Monday, March 26, 2012

Welcome to the third world

My brother-in-law was born and spent his early years in Mexico. He’s a US citizen now, living the middle class life. He’s got a wife, two kids, and a house he’s underwater on. My sister-in-law works as a teacher. He makes good money as a translator.

I got to spend some time with him during my little trip to Texas. They are getting by well enough, probably better than most. He’s got no regrets about leaving Mexico, that’s for sure.

However, he is disturbed to see the US becoming Mexico. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The middle class is disappearing. He fears that there will only be the rich and the poor. That’s not a great way to live. My brother-in-law knows what that’s like more than our native born citizens. It scares the hell out of him.

It worries me more than a little myself.



  1. Nah, I'm not worried about that, that will just be a temporary state. Eventually the rich will disappear too.

  2. Not sure how comforting that is . . .

  3. It always seems to be those from the "outside" who can see what's going on here so much better than the majority of Americans. Folks from former Soviet countries warning us about the communism which is taking hold now, folks from third world countries telling us how the same things are happening here as there... Virtually nobody wants to listen. The sad thing is that they will take us down with them.

  4. Dizzy: indeed it should
    Craig: isn't that always the case. Americans believe it could never happen here, even when it actually is happening.

  5. I share his worries. I've been other places, seen how it is; and seeing the same things here now? Yeah, not only not cool....but so ignored while the media and politicians fling about what one usually sees in a monkey house at the zoo.