Monday, February 8, 2016Mexico's Reform of its Federal District – Negative and Banal
The recent political reform, which involves creating another Constitution
and changing the name to the Federal District (D.F.) to Mexico City, is another example of the ease the political parties
have to tamper with the Constitution through pacts or protagonism, with no benefit to the citizenry. Most
federal and state legislators who voted in favor of that reform ignored the problems it will lead to in the future, such as
the conflict of laws and leaving the security of the seat of [federal] power in the hands of a municipality or state.
of the United States reserves a territory, Washington D.C., as the seat of federal powers for security and responsibility,
with direct authority of the federal government; in Mexico, ignoring these fundamental reasons, a political reform has been
approved that only represents a new distribution of power, more bureaucracy, and greater spending at the expense of taxpayers.
Just to pay the cost of the pompous "constituent assembly," where presumably a new "progressive" and "left"
Constitution will emerge, an initial budget of $100 million pesos [US$5.4 million] will be allocated.
Its promoters say it will fulfill the desire of the majority
of the inhabitants of Mexico City to have a Constitution, which is false; what they want is a city with better services, lower
taxes, fewer regulations, less fines, more security, and less theft and extortion by its many agencies. They talk about having
already registered the new name of "Mexico City," since it is mentioned in the Constitution of . It appears
that the authors of this show did not read Article 44 of the Constitution, which, since 1993, states: "Mexico
City is the Federal District seat of the powers of the Union and capital of the United Mexican States…." In the
absence of serious and solid arguments, in order to create laws that will bring about conflicts of competence, more regulations
and spending they want to sell citizens the tale of rescuing or incorporating a name that already exists.
they will be "free and sovereign," it will perhaps serve only those who govern to siphon off resources and more
easily run up debt, as various governors have done.
(e-mail: email@example.com), who heads the Free Enterprise Research Center (CISLE) in Mexico City, holds a master's degree in Public Finance and a doctorate in Law from the National Autonomous University
of Mexico (UNAM). A prolific writer and forethoughtful analyst, Dr. Pazos' commentaries on Mexican economics, finance
and politics have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the Americas. As well, he is the author of numerous
books. Edited translation by MexiData.info.