Animal Farm 2010: Horsing Around with Porkulus

Russ Vaughn

Just as you think the Democrats have shot themselves in the foot so many times that they are hobbling to Election Day, what do they do? BLAM! There goes another toe.

Try to picture a scene from some old B-western flick where the bad guy shoots at some hapless dude's feet, and sneers, "Okay, mister, let's see how you dance!" Well in the case of New Mexico's lame duck, Hollywood-loving, Democratic governor, Bill Richardson, he's playing both roles, the snap-shooting villain and the dancing dude. He’s not only firing the gun but it's his own hand-tooled, Mexican boots he's blasting holes in.

This corrupt Democrat whose inept administration took New Mexico from a half billion dollar surplus just a few short years ago to a deficit of several hundred million this year through corrupt pay-for-play deals and such boondoggle programs as a high speed train that runs more on red ink than rails, came up with a proposal last week that has some of the liberal, bi-coastal refugees in Santa Fe absolutely giddy: a state wild horse refuge just thirty minutes away from their trendy shops, galleries and bistros. The rest of us just shook our heads and said, “That’s Bill.”

At a time when state-funded programs for children of impoverished working families are being curtailed by budget shortfalls, Big Bill comes up with an oh-so-horsepoo-green idea to enhance his legacy and he wants to pay for it with your tax dollars, Bubba -  $2.8 million of your tax dollars to be precise; $2.8 million of your STIMULUS dollars to be even more exact. That’s right - coming up on an election where most Americans think the Democrats’ Stimulus was more Porkulus, Big Bill provides them with proof, using porcine proceeds to house hippie horses.

Fortunately for the citizens of New Mexico and some Democrat candidates in the upcoming state elections, wiser heads are prevailing and refusing to go along with this latest example of Democratic foot-destruction. You can almost imagine a calm, soothing voice saying, "Okay, easy now big fella; aim the gun away from your foot; take your finger off the trigger real slow now and lay the gun on your desk real easy now, Guvner."

Who are these guys, these Democrats? The Hole in the Foot Gang? Big Bill's below-the ankle marksmanship skills could explain why he's got so many holes in his approval rating, now sinking to 27%, and that's  in a Daily Kos poll, already.

Nota bene: Feds investigating Bill’s other suspect dealings should note that when the announced price of $2.8 million for 12,000 acres of land is broken down to a cost per acre, roughly $230.00, that figure seems unusually low for land only thirty minutes from high-end Santa Fe. Val Kilmer’s 6000 acre ranch less than fifty miles away was listed for $33 million or $5500 per acre. You feds should scrutinize this deal for loopholes in the agreement and look for the presence of Friends of Bill, circling the edges, especially developers of ever so popular 5 acre ranchettes...

Just as you think the Democrats have shot themselves in the foot so many times that they are hobbling to Election Day, what do they do? BLAM! There goes another toe.

Try to picture a scene from some old B-western flick where the bad guy shoots at some hapless dude's feet, and sneers, "Okay, mister, let's see how you dance!" Well in the case of New Mexico's lame duck, Hollywood-loving, Democratic governor, Bill Richardson, he's playing both roles, the snap-shooting villain and the dancing dude. He’s not only firing the gun but it's his own hand-tooled, Mexican boots he's blasting holes in.

This corrupt Democrat whose inept administration took New Mexico from a half billion dollar surplus just a few short years ago to a deficit of several hundred million this year through corrupt pay-for-play deals and such boondoggle programs as a high speed train that runs more on red ink than rails, came up with a proposal last week that has some of the liberal, bi-coastal refugees in Santa Fe absolutely giddy: a state wild horse refuge just thirty minutes away from their trendy shops, galleries and bistros. The rest of us just shook our heads and said, “That’s Bill.”

At a time when state-funded programs for children of impoverished working families are being curtailed by budget shortfalls, Big Bill comes up with an oh-so-horsepoo-green idea to enhance his legacy and he wants to pay for it with your tax dollars, Bubba -  $2.8 million of your tax dollars to be precise; $2.8 million of your STIMULUS dollars to be even more exact. That’s right - coming up on an election where most Americans think the Democrats’ Stimulus was more Porkulus, Big Bill provides them with proof, using porcine proceeds to house hippie horses.

Fortunately for the citizens of New Mexico and some Democrat candidates in the upcoming state elections, wiser heads are prevailing and refusing to go along with this latest example of Democratic foot-destruction. You can almost imagine a calm, soothing voice saying, "Okay, easy now big fella; aim the gun away from your foot; take your finger off the trigger real slow now and lay the gun on your desk real easy now, Guvner."

Who are these guys, these Democrats? The Hole in the Foot Gang? Big Bill's below-the ankle marksmanship skills could explain why he's got so many holes in his approval rating, now sinking to 27%, and that's  in a Daily Kos poll, already.

Nota bene: Feds investigating Bill’s other suspect dealings should note that when the announced price of $2.8 million for 12,000 acres of land is broken down to a cost per acre, roughly $230.00, that figure seems unusually low for land only thirty minutes from high-end Santa Fe. Val Kilmer’s 6000 acre ranch less than fifty miles away was listed for $33 million or $5500 per acre. You feds should scrutinize this deal for loopholes in the agreement and look for the presence of Friends of Bill, circling the edges, especially developers of ever so popular 5 acre ranchettes...