Today the President Elect held another illegal vote on a series of infrastructure projects he wants to head during his term. Yet again ignoring both our electoral institute and possibly Article 35 of the Constitution. It’s a bit like this crash between a 911 and a McLaren near San Luis Potosi three days ago.... You sort of knew it could happen....but never thought it would.
It’s a slow burning fire too... I guess. I went on twitter to see how people reacted to the referendum and everyone is defending the President Elect, or being told they’re sore losers if they don’t defend him.
Update: With 300,000 people voting the first day, I’m calling the elections illegal. According to Article 35, for a referendum to be “legally binding” at least 44% of registered voters must participate. Given that there are more than eighty million registered voters and that he’d need tens of millions more voters in a scant seven hours (plus, Obrador’s referendum is overlapping with a special election in Chiapas so it’s interfering with electoral functions) I am calling this referendum as absolutely, pants on fire, shit hit the ceiling, OMG this could be grounds for impeachment except he’s got a majority in the legislative branch, illegal.
But at least the proposals are mostly good, as he asked the “country” if he use five-hundred billion pesos to do the following:
- Build the “Maya Train” A project so illegal and environmentally unfriendly that pretty much everyone that knows anything about trains, Mexican law regarding indigenous communities or the environment is against it.
- Build another train connecting the Atlantic and Pacific ocean, even if we already have a multitude of railways that do so (However, not in the south, where he’s planning to build it) with probably the same caveats as the Maya Train.
- Build a super expensive oil refinery in his home state of Tabasco, even if Mexico should be focusing more on environmentally friendly energy sources. But he’s sort of right at the same time... we currently extract oil, sell it to the US, and buy gasoline from Saudi Arabia. Not very practical, is it?
- Plant a million hectares of land with wood and frutal(?) trees. He claims it will make 400,000 permanent jobs... I am sort of doubtful of that but OK
- Double pensions to 68 year olds. No need to explain this: it’s good.
- Create scholarships, incentives to study and jobs(?) for 2.6 million young people. I mean it’s good but... How are you going to make 2.6 million jobs appear out of thin air?
- Give incentives and food aid to all public school children. Now this is a fantastic idea, but I think it should be taken further. Kids should be fed at school to insure they’re getting good nutrition, instead of hoping the parents use the money for good food rather than coke and doritos.
- Give pensions to around one million disabled people... which is pretty good as well... until you keep in mind we have more than 5 million people with disabilities.
- Give everyone healthcare. I mean... we already give healthcare to everyone... It’s just that the system can be pretty bad. If he’s arguing to improve our social security net, I’m all ears.
- Give free internet on every public area (including highways). This sounds pretty impractical (and unsafe if you think about drivers using their phones) but... OK? I guess.
So, he plans to fix Mexico’s social security net with less 12 billion dollars (given that the Mayan train will take around 44% of the extra spending). I mean... It sounds great but... where is the money coming from if you’re also not keen on raising taxes and you’re simultaneously weakening our IRS and our CFPB?
Anyway. Chances are he’s going to either increase our debt or maybe his somewhat limited (and quite small scaled) redistribution of wealth will activate the economy to the point that we can increase our budget significantly. Who knows.
Not me... Clearly, I’m not President Elect.