Interesting article

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, March 10, 2011, 19:09 (3244 days ago) @ Timmac

The only part I can't agree with is the part where it says to "buy stuff on the street". The informal economy is a HUGE problem in Mexico. Everyone wants services but no one wants to pay taxes, so the few of us who do pay taxes realize no improvement in the services we supposedly pay for but instead see politicians buy votes and commit all kinds of shenanigans with our tax money. For example, if we're going to help poor people acquire affordable housing the first thing we shouldn't do is allow them to steal public land where it will cost over 3 times per capita to provide the services they will need as it costs to provide similar services for the rest of the population. That's just plain stupid. Also, for the folks with established shops who pay rents, taxes, employees, bills, and accountants it is simply impossible to compete with folks selling the same or similar products on the street, even worse when they are sold on the street in front of their shops. All they ask for is a level playing field.

So next time you've got a mouthful of food you bought from a street vendor and you're wondering why all the local restaurants are going out of business, tap yourself on the back. Maybe it'll get your attention.

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