As the El Paso Chihuahuas are the talk of the town even though the rampant corruption in the city continues unabated, I thought it appropriate that I introduce you to the El Paso Chusmas. Chusma, as used in Mexico, is a term used the well-to-do when they discuss the poor of the community.

It is vulgar term used by the wealthy when they sit around in their high-falutin taxpayer funded palace as they discuss the riffraff in their midst. To them, the taxpayers are just a means to fund their playgrounds and therefore they are just the masses to use when needed.

As I thought about everything that transpired from the moment the Ray Caballero cabal starting floating about the idea of a public policy agenda funded by the taxpayers, through the demolition of city hall and on through the unveiling of the El Paso Chihuahuas and everything that brought to the surface, I couldn’t help the imagery of a rat that popped in my mind.

The more I thought about it the more the rat seemed appropriate mascot for those who use the taxpayers for their own selfish needs.

Therefore, in homage to the El Paso Chihuahuas I introduce to you the El Paso Chusmas. In the coming months I will be exposing each chusma and how they connect to the ongoing destruction of the El Paso taxpayer.


The El Paso Chusmas

Martin Paredes

Reporting on public corruption, border politics, immigration and public policy in El Paso since 2000.

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