Libertarian Leanings is a column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at email@example.com.
It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
By Peter Burrows 11/21/18 email@example.com
New Mexico is now ruled by Democrats, top to bottom, and one of the first things we can expect these Democrats to do is to raise New Mexico’s minimum wage, now at $7.50 per hour, to perhaps as high as $15. I expect there will be a few stupid Republicans who will go along with this.
Some of you are thinking: “Stupid?! Those are Republicans who CARE, Burro, you heartless Libertarian POS.”
By Peter Burrows 9/3/18
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is notifying cities around the state that their local panhandling laws are unconstitutional. Here is Silver City’s notification:
If the ACLU has its way, and it looks like it has a very strong case, anybody walking in downtown Silver City can expect to be approached by someone who will ask for money. The ACLU says such a person is exercising a First Amendment right of free speech, and any laws that restrict that right, such as designating certain areas as no-begging zones, are unconstitutional.
- Peter Burrows - firstname.lastname@example.org- Blog: silvercityburro.com.
Mexican drug cartels had estimated 2016 revenues from the sale of illegal drugs in the U.S. of as much as $50 billion. They’ve used that money to corrupt local and state police forces, political parties, businesses and ordinary citizens. What this means is that there are many Mexicans who are not directly involved in the illegal drug trade who profit from it.
The same can be said of the United States. Drug dealers spend money on cops, politicians, real estate and legitimate businesses. How big the penumbra of legitimate economic activity that emanates from the illegal drug business is a big unknown.
In 2012, the U.S. White House Office of Drug Control Policy asked The RAND Corporation to estimate the market size of four drugs: cocaine (including crack), heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine (meth). Their report, released in 2014, estimated that, “drug users in the United States spend on the order of $100 billion annually on all four drugs (in 2010 dollars),” a figure they estimated to have been constant for a decade, with big shifts in the drugs purchased, e.g. meth up, cocaine down.
The report did not add the expense of police, judges, prisons and street crime associated with illegal drugs. Of course, there is no way to put a price on the hundreds of deaths associated with drugs, from cops to gang-bangers to innocent bystanders.