The incompetent

Do not continue to receive a salary for doing nothing, this is also corruption ”.

Alejandro Marti

It is false that it does not have much science to govern. If it were that easy, many more countries in the world would be like Denmark: prosperous, efficient, with strong institutions, respect for individual rights, and great health systems. But no, most suffer the consequences of having inept governments that do not know how to build prosperity, that promote policies that destroy value instead of creating it, that put obstacles to the productive forces of companies and citizens, and that put incompetent people in the positions of responsibility only because they are close to those in power.

In Mexico we have been victims of many of these bad governments. That is why the Country is so poor, despite its natural potential and the talent and diligence of its people. Every so often a new politician has come to the presidency who has promised to change everything at the root. Vicente Fox affirmed that it was enough to remove the PRI from Los Pinos to have an honest and effective government, Enrique Peña Nieto said that the PRI did know how to govern, so they simply had to return them to power to have a better government, Andrés Manuel López Obrador He promised that he would end corruption as the stairs are swept, from top to bottom, but we have not seen, not at least until now, an improvement in the quality of Government. On the contrary, there is a deterioration, and it is not surprising. It is partly the consequence of a policy of selecting not the most capable but the most loyal for relevant public office.

The list is huge. The assistantship of President López Obrador has become the hotbed of officials, such as Pamela López Ortiz, who has been appointed head of the La Escuela es Nuestra program, which has a budget of 12 billion pesos a year; Octavio Almada Palafox, head of Conapesca; Javier Portugal Dorantes, central administrator of SAT services; o Ángel Carrizales, head of the Security, Energy and Environment Agency, positions for which none had experience or knowledge. But what can we expect from a government that appoints an agronomist, Octavio Romero Oropeza, as general director of Pemex, or that sends a governor with no diplomatic experience, Quirino Ordaz, to Madrid to become Mexico’s third ambassador to Spain in the six-year term. Now the President is seeking a position from the outgoing governor of Nayarit, Antonio Echevarría.

The lack of capable and knowledgeable officials in the issues they must handle is one of the reasons why we have had a government of good intentions and bad results. No one was able or dared to warn the President about the consequences of closing the pipelines in 2019, which caused a serious shortage of gasoline, or of canceling the consolidated purchases of drugs that the IMSS made, which has brought us a severe shortage of medicines and has forced the Government to go abroad to buy them more expensive and with drop-in arrivals. A more experienced team could have told the President that the new censuses and distribution processes for social programs would result in fewer people in extreme poverty receiving benefits.

It is false that all Mexicans trained for government functions are corrupt. On the contrary, hiring inexperienced and skilled people for positions of responsibility is yet another form of corruption.

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About my article yesterday on tax simplification, a reader wrote me: “My son has been trying to set up a company for a year and a half. It has been impossible. They want to charge him 10,000 pesos just to give them an appointment (at the SAT). How good that there is no more corruption! ”.

Sergio Sarmiento is a journalist and political analyst / television commentator.

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