Duplication is Really Unneccessary

When times are tough, it is important to start taking a hard look at the various government commissions funded by taxpayers and ask, “Do we really need this?” For example, the Albuquerque Journal has an article today announcing that the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women is helping Clovis area homemakers head back into the work force. How are they doing this?


The commission’s Displaced Homemakers office is offering a free workshop called Effective Work Search Skills.

Lorraine Bantista, coordinator of the Displaced Homemakers Office, said the four-part workshop aimed at women will cover self-assessment, types of job search techniques, tapping into the hidden job market and preparing for the interview.

Let’s deal with the obvious first. Every single one of these topic areas can be found online with a quick Google search. This is just another example of one of those government agencies that would be politically unpopular to defund, but is absolutely unnecessary. If you don’t believe me, take a look around the NM Commission on the Status of Women website, and then tell me with a straight face this is a needed agency. Do you really think a single woman’s life in New Mexico is improved by the work of this commission?

Politicians like to play games and talk about putting prisoners on the street, hurting education or letting people starve, but the truth is that until they start cutting these unnecessary commissions and agencies, they have no case to increase taxes.

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