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Santa Claus in the Congress

We arrive, everyone says, when "open window". This is, in the last week of November or first of December. And there are many, some loaded with boxes full of d

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Santa Claus in the Congress

We arrive, everyone says, when "open window". This is, in the last week of November or first of December. And there are many, some loaded with boxes full of documents, of projects to do roundabouts, markets, gyms, streets. Thousands of plans to improve thousands of peoples, there, at the doors of the Congress of the Union of the united Mexican States. And they, the mayors, their special secretaries, engineers, managers, architects, await under sun, of foot, to which the deputies were to receive.

it Happens every year, at the beginning and end of the six-year term, govern those who govern, will command the PRI, the PAN or Brown, as it is now. They are times of change, move to Mexico, or the emerging Fourth Transformation.

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it Sounds unlikely that in the Congress, recipient of the will of the people, backbone of the legislative power, to open a window. They open literally, as it opens the ticket in a concert venue, in a multi-screen cinema, at the box office of the Estadio Azteca. But they are open. The mayors and their entourages arrive early and register. At the door of Congress, there are some fences and a few gentlemen dressed in black -shelter and safety-that give chips. "Your grab tab and you expect to call you", explains Alfredo Orozpe, private secretary to the mayor-elect of Temamatla, Juan Martin Orozpe. "Before coming, the deputy warns us," he added, as if that clarified things.

Alfredo explains that the elected mayor and he are not family. That there, in Temamatla, State of Mexico, 50 km from the Chamber of Deputies, the last Orozpe is as common as Garza in Monterrey. Weeks before the Congress to approve the budgets of the federation for the following year, the deputy, his deputy, called. He says: "they're going to open window". And then load the projects in the boxes, climb up to the car and drive to the Congress, register, grab tab, and wait for them to get some of the members of the Commission of Budget and Public Account. To do so, management of your mp by using.

For luck of the Orozpe, your legislator, Vincent Onofre, party Social Gathering, evangelical formation, the deputy of your district, form part of that commission. Both expect that to help your project star, a fitness of 17 and a half million pesos, nearly a million of dollars, in the budget of the federation by 2019. "All are important, all projects", says Alfredo, "but the most important impact is the gym".

The door of Congress, it seems that these days the food market, a metro station in rush hour, the top of the pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan during the spring equinox. All they want, all they expect, they all raise their hands hoping that the lords-of-shelter-and-security I see it, say his name, he let go to lobby, to lobby. Behind a group of producers of pulque with the countenance severe, the engineer Aaron Morales account that brings three projects to Ayotoxco of Guerrero, in Puebla. "These are two concrete hydraulic to two streets and a draft of the municipal market," he says. Because you have not, the people put where, and need a market, says the engineer Morales. "Warranty does not have it, but you come. You know that the 15 of December to approve the budget, so that you come before, when you know".

The engineer Enrique Solano, a veteran of the deals at the end of the year, has represented to Cuetzalan. Your case is different because it does not work for the municipality. Prepares projects and submits them for them and then, if it gets in the budget, go to a tender in the village. (Although that's what it says after asked about it, because one assumes that if you do all that, prepares the project, comes to Mexico City, makes the tail, etc., the tender is arranged. The engineer Solano says no).

- But that is much work by too many unknowns, isn't it?

- The advantage is that we know the project for bidding... (Think about it). Well, although when tenders for the work, the project he knows everything that is presented.

- ...

- Yes... it Is more of a learning.

Resigned, smiling, captor maybe part of the story, a part that prefers to be kept, Solano account that two years ago we made the efforts to Chilchotla, another municipality of Puebla. Nothing of what I presented came in the budget.

Until Friday, the municipal presidents of Mexico will come to the door of the Chamber of Deputies. Some come from very far away, hours and hours of bus away. Next to the entrance there are kids and teens who expire candy, soft drinks, newspapers. It is strange. To think that in all those boxes and bags there are squares, kilometres of concrete markets. To think that a lot of all that not be done and that the next year the same will happen and the other equal. And that all seems normal.

The private secretary of the mayor-elect of Temamatla is dismissed. Says: "now I have to go, sorry".

- now, now, but hey, what's all this can't be done by e-mail?

"Yes, that would be okay", lance, while it is running. The lord-of-shelter-and-security has shouted your name.

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