Time is Running Out, Who Are You Going to Trust?

Jim Spence
We appreciate diversity because at the core human beings are well......human beings. And all groups of people, whether they happen to be straight, gay, environmentalists, gun owners, union members, African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Christians, Muslims, Atheists, or whatever, seem to have one thing in common. Most people want their philosophical views to prevail in the area of public policies as they apply to resource management. Or put more simply, we all tend to vote our pocketbooks. This presents a very serious conundrum. Why is economic failure becoming a seemingly chronic condition in America if we all desire economic success?
We think America is failing because we have given in to the naive assumption that there will always be more economic fruit to be harvested no matter what our policies are. And as a result of this false assumption, we have established policies that are centered on “controlling” all entities that develop additional resources, instead of simply encouraging them to develop economic fruit for harvest.
This gradual onset of a mindset that emphasizes "control of existing" rather than "development of additional" resources, now permeates every nook and cranny of American society. And accordingly, Americans have been gradually, through their voting patterns, empowering governments at all levels to carry out both overt and covert missions of resource “control.”

American businesses have survived the disinterest in additional resource development simply by paying attention to the wind direction. Good businesses make sure, first and foremost of their competitive survival. They do so, if they are run by intelligent decision-makers. And collectively American business decision-makers will continuously adapt to anything, including the pervasive and prevailing "control" policies in place. Simply put, government is leading with "control" as it primary objective, and industry has been forced to follow with "survival" as its primary objective. It has been this way for quite awhile and the results are now self-evident. The economic trends reflect the priorities of government control and business survival. It is not a winning combination if your assumptions call for ever-increasing resources.
Are the terrible economic trends that are plaguing America interminable? Is America destined to go to the economic graveyard of human history? The answer is a resounding NO. In a free society there is always a fork in the road. And the choices continuously presented to voters offer two distinct alternatives, particularly when it comes to the one interest seemingly all people have in common (our pocketbooks). As an adaptive society our votes will continue in the future, as they have in the past, to go towards either those who trust business interests more, or to those who trust government more.
Naturally there are trade-offs with the choice of trusting either business or government to lead. And of course, perfection with either choice is unattainable. However, it is critically important to recognize that as of this moment in human history, Americans have collectively (no pun intended) been, through their proxies in the voting booths, choosing the trends associated with trusting government more and more and businesses less and less. And as surely as night follows day, if this trend of voter choice continues, we can all count on most all other economic trends to also continue along the same path.
Every day the political landscape and media dialogue involves many efforts by those holding power to cloud these two very simple choices. The articulate ones do so with nuanced arguments to blur the distinctions. However, in the end these two choices remain exceedingly simple. Will the American people continue to choose to be led and governed by those who want to trust government more? Or will we change course and choose to be led and governed by people who prefer to trust businesses more?
Deciding to be led by either business or government is like playing an economic game of tic-tac-toe. Knowing which economic policy choices should be abolished first does not require the same level of intellectual mastery that is required of those working in the fields of theoretical physics or quantum mechanics. And once the idealistic notion of perfection is set aside, we need to ask only one question before we vote. Do the candidate(s) offered to us trust businesses or government more? If the country truly believes it is headed the wrong direction, it had better turn leadership over to business people before it is too late.


GOP Calls for Delay of Game Penalties

This press release we received yesterday from the Republican Party of New Mexico accuses their counterparts of stalling legislation the public overwhelmingly supports.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — It is fitting that today is the first regular season NFL game. New Mexico Democratic legislators are employing the tried and true NFL strategy of running out the clock on hard-working New Mexicans by slow-playing substantive legislation. “Democrats are content to waste taxpayer dollars and tell the people of New Mexico that the issues they face will have to wait until next year,” said Republican Party of New Mexico executive director Bryan Watkins.
“Governor Martinez and Republican legislators know that New Mexicans deserve better than Democrats’ stall tactics.” In total, the Democrat-controlled Legislature has been in session for less than six hours in three days. “If the Democrats want to put people back to work they should move the Governor’s agenda through committee and get it to the floor for a vote as soon as possible. Republicans are ready to get to work, if only the Democrats would run the ball instead of taking a knee,” concluded Watkins.


Nunez Clashes with Lujan Over Stall Tactics

Andy Nunez
Santa Fe New Mexican - The 2011 special session is only three days old, but already the governor's agenda appears bogged down in a political squabble. Four bills related to Gov. Susana Martinez's biggest priorities haven't even been printed. They've all been sent to a committee of the House of Representatives that will determine whether they should be taken up, even though each subject was on the proclamation that called lawmakers into special session Tuesday. One of the bills would overturn a 2003 law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. The others would merge state agencies, prop up the state's unemployment fund and give local authorities the power to ban fireworks. By comparison, most other bills introduced in the House so far have been printed and directed to committees for hearings. On Thursday, the sponsor of the driver's license bill, unaffiliated Rep. Andy Nuñez of Hatch, accused House Speaker Ben Luján of playing political games to delay the governor's agenda. Luján disputed the accusation, saying he wasn't deliberately delaying anything, and that he had told Nuñez as much. Read full story here: News New Mexico


Third Fast and Furious Weapon at Terry Murder Scene

Brian Terry
Fox News - A third gun linked to "Operation Fast and Furious" was found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, new documents obtained exclusively by Fox News suggest, contradicting earlier assertions by federal agencies that police found only two weapons tied to the federal government's now infamous gun interdiction scandal. Sources say emails support their contention that the FBI concealed evidence to protect a confidential informant. Sources close to the Terry case say the FBI informant works inside a major Mexican cartel and provided the money to obtain the weapons used to kill Terry. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Wake Up Las Crucens

Jim Harbison
Here we are preparing for the next election and if the statistical trends remain constant that election will be decided by less than 18% of the voters. The other 82% of the voters won’t bother to vote and will abrogate their responsibilities to the progressives who have moved into and now control the City. WAKE UP Las Crucens your vote does count! Mayor Miyagishima claimed in a guest column last week that impact fees are not taxes. Any time the government takes your money for their use it is a TAX, plain and simple. “Fees” drive away businesses and employment. WAKE UP Las Crucens! Native Las Crucens can remember when they were able to drive out into the desert for recreation and enjoy miles of scenic vistas. For generations they have had open access to the lands of Dona Ana County. Now public access and use of them is threatened to be denied to them and future generations by environmental groups that have never stepped foot in them. WAKE UP Las Crucens! Read full column: News New Mexico

New Mexicans React to Obama Speech

Gary Johnson
We found initial reactions from three New Mexico elected officials (and former elected officials) on President Obama's "jobs" speech tonight. On Twitter former Governor Gary Johnson had this to say: Stop helping us to death.
Tom Udall
Senator Tom Udall had said this to his followers on Twitter: Great speech. It's time for Congress to stop bickering and; unite with a balanced - effective jobs bill to inspire confidence in the economy.

And we received this email from Steve Pearce's office: “The President has announced that he has a plan for stimulating the economy and creating jobs. Similar policies were put forth in 2009, and the price tag for economic stimulus was $1 trillion and rising unemployment rates. With 9.1 percent unemployment, I do not believe that America can stand another stimulus program. We need common-sense solutions. The House has been working since January to take action, sending numerous bills over to the Senate. No action has been taken on these bills.
Steve Pearce
The rhetoric needs to end, and the Senate and the President need to take action as well. This administration has claimed that over 13 million jobs would have been created through stimulus, green jobs, healthcare, and extending unemployment benefits, but these policies have instead resulted in the loss of 2.3 million jobs. We have seen too many failed policies and failed promises.”
John Sanchez
Lt. Governor John Sanchez had this comment: Entrepreneurs not Washington programs create jobs and grow the economy. When will the President and the Democrat controlled Senate realize this? The Obama administration is catering to his big labor buddies by mortgaging our kids’ future to save his reelection prospects. We need to cut the corporate tax rate so it is in line with the rest of the industrialized world, provide regulatory certainty for business so that they can make investments in the American economy, pass the pending free trade agreements, repeal Obamacare, stop job killing cap and trade policies and above all else get Washington out of the way of New Mexicans who are trying to create jobs.”
Hector Balderas
Hector Balderas said the following: Tonight, the President outlined a common-sense plan that will help create jobs in the short-term. At a time when too many New Mexicans are worried that the American Dream is becoming out-of-reach, getting our economy moving again must be Washington’s top priority. President Obama has the right approach and the initiatives he laid out will ignite our economy and put Americans back to work. Most importantly, President Obama’s plan will create jobs for the drivers of our economy, including small business owners, teachers, emergency first responders, veterans and construction workers. They will rebuild our infrastructure and our schools. By cutting taxes for small businesses and those that hire new workers, New Mexico’s small businesses will be able to hire and expand, ultimately providing hard working and middle class New Mexicans with more money. We can’t afford to continue giving additional tax breaks to big businesses. We need to close tax loopholes for large corporations and billionaires and invest in small businesses, the middle class, and the most vulnerable citizens. I applaud the President for taking that approach.