In Arizona, Goddard takes action while Brewer makes sock-puppet videos

05/28/2010 11:05 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In the past week, two distinct messages were delivered to Arizonans.

One came from Gov. Jan Brewer in the form of a singing sock-puppet on YouTube.

The other came from Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, who announced that President Obama will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border and ask Congress for $500 million in funding for border security.

From the Associated Press:

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, a Democrat who has prosecuted rings of drug and immigrant smugglers, said the planned deployment was a good first step, but believes that the president's plan should evolve to include more troops and more authority for the soldiers.

A day later, Goddard also unveiled plans for a new border-crime prosecution team funded by the $94 million settlement he secured in February from Western Union. That historic agreement helped cut the pipeline of cash to criminal cartels. Goddard's team will be targeting the cartels' smuggling operations that send drugs, weapons and people across Arizona's border with Mexico.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jan Brewer is focused on her website project with Sarah Palin, no doubt working on their next YouTube comedy. There are some serious problems in our state, so maybe Gov. Brewer should heed her own words: "No one in Arizona is laughing."