Mexico's electoral politics are awash with foreign consultants, but the influence of hired guns like Dick Morris is evident only in campaign tactics. Unfortunately, the campaigns here are largely devoid of new ideas for policy. It would be great to see more ideas that have been policy and political successes in other nations (the EITC could be another) seep through to Mexico.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The PRI is proposing to make grade-school education tuitions tax-deductible. Great idea! Because the sorry state of Mexico's government-run education, most middle-class children attend private schools. A salary of $3,000 a month is squarely upper-middle class in Mexico, but the cost of a good private school runs from $300-500 hundred a month per student. Private schools must offer a certain number of (partial) scholarships, but they remain an extremely expensive near-necessity. Anything the government could do to lessen the burden on middle-class parents and even the educational playing field is to be applauded. So without further ado, here I am, applauding. [Clapping sounds]