Mexicans Both Poorer and Happier than Wealthy Nation Peers

Lauren Villagran, Christian Science Monitor, May 29, 2013

Low wages, gaping income inequality, poor education, long workdays, shorter life expectancy. By the sound of the statistics, Mexicans’ satisfaction with their lot ought to be low.

But despite weak performance across rankings in the 2013 “Better Life” index released this week by the 34-nation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mexicans come out strong in terms of satisfaction. They’re more satisfied with their lives than the average in the OECD–a collection of mostly wealthy nations–and fall just behind a handful of countries like Switzerland, Sweden, and Denmark: 85 percent of Mexicans say they have more positive experiences than negative ones in a given day.

It’s not because they’re making more money. Mexicans earn roughly half the OECD annual average wage of about $23,000 in a country plagued by inequality. {snip}

And it’s not because they have more free time. The OECD report calculates that Mexicans work 2,250 hours per year–the highest rate of all the countries surveyed. {snip}

School isn’t a bright spot, either. When it comes to education, Mexico falls well below OECD nations in reading literacy, math, and science test scores. Few people earn a high school diploma compared to the rest of the OECD field: 36 percent versus the organization average of 74 percent.

{snip}

So what gives?

Faith, family, and pride in the patria, or homeland, may have something to do with it.

“Even if the economy isn’t great, the opportunity God gives us to live every day is more than sufficient,” says Marina Garcia while playing in a park with her two dogs.

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  • The__Bobster

    Faith, family, and pride in the patria, or homeland, may have something to do with it.
    ___________

    What a great slogan to put on a billboard on the Mexican border. Stay home. You’ll be happier.

    • MikeS

      They will jump the border anyway, just for spite.

    • Allan477

      Too bad that most of them can’t even read Spanish, let alone English.

    • Bossman

      No! They can be much happier with lots of Pesos. An American Dollar is worth 6 Mexican Pesos.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “When it comes to education, Mexico falls well below OECD nations in
    reading literacy, math, and science test scores. Few people earn a high
    school diploma compared to the rest of the OECD field: 36 percent versus
    the organization average of 74 percent.”

    When the CSM reports this, it’s regarded as factual information. When I say this the Federal Government considers it “hate speech”

    • Bossman

      That may be all changing; a lot of manufacturing from around the world is moving to Mexico to take advantage of its proximity to the USA. The Mexicans want to be able to supply the technologists and engineers to run those manufacturing plants so they are now paying more attention to higher learning.

      • Xerxes22

        That was the whole idea of NAFTA. Build the plants in Mexico, staff them with cheap local labor and sell the products in the USA and Canada. Honda is doing just that. Starting in 2014, they will be making the Fit model in Mexico instead of Japan and selling it in the USA.

        • Bossman

          So far the system seems to be working. Brazilian and Argentinian auto plants are complaining that they can’t compete with imported autos from Mexico.

          • Carlos Geary

            In Brazil and in Argentina, the government pay poor families, usually recent immigrants from neighboring countries, to keep their children in school. Argentina, has a literacy rate of 97.2%, age 15 and over can read and write (2001 census), but some of the new immigrants from neighboring countries are illiterate, so they pay their parents to keep those children in school. Brazil and Uruguay do the same thing, because, they want to have skilled competitive workers.

        • me

          Bingo!

      • me

        Riiiiight……

    • me

      Ignorance is bliss…..

  • WR_the_realist

    This is a useful reminder that a big GDP isn’t the be all and end all of a society.

    If we whites were allowed to have pride in our people and our homeland we’d be happier too.

    • White Mom in WDC

      I have pride. I don’t have to advertise it. It is a state of mind and an attitude.

      • Bossman

        Having pride and being able to feel autonomous is to be mentally healthy.

    • Erasmus

      I have pride, too.

      See this situation as an opportunity. When a generation of white children are raised to hate themselves or despise their culture, they’ll be grateful when they learn that there are other white people out there who know the real score and aren’t afraid to be proud of their western heritage.

    • me

      What homeland?

  • Jim

    Why do they come here? Well, they are so at ease with life that our presence before
    their eyes makes them feel blessed in having sooo much more fun than we do–and sometimes, what with various forms of aid and charity, being double blessed.
    We might tax them for being present before their eyes–the way an artist’s model insists
    on getting paid. See Hillary Clinton for specifics–President Hillary Clinton.

    • Erasmus

      10% of Mexico now lives here, works under the table without paying taxes, and soaks the American taxpayer on top of it all. What’s not to be happy about it?

      • Bossman

        Yeah, plus the US Dollar is worth 6 Mexican Pesos. Mexican food is cheap and nutritious. So they are able to save tons of money.

        • Greg Thomas

          Yeah, throw in three of four anchor babies that we as Americans subsidize and they are really start saving money! Perhaps this is how illegal invading mexicans are able to send billions in remittances to their beloved mexico.

  • White Mom in WDC

    So why are millions of them trying to get into the USA?

    • guest

      Especially since they are “required to constantly live in fear” when they come here illegally, according to that clown Joe Biden.

    • bigone4u

      Free money. It attracts them like **** attracts flies.

    • Bossman

      They come because they can make more money by doing so. The ratio between the Mexican Peso and the American Dollar is 6 to 1. They also can do jobs that Americans find unattractive. Mexican food is cheap and nutritious so they can save money.

      • Greg Thomas

        There are no jobs Americans find “unattractive.” That’s propaganda used by La Raza reconquistas, in order to minimize and or excuse their illegal invasion. The fact of the matter is that this influx of illegal mexicans has suppressed wages for American citizens in a number of sectors. This has created a situation where Americans can no longer get such jobs, or cannot afford to perform them at the slave wages being paid illegal mexicans.

        Mexicans are racist and once they infiltrate a sector, White Americans, (and all others), will be eliminated to make more room for mexicans. This is what the La Razas call “unattractive to Americans.” This country does not need any more mexicans. Period!

        • me

          Right on! There is a war going on, and the corporate traitors and congressional whores are aiding and abetting the ‘enemy’–the Mexican invaders. Who the hell gave the corporate slags and the political prostitutes permission to do this in OUR country? We are losing this undeclared war on the United States, and it will take decades to count the casualties and to clean up the mess…

          • Mick

            That is correct. That is why Whites have to jettison this Right Wing B.S. All the so-Called Conservative groups are just fronts for treasonous Multi-National Corporations. When the Day of Reckoning comes we need to have a new system where our lives are not dependent on these big Corporations.
            The Repulicans are as bad as the Dems if not worse!.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Faith, family, and pride in the patria, or homeland, may have something to do with it.

    Well, massive numbers of them coming here is not necessarily a contradiction then. They’re just showing their “pride in the patria” by conquering the US through sheer force of numbers and turning it into a part of Mexico!

    • mobilebay

      Isn’t it amazing to think of the wars we’ve been involved in and won against nations as well-armed and having military personnel equal to ours, and now our government has surredered us to third world, corrupt, countries by allowing their people to simply walk in. Our forefathers must think they fought in vain. USA – the dumping ground of the world.

  • bigone4u

    You now understand a term I’ve used here before: “Mexicano supremacism.” They believe that their way is superior to ours, thus they try to recreate their country here. Our ways make them unhappy. The problem is that their ways are not consistent with economic prosperity nor with our ways. Let me add that there’s a huge amount of bull bleep in this talk of faith and family. I think they talk about it so much to disguise the fact that it’s mostly lies. Illegitimacy, incest, disease, and domestic violence are what I see a lot of. Along with drunkenness.

    • Bossman

      Poor and ignorant people all share the same domestic problems; not just Mexicans, and that doesn’t mean that they can’t go through a learning curve.

    • Greg Thomas

      Yes. Mexico is a corrupted, third world country because mexicans live there. Failure, corruption, and general dysfunction are cultural traits inherent in these people.

      As we have all come to understand, such dysfunction does not stop at the Rio Grande.

      • me

        A country is only as good as the people that inhabit it.

    • me

      Yup. They have no family ‘values’. The Catholic Church loves them because the Mexicans still fill up the collection baskets and breed thousands of ‘Catholics’ every month–which gives the Catholic Church extra political and financial power. The corporations love them because the Mexicans don’t mind being ‘wage slaves’, since they live like sardines–fifty people in a two bedroom house. Plus, the corporations get tax incentives for hiring Mexican ‘minorities’, and the Mexicans’ low wages are being subsidized by welfare from the US taxpayer. The Marxist politicians love the Mexicans, because they always vote Socialist-Leftist. The druggies love Mexicans, because the Mexicans have been supplying them with drugs since the 1940s. The DEA loves the Mexicans for drugs as well, because the DEA, the CIA, and other alphabet groups get to keep their jobs and get lots of tax dollars for ‘fighting’ the ‘ war on drugs’. The prisons for profit corporations love the Mexicans because they keep their prison cells full and make them lots of money. What are Whites good for, besides being docile, and quietly and dutifully paying taxes to a federal government that doesn’t give two shits about them–and obeying the Marxist rules, OR ELSE!

  • borogirl54

    The reason they are still coming is that most of them are Indians who are unskilled and uneducated and most of them do not speak Spanish, just their indigenous language.

    • Bossman

      Indians, even the very stupid ones, believe that America is their continent and so therefore they think that they have a right to freely roam across it. They do the same thing in Latin America.

  • Talltrees

    Hispanic Utah couple welcomes quintuplets over weekend. Poor and needs money.

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56374111-78/hospital-quintuplets-utah-guillermina.html.csp

    • Erasmus

      FTA:The Garcias, natives of Mexico who have lived in Utah for six years, conceived with the help of fertility treatments, but declined for personal reasons to elaborate further.

      You can fill in the rest. Your tax dollars at work? I think so.

      • mikebowen55

        Don’t think too hard on that one.

      • Greg Thomas

        In other words,they are illegal invaders. Why are we giving illegal mexicans fertilitytreatments? Now we are helping them produce anchor babies, which you and I will no doubt subsidize. When does this madness end.

        • me

          Never, as long as it benefits certain groups….see comments above….

    • me

      Yup. Mexicans always want our ‘charity’ as they pop out kids that they can’t afford–and Whites are funding this outbreeding takeover through ‘charity’ and tax dollars used for welfare support.

  • Xanthippe2

    “Faith, family, and pride in the patria, or homeland, may have something to do with it.”

    Being surrounded by people who share your ethnicity has something to do with it. Works for Whites too!

    • Bossman

      There is no reason for a normal white man not to be happy. Just think, most non-whites believe that all their problems would solved if only they were white.

      • Greg Thomas

        I would be happier if all illegal mexicans were deported.

  • thoughtcrime

    Then for the sake of the wetties happiness they should all be mass deported…

  • Bobby

    Yeah, yeah, yeah,……I’ve heard it all before. Main stream newspapers across the U.S. have covered this stuff repeatedly. Mexicans are happy in Mexico City, Cubans are really happy in Habana, Blacks in Africa are simple unassuming and satisfied people. So……..like the subtitle of the article says, Why do they come here? Truth be told, it’s more leftist B.S., because many of these people, being able to drive a modern car or any car for that matter, rather than getting around on a donkey,etc. is shear bliss to them. Even driving around in the U.S. in the smog is bliss to them. Opening a tap and getting clean water, supplied by highly technical western nations, beats walking five miles from your little pueblo, to and fro to fetch a bucket of water of dubious quality. As I said, more leftist bulls–t. Of course everything I just wrote would immediately be judged as racist by a leftist B-esser, even though it describes the situation accurately. PEACE COMRADE LEFTISTS..

    • Bossman

      If they are happy with less, just imaging how much happier they can be when they are able to get all the goodies from the advanced Western countries. Maybe happiness has to do with what’s happening between your legs.

      • Bobby

        It’s possible.

      • Greg Thomas

        Yeah, pumping out anchor babies seems to make illegal invading mexicans very happy.

        • me

          Along with welfare, food stamps, selling drugs, alcoholism, pedo behavior, insisting on bilingualism, animal abuse, gang banging, being anti-White, boldly invading another country,brazenly pushing their weight around, breaking immigration laws, and voting Socialist.

    • me

      Bingo!

  • Rhialto

    Perhaps the contented Mexicans stay in Mexico; the discontented Mexicans move north to the U.S.

  • mikebowen55

    I too would be happy if all of the riff-raff was leaving my country.

    • me

      Bingo!

  • Paleoconn

    So they come here to spread their joy then. How charitable of them. We are such imbeciles for resisting their unfettered entry to our country.

  • Ella

    If you travelled to Mexico, it is a like a paradise in some areas. The scenery can be breath-taking. Maybe, a slow-paced life with fresh food (not genetically modified) has its benefits. I presume Mexico is not being flooded by Guatemalans and Hondurans, right?

    • me

      No, because Mexico’s government has very strict immigration laws and the cajoles to enforce them….

  • libertarian 1234

    “Mexicans Both Poorer and Happier than Wealthy Nation Peers”
    But only when they’re not in the line of fire within their gun-free zones where only 60,000 of them have been murdered since 2006.
    And only when they’re not victims of kidnapping, robbery, police corruption, beatings, muggings, and police beat downs for digging through the dump for food without a government permit.
    Otherwise they all think they’re living the good life in fun city.

    • me

      The media has no shame in their lies.