Do check this out.
(Attention Mrs. Morris Dees, I think I’ve found those interior decorating inspirations you’ve been looking for.)
I’ve been trying to point out for a long time that one problem with massive immigration from Mexico is that rich people in Mexico are among the world’s worst role models. When the DREAM Act dreamers dream, this is who they dream of becoming. People in Georgetown, Cambridge, and the Upper West Side don’t have a clue what they have been getting the country into.
The rich in some some ex-Communist countries may be worse, but Mexican elites are pretty bad. I suspect that rich people in, say, Turkey (a country that is comparable in some ways to Mexico) aren’t quite as atrocious, although what do I know.
Perhaps things are getting better in Mexico? These are all pictures of daughters of PRI-connected men taken in 1999, the last year of the PRI monopoly on the presidency. Maybe the rise of the business-oriented PAN brought about a slightly more bourgeois orientation? (Of course, the PRI is now back in power in Mexico.)
By the way, here are pictures of the reputed Putin’s Palace built at vast expense for murky purpose in the Crimea. It’s got kind of an Enlightened Despot theme going that I would commend to Mexican oligarchs.