We need more rich people in the state. ... We need to double the number of rich people, not increase what they pay.
Senator William E. Sharer's answer to New Mexico's economic problems was suggested Wednesday in Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee when he made an improbable comparison between state government, baking and the NBA.
Corporations and transportation is also called "corpse" since bills go there to die - like Senator Eric Griego's SB94. Proponents of the Griego tax bill spoke of "time to sacrifice" and Griego presented a strong argument explaining that income inequality is at the highest level since the Great Depression.
Somehow this reminded Senator Sharer of pie. He expressed the belief that instead of cutting it up differently, we should just get another pie! And the bigger the pie gets the better! About that time pizzas were delivered to the committee room for members and my stomach was growling audibly.
He next attempted to analogize NBA salaries and referred to Michael Jackson instead of Michael Jordan. He said, the NBA expanded the pie a lot. Is pie distributed equally? No! But, even poor guys in the NBA get paid more than people in this room.
All we need is Michael Jackson. I mean Jordan.