Alfonso Ramírez Cuéllar, Morena’s national leader, assured that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador did not disqualify his proposal (to physically enter homes to measure wealth). Ramírez Cuéllar stated that (AMLO) does seek that the government organization INEGI measure the concentration of wealth and generate public policies to end inequality.
“The President did not refer to my proposal, because my proposal does not say anywhere that the wealth of the people will be disclosed, no. Mine is totally clear in the sense that the patrimony of the people must continue to be protected in privacy and according to the laws that we have at the moment for the rights of the people, there is absolutely no discussion, which we are looking for there to be an autonomous body like the INEGI, which now already measures the income and spending of people and also measures the income of the middle class, has the constitutional mandate to measure the concentration of wealth”, he also assured.
In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, Ramírez Cuéllar assured that he does not seek to go against businessmen or members of private initiative, but he did accuse the holders of great fortunes, the billionaires of this country, of a campaign to disqualify his proposal. “It is the great fortunes that have unleashed all this controversy, the great billionaires, not even the millionaires, the billionaires, those who have billions of dollars are the ones behind this campaign, they know very well that what they say is not it is true, they are more concerned about their wealth being studied and because I am proposing to change article 31 of the Constitution to establish fiscal progressivity” he explained.
He said that it is very good that the controversy has been generated, because for the first time attention is being paid to excess wealth in Mexico, and this debate is very positive, he said, since it is beginning to observe the concentration and power of the great fortunes and the enormous inequality in Mexico.
“The great fortunes of our country could have greater solidarity being discussed. It is not possible that 1% owns 50% of the national wealth, this generates a great deal of polarization and a great social fracture. And does this not mean going against the business class? No, no, no … this is the most important discussion that is taking place in the world right now. The time has come for the great fortunes to contribute with greater solidarity to the support of the states and to the construction of the welfare state that we want to launch in Mexico. If poverty is measured, why should wealth not be measured? If extreme poverty is measured, then extreme wealth must also be measured. Why do you propose that there be fiscal progressivity, if those who earn the most are already paying more taxes today? —Today we all pay the same ISR rates under the current scheme: 30% for legal entities and 34%, individuals. With the current scheme, the middle class is the most sacrificed and the great fortunes win millions.”
Ramírez Cuéllar cut short and said that those who think that their proposal seeks to install a socialist regime are out of place, because “nobody thinks of expropriations, or communism, or socialism, all we want is for Mexican society to live with Decency and with dignity, I don’t think it’s too much to ask, is it?”
Source: El Universal