Monday, May 16, 2011

Most Irritating Habit in Mexican Politics, Revisited

Eruviel Ávila kicked off his campaign in Mexico State yesterday with just ten of 6,000 promised commitments for Mexicans. Six thousand?!?! How could all or even most of those possibly be worthwhile? The ten that he did mention include a nice mix of gaudy building projects (a new train) and pledges that straddle the line separating vague from meaningless (combat poverty and inequality, support women in Mexico State, because "they are talented, committed, and hardworking"). He also promised to give parents money for their kids' school supplies, eliminate the tenencia car tax and the IETU alternative minimum tax, and double the budget for security.

Five thousand, nine hundred ninety pledges to go.

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