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America Funds Mexico

The lamestream media told you:
President Bush is seeking $500 million to give to Mexico to help fight that country's war on drugs. "We all grasped the historic nature of the moment," said Asst. U.S. Secy. of State Thomas Shannon, on learning of the plan to cooperate with Mexico on a grand scale. Mexico is, "a country long suspicious of U.S. meddling in its affairs," according to Chris Hawley, a reporter editorializing in a front page "news" story for The Arizona Republic.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
A close look at a proposed Mexican aid package reveals that President Bush is seeking $500 million of U.S. taxpayers' hard-earned money to give away to U.S. companies, not Mexico, and boost the firms' bottom lines. Mexico and the dubious "war on drugs" (which delivers drugs at steep markups to every city in America without exception), only provides cover for the tax giveaway, according to critics.

$208 million will go to build eight U.S. helicopters and two U.S. surveillance planes, which will be given to Mexican authorities to use. Mexicans get no money in the deal -- that goes to the companies making the aircraft and their employees and suppliers. According to experts, a $208-million-dollar order is a good thing for a company.

$63 million will buy U.S. X-ray machines, ion scanners and other high tech devices. $28 million will go to computer companies for hardware and software. $23 million is going to satellite communications gear. An undisclosed amount is going towards weapons for Mexican officials who say they are "outgunned" by gangs who buy guns illegally in America (and get away with it). Companies not getting orders are envious and would like to get in on the war-on-drugs sale.

Why reporters failed to note that the president's foreign aid goes to American firms was unclear at press time. The firms getting the money have filed no complaints.

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