Libertarian Leanings is a column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.
The economist Walter Williams once wrote that minimum wage laws were “breathtakingly stupid.” Welcome to New Mexico, where the minimum wage will jump 20 percent on the first of January to $9 an hour, on its way to $12 in a few years.
It could have been worse. Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, D-Albuquerque, proposed $15 an hour starting next year, which would have made New Mexico’s minimum wage the highest in the nation, breathtakingly stupidest, so to speak. I wonder what Rep. Cabellero pays HER employees? It’s so easy to be compassionate with somebody else’s payroll.
By Peter Burrows 4/8/19 email@example.com
Years ago, the billionaire Warren Buffett was asked about the secret to his success and he said something like, “Well, first, I was born in America. I won that lottery.”
Indeed, to be born in America is a Heaven-sent blessing and is not something any of us can take credit for, which is one reason why I refuse to take any money from my black brothers and sisters, who are understandably grateful to be living here and not in Africa.
By Peter Burrows 3/22/19 firstname.lastname@example.org and silvercityburro.com.
Fox News has apparently canceled “Justice with Judge Jeanine” because she raised a question concerning Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar:
“Omar wears a hijab, which according to the Koran 33:39, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
By Peter Burrows, 2/28/19
Dear Ms. Nanasi,
I received an email today from NEE which contained the following statement:
“NOW is the time for a new model of energy production and procurement. We can have locally produced solar, wind and storage, and efficiency at lower cost than gas produced energy 300 miles away.”
By Peter Burrows 02/18/19
Dear Ms. Nanasi,
Senate Bill 489 would require New Mexico’s investor owned electric utilities to be 100 percent carbon free by 2045, a goal to be achieved with renewable sources of electricity, especially wind and solar. As I understand it, one hundred percent carbon free has long been NEE’s goal, both for environmental reasons and, to quote from your recent emailing, “because renewables are the most cost-effective option.” With that in mind, I have some questions for you.
[Editor's Note: This one should have been posted first before the one that is listed underneath this one. Fell through the cracks.]
By Peter Burrows 1/25/19 email@example.com
I have to confess: I’m smitten with New York’s new Congresswoman, 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, aka AOC. She’s gorgeous, charismatic, articulate and vivacious.
She’s also, at the very least, profoundly ignorant and probably just plain stupid, but that won’t hurt her politically. Just the opposite. There are tons of ignorant and stupid voters in America, enough to make AOC, when she’s 35 and old enough to run for president, America’s first Latina Lady President, maybe even President for Life.
By Peter Burrows, firstname.lastname@example.org. 1/27/19
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, aka AOC, has taken America by storm. The new 29-year-old Congress- woman from New York City is on magazine covers, is featured in TV interviews, has been invited to appear everywhere and is talked about constantly by news pundits.
If I was 50 years younger, I’d throw myself at her lovely feet. However, in my grandfatherly old age I look at this benighted young lady and feel sorry for her. Wikipedia tells us that she graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in international relations and economics. My dictionary says cum laude means “With honor. Used on diplomas as a mark of high standing.”
By Peter Burrows 1/22/19 email@example.com
Back in 1936, Hollywood released a movie, “Reefer Madness,” that purported to show the dangers of smoking marijuana cigarettes, commonly called reefers. One inhale would bring on manic, violent behavior, even death. Seen as a warning almost 90 years ago, today it is simply ludicrous.
Attitudes have changed so much that New Mexico may soon become the eleventh state to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Some people say legalization constitutes the real “reefer madness,” but most of us think that recognizing marijuana realities is a sanity long overdue.