Jul 1, 2012

Pocketbook Issues Weigh Heavily as Mexicans Vote

Members of Mexican's informal economy have seen a decline in their earnings over the years, not to mention, risk of crime against their business if they do well. Jobs and earnings have been a key interest of Mexicans in this election. 

NY TimesCIUDAD NEZAHUALCÓYOTL, Mexico — Fernando García fondly recalls the late 1990s, when all three floors of his factory in a green row house here held employees sewing and tagging the women’s slacks that his family has been selling for decades. 

But those days are gone, killed off by extortion and a 70 percent drop in sales, and Mr. García’s views on government and politics, like those of many Mexicans, have dimmed with his fortunes.

“We were all hoping for real change with Fox,” he said, referring to former President Vicente Fox, whose victory in 2000 ended seven decades under the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. “It didn’t happen.” Read more.

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