Sunday, September 5, 2010

Knocking Felipe's Informe

Manlio Fabio Beltrones says he wasn't thrilled by the informe last week:
Right now, we are closely analyzing the content of the presidential informe and we notice that his self-criticism isn't suitably accompanied by immediate proposals and actions that allow us to come out of the economic stalling, reduce poverty, and prevent the effects of a new slowdown, which is now being forecast in the US.
This is true as far as it goes, but it's a bit disingenuous if we remember Calderón's informe last year. Basically, he did exactly what Beltrones called for, offering a specific list of ten goals in his speech last September, and following them up with concrete reform proposals toward the end of 2009. However, opposition politicians from Beltrones on down were not blown away by Calderón's willingness to accompany his report with immediate actions and proposals; indeed, they basically blocked everything.

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