Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Portales, New Mexico, self proclaimed peanut capital of the world, will erect a new sign to replace one taken out by a car accident. The humorous sign welcomes people with the statement, "Home of 12,000 people and four old grouches."  Now that the super committee has failed  its work and peanut subsidies are to be cut it might be 12,004 grouches.  The Feds have spent $80 million in peanut subsidies in the first six months of this year.  Much of it in New Mexico and Georgia.

The Albuquerque Journal said this morning that the State Congressional delegation was divided on the deficit fix.  Divided is a creative word here.  Since the score is really 4 members for raising taxes on the wealthy and one against it.  But that is the Journal's peculiar way of describing a land slide.  Congressman Steve Pearce, who represents Portales Peanut Farmers, says no to taxing the rich.

Governor Martinez got what she wanted in extending the casino lease at New Mexico Expo.  Golly, it is like she morphed into a pay to play politico in awarding her donors with a quick and fat contract to run a gambling operation.  How will she explain this?  I think this is one even the morning newspaper will have to question.


Abq Dude said...

Typical behavior of another co-opted politician. Martinez' campaign rhetoric has meant nothing - only things promised just to get her into office. Quite like Richardson - it never matters what side of the aisle your on.

Bubba Muntzer said...

Make that 12,005 grouches. This is terrible news. I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. If you are what you eat, I'm at least 75, perhaps as much as 77 percent, peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Make that 12,004 grouches and one very nervous truck driver, bordering on desperate.

With the subsidies gone is there any hope the market will be flooded with cheap Chinese peanuts? Is anyone interested in starting an Occupy The Peanut Butter Aisle group? Why should the 1 percent have all the peanut butter? This shall not stand.

KevinB said...

That's rich Bubba, I eat a lot of peanut butter myself. Sometimes several pb&js in a day, and now that I occasion your writings I will sometimes wash it all down with a Jarito. Delicious. I'd be willing to pay a premium on Jiffy if it means getting rid of price supports. I don't imagine the farmers in Portales would be keen to selling at a premium but that whole mess is a tower of cards waiting to fall under its own weight. Don't see how Pearce represents his constituency properly by agreeing with me however.