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The Governor of La La Land

That’s the only way to look at it. Governor Richardson has officially relocated to La La Land:

  1. Los Angeles, California (often abbreviated L.A.). This expression pokes fun at the alleged eccentricities of the city’s inhabitants. For example, What do you expect? Frederick has lived in la-la land for ten years and it has rubbed off on him. [Slang; c. 1980]

  2. A state of being out of touch with reality, as in I don’t know what’s going on with Amy–she seems to be in la-la land. [Slang; c. 1980] Also see cloud-cuckoo land; never-never land.

No, I don’ mean that he has moved to Los Angeles – although, one could only hope. But, like Frederick in the example above, it appears that Governor Richardson’s contact with Hollywood’s elite has altered his perception of reality:

New Mexico lawmakers on Friday wrapped up their special legislative session, sending Gov. Bill Richardson a package of measures to repair a $650 million budget shortfall this year.

“It isn’t pretty. It doesn’t solve the problem; we know that. But it’s a step forward,” Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said before the Legislature adjourned.

The package includes spending cuts of about $253 million this year in public schools, colleges and other government programs.

Richardson criticized what he said were “excessive” cuts to state agencies, and warned they could result in layoffs and reduced services.

That is the only possible explanation for the Governor’s reaction to the recently ended special session. See, when you have a $650 million deficit and growing, and you only cut $526 million, that leaves a gaping hole of a whopping $124 million. No one in their right mind would call those cuts “excessive” as they clearly fall far short of the mark of what’s needed.

Then again, I guess if you’re a Governor living in “cloud-cuckoo land” you’re not really in your right mind.