Monday, February 28, 2011

Pick Your Battles

I continue to be astonished at the way our new governor is spending her time fighting with the Albuquerque School board over how big their public relations staff is.  Is this a battle that means anything?  Is there something more positive that could take up a governor's time?

One thing is becoming apparent to me and that is that Susana Martinez is a pretty negative leader.  She is against APS. She is against the film industry.  She is against the Space Port.  She is against the Rail Runner.  Her campaign managers who now steer her philosophy in the state capitol are turning her into a whining governor who will be remembered for nothing except carping.  Deep down I would like this Latino woman to succeed, but she is not being influenced in any positive way.  What a shame!

If you didn't get the opportunity to read the New York Times article on the dangers of natural gas drilling I would advise you to read it here.  It is strange that these problems didn't get the attention of the media when the danger was only in the west.  Now that it has moved to places like Pennsylvania and Ohio it is all of a sudden a serious concern.  Anyway, it is a great piece of Journalism and it makes the industry squirm.  I was especially outraged that an industry representative said that it was up to the states to regulate the problems.  Guess who will spend millions to make sure that won't happen.


Abq Dude said...

Martinez should be going after UNM admin and salaries instead of APS. With all the mismanagement and controversy there, one would think she could earn some favor by dealing with Schmidley, Harris, But I do have to give Martinez credit for going after the Gas Company during the recent freezes and gas supply problems. As far as the spaceport and railrunner go, I'm not sure either one was such a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Tough times call for tough measures Comrade Baca. Thanks to overspending and a regulatory climate that is so anti-industry under richardson, the state is left with huge deficits and I find it incredulous that you would defend the film "industry" and the Road Runner (which is a fiscal loser). The film "industry" offers part time jobs as opposed to full time positions that manufacturing and other true industries provide. Yet the film "industry" gets a 25% rebate on what they spend in this state. If anyone deserves a rebate, it should be industries that are going to have a year round impact, not temporary part time positions (without benefits I might add).