Monday, April 22, 2013

Do We Have Us A Democrat In New Mexico?

I'm sorry, but I had to break the boycott of the internet (called for today by Anonymous to protest the new CISPA government/corporation spying on the internet bill) to bring attention to something remarkable.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, our brand new congressperson, has called out the University of New Mexico publicly, on her Facebook page, for outsourcing public sector jobs to a private corporation. This is what she posted:

At a time when Albuquerque continues to bleed jobs, it is difficult to comprehend why the University of New Mexico is outsourcing the work of 57 dedicated employees.
Before UNM Hospital hands out pink slips, they owe it to these employees to justify this outsourcing of jobs to an East Coast corporation which answers to worldwide investors, not New Mexico taxpayers.

Yea, it's not exactly a call to get us out in the streets, it's not the introduction of legislation to make it illegal to fire a lot of people for no good reason except some selfish jackasses on some board somewhere wants to get a little richer. It doesn't include a critique of the Neoliberal economic model that has changed the culture of this country to the extent that most politicians won't even question things like this any more. But maybe it's a start. Facebook, and Twitter, which seem to be our primary means of communication at the moment, aren't the place for essays, and this message is just about right for this venue. If you were going to start, you'd start with something like this, and we can encourage her to continue on from here.

It's at least a refreshing change from what we are used to in New Mexico. Martin Heinrich, Tom Udall and Ben Lujan, who rarely if ever say or do anything that might be interpreted as being controversial, who are content to let the working class sink into oblivion as long as they keep their fancy jobs, don't have anything like this on their Facebook pages. Not even close. Look for yourself.

Martin Heinrich's Facebook Page

Tom Udall's Facebook page

Ben Lujan's Facebook Page

Michelle Lujan Grisham


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