The Washington Post has an article congratulating Mexico on its just-passed energy reform. Given that Pemex has desperately needed reform for decades, and little to no action has been taken during that time, I agree that it is both impressive and promising that EPN got his energy reforms through Congress. The WP goes a bit overboard though in arguing that “While [the US] Congress was congratulating itself on reaching a minimalist bipartisan deal on the budget, Mexico demonstrated how a more functional democracy can tackle a nation’s biggest and most sensitive problems.”
This WP headline was in my Google Alert this morning right next to the following article, “Mexico Lawmaker Strips in Congress to Protest Energy Bill.” It made for a funny juxtaposition. Apparently, a left-wing MP named Antonio Garcia Conejo stripped down to his skivvies to protest what he called “the stripping of the nation.” Here is Mexico’s functioning democracy in all its stripped down glory!