Tuesday, January 06, 2009

New Mexico in the Cold

New Mexico going for President Elect Obama was a huge victory. It mirrors what happened in Colorado and Arizona. Both of those states will send people to work in Obama's cabinet. New Mexico is now out in the cold after Governor Richardson withdrew his nomination as Commerce Secretary.

This is a situation that needs to be remedied for New Mexico's sake and also the future political fortunes of President Elect Obama. He needs to take control and make sure New Mexico is well represented in higher positions within his administration. New Mexico, it seems, will continue to be a state whose five little electoral votes can make a difference.

At least we have our new Congressional Delegation garnering good committee assignments. Martin Heinrich will serve on the House Armed Services committee. That is a real plum considering its importance to New Mexico's large defense industry. I just hope Martin will tell the military industrial complex not to waste money on obscenely expensive and unneeded procurements. The F-22 Fighter is one. At 400 million dollars a copy that is something we just don't need right now. Upgraded F-16s, F-15s and FA-18s would do the job at a lot less price. Especially when there are really no new fighters coming out of belligerent countries to dog fight with. Pretty soon everything will be remotely flown anyway.

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