What put New Mexico in debt was the same Pension bomb that was planted in the 70s and 80s. Had nothing to do with discretionary operation of the states. For comparison how about that Republican Governor of Texas that got elected same time Johnson did.. U know HIS name? Or the Republican governor up in Wisc during that period with a Dem legislature ? You know damn well that Pension debt which is the BULK of these graphs was untouchable until it reached CRISIS proportions and a few like Scott Walker had to force a new deal.. And the conviction to do some of the things that YOUR parties have only jawwed about for decades is actually there. Like ending Corporate subsidies for stuff they make anyway. A policy that BOTH Dems and Reps secretly love., The Dems are SHOCKED when GE pays no taxes, but they helped create those tax breaks. and Republicans will never EVER bring it up.. Same with immigration actually. Could END Mexican immigration TODAY if the CURRENT law was enforced. All you have to do is insist that folks NOT BE HIRED without immigration status. There is even a system to CHECK that. They all go home. OR -- as Johnson proposes -- start CONTROLLING and issuing work visas to limit the number remaining. Allow the states input as to the amount of "guest workers" their economies can handle. THOSE will never get fixed under Dem/Rep leadership.. They CREATE the problems and just talk smack about fixing anything. It's not hard -- you just need consistent principles of smaller govt and less social legislation..