Thursday, November 29, 2012

Submerged

The real issues facing our state are continually being submerged by the Governor, Mayor of Albuquerque and the media.  A case in point is a much unnoticed snippet from Forbes magazine that Albuquerque is one of the worst places in the country for future job creation.  How can that go virtually unreported?  How can our government hating Governor and her wacko rightwing mascots ignore this? Maybe she should stop hating the feds and welcome their high paying jobs here.

Additionally, Mayor Berry will be all consumed by the U.S. Justice Department probe of APD.  Where will his economic development team get their leadership?

And then there is the private sector.  What the hell is the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Forum doing to attract new jobs into our city and state?  Is there any activity at all?  Are they just protecting the status quo?  They are virtually invisible at a time they should be on the road working to attract new industry.  Just starting another house building boom is not going to be the solution.  One might think they are just interested in doing business with each other.  A private club so to speak.  Well, if the federal jobs leave they will be the first to feel it.

I am feeling a great lack of leadership in this state.  It will be evident that the laziness now will really be felt in the next few years.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know the bloggers get a lil wild, but eyeonalbuquerque.com has a brutal but objective overview of Berry's goals and results.

Bubba Muntzer said...

The Republican Party's main goal was, as Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnel said, "to deny President Obama a second term." (Progressive radio shows have played a clip of him saying that over and over).

At the national level this consisted of congress trying to keep the economy from recovering.

Berry and Martinez are Republicans. The Chamber of Commerce is a wing of the Republican Party. Was it a coincidence that they did nothing to improve the local economy?


Bubba Muntzer said...

I think I see the data you refer to now. That show Albuquerque ranks 282nd in job creation and is in "full recession?"

That's kind of mind boggling because all since the recession began every time I've read anything about the unemployment rate it was that New Mexico's unemployment rate was a percentage point above the national average. Even the housing market was better here.

Bubba Muntzer said...

I just came across an old story about the Forbes item at Channel 4's web site.

It just lays it out, but to me, the comments are illuminating. Illegal immigrants are blamed, welfare recipients, unwed mothers.

It degenerates into them blaming each other and suggesting that they leave the state. But it reflects what is going on not only in public discourse but with the political leadership. A dearth of ideas about what to do. The only vision is about how to get re-elected.

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s2852069.shtml

Another of our TV stations has an interesting story about some things UNM is doing to create jobs, both private and public. There's not much in specifics but some of it does sound interesting.

http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/education/unms-big-idea-help-add-100000-jobs