The left has a mythical attachment to raiding the Permanent Fund for money to spend on education.
My rough measure is the volume of applause after every mention of the idea at a recent gathering in Albuquerque to debut the new book, “New Mexico 2050,” edited by Fred Harris, a former Oklahoma Senator and longtime Corrales resident.
The applause came from what appeared to be a large proportion of the 250 or so people in the audience vigorously cheering the permanent fund raid and other liberal shibboleths. The audience included several presumed candidates for governor, Harris said, the unstated further presumption being that the candidates were Democrats.
I noticed only Alan Webber of Santa Fe, a result of reading his name badge.
Bald heads and gray hair were everywhere.
Controlling audience speechifying became a bonus task for Harris as moderator. The McCune Foundation provided money “to assist with project expenses,” he said. A McCune employee, Henry Rael, was a contributor.
The book’s economic summary seems comprehensive, even including four pages on labor force participation, a favorite topic in this column that is commonly ignored by people discussing the state economy.