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Goodman: Let's Grow, Not Reduce, Public Comment

Dec 3, 2017
peter goodman

Commentary: County Commission Chair Isabella Solis has suggested diminishing public comment at commission meetings and called for more respect for commissioners. These issues are both topical and interrelated. We citizens are commissioners' “bosses”. Is there irony in advocating respect for bosses but telling yours they take too much time? 

Solis wants to eliminate the general comment period – not public comment on specific agenda items. She reportedly says general public comment takes too much time.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON Today, the Senate approved along party lines a massive tax giveaway to the wealthiest and corporations paid for by students and working families. In addition to adding $1.5 trillion to the national deficit, the Senate voted to partially repeal the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which would leave 13 million Americans uninsured and result in drastic spikes in insurance premiums for millions more.

Commentary: Republicans in the Senate are scheduled to vote today on a tax bill designed to benefit the top 1% and corporations, not the middle class. If a tax increase wasn’t enough, families all across the country depend on Medicare, Social Security, education and housing programs – which will see drastic cuts in funding if this tax plan becomes a reality. Despite Republicans’ claiming to be the party of fiscal discipline, their bill would increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Shining Light On Dark Places

Nov 29, 2017

Commentary: The news lately is filled with revelations about bad behavior from some of our nation’s most prominent people. Well-known figures in government, television news and entertainment, the movie industry, the corporate world, the sports world, some religious figures, and others have been publicly identified as engaging in various forms of offensive conduct.

Lujan Grisham Urges FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

Nov 28, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to protect Net Neutrality and reject efforts to roll back rules that ensure the internet remains a free and open marketplace.

peter goodman

Commentary:  When Anita Hill testified in the Clarence Thomas senate hearings that Thomas had sexually harassed her, I was working in a big law firm. Almost all male lawyers thought she was making it up. The secretaries, 98% women, thought she was probably testifying accurately. As did I.


Later three women working there each told me that the same lawyer had sexually harassed her with obscene come-ons obviously aimed not at starting an affair but solely at embarrassing a vulnerable female. That lawyer wasn't amorous. He was a bully.


GOP Tax Cuts Will Not Result In Miraculous Growth

Nov 24, 2017

Commentary: The Republican House leadership is claiming that their tax plan will create 1 million jobs. But whether or not this goal is realistic depends critically on the state of U.S. labor markets and the availability of new workers.

The argument that the Republicans are making is that tax cuts will incentivize business expansion and this, along with the accompanying increase capital investment, will create jobs. The result, the argument goes, is increased employment both by the business and by the businesses suppliers.

GOP Tax Bill Hurts Rural Communities

Nov 22, 2017 (donald trump)

Commentary: The Republican tax plan is a bad deal for working families and rural communities. The GOP plan raises taxes on middle-class families in order to give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest among us, while adding $2 trillion to the federal debt and incentivizing corporations to move jobs overseas. Here’s a look at some of the ways the GOP tax plan would harm farmers and rural communities:

The Republican tax plan will raise taxes on middle-class families in rural communities.

FCC Plan to Repeal Open Internet Protections Leaves Us Vulnerable to Corporate Greed

Nov 22, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai /

Commentary: Chairman Ajit Pai of the the Federal Communications Commission 

It’s time for New Mexico to negotiate lower Rx drug prices

Nov 22, 2017
Senator Jeff Steinborn

Commentary: Last April, Governor Susana Martinez vetoed legislation that could have saved New Mexico millions of dollars a year in prescription drug costs for state agencies and its employees and retirees.  Senate Bill 354, which passed the Legislature with strong bi-partisan support, would have required all New Mexico state agencies who purchase pharmaceutical drugs, to work together to aggressively seek a better deal on drug prices.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON —NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement in reaction to the Trump administration’s decision to shatter the families of as many as 59,000 Haitians living in the US by ending Temporary Protective Status (TPS) granted to Haitians who fled multiple natural disasters and a cholera epidemic:

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington D.C. - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement after FCC Chairman Pai announced a plan to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order’s net neutrality protections.

Demanding Punishments and Strengthening Communities

Nov 22, 2017

Commentary:  As crime rates rise, one may surmise that criminals control our largest city.  The last few elections have shown that the people of New Mexico are weary of anticipating their turn to be a victim.  They are ready for criminal justice reform.  Earlier this month, Albuquerque indicated by a wide margin in the mayoral race that the city is ready to embrace change and proven practices.  Last November, voters statewide decided to amend the Constitution of New Mexico's section on bail to protect the indigent and detain dangerous criminals.

Trump's "America First" Message In Asia

Nov 21, 2017

Commentary: President Donald Trump recently completed a 12-day, five-nation tour of Asia, his first trip to the region as president. During this whirlwind tour, in which he visited Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, I read as many reports as possible detailing his trip and his interactions with Asian counterparts, but two things struck me:  his visit to China, and his speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference, held in Danang, Vietnam. 

  Commentary: Last week, “Antsy in the Agora” wondered if politicians were out to get her. We got as far as stating that politicians are a mix of self-dealing scoundrels and sincere public servants, and much of our media focuses on personalities while ignoring ideology. In particular, we need to address the ideology that has come to be called neoliberalism, but first we need to do some review.

Let's Work To Increase Voter Registration And Turnout

Nov 20, 2017

Commentary: People want to vote, but they are having a hard time doing it. As I engage with people who are not voting in local elections, the most common response is frustration trying to navigate the system.

If we care about people and their right to determine their own quality of life, then it is up to all of us to do something to give those being left out a better opportunity to participate in democracy.

Duty To Country: A Fading Concept

Nov 20, 2017

Commentary: America… a great and triumphant experiment has borne power and innovation beyond the pale of conservative philosophers and thinkers of previous ages. The culture of American Exceptionalism, furtively envied by our counterparts the world over, is possible due to persistent and unwavering freedom. The freedom of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness resonates deep within the fiber of our being because we live it on a daily basis, some of us without even knowing it.

Goodman: A Look Back A Year After The 2016 Election

Nov 19, 2017

Commentary: After a full year, it seems fair to say that Donald Trump has been even worse than we expected.

It's not just the special counsel investigation, abandoning the Paris Accord on climate, and his ludicrous effort to resuscitate the coal industry. Nor is it the deep harm he's doing our judiciary, our environment, and consumer protection.

Drain The Swamp: Eliminate The Corporate Income Tax

Nov 17, 2017

Commentary: The recently announced Republican sponsored tax plan calls for reducing corporate income tax rate from 39% to 20%. This rate cut is the single most costly provision of the tax proposal, and for this reason, has become a lightning rod for critics of the tax proposal. But while many are critical of the provision as being too generous to corporations, I argue that it doesn’t go far enough. We should repeal the corporate income tax outright. Just get rid of it.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

Commentary: WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a multi-trillion dollar tax plan that funds tax breaks for the wealthiest and corporations on the backs of students and working families. The bill, championed by Republican leaders, eliminates a popular tax deduction that allows educators to deduct eligible unreimbursed classroom spending up to $250. The bill also expands a tax loophole for the wealthiest to pay for private school expenses while cutting tax deductions for the middle class.

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: Washington, D.C.  Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rául M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued the following statement in response to passage of the House Republican tax plan that deeply benefits the wealthy and corporations while raising taxes on millions of working class Americans.

Former DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

Commentary: New Mexico - Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico slammed Congressman Steve Pearce for his support of the GOP tax scam that would give his well-connected friends a tax break while forcing New Mexicans to foot the bill. Pearce, who is also running for the Republican nomination for governor, voted for HR 1 a bill that would give tax breaks to the wealthiest while taking important benefits away from everyday New Mexicans.

Commentary: Washington, D.C. — Over the last month, in mobilizing against Republicans’ disastrous tax plan, the 

Pearce Applauds House Passage Of GOP Tax Bill

Nov 16, 2017
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act:

“The current 70,000-page tax code is outdated and too complicated. It simply doesn’t work for New Mexican and American families. Passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act provides relief for lower- and middle-income families and creates more, better paying jobs.

Lujan Grisham Votes Against GOP Tax Package

Nov 16, 2017
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham voted against the GOP tax package that would reduce investment and long-term economic growth in New Mexico as well as increase taxes on working families.

Commentary: Washington, D.C. — As the House prepares to vote on massive tax cuts for the top one percent on the backs of working families, hundreds of activists and advocates 

Pearce: U.S. Chamber Supports House GOP Tax Bill

Nov 15, 2017

Commentary: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a breakdown of the overall impact that H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, will have on the nation, New Mexico, and New Mexico’s 2ndCongressional District.

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a growth bill – achieving faster economic growth, encouraging job creation, and getting more money in Americans’ pockets each year.” –U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) New Mexico

Commentary: With Congressman Pearce running for Governor of New Mexico, our eyes will be on him as he votes on the proposed tax overhaul bill. As a staunch conservative he has continually spoken out against raising the deficit, but by all accounts we know this new tax bill will do just that. likely, by Trillions. Unfortunately, America will not be “Made Great Again” by cutting taxes even further on the Billionaires who haven’t been paying their fair share.

Commentary: The latest edition of the Senate Republican tax plan released late last night would raise health care insurance premiums on middle-class families, while also raising their taxes, and would leave millions more without health insurance – all in the interest of making tax cuts for wealthy corporations permanent.

The Republican tax plan would repeal the individual mandate, which 16 patient andconsumer groups called “a step backwards for individuals and families.”

  Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a