Lots of people worked their socks off making sure that many bills that would have negatively impacted agriculture, wildlife, and all of New Mexico didn’t get to Governor Susana Martinez’ desk. They also worked on a few bills that would make life easier for some folks including one to add a second dollar to the Beef Checkoff in New Mexico. That second dollar would be VOLUNTARY with a detailed provision on how cattle and dairy men opt out of the collection of a second dollar. The first dollar is the federal dollar that is mandatory and remains the same.
At this writing we are just over two-thirds of the way of the 2017 Legislature. While literally anything can happen in the next 20 days, it already has been a pretty eventful Session. Like all of them, this has been way different, but it is more glum than any I remember.
In a cruel twist of fate, both the House Agriculture & Water Committee and the Senate Conservation Committee meets at the same time, every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. That spreads the ag contingent pretty thin. The contentious issues that have come up in Conservation have required that we begin filling the seats as early as 7:00 a.m. Then, we still didn’t get all of our people into the room.
The nation elected a president that vowed to make a change in the direction of our country. The nation did the same thing eight years ago when the mantra was hope and change. Under that president the changes were incremental, but devastating for many.
Good, bad or indifferent, President Trump is wasting no time to make the changes he promised. The response from the opposition is nothing short of incredible. People are amassing and marching across the country, including New Mexico, to oppose Trump’s actions. Unfortunately it appears that they are gathering in opposition to Trump without any understanding of what he may or may not be doing.
While, for good or bad, as the rest of the world literally marches on in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election, there are those elitists on the left coasts who are still trying to figure out how Trump won. The overwhelming win in the Electoral College in the light of the fact that the popular vote would have dictated a different outcome prompts is hard for many to understand and precipitates calls to eliminate the college.
In a mid-December New York Times article entitled “Why Trump Had an Edge in the Electoral College” author Nate Cohn attempts to explain the situation in what started out to be unbiased fashion. He noted that “California sided with Mrs. Clinton by a vote margin of four million, or 30 percentage points.”
There was a new national disease diagnosed in early November 2016. Fox News labeled it election depression (ED). This acronym is used for other things, so always be sure which malady or job you are referring to.
Fox seemed to think this was a new discovery. Sadly they are wrong. I, and I am sure many others, have suffered off and on with election depression since 1992. In 1997 I was driven to wear a black arm band on Inauguration Day during the American Sheep Industry Convention.