Swickard: The five rights we need to do

Bill Richardson horsing around
© 2016 Michael Swickard, Ph.D.  We are living in angry times. Anger drives much of what we do. With the New Mexico Legislature in session there is more anger than normal. The political animals realize they only have a small amount of time to get what they want. So they spew anger to get their way.
            It makes me think of what Aristotle observed: "Anybody can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way... that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."
            There are big things driving anger in this Legislature like the impasse caused by driver licenses. Some want a driver's license for those who are in our country legally and another license for those without legal status.
            The anger has ratcheted up in the dialog so that thinking people want nothing to do with the debate since the flamers will scorch everyone who does not conform. That fight involves the political bases of both parties.
            Another flash point for anger is the desire of political animals to have their way regardless of the rules and regardless of any promises made earlier. Example: When Spaceport America was first proposed the idea was to get the construction paid by Dona Ana and Sierra County taxpayers. Those taxpayers stood to gain the most from an active and vibrant Spaceport.
            And I supported the idea of a Spaceport since, at the time many years ago, this was going to be the first one and the promises were rosy to say the least. Governor Bill Richardson, who was putting together a presidential bid, was looking for high profile projects and this fit the bill, er, the Bill.
            About the same time presidential candidate Bill Richardson unveiled the Richardson for President Rail Runner Express Transit system from Belen to Santa Fe which proclaimed Richardson's stature nationally that he understood mass transit.
            The enabling legislation never mentioned a rail project; it was aimed at New Mexico highways. That seemed a good idea and then the political animals dashed in and sprung the Rail Runner on New Mexico taxpayers without the taxpayers having any way to avoid the financial consequences which are huge.
            What do the Rail Runner and Spaceport America have in common? Both started with a political push and both are now mired in controversy about their financing. The Rail Runner is a deep hole in the Earth into which New Mexico taxpayers must pour money.
            I am not sure about the ultimate fate of Spaceport America. But the leaders of the project are doing things that anger New Mexico taxpayers and that is not good. The Spaceport is clearly not going as we expected when it started and putting lipstick on the project with cheerful press releases has not helped.
            State Senator Lee Cotter (District 36) who represents Dona Ana County has Senate Bill 157 to stop Spaceport America from paying salaries and other expenses with tax dollars intended to pay off the facility debt.
            Cotter has sponsored this bill previously. The proponents of hijacking the dollars say they need the money. But they don't want to come to the Legislature for those funds because they are afraid the legislature will say no.
            Senator Cotter said, "Dona Ana and Sierra County taxpayers are hurt when their taxes are diverted and do not go towards paying down the debt faster." Exactly. He points out that it is all borrowed money. If New Mexico had the money to begin with that would be one thing but both Rail Runner and Spaceport are with borrowed money.
            With the Rail Runner there is a day coming when many millions of dollars will be due. And it can only come from the taxpayers. We always need to do these projects with the five rights: the right people, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way.
            Hey, since the Iowa Caucus is now done, can New Mexico lose the Ethanol mandate. Why give that money to the Iowa farmers and take it away from New Mexicans? Why indeed.


The zeal of Woodward and Berstein....may it rest in peace

We live in an era when most people have cell phones and not land lines. But polls are treated as gospel while being done via land lines. Not to worry. We are about to find out if the polls we have heard about for months are accurate. The people are about to start voting instead of only those with land lines who occasionally want to take a call and talk with a pollster. People will vote first in Iowa, then New Hampshire, then South Carolina etc. And the man the American news media loves to hate…..Donald Trump has looked great in the preseason. We will see if he does well when people who only have cell phones have a say.

On the other side of the political ledger, things have gone from bizarre to surreal. We have a conspiracy of silence in the Democrat-run mainstream media. Hillary Clinton’s lies go unmentioned. While her deceptions place her on par with Richard Nixon, the media gives her a pass. It seems that no media outlet cares to report what she did or did not do with highly classified information. All of this is simply amazing considering that her lies are so egregious, so outrageous, and so criminal, that if ANYONE else did what she did and said what she has said, they would be handcuffed and jailed. If they were fortunate enough to be allowed to post bail, they would be looking at dozens and dozens of years of jail time.

How astonishing are Hillary’s lies? Even the State Department now admits that some of the emails she sent illegally are so sensitive they can’t simply redact the secret contents and release the remainder. Apparently these emails are so important to national security the State Dept. simply has to withhold the entire content, despite the fact there is a court order to release them.

The recent admission of Hillary's conduct by the Obama State Department is a smoking gun. It is all prosecutors need to convict Hillary and throw her in jail just as has been the case with so many before her who did what she did. Will the FBI prosecute her? Or is Hillary above the law? 

The buzz around Washington is the FBI is FURIOUS that the Obama administration is openly and blatantly interfering with their duty to enforce the law. Rather than hold her accountable, Mr. Obama wants to protect the Democrat’s presidential nominee. What is not much of a secret is that Obama henchmen are pressuring officials not to pursue charges against Clinton that would be matter of routine with any other employee.

Clearly Mr. Obama is engaged in Watergate-like obstruction of justice right out in the open. And in the meantime, the legacy of the zeal and persistence of Woodward and Bernstein at the Washington Post has given way. In fact, you can lump the entire mainstream media (ex-Fox) under the same mission statement. ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post etc. are little more than an extended ministry of propaganda for perpetual power of the Democrats. 

Over the weekend we learned that Mr. Obama himself actually emailed Clinton on her unsecured server. He did so at least eighteen times. Obama has previously denied doing so. The contents of these communications from the president to his Secretary of State will not be released by the White House. Predictably, the White House is using the old Nixon dodge, "Executive Privilege," as their reason for not obeying the court order to release the emails. Can anyone say Rosemary Woods? ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post can't. 

Amazingly, nobody (ex-Fox) in the media cares as these lies pile up. And no Democrat seems at all troubled by all of this. One has to wonder if Obama and Hillary were caught on film in the Oval Office tossing a couple of hundred dead babies they just killed into a pile with pitchforks, if any media outlet but Fox would even report it. But I digress. More on Planned Parenthood in a future column.