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New Mexico is a charity case led by the clueless. For Wall Street Journal reporter Nathan Koppel, checking into our “anemic recovery” as compared with our neighbors, state Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry did the standard litany of prone New Mexico mainlining federal dollars.
“Our reliance on the federal government has put a wet blanket on the economy and tempered growth,” is how Koppel quoted Barela in the Dec. 28 article.
A businessman’s reaction to the article is, “Incredible — we need to take whatever jobs we can to get out of this mess.”
Rest assured, I’m as much against the social meddling nanny-state that seeks to transfer control of our lives to Santa Fe and/or Washington, D.C. I am equally in favor of our world-class government science sector and suggest that seeking opportunity in this research might be a plan.
Further argument for our charity case qualifications come from the census. Our population growth has dropped each year since 2010 to almost nothing in the year ending July 1, 2013. We added 1,747 from 2012, a 0.084 percent increase. A safe bet is that the increase was entirely due to new babies. Another detail is that a few hundred people over 55 departed each year between 2009 and 2012.
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