I was just reading this article from Dmitry Orlov, and the part at the end about US citizens wanting to get out of the country got me thinking. When I read about heavily-indebted people in the US or other countries like Spain, I always ask if it might be a good idea for them to jump ship and start life anew elsewhere. Despite our supposedly globalized culture, I've found that credit scores don't really seem to follow you from one place to another. Of course leaving home and family is tough, but so is living heavily indebted and jobless in a dead economy.
Anyway, I wondered if I might somehow help people who would be interested in relocating to Colombia. We've got a lot of things going for us here--abundant resources, diverse climates, and a society generally built for the poor and car-less, and able to deal with a lot of economic and social instability if the going gets rough. But of course finding a job is tough in Colombia--you sort of have to set up your own thing, which can be difficult without capital, roots, and a visa. Then my wife had a better idea. What about setting up a marriage agency for people from the US to come here and marry Colombians? It would work especially well for US men with Colombian women. In our social circle we know a lot of professional, successful, sexy Colombian women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s that have not had luck with love. They'd be thrilled to have a caring, kind, quirky fellow from the US to keep them company. The woman would take care of finances, and the newly-arrived husband could dedicate himself to running errands, maintaining the house, and perhaps taking care of stepkids. Looks aren't too important--the most successful profiles of mail-order husbands would highlight how they're decent, smart, and funny, and not at all like the philandering idiots that seem to roam about Colombia.