From Both Sides of Their Mouths

I know AT readers get tired of my writing in here about the political goings on in New Mexico, but in many cases what is going on in the Land of Enchantment is like a magic lantern* reflecting on the rest of America. We are, indeed a political microcosm.

Case in point: I just sent a letter to the Albuquerque Journal pointing out that their Thursday headline (subscription only) describing the position of the New Mexico congressional delegation supporting Obama’s position on raising taxes on the so-called rich presents a problem. Within that generally comfortable liberal Democrat cohort, there is one glaring outlier during this election period. Congressman Harry Teague, my congressman, who represents the much more conservative southern half of the state, has this to say: “Raising taxes on families and businesses now could jeopardize the progress we are making in creating jobs and rebuilding our economy.”

As I pointed out to the Journal’s editors, this situation raises an obvious question: If raising taxes could jeopardize the progress in creating jobs and rebuilding our economy in the southern half of the state, then why would raising taxes in the northern half of New Mexico not have the same very negative and undesired effect? Could it possibly be that our completely Democrat New Mexico congressional delegation speaks from both sides of its mouth? Heaven forfend.

Now AT readers, why does this apply to you? Look at your own congressional delegations and pay attention to what they are saying individually as compared to the image they seek to present as a whole. Is there a similar splintered and hypocritical stance? If so, get on the keyboard and point out this hypocrisy to your newspapers and other media outlets. These Democrats deceivers would love to have it both ways; that we cannot allow.

* The lens throws an enlarged picture of the original image from the slide onto a screen.[1]

I know AT readers get tired of my writing in here about the political goings on in New Mexico, but in many cases what is going on in the Land of Enchantment is like a magic lantern* reflecting on the rest of America. We are, indeed a political microcosm.

Case in point: I just sent a letter to the Albuquerque Journal pointing out that their Thursday headline (subscription only) describing the position of the New Mexico congressional delegation supporting Obama’s position on raising taxes on the so-called rich presents a problem. Within that generally comfortable liberal Democrat cohort, there is one glaring outlier during this election period. Congressman Harry Teague, my congressman, who represents the much more conservative southern half of the state, has this to say: “Raising taxes on families and businesses now could jeopardize the progress we are making in creating jobs and rebuilding our economy.”

As I pointed out to the Journal’s editors, this situation raises an obvious question: If raising taxes could jeopardize the progress in creating jobs and rebuilding our economy in the southern half of the state, then why would raising taxes in the northern half of New Mexico not have the same very negative and undesired effect? Could it possibly be that our completely Democrat New Mexico congressional delegation speaks from both sides of its mouth? Heaven forfend.

Now AT readers, why does this apply to you? Look at your own congressional delegations and pay attention to what they are saying individually as compared to the image they seek to present as a whole. Is there a similar splintered and hypocritical stance? If so, get on the keyboard and point out this hypocrisy to your newspapers and other media outlets. These Democrats deceivers would love to have it both ways; that we cannot allow.

* The lens throws an enlarged picture of the original image from the slide onto a screen.[1]