December 20, 2013

The Dec. 16 editorial “Mexico: Ready for takeoff” was more than a little misguided in holding up Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s oil reform as an example of bipartisan democracy for Congress to emulate.

The oil reform legislation involved major changes to three articles of the Mexican constitution. The final bill was approved by the Mexican Senate first, with a debate on the hundreds of objections held only after that vote. The lower House rubber-stamped these changes to the constitution within a day, while the required number of state legislatures have already ratified them.

Sure, oil companies are cheering, but I wonder if The Post would be so full of praise if President Obama, or any U.S. president, muscled even one amendment to the Constitution through both houses of Congress and secured ratification from the states in less than a week? 

W. Stuart Pettingell, Reston