Meanwhile back in the Land of Enchantment, the nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe thought about a strike, but thought better of it at the last minute. They approved an offer from management and kept working. In some ways we were saddened. We were just about to find out whether or not health care was a “right” or merely a service that had to be paid for. For the time being the nurses cleared everything up. We would have hated to see the president order them back to work no matter how bad their contract offer was, because he believes health care is a “right.”
It was almost comical to hear the elected officials from New Mexico talk about how much they hated the debt ceiling extension they voted for. Senators Udall and Bingaman and Representatives Lujan and Heinrich blamed the tea parties for taking the nation “hostage.” These claims are despite the fact the tea parties failed in their attempt to achieve a cut in spending. In the end, all four Democrats hated the bill that passed. Of course while hating it, three of them (Udall, Bingaman, and Heinrich) voted for it.