times felt duty-bound to do so.

The report is yet another revelation of Mexico’s inability to control its export of illicit drugs to the U.S., responsible for escalating violence in both countries.  In May, the mayor of Cancun was arrested for money laundering and drug-related crimes.  He was running to be governor of Quintana Roo, whose former governor was, also in May, extradited to the U.S. for his role in cocaine trafficking.

Whatever his innocence or complicity, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka is a casualty of the Mexican Border War.  So, too, is an American policy not sufficiently implemented to meet the Mexican threat to the sovereignty and safety of this country and its citizens.

Not upset the Mexicans?  They need to be a lot more than upset for there to be any curtailment to the violence being done to their country and ours.  Just don’t count on this administration to do what must be done.

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