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DOE spent more in New Mexico in 2010 than in any state

By Sherry Robinson

Maybe you weren’t amused by all the snarky comments about candidate Rick Perry’s memory lapse.
Anybody over a certain age has experienced those mental misfires.
We can usually laugh them off unless we happen to be on national television as a candidate for president.
Focus instead on what the man intended to say.
To cut the deficit, Perry would eliminate the Education Department, the Commerce Department, and the Energy Department.
The Energy Department? Ack!
The DOE may not be a model of bureaucratic efficiency, but in fiscal 2010, the department spent $4.1 billion in New Mexico, more than it spent in any other state.
Perry might as well have said, No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus.
Perry’s simple proposal ignores some vital functions and leads to the usual, tired platitudes about cutting fat.
Sherman McCorkle, in an interview with New Mexico Business Weekly, put it best: “My concern is that if you get an immediate cut, you get some immediate gratification, but also some long-term harm.”
The context of his remark was nuclear weapons work, but the observation has broad applications.
Rash funding cuts will eliminate jobs and contracts and waste with one grand flush.


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