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Does New Mexico Have a Spelling Problem and Does the Tea Party Have Anything to Do With It?

Does New Mexico Have a Spelling Problem and Does the Tea Party Have Anything to Do With It?

Photo: Underage Drinkng, truly a problem here.

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Check out this video on the Sandoval County, New Mexico’s anti-underage drinking billboard prepared by local students with a ‘glaring’ error.  The story here is that the billboards designed by Alejandro Reveles have been up since January and no one noticed.  Not the students who participated in the project, not the teachers supervising the students and even passing motorists didn’t notice.  Clearly the intentions were nobel from the media class that created it and hopefully they are being well served by their educators.

In the ‘Under-Aged Drinkng IS a Problem” billboard displayed prominently on NM Interstate 25, the ‘i’ is missing.  It took a local television station to finally notice the mistake.  Target 7 then proceeded to interview numerous NM residents, showing them the sign to see if they could catch the ‘glaring’ mistake and none could.

Does New Mexico have a spelling problem?  This is a minute example of New Mexico’s woes and the most harmless and humorous sampling of them.  But seriously what happens to education and social program budgets hampered by Tea Party politics can best be seen for Latinos in New Mexico with its Governor Susana Martinez.  Yes, I know she’s a latina and a Tea Partier, hell if there can be a Afrolatino Spiderman that maybe gay, anything is possible.

At the very least Tea Partying (the literal Spanish translation is ‘La Fiesta de Téa’ but fiesta doesn’t fit them at all) Martinez has her party priorities right, just like the tea partiers in Congress - make cuts ask questions later and pray for the best and literally I mean pray.  Interestingly New Mexico is the only state where Latinos are the majority not super minority and the election of Martinez shows you alot of them didn’t get out to vote.  To Martinez’ credit she always said she was anti-Dream Act, anti-immigration and a full-fledged Tea partier but none of the pueblo was listening and/or couldn’t read her political ads.  And the Hispanics that did vote for her strict fiscal slash and burn approach forgot that their kids, not only the undocumented, go to public schools. 

Does Governor Susana Martinez need to reconsider the 3% cut to the state education budget and focus more on the fact that there are 35 to 40 students in her state’s public classrooms instead of drivers licenses for undocumented?  Though, some would say functioning illiteracy though does have benefits for some candidates. 

Well at least as a tried and true tea partier she didn’t raise taxes to pay for more education and it shows.