Tomorrow President López Obrador will give his third government report, properly speaking. I don’t know what novelty it can offer after burning its information and speech ships every day.
His government is going through a difficult time. He is halfway there and there are no tangible fruits of the changes he promised. He has played all of his transforming chips, but there are no clear winnings at any of his tables. His skillful handling of evils as a candidate for the Presidency has not translated into the proper handling of those same evils as a ruler.
Poverty increased instead of decreasing. The economy did not grow at the promised 4% compared to where he took the country, 2018, and instead predicts a six-year term without growth compared to that same year.
The violence, which was to be contained from day one, has a rate of intentional homicides higher than that of the last two governments.
Massacres between criminal groups have become routine. The territorial control of organized crime seems to have grown as well, judging by the weight of its intervention in last June’s elections.
The fight against corruption has not changed the perception of citizens. On the other hand, government opacity in the direct allocation of contracts and resources grew.
The military not only did not return to their barracks, as the candidate López Obrador promised, but they colonized other parts of the government: security, airports, customs, public works.
This government’s handling of the pandemic has been one of the worst in the world, with an excess number of deaths close to half a million people, one of the highest on the planet.
Austerity has kept the macroeconomy stable, but has not attracted investment, while political uncertainty drives them away.
The government has little to offer for its years of exit. It destroyed many things to improve them, such as the Seguro Popular or the airport, but time advances and the improvement does not come.
Faced with the frequent adversity of events, the President often says that he has other information. I would like to hear from you tomorrow to understand what country you are looking at.
Hector Aguilar Camín