And THAT, friends and neighbors out there in radio land, is why New Mexico is one of the poorest (per capita income) states in the union and Texas is the wealthiest. — The basic difference? Free market capitalism vs. socialist collectivism (aka communism). — jtl, 419
The difference in ownership of land in the two states contributes to the divergent water policies. In Texas, more than 90 percent of the land is privately owned. In New Mexico, by contrast, only 43 percent is owned by individuals, while 57 percent is in government or tribal hands.
After you head northeast on Ranch Road 652 from tiny Orla, it’s easy to miss the precise moment you leave Texas and cross into New Mexico. The sign just says “Lea County Line,” and with 254 counties in Texas, you’d be forgiven for not knowing there…
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