Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Missouri wants Bill

According to the latest Survey USA job-approval poll released today, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was ranked as one of the Top 10 Governors in the nation. Meanwhile Missouri’s least favorite son Governor Matt Blunt, son of Congressman Roy Blunt has a mere 40 percent approval rating.

The Survey USA poll, conducted August 11-13, reflects a 65 percent approval rate for Governor Richardson in New Mexico. The 65-percent approval rate ties Governor Richardson with Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman.

“I am pleased that a strong majority of New Mexicans approve of the direction we are taking the state,“New Mexico continues to show strong economic growth across the board, which is enabling us to push for additional tax cuts for working New Mexico families, increase access to quality health care and invest students in the classroom” Governor Bill Richardson said.

No comment from Blunt. Click here for the poll.

The Survey USA Poll surveyed 600 adults in all 50 states; margin of error +/- 4% (release, 8/22).


At 9:48 PM, Blogger liberaltruth said...

Having left Missouri last fall to return to NM I am frankly flabbergasted that Bluntbaby's approval rating is as high as 40%. They must not have surveyed the mothers of children cut from the medicaid program during his first few weeks of tenure.

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At 1:20 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

How many "mothers" were helped by Bill Richardson's change to the state medicare that allowed state medicaid money to fund abortions? How many "mothers" were led to believe that abortion is not killing of the innocent by Bill Richardson's word and deed?


At 3:04 PM, Blogger Danny Cabeza de Calabazo said...

Lots of Photos and Stories about Governor Bill Richardson at:


At 8:15 PM, Blogger Stephen Fox said...

A talented, bright, challenging, tireless, energetic and pacifist governor
can take care of problems in New Mexico, as well as make profound efforts to
achieve international peace in the world at large, without neglecting
serious problems confronting New Mexico.

I commend Richardson for this extraordinary effort, which may bring success
when all else has failed. Critics of such efforts should keep in mind the
alternative, the way that George Bush exacerbated and continually expanded
the conflict in Iran, so that he could achieve victory in his grudge match,
and so that Halliburton and other corporate buddies of the Bushes could grow

This is not what Richardson is about. He is sincere and was willing to make
this arduous trip to Sudan and to many other places, to achieve what may be
a long lasting peace, WHEN ALMOST EVERY OTHER HEAD OF STATE, including Kofi
Annan, and most of the hand-off armchair rulers and "experts" in Europe, at
the United Nations, and the ostensibly civilized portions of the world,
essentially gave up, turned their back, ignored the genocide, and let the
destruction and killing continue, unabated.

This obliviousness to serious world problems may yet prove to be the
downfall of western industrial society and the leading industrialized
nations. Fortunately, there is one exception to such calumny, recalcitrance,
and indifference: William Blaine Richardson III!

Richardson will continue to do these kinds of trips in the name of
diplomacy, an old fashioned concept which still actually works and works
quite well. Pundits, experts, professors, and international heads of state
would do well to consider how one person like Richardson can jump into a
huge and seemingly unsolvable international conflict, and bring a temporary
resolution and perhaps an eventual long lasting peace. This is commendable;
this is rare in today's venues; this is exemplary.

New Mexicans cognizant of what is really going on here, should take the
time to further commend Governor Richardson in person, by email, by fax, and
by telephone.


I must correct a serious error in my prior comment. Kofi Annan has done a lot to prevent genocide in Darfur, like asking for UN troops to go there, to which Al-Bashir has objected. Kofi is no arm chair ruler at all; although he was silent on the genocide in Rwanda, he learned a powerful lesson after that from the critics that faulted his inaction. President Al Bashir will probably continue to resist UN troops in the Sudan, although Richardson may have partially succeeded in that regard.

Interesting that the ABQ Journal zeroed in on not getting UN troops accepted in Sudan: however, if you examine the joint press release between Richardson and Al Bashir, which is posted on the Governor's website, you can see what considerable progress he made.

To dismiss all of Richardson's efforts as "insincere" or as somehow indifferent to New Mexicans rather reminds me of the Lilluputians complaining about the size of the person they had tied down in Gulliver's Travels by Swift. That is not something I can see or find fault with at all vis a vis Bill Richardson. I meant every word: he should be commended for an extraordinary effort IN AN ARENA WHEREIN ALMOST EVERYONE ELSE HAS FAILED.

Santa Fe is going to host an INternational Peace Conference in May, 2007: I want that Peace Conference to be a tremendous success, which it would most certainly be if the Governor were to participate and call in many of his friends and colleagues from the UN days, to invite them to come to Santa Fe. So far, the guest speakers are going to include Arun Gandhi, MK Gandhi's Grandson; Jody Williams, Nobel Laureate for her work in preventing the use of landmines, and Rigoberto Menchu Tum, Nobel Laureate for her work in exposing and preventing indigenous genocide in Guatemala.

Those are great names, but we need a lot more political and amabassadorial and foreign service types as speakers, some UN Ambassadors, perhaps Peter Wirth's uncle Tim Wirth, President of the United Nations Association of the United States; perhaps Knut Hammarskjold, Dag's nephew, perhaps Kim Campbell, the first woman Prime Minister of Canada; many many more.

Why should this Peace Conference be so unambitious? With Governor Richardson's help, it would bring people from all over the world, and make Santa Fe even more important than it already is....perhaps we could have a branch of the United Nations Peace University in Costa Rica built in Santa Fe, an idea I have been musing about since 1997.

If you agree, send a note to Governor Richardson and ask him to invite all of his friends to speak at the International Peace Conference in May. Thank you.

Stephen Fox

At 2:18 AM, Blogger Frenchy said...

With all due respect...Blunt has had a Herculean job cleaning up the 12 year economic and wasteful mess left behind by the last two administrations.
You’re never popular when you have to exercise fiscal restraint over a state that had spent like a drunken sailor.



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