MountainBiker ,
Its pretty simple , they are transient states . Everybody is from somewhere else . You still get some decent people in the small rural towns , any of the cities ………forget it . Unlike where we are currently , where people by in large dont move around too much , and stay there for generations , the Southwest is too full of people from outside the state , always moving around , cant trust a drifter . Another factor is being too close to Mexico , Those people are prone to violence and crime , also in the case of Phoenix , too many blacks with the entitlement attitude sold by the liberals . NM are all a bunch of wanna be gang bangers , dirtbags all . The problem in AZ , is that one city has a greater population than the rest of the state combined , that means all the money stays there , they also get out voted on everything .