Monthly Archives: February 2019

February 24, 2019

Face to face

Luis Rubio The numbers do not lie, but they tell two very different stories. On the one hand, the president enjoys an unprecedented level of approval; a parallel indicator, that of consumer confidence, reaches figures not seen in almost two decades. The paradox is that these figures are not related to consumption, which has been […]

February 17, 2019

Security and Government

Luis Rubio Groucho Marx, a comedian of the last century, said it with absolute clarity: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” The government has great clarity about several of the problems afflicting the country but it is critical to ask ourselves: What […]

February 15, 2019

The Pemex Downgrade Was a Warning. Is AMLO Listening?

 AMERICAS QUARTERLY – FEBRUARY 14, 2019   Mexico’s president has so far governed as if by fiat. If he doesn’t heed market warnings, he may be in for a rude awakening. Andrés Manuel López Obrador has a vision, but not a plan. His long-term objective to recentralize power is clear, but the specifics of everyday […]

February 10, 2019

Regime of exception

Luis Rubio Public security is a sine qua non condition for the development of the country and the issue that most concerns citizens. The problem is not new, but all attempts to confront it have proven insufficient, if not a failure. The three most recent administrations -each with its level of arrogance- has assumed the […]

February 3, 2019

Checks and Balances

         Luis Rubio One way of thinking about what is to come is to contrast what the new government says that it wants to achieve and what it in fact proposes to do. The case for austerity is illustrative: nearly the first priority of the new Congress was the Law of Austerity, […]