Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Grudge Report

One of the first fantasy/horror books I ever read was "The Metamorphosis" by Kafka. That is the one where some guy slowly turns into a cockroach.

It seems certain now that the Albuquerque Journal is undergoing its metamorphosis too. It is good to see them reacting to a metamorphosing newspaper business. The Journal is turning into a blog. I am not saying that is all bad but I am beginning to think they should change their front page blog name to the "Grudge Report." I say that only because many of the 'blogs' seem to be aimed at Governor Richardson.

They also seem pretty fixated on the role of non profits in politics. That is fair game, but so is the role of the oil and gas industry in politics. You don't see many exposes on that. But you do see full page ads from the oil and gas industry propagandizing the readers of the Journal to not allow any tax increases on that poor industry. Didn't Exxon Mobile just report a $45 Billion dollar net profit for 2008? That is just one company. How much did Yates Petroleum of Artesia make in net profits? Their leader is currently the Chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party.

Don't get me wrong, there is nothing bad about making a profit. What is bad is not paying adequate taxes and windfall taxes when appropriate. Especially in times like these.

Life is too short.

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