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Sunday December 17 2017
Opinion: Yes We Can... Obama & Calderon
Antonio Diaz - 2008

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When I wrote last month's article about the need for the U.S. to take responsibility for the drug consumption side of the problem, I never expected that Hillary and Obama would get as involved in solving the problem as they have in the past few weeks. This is the beginning of a real solution. Good for them and great for us; we are two neighbors playing as a team.

We need to applaud and celebrate this new bi-national attitude -hybrid vigor and all- since we will certainly benefit from it as a region. We just need to work on it, and words must become actions.

It has been awhile since we had an optimistic attitude regarding the economy, the markets, or employment rates. However, in the past few weeks have witnessed a recovery in the markets and a possible stabilization in the economy. We will soon realize that the first half of 2009 will mark "the bottom" of the economic crisis we have been going through. The new working attitudes displayed by the US and Mexico will be necessary in order to speed up the economic recovery of both countries.

If Obama and Calderon can coordinate efforts while the stock markets rally, the Mexican peso will likely bounce back and boost the confidence level amongst Mexicans. Even though hard work and patience are required to reach a full recovery, we must be confident that we can accomplish this goal. It is a long road, but we can reach it by working together: Yes we can.

The future is not what will happen, it is what we will make of it by taking charge and full responsibility. Almost a half a century ago, Mexico welcomed President John F. Kennedy, who said “Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies.”

In every crisis, there are opportunities, and we must be ready to take advantage of all the ones that will be coming our way.


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