Revealing the decadence at the top
Arturo Rodríguez García
The Mexican political class has been living large at the expense of everyone else, said Arturo Rodríguez García. When President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office last December, he promised not only to eschew the opulent lifestyle of his predecessors—he drives a Volkswagen Jetta and flies commercial—but also to expose their excesses. Instead of moving into the Los Pinos presidential palace, López Obrador opened it up to the public. Mexicans marveled at the lavish complex, 14 times the size of the White House, its pools and gardens “testimony to the life of luxury for the rulers of a country where poverty keeps growing year after year.” He then showed us the presidential plane, with its “marble fixtures and cushioned thrones,” as well as a fleet of luxury cars and armored trucks, all now for sale. Earlier this month, López Obrador revealed the eye-popping salaries of public officials—the previous head of Infonavit, the federal mortgage lender, raked in nearly $500,000 a year. The revelations are welcome and necessary, yet we need more specifics. “Who used the luxury vehicles?” Did relatives of top officials get to fly on the planes? “The pendulum of politics” could bring those scoundrels back to power someday. We should know the extent of their greed.