President renews attack on private sector

In an interview aboard the presidential aircraft en route to Singapore for the APEC summit, President Felipe Calderón blamed the private sector for the failure of the government’s original tax proposal. “The business community acted with complete liberty: they were very critical of the government and broadly criticized the package. … This weakened the possibilities [for passage],” he said. Columnist Salvador García Soto noted: “The President’s verbal bombshells … confirm what we have been saying for several weeks: the relation between the Chief Executive and a good part of the private sector, above all the most influential names, has deteriorated to the point where it has become public. … A reflection of this distancing is that many of the principal captains of industry have started to build bridges to groups in the PRI.”  (Reforma 11/12, Universal 11/14)

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