Mexico Prez: Let's Change Country's Name to ... Mexico
Technically, country is 'The United Mexican States'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2012 3:44 PM CST
Mexico‘s President Felipe Calderon waits for the arrival of the rest of leaders for the official photo at the XXII Iberoamerican summit in the southern Spanish city of Cadiz, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.   (AP Photo/Miguel Gomez)

(Newser) – Mexico's president is making one last attempt to get the "United States" out of Mexico—at least as far as the country's name is concerned. The country's formal name is "The United Mexican States," but few people use it. President Felipe Calderon wants to make it simply "Mexico." Calderon says the name was adopted in 1824 to imitate the country's northern neighbor, the United States of America, but he said today that Mexico doesn't need to emulate anyone. The constitutional reform would have to be approved by both houses of Congress and a majority of the country's 31 state legislatures. However, Calderon leaves office on Dec. 1. He first proposed the name change as a congressman in 2003, but the bill did not make it to a vote.

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Nov 23, 2012 4:39 PM CST
Now let's get Mexico out of the U.S.
Nov 23, 2012 1:59 PM CST
Hey! Senor Calderon, just be a little more patient: the USA will be annexed soon enough, and become "THE UNITED STATES OF THE AMERICAS"...So we'll be all officially, fully integrated thanks to the slime we have here, called "politicians"!
Nov 23, 2012 9:09 AM CST
We can do without Mexico and( China( a communist country) Why are so many people leaving Mexico to work here if everything is so good there Do we really need the drugs I will not buy anything from Mexico or China. Those that embrace these countries are for their own financial gain. Hershey now makes some of their candy in Mexico I read every label. I dont buy Hershey products anymore. All this outsourcing an moving business out of America is part of the reason we have lost jobs in this country. We are geologically small but, were a powerful country. We built a safe enviornment for Health, through requirements and regualtions We safeguarded our people bywatching how food is grown. Now we are dealing with countries whose standards are below our requirements due to global economy From Food, Pharacutical, Clothing, Household items etc. etc.etc. and anyone who thinks we are on top of properly checking these things coming into this country I have a bridge for sale!!! Just read about how the general public picked up on lead paint on toys from china. only after a child got sick. . Why are big corperations allowed to use what we would call Slave Labor, in othe countries where children spend hours working in antiquated factories. for little or no money. They know they would never get away with it here!! So I feel this government is a party to this. The TRUE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP AND SEE ALL THE SCAMMING GOING ON BY PEOPLE WE TRUSTED AND TRUST, TO DO THE RIGHT THING. Start buying only MADE IN AMERICA Its a start to reclaiming our country. It ok to help the economy of other countries but not at the demise of this one. Remember our soldiers are fighting for AMERICA they need to come back to floursihing country where they have a job and a future.