ElGordillo
Saturday, May 25, 2002
 

I found a distressing piece of news in this article by James Robbins in NRO. It seems that the widow of Ray Kroc, the McDonald's owner, is a big supporter of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. I am therefore going to follow Robbins' lead and boycott McDonalds.

I see the results of the disgusting Sandinista terror daily here in Costa Rica. Around a million Nicaraguans now live here, in a country of four million people. Imagine if, in the States, 75 million of the 300 million or so population were Mexican refugees fleeing persecution. What would that do to race relations? Costa Ricans are famously friendly and hospitable, but there are limits. The Nicaraguan population here is very heavily represented in the more menial areas of employment (it's really hard to find a maid who's Costa Rican - all mine have been Nicaraguan). This means their median income level is way below that of the Costa Rican population, which breeds contempt on one side and resentment on the other. There has also been a recent upsurge in crime, which is blamed, however unfairly, on the 'Nicas'.

Of course, the Nicaraguans are starting to integrate more fully, especially as the second generation arises, but even so the tensions are awful. Although the median Costa Rican income is a pittance by US standards (maybe $600 - $700 a month) it's huge by the standards of Nicaragua. So the migration continues.

So, no more Big Macs for me until Joan Kroc kicks the bucket.

 


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