As states and cities in those neighboring states move forward with economic growth, here in Albuquerque we are stuck in a period of denial. We have a city administration in denial about its failures and a print media that seems to endorse the mayor's incompetence by it's silence. A silence and noticeable absence of criticism it makes one wonder if there isn't something else in play....
Well, we'll get to that story in a few days. But the city recently released it's 2012 financial statement. Since this document is presented to financial types and not general citizens it is full of actual facts and figures. Gone from it are the rosy wishful pictures that the Berry Administration presents in the Albuquerque Progress Report. In the financial statement we see the hard numbers from years past and the current year.
A few weeks ago, KOB-4 ran a story that reported not only is the city losing jobs, but people are moving away from the city in record numbers (READ IT HERE). People are actually moving to that mess known as Washington DC in lieu of Albuquerque! They're moving to Nevada as well!
Well now, despite that fact that other cities who were hit MUCH harder in the 2008 recession are now thriving, Albuquerque is still in the doldrums. As the image here presents, permits for new construction are still going down. In fact they are almost half of what they were in 2008 and not even double of what they were in 2009. Comparing these numbers to years earlier you can see that Albuquerque as a city has virtually ground to a halt in terms of growth during Berry's term.
What is so shocking is that despite the best weather in the Country, an amazing landscape rich in history and culture, and convenient access to anywhere, Albuquerque continues to stagnate. Even Santa Fe is doing well and has seen progress that out paces Albuquerque.
There is only one problem keeping Albuquerque from moving forward: RJ Berry. Between his inability to exemplify true leadership with his city, his employees, and his department directors and the endless fiasco that is APD and Ray Schultz people are weary and see little hope for progress.
Without hope for the future, why bother investing for it today? Maybe the Sherman McCorkles, Jay McCleskeys, and Darren Whites can answer that for their failed mayor. While they are busy worrying about fringe Republican agendas (here's a hint fellas, not only does it not work, but it's antiAmerican) they are missing the very things that matter most to people: the future.
Quote of the Day
Does this sound familiar? This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes