Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Misc.

The oil and gas boys have had their way on the State of New Mexico's cap and trade policies that were aimed at chipping away at fossil fuel emissions.  The Governor's hand picked Environmental Improvement Board killed the program and added to the miseries of future New Mexicans.  One shouldn't forget that New Mexico is one of the largest oil and gas producing states in the country.  I think in one hundred years people could look back and wonder why any political leaders would do such a thing.  Maybe that will be the right wing marionette Governor Martinez's enduring image.

President Obama has succumbed to endorsing donations to a Super Pac that will fund his reelection efforts.  It is disappointing, but he really had no choice given what corporate America is doing in funding right wing Super Pacs.  This Supreme Court condoned system may well lead to real chaos in the future.  Soon only the rich and their corporations will have influence on elections.  The left side Super Pacs will never match them since they will need working people to fund them.

Wynn Quigley has a thoughtful column in the Journal today about the failure of the Occupy movement to move things.  I think the main reason is that they have no nationally identified leader or goal.  They are rudderless.  I think that Clint Eastwood's commercial during the Super Bowl had more effect on America's psyche than a year's worth of Occupy platitudes and fuzzy messages.

I can't understand why this gay bashing church on Albuquerque's west side can be so out of touch with reality.  They follow the teachings of Christ in very strange ways.  How can 20,000 members condone a hate mongering minister?

1 comment:

Bubba Muntzer said...

You may be right about the Clint Eastwood ad. With its Reaganesque 'morning in America,' 'we're all in this together' message, Americans may go back to sleep and forget that the rich who are making record profits while people lose their houses have no illusions about us being in this together, that class warfare from above has us back to 1920s levels of inequality in wealth and income.

Situations like in New Mexico, where billions in petroleum income pumped out of our soil fatten the wallets of the rich while we remain one of the poorest states and our schools continue to be starved to death, will keep getting worse.

But we'll feel good about it.