Can Congressman Tancredo be Taken Seriously?

A Model Third World City Let’s take into consideration this Colorado Congressman’s claim that Miami is tantamount to a third-world city. Could it be that he’s right? Maybe Ritz-Carlton has three 5 star resorts in Miami because the luxury resort chain thrives in third-world environments. Ah! That would explain the presence of the Mandarin Oriental, St. Regis, Le Meridien, Canyon Ranch, Setai and other ultra-luxury resorts. With so many major global corporations setting up Latin American headquarters in Miami, maybe the immigrant-ridden crime plagued slum should secede from the Union and surrender to its third-world status. I guess that makes Jim Clark, Shaya Boymelgren, Glenn Straub, Jorge Perez, Donald Trump, Pedro Martin, Tom Jermolouk, Lev Leviev, Mehmet Bayraktar and others the charitable philanthropists spending billions of dollars to help the impoverished city get back on its feet.

Miami a Social Experiment

This whole situation is a classic case of Miami is not America, when in reality Miami is a glimpse of what the U.S. is gradually becoming. As time passes, the northern and southern halves of the Western Hemisphere will have to build a stronger political and economic relationship in order to compete with the EU, China, India and other trade blocs. The cultural gap is being bridged also. Already, Hispanics have eclipsed African-Americans as the largest U.S. minority. Miami is the most expansive bridge in the cultural gap. 1 out of 2 residents in Miami speak at least some Spanish. No other city in the hemisphere is as bilingual. Miami is a place where if one is walking down South Beach’s Lincoln Road, one is as likely to hear English as one is to hear Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese. Where this should be refreshing and invigorating, Tancredo finds it to be un-American. One has to wonder how a man with such ill-founded ideas can become the chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus. How disturbing! Is Miami’s large Spanish speaking population a threat to American national integrity and cohesion? Come to think about it, forget about terrorism, American cultural homogeneity is at stake, due to the plague that is Miami.

Seriously, Miami is not just a social experiment, but a cultural phenomenon, and is increasingly becoming an international economic powerhouse. In fact, in 2004, Miami-Dade County reported over 4 times more International exports ($29.9 billion) than the entire State of Colorado ($6.7 billion). Given these statistics, if Miami is like a third world country, then what does that make Colorado?

Jeb Bush responds to Mr. Tancredo’s tirade: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/30/politics/main2217944.shtml

Statistics:

Major Trading Partners

Leading Export Trade Partners, 2004
Miami Customs District

Rank

Country

Value

1

Brazil

$4,956,723,753

2

Venezuela

2,353,512,319

3

Costa Rica

2,080,672,407

4

Dominican Republic

2,070,667,272

5

Colombia

1,836,403,585

6

Honduras

1,570,080,673

7

Chile

1,084,615,237

8

Guatemala

1,022,956,954

9

Argentina

979,933,027

10

El Salvador

925,819,510

 

Total Top 10

18,881,384,737

 

Rest of the World

11,102,700,433

 

Total Export Trade

29,984,085,170

Source of Miami trade data:

www.beaconcouncil.com

Source of Colorado International Trade data:

http://www.statemaster.com/state/CO-colorado/tra-trade

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