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Bracing for Socialism in New Mexico

by | Feb 8, 2019 | Columns, Opinion, Politics

All but abandoned by conservatives and the Republican Party, the Land of Enchantment is now run by a statewide Democrat super-majority and freshly captained by a governor hell-bent on dismantling a struggling economy.

Michelle Lujan-Grisham

Less than six weeks into her first term as governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D) has reignited the call to disarm residents through a plethora of punitive gun control bills. She is ready to eviscerate rural landowners, farmers, and ranchers with House Bill 366, the so-called “Wildlife protection and public safety act” that would ban all trapping on public lands – hitting violators with the heaviest fines in the nation.

That’s not all: She wants to tap into the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund – a $17 billion asset – to pay for raising the minimum wage and state employee salaries, and to create budget-busting leftist pet projects.

But the latest affront to New Mexican dignity is Lujan-Grisham’s decision to pull National Guard troops from the border in defiance of President Trump’s demand for a wall, coupled with a proposed piece of legislation that would tank the fledgling resurrection of the oil and gas industry – a double whammy to create absolute dependence on the government.

The Wall

President Trump, by all accounts, delivered a stellar State of the Union – a call for Congress to get off its high horse and get busy doing the work of the American people, and that includes funding to secure the southern border.  Within hours of Trump’s declaration that National Guard troops were on the ground to assist ICE and border patrol agents, Lujan-Grisham ordered the soldiers from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Wisconsin out of the state, warning that “New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops.”

She also released the most ridiculous of promotional videos of herself busting through drywall, which needs a look see – if one has the stomach for exceptionally poor production.

When this news hit the airwaves, the thinking men and women of New Mexico were aghast at her blatant disregard for her southern county constituents. Josie Slaughter of Mimbres called the governor out immediately: “Rhetoric that the ranchers have requested help and she ignores entirely because it doesn’t meet the liberal agenda?”  And Andrea J Cecur warned, “Then you’ll have to own it when SHTF.”

And it will.

But perhaps the idea with the most promise comes from Betty Heppler of Albuquerque, who advised: “She really should go back down to the border alone maybe they will kidnap her.” [perfectpullquote align=”left” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”24″]It only makes sense to the socialists now running the state.[/perfectpullquote]

Nope, No Drilling Here

Without a doubt, the most productive and economy-boosting industry in the Southwest is oil and gas. And that’s Lujan-Grisham’s next target for obliteration. State Senators Antoinette Sedilla Lopez (D-16) and Benny Shendo (D-22) introduced a new legislative agenda through Senate Bill 459, which would place a four-year ban on state-issued oil and gas permits that involve hydraulic fracturing (fracking) so state officials can “study” the practice’s environmental impacts. Sedilla Lopez is a Lujan-Grisham appointee – and wasted no time in doing the bidding of the alt-left governor.

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway is up in arms:

“Frankly, we’re just astonished that some of the same people who are clamoring to spend all of the money made for the state through the oil and gas industry are also trying to severely cripple that same industry at the same time.”

It only makes sense to the socialists now running the state.

Chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party and former U.S. Representative Steve Pearce spat out his opinion of the bill: “And since Senate Democrats are so offended by these oil and gas revenues, perhaps the legislature should pass a resolution to not accept any capital outlay money from the oil and gas industry.”

Yeah, but that isn’t how socialism works.  They can’t allow people to enrich themselves and not take their cut, now can they?

Those hardworking men and women in the oil and gas drilling industry know that fracking has been proven safe in New Mexico, groundwater aquifers have not been touched by methane gasses, and this latest bill is simply a stunt by the new governor who wants to make a name for herself in destroying her state.

Stan Mobley is one such industry working man. Mobley deals in actual facts and knows fracking occurs well below water tables and that aquifers are safe. Numerous studies with similar results have been confirmed by the United States Bureau of Land Management. After 40 years of tirelessly promoting New Mexico’s oil and gas successes, Mr. Mobley has earned the right to have the last word on Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham:

“Here’s a thought: Perhaps instead of making cutesy Jr High skits of you plowing through sheetrock, you could actually educate yourself and your minions on the facts. This latest attack on the ONLY industry stimulating NM’s economy will kill more jobs than the babies you want to kill. To freeze fracking … to study effects is solely political.  The studies are done, the facts are there. ”

And this is why we love the folks in flyover states.

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