AMLO to down size National Electoral Institute [INE]

by hromero ⌂ @, Sunday, October 30, 2022, 11:28 (141 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I am not confused amigo. I understand that the name of the institution changed from IFE to INE but they are both part of the evolution of the same organization that has been in place since the 90's that has been highly praised for conducting free and fair elections. That is what AMLO appears to be attacking here rather than doing the hard work of creating an independent and strong judiciary that can root out the type of corruption you are highlighting in your justified criticism of certain people within INE.

It saddens me to see you be so in favor of the military becoming more and more involved in the daily lives of Mexicans. I know you and I share some very common goals and so I am not sure why we differ so much on this point. The military should have one purpose and one purpose only and that is to defend the country from foreign invaders. The military is not immune to corruption and they are not as effective as you would like to suggest. They are not on schedule for the maya train and the costs have ballooned to over twice the initial cost estimates. The new airport in Mexico city was neither completed on time or under budget. Regardless of those points the military should not be being given alternate sources of income, i.e. income from running the train, airports, possibly an airline. History has shown us time and time again that it leads to the end of people having a voice in their government (i.e. Egypt, Argentina in the 80's, etc.) The solution to corrupt private companies is to create a strong judiciary that can prosecute and enforce bad actors. Not interject the military into it. I know of no example in history that having the military carry out civilian functions has been good for a country and its people in the long run. This president seemed to agree with that before he assumed the reigns of power, funny how that has changed now that he holds them.

I read many different sources of news, including those that support AMLO and his party, because I know that no one source can be objective. I don't need to read those sources to know that I don't like the environmental record of this administration (i.e. destroying mayan jungle, promoting fossil fuels, destroying wetlands to build a refinery, etc.). I don't need anyone to tell me how disastrous the education policies of this administration has been because I can see it in my nieces and nephews here in Mexico who are way behind in their education and seemingly no efforts being made to improve that (instead cancelling classes at the smallest hint of inclement weather). I don't need the news to tell me that gangs are getting ever more bold in their extortion business because the security efforts are inadequate because I have family members here who are forced to pay in order to have their small business be able to operate safely. It isn't about my media consumption bias that I have a poor estimation of the president, but my own lived experience.

Humberto Romero

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