Leaders in name only

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By Hal Rhodes


New Mexico is an enchanting land that finds itself bereft of leadership in a time of economic woes.

Earlier this year the Washington Post put this headline above one of its stories: “Population growth in New Mexico approaching zero — and other bad signs.” In the three and a-half months since that story, there have been other headlines in other publications citing more recent economic numbers documenting that New Mexico is actually losing population and losing jobs.

But the crux of the original Post story remains the same: New Mexico has the greatest income inequality in the nation. Even more chilling, it has the greatest increase in income inequality. It also has one of the least prepared workforces in the U.S.

On top of that, the “number of New Mexicans who are marginally attached to the workforce or involuntarily in part-time as opposed to full-time jobs is high…second only to Nevada…”

Meanwhile, the state’s governor is revealed in a recent Mother Jones article as a trash-talking candidate who three years ago didn’t know what WIPP was or what potash is or that it is bad form if not downright vulgar to call your opponent “that little bitch.”

Susana Martinez may wield a tart tongue, but she’s not given to apologies even when apologies are due.

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