A blast from the past: ‘There’s a New Mexico?’

Posted: May 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Homer Simpson

“There’s a New Mexico?” — Homer Simpson

I only quote the great thinkers of our generation on this blog.

Friday’s “Past 100 Years” feature of The New Mexican’s Opinion page had a tid bit from 25 years ago I thought was worth sharing involving former Governor David Cargo from the May 20, 1986, edition of the newspaper:

May 20, 1986: David Cargo, a former New Mexico governor and now a candidate for Congress, was shocked to find out that the federal government thinks he’s an alien. In response to a request to have his son added as a beneficiary to his Treasury notes, Cargo recently got a letter from the Department of the Treasury that said because he is a citizen of New Mexico, not the United States, he will have 30 percent interest deducted from his Treasury notes. The April 28 letter, signed by William Weatherall, a securities analyst said: “… a thirty percent tax on interest payable to the person not a citizen of the United States must be deducted and withheld at the source. … However, it appears that you may be a citizen of the United States residing in New Mexico. If this is the case, you should send us a statement to that effect.” After getting Weatherall on the phone, Cargo asked if he knew of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., chairman of the Senate Finance committee. The man said yes, and Cargo asked him what state Domenici represented. “Some state out West” was the response. Weatherall was unavailable for comment.

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