Education

Aug
29
2010

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Tom actively promotes parental choice and involvement in education. He has been active in education in New Mexico, both through Catholic education and involvement as a regional advisor to Educate New Mexico, a privately funded, non-profit organization dedicated to helping New Mexico families exercise their right to a quality education by promoting parental choice and providing financial assistance.

Federal mandates have not improved New Mexico schools, and the monies and testing requirements are often squandered at a bureaucratic level rather than reaching the classroom. By lowering Federal taxes and Federal involvement in education, local school boards will benefit from parents retaining more money and having more time to spend with their families. Education really must start and end at home.

Tom believes that there is no single silver bullet to our educational challenge, but he does believe that some of the solutions implemented in Florida should be considered by New Mexico. These solutions include: proper testing and accountability, school choice options through tax incentives or vouchers, school and parental choice opportunities, improved academic expectations, and ending social promotion. If a child cannot read in the 3rd grade, we must not turn our head and socially promote them to the 4th grade. We all recognize the high dropout rate in New Mexico high schools. Without parental involvement, society is sentencing our children to servitude regarding employment options

Our Deficit

Aug
29
2010

The August recess is complete….how many town hall public meetings did you hold Rep. Lujan?  How much notice did you give?

No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the congress is in session.” Mark Twain

Following the $ 165 Billion deficit for July, we tack on another $ 90 Billion for August.  The latest U.S. Treasury Department figures are listed here. http://www.fms.treas.gov/mts/mts0810.pdf

Will Congress pass a budget?  How about trying to pass a balanced one?  The irresponsible performance of our leaders in Washington is breathtaking to behold.  I enjoyed spending some family time with my daughters.  I have missed that time with them.  With all of the political anxiety and stress that encompasses an election.  Remember to tell those who you love that you care for them deeply and appreciate them more every day.  To my many friends and supporters.  Thank you for your prayers.  I feel your strength as we now have 50 days until the election.

Constitutional Rights

Jul
30
2010

Tom’s campaign slogan is “Protecting the Constitution”. Our founding fathers created an amazing system of government. A system of checks and balances, with ultimate authority retained by We the People. For many years, during both Republican and Democrat administrations, our limited government system has been trampled. Times of crisis have accelerated the theft of our individual rights and individual responsibility.

Cap And Trade

Jun
30
2010

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Immigration – Land Mines

Jun
16
2010

Wow! The media has definitely taken this ball and run with it. Some have said that I effectively stepped on a land mine discussing this topic bluntly.

A simple radio interview in Las Vegas, New Mexico has generated a ton of press, e-mails, and opinion pieces. Many of them out of context. This Article (http://www.nmfbihop.com/diary/4021/tom-mullins-landminesontheborder-proposal) has some of the detail and audio of my original radio interview which covered a number of subjects including securing our borders. As I have stated, I am not advocating the use of land mines on the Mexico border, nor the Canadian border for that matter. We need to come up with non-lethal effective border security solutions. Americans expect our Federal Government to secure our border.

Ben Ray Lujan, Jr. has now jumped to accusing me of killing women and children. How is that fund raiser going for you Ben? Unbelievable that you would stoop to that level. Border security is not a laughing or joking matter. Criminals are crossing the border daily. Lujan believes in Amnesty for Illegal Aliens. He undoubtedly supports the current New Mexico policy of driver’s liscenses for Illegals which will cause legal New Mexicans to use a passport when they fly commercial aviation. This policy has made New Mexico the laughing stock of the United States. How will Congress address this new FAA requirement?

I believe a Congressman’s job is to hold the Federal Government accountable to the people of their district. The good citizens of the third district would like to combat the illegal drug war, crime, and violence, which is associated with illegal immigration. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) needs the resources to effectively perform their job. Ben Ray Lujan, Jr. supports the Adminstration’s policies which have included halting construction of the border fence and not allowing our border patrol agents to work within designated wilderness areas. Yes, I am a Christian. Yes, I have compassion. But I also believe our border must be adequately protected and as your next Congressman, i will address this border security, not run away it or turn a blind eye toward it as many others have.

When Rep. Lujan, Jr. mentions “comprehensive immigration reform” does he mean amnesty? I believe he does. Maybe the news media will do an audio check on his prior statements as they have done mine? This is going to be an interesting election with 139 days until November 2nd.

No Impact Man

Dec
29
2009

I recently finished reading No Impact Man by Colin Beavan.  It did get me thinking about electricity and the gifts that fossil fuels have given to the human race.  I disagree with his belief that humans are destroying the planet, but I do agree with some of his methods to use items more efficiently.  Our throw away disposable culture has made so many of us immune to our energy usage.  As Ukraine and Europe face another impending shut-off of natural gas supplies which keep so many alive in comfort, I give thanks for the abundant natural gas and oil supplies in New Mexico.  I ask that our leaders nationally and at the state level continue to promote natural gas usage.  One idea I continue to recommend is a greater share of the royalty money generated from mineral development on public lands.  Currently New Mexico only receives 48 percent, while the Federal Government receives 52 percent.  I would like to see a return to the 50-50 split or preferably NM receiving 55 percent of the royalties.  This would help stimulate additional development of reserves and possibly create a more business friendly atmosphere at the state environmental level.  I am still trying to figure out the sustainability of a green job and its applicability to New Mexico’s future.

We will need all the wind, solar, hydro, fossil fuel, and nuclear power we can get our hands upon.  I recommend another book for folks concerned with energy issues, The Bottomless Well by Peter Huber.

As we approach the new year, let us all think about our impact upon others and our energy usage and give thanks.