A Quick Look at Corruption in Argentina

A large segment of society believes in certain “truths” about the political system without ever questioning them. The “axiom” that all politicians are corrupt is one of the most widespread, factual evidence is not necessary. While such a blanket claim is almost impossible to prove, it reflects a widespread sense of dissatisfaction with the political class, which is charged with improving general well-being but often ends up interfering with it. And, of course, the fact that politicians are public servants whose remuneration is paid by all of us, so their many benefits seem even more unfair. This notion is probably also linked to the fact that politicians generally live their lives in a comfortable socio-economic position, compared to a majority of society which finds it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

The emergence of specific instances testifying to a criminal act of the political class contributes to reinforce this conception. A recent video in Argentina showed how the labor minister of the province of Buenos Aires under former governor María Eugenia Vidal, now a national deputy and presidential candidate for 2023, and a group of lawmakers, businessmen and Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) spies conspired to build legal proceedings against union leader Juan Pablo “Pata” (“the foot”) Medina during the administration of Mauricio Macri.

Foot ran the local branch of the Union of Construction Workers of the Argentine Republic (UOCRA) in La Plata, the provincial capital of the very important province of Buenos Aires. According to journalist Emilia Delfino writing for Perfil, Foot owned seven properties, including one in the exclusive seaside town of Cariló, a speedboat and several luxury vans and vehicles, while the companies attributed to it recorded sales of nearly 100 million pesos in 2017. , some $ 7 million at that year’s exchange rate. . He was jailed for forming an illicit association and money laundering, and is said to have generated 11 billion pesos in losses for the construction sector (over 700 million dollars), as well as 9,520 jobs. Foot controlled construction in La Plata, deciding which projects went forward and which did not, while forcing companies to hire services controlled by their cronies. In 2016, the Medina clan entered the Macri administration’s voluntary tax exemption scheme, declaring a fund of around 8 billion pesos ($ 570 million).

The Foot, who is clearly a con artist, now accuses the Vidal administration of illegally persecuting him, while Argentina’s largest labor clan, the Moyano family (Teamsters Union) accuses the Macri administration of political persecution. Unfortunately, they are right. The Macri administration, which claimed to be the “killer of populism” and sought to end corruption, ended up being part of the problem. Much like the Kirchners before them, Macri has used intelligence and justice to his advantage. Cristina Kirchner and several of her close associates have been investigated, sentenced and some of them put behind bars. In many cases corruption was evident, in others the judiciary prosecuted political decisions as if they were crimes. Ultimately, these events are a continuation of a operating mode at least it goes back to Carlos Menem.

Cristina Kirchner fills her mouth talking about law which defines itself as a systemic plan of “oligarchies” and “factual powers” ​​to eliminate “progressive” Latin American leaders. Macri, under intensive investigation since leaving power, accuses the Fernández-Fernández administration of political persecution. They are all right and wrong at the same time. At least in Argentina, the judiciary and the intelligence services have always been used by the political power of the time for political and economic purposes.

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