The Unbeatable Model of Social Programs | Article by David Ordaz

The Unbeatable Model of Social Programs | Article by David Ordaz

David Ordaz

Let’s do a little exercise. A family of 6considering mom, dad, three children of different ages and education levels, and two grandparents (this is generally an example of how a home is organized in our country), everything is attributed to the social programs of the current federal government.

Let’s look at just the Social Security Pension, Youth Building the Future, Social Security Scholarship, Social Security Pension for People with Disabilities, and the Welfare Program for Girls and Boys, Children of Working Mothers.

Two grandparents receive 3,000 pesos each from their social pension. (6000 pesos); one of the sons participates in the program “Youth Building the Future” and gets 7000 pesos per monthHe another sonfrom the Well-Being Scholarship for Higher Education gets 2800 pesos and finally, younger son get 600 pesos your startup scholarship.

Let’s imagine that (God forbid, as the grandmothers used to say) some member turned out to be disabled. It would be will provide access to a social pension for people with disabilities, which pays up to 3,100 pesos every two months. (1050 pesos per month) and finally, The mother was enrolled in the Welfare Program for Girls and Boys of Children of Working Motherswhich may vary depending on the age of the minors in the home and which, according to official information, may be 1600 pesos every two months (800 pesos per month) for newborns up to 4 years old and 3600 pesos for minors with disabilities, newborns and up to 6 years old.

Let’s get down to the monthly numbers: 6,000 from the grandparents, 7,000 from the young person building the future, 2,800 from the higher education scholarship, 1,050 from the disabled participant, and 800 pesos from the starting scholarship (considering only one child). Total 17,650 pesos.

Let’s add now that mom and dad work. According to the latest national survey on employment and employment conducted by INEGI, Most Mexicans earn an average salary of 7,380 pesos per month. (14,730 pesos for both). This gives a great only 32,380 pesos per month.

A few days ago, Condusef published the National Financial Health Survey (ENSAFI) 2023, which showed that 70% of Mexicans suffer from some form of financial stressmainly due to increased debt, unexpected expenses, taking out a loan, overspending, “ant” spending, and difficulty saving. 36.9% of the population have high levels of stress; 34.6% average level and 28.5% low level.

This financial stress creates physiological, psychological and social discomfort among the population.such as anxiety, sadness, disappointment, irritability, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders or changes in blood pressure and others. Women suffer from this stress the most – 42.2%, and men – 30.7%.

At the end of last year, during his conference “Achievements, Challenges and Prospects of the Mexican Economy” at UNAM, Finance Minister Rogelio Ramirez de la O noted that the current policy of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador is focused on social programs. large benefits for the population, especially for low-income households, as they account for between 17.3 and 24.1% of their monthly income.

For his part, in an interview with the publication Day In August of that year, Guilhermina Rodriguez, deputy director of economic research at Citibanamex, said that transfers made by the federal government in the form of pensions, scholarships and programs for the elderly have a significant impact on low-income families in the country, explaining that she said Transfers received through government programs increased by 34%, “with these benefits being more noticeable in low-income households.”

We inevitably go into politics. For at least 18 years, we have heard that people are suffering under neoliberalism, a model that wants to privatize, corrupt and take over everything so that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. For at least the last 6 years, in a spotlight the size of the National Palace, we have seen and heard that there are good and bad in this country, but fortunately there are many who want to change this repressive model.

But what happens when this narrative is matched with a perfectly reasonable strategy implemented through social programs? An effective and virtually unbeatable model is created. Note that this is mistakenly called a transformation. It is not, but it is a system of political-economic governance in which the middlemen have been removed from the map, and no one thought that it would develop as Andrés Manuel López Obrador did.

On the one side, millions of families who see their incomes grow by 17-24% thanks to social programs that reach them directly, see and hear a story about good and evil and on the other hand, they see and hear the disparate voices of opponents who complain, criticize and shout, not realizing that among themselves they are their main enemies.

More than 36 million people voted for a movement in which they found an identity and a model that improved (significantly or slightly) their standard of living.while they saw or heard concepts such as democracy, jurisprudence, reforms, the financial system and more from voices that had failed in their analysis and predictions for over a decade.

When they ask if this model of movement will last, the only thing that comes to mind is the phrase of the great Carlos Monsivais that “to document our optimism,” There are more than 153 social programs in our country. The big question is: will the budget withstand it?

Today, the ball is in Claudia Sheinbaum’s hands. I hope he will opt for the slogan: “continuity with change.”

Source: Aristegui Noticias