Beating the corrupt system

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, September 18, 2017, 10:38 (551 days ago) @ Canada1

I totally agree, the corruption runs rampant in the federal, provincial and city governments and seems to have even tickeled down to transit police, locals have told me that Marines can be trusted...police not so much.

When subordinates see their superiors on the take they to try their hand at it as it seems so simple, some succeed others fail. Even restaurant owners play with the system paying staff their 80 pesos a day and once they have reached that all tips etc go in the owners pocket!

There seems to be no end to it and no correction in sight.

I am aware of no restaurants that practice this, and I would be very interested in knowing which ones do if you can name any.

The other corruption you speak of requires at least two participants. I have lived here for almost 3 decades without participating in acts of corruption, including winning a 10-year court battle in which the gringo demandante spent millions of pesos bribing anyone he could to do me harm and help him win his case, which he lost. When you allow yourself to be extorted by corrupt authorities, you put a "sucker" sign on your forehead as well as enabling the corrupt authority, much as passive family members often enable an alcoholic or a wife or child beater.

And excuse me for pointing this out since it will certainly be misconstrued by some true believers as "America bashing" (which only suggests some folks don't even know the name of the country much less the wisdom of criticizing it objectively), but much of what we consider corruption in Mexico is perfectly legal in the USA. Especially buying politicians and political favors. Citizens United is an unimaginably corrupt law in most of the rest of the world, including Mexico. Icing on the cake of course is that a narcissistic morally bereft billionaire essentially bought himself a presidency. The biggest difference between Mexico and the USA when it comes to corruption is that Mexicans have no illusions about their politicians and public officials while too many U.S. citizens believe in a history of fantasies and in the phony posturing by their unrepresentative elected officials. But hey, once North Korea starts unleashing biological, biochemical and nuclear warfare in response to The Chump's taunts, the chickens will have come home to roost and the rest won't matter.

Have a nice day, y'all.

¡Viva Zihuatanejo!

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