American peril


THOSE OF US who live in Mexico roll our eyeballs when we read of the dangerous, violence-wracked nation in which we reside. This is the reputation we have been smeared with by a clueless U.S. media and an hysterical U.S. State Department.

This is arrant nonsense, and all of us who live here know it.

The photo is a Subway in Chicago. The employees work behind bulletproof glass. There are plenty of Subways, McDonald’s, Burger Kings in Mexico, and I wager not one feels the need to install bulletproof glass. Which is the dangerous nation? It ain’t us, amigo.

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I brag a lot about our well-organized, efficient healthcare system which has both a public and private side. The government system assists the poor. Nobody is ham-handedly forced to participate, á la ObamaCare. The private system is superlative and affordable.

Just to rub it in, here are two hospitals in the nearby state capital. The first is part of a national chain named Star Médica. It opened about 10 years ago. The second is also part of a national chain named Hospitales Angeles. It is on the verge of opening as we speak.

Every day, we improve. Every day, you worsen. It’s hard not to chuckle.


25 thoughts on “American peril

      1. Ms. Shoes: Sometimes I feel I’m doing a bad thing pointing this stuff out. We don’t need an influx of Gringos down here. Well, if they all go to San Miguel, that would be okay. Nobody would even notice.


  1. With the beautiful weather hitting Chiraq over the Easter weekend, 9 residents were shot and killed and another 36 were hit by gunfire. Rahm Emanuel announced today that a new high school named after President Obama will be built in Chiraq. It is much safer living in the Ukraine.


    1. Andrés: I’m guessing that Chiraq is your spelling of Chicago. Well, that works, and it’s not far off-base. Bizarrely, it likely is safer living in the Ukraine, even now.


  2. Sr. Felipe,
    Many of the places I lived and visited were so good that word got around like wildfire. Then came the throngs, the developers, and the land scam types. Each place took about five years to ruin for the purposes it attracted me and the others who came afterwards. While your post is true, I wish you would stop it and similar defenses of Mexico. I just don’t want to see another paradise ruined by hordes of paradise seekers. Keep them away, please.


    1. Carlos: You’re overlooking a major issue. We speak a different language down here. If you don’t speak it, and are either too old or too lazy to learn it, or both, you will likely land in San Miguel or Lake Chapala, places like that where Gringos tend to gather like Herefords, paying too-high rents and getting scammed by my sharp paisanos.

      Those places are like corrals. They function well.


      1. I hope you are right, but please don’t encourage them. Let them think it is the land of narcos, mordidas, kidnapping, corruption, and other violent crimes. Just let them stay NOB. All of them! Thanks.


    1. Patzman: Yep, anybody who comes here to our neck of the woods, high in the mountains, will definitely freeze their butts in winter. No doubt. And houses have no heat. Brrrrrrr.


  3. American citizens are fooling themselves in thinking that the country has freedom of choice, speech, etc., etc., etc. That has all but disappeared as evidence of day-to-day reporting of whatever media you can still trust. They no longer have the freedom to choose if they want healthcare or not. They no longer have the freedom to choose if they want their fence to be 9 feet tall or not. They no longer have the freedom to do with their property for which they pay ridiculous taxes on. You can’t even ride in the back of a pickup truck if you want anymore, all this being done in order to protect them from themselves.

    What a free country.

    It was a free country when we were growing up. We had individual responsibility and our destiny in our own hands. That’s all gone.

    The stress level, although sometimes gets raised a point or two, doesn’t compare to the deluge of stress placed on each and every person NOB.

    What good is all the modern technology NOB if very few can afford it anymore. How much longer can they keep fooling everyone? That will be the interesting topic. The sad thing is that most people believe that everything is A-OK.

    Let them keep thinking how good, advanced, fair and responsive the land up north is. The longer they keep thinking that the longer they will leave us alone.


      1. The typical U.S. citizen is shell-shocked and suffering from post-traumatic stress. The person is typically numb at first but later has symptoms including depression, excessive irritability, and guilt for having voted for dreadful politicians. The vast majority are incapable of recognizing Mexico as a sane alternative. Don’t worry, be happy.


          1. Not sure if they do have any alternatives. The Kool-Aid is pretty habit forming and if you ask the majority, they have no other alternatives.


  4. Again, no mention of the Loppers or the Denogginators. What gives? We only hear of heads rolling through bars and nightclubs. Massacres over turf. Innocents caught in the crossfire of deals gone wrong. Are you sure you are giving us the straight poop? Everyone knows the U.S. media is unbiased and beyond reproach. They have no agenda other than the clear, crisp, reporting of stories (three sources, fact-checked and verified).

    Oh wait, I was thinking of journalism before cable and the internet.

    By the way, love the new layout. Suits you much better.


    1. Ray: Oh, nasty stuff happens, as it does everywhere. But the overwhelming majority of the troubles one reads about in the United States are narcos and cops shooting it out in usually very well-known areas where you simply don’t go. The Americans you sometimes read about getting murdered will invariably be young and named Garcia or Hernandez and be involved in the narco game.

      I like the new look too. Actually, it’s the same layout, apart from the added photo up top. I just changed the colors. You are right. It suits me better.


  5. Felipe,
    Just to address the healthcare issue, I have run across a conundrum that many expats of our vintage must encounter. It is necessary for me to have a rather simple but important medical procedure every three months. I have both Blue Cross and Medicare. I enquired with Blue Cross and they informed me they cover in Mexico. So I came on my merry way thinking all would be well. I was wrong. As I’m sure you and many of those reading this blog are covered by medicare which generally pays around 80% of the medical bill (but only in the U.S.) It turns out Blue Cross in foreign countries is only willing to cover their 20% no matter what. So… I go to the specialist at Star Medica and his estimated bill inflates each time I meet with him plus he wants to perform a much more complex procedure than is necessary. In fact his charge was going to be even more than it would cost without insurance in the U.S. Bottom line, without insurance coverage in Mexico and assuming you do have coverage NOB one might be wiser to fly up north. Perhaps that will all change with the new Obamacare. In my case, I’m flying up North for the procedure. The procedure will be free and the airfare/expenses are approximately 25% of what it would have cost me had I gone to Star Medica. Added benefit is a few days playing with my grandchildren.


    1. Larry: So Blue Cross misinformed you before you even got here. Unfortunate that you have to return to the U.S. I have no idea who your doctor was at Star Medica. Sounds like you got a greedy one.

      Here’s an experience I had at Star Medica a few years ago: I woke up one morning with a severe balance problem. I went to the emergency room at Star Medica. The wait was about three minutes. A doctor asked me a good list of questions to fill out a form. I was escorted to a bright, modern treatment room where the doctor and not one, but two, nurses tended to me for about 20 minutes. It was an ear issue. Inside of an hour, I was in and out and feeling fine. Total cost: Fifteen bucks.

      By the way, your coverage in the U.S. is not free. You pay in taxes.


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