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On Our Way to Number One

Steve Terrell has an interesting post up this morning which includes this nugget of news:

On our way to the top: The governor had an interesting answer this week when a reporter at a news conference asked him about the recent “Most Dangerous State” list compiled by Morgan Quitno Press, an independent research and publishing company based in Lawrence, Kansas.

According to Morgan Quitno, New Mexico is now the third most dangerous state in the union. Last year we were ranked 6th.

The ratings are based on per capita statistics of various crimes: Murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. New Mexico ranks second and third in all categories except robbery and vehicle theft.

Richardson’s comment: “We’re making progress, but we’ve still got a long way to go.”

I guess rising from 6th place to third is “progress.”

But he’s right. We do have a long way to go. So come on robbers and car thieves, get with it. Do your share so we’ll whip Nevada and Louisiana and we’ll be number one next year.

How can this Governor have such a high approval rating? Each year, student performance is worse than the last, and now we’re “making rapid progress” at becoming the most crime ridden state in the nation.

I don’t get it.