Month: November 2017

Giving Thanks

You know that Marion, who is no complainer, has been in pain when crutches and a walking cast merit a smile and a thumbs up. Talk about an attitude of gratitude!










Amidst this week’s chatter about the misdeeds of politicians, celebrities, and news media, there is the occasional heartwarming story of a U.S. military service member who was able to make a surprise visit home for the holidays.

Those stories help put my Thanksgiving into perspective. They cause me to stop and ponder all I am thankful for:

  • I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ. It is to Him we give thanks, because it is from Him that all our blessings flow.


  • I am thankful that I was born in the United States of America, land of the free. We remember the pilgrims this week because their search for religious liberty brought them to our shores almost 400 years ago.


  • I am thankful for my college sweetheart and wife, Marion, who wed me 35 years ago, and who has stuck by me through thick and thin.


  • I am thankful for our four wonderful adult children, Audrey, Jim, Grace, and Margaret, all of whom are healthy and leading productive lives with purpose.


  • I am thankful for the opportunity to grow a company with the help of our dedicated, loyal employees.


  • I am thankful for the dozens of communities throughout New Mexico that have invited us to be part of their lives by building there.


  • I am thankful for the opportunity to represent the people of our state in the United States Senate, and for the support and encouragement of so many people like you.


A fuller accounting of my blessings would require much more than a blog post. I hope that you share my feelings of blessedness, and that your list of thanks is long.

May you and your loved ones enjoy peace and abundance this Thanksgiving.


New Mexico for New Mexicans

It is not fair that individuals like my buddy Derek J Leyendecker are left at the gate because Martin Heinrich assumes people like himself are the only ones that want to experience our great outdoors.

You may have read last week that the U.S. Interior Department has accepted a donation of the Rimrock Rose Ranch. The Rimrock Rose Ranch will increase the 16,000-acre Sabinoso Wilderness by 3,600 acres, and provide the only access to the Sabinoso Wilderness from a public road.

This gift from the Wilderness Land Trust came with strings attached. The donated land must be designated as wilderness, which means “hiking only” – no vehicles of any kind, not even mountain bikes.

Currently, there are no hiking trails, nor are there funds to create new trails. Hiking on trails in the wilderness is challenging. Hiking without a trail is only for the most experienced hikers.

So, while some celebrate access to the Sabinoso Wilderness, a majority of New Mexicans are still left without access. Families with small children, people with physical challenges, and the elderly are still left at the locked gate miles away.

This follows an established strategy by the coastal elites (the 21st Century’s land barons) to remove our public lands from public use. It works like this:

  • Use money donated to environmental groups to buy large tracts of private land
  • Donate the private land to the federal government, with a never-ending requirement that the land be designated wilderness
  • The donated land is off the tax roles
  • The donated land never can be used by hard-working ranchers and their families, who make good stewards of the land

Clearly, the coastal elites view New Mexico as a place for them to enjoy vacationing – not a place for New Mexicans to support their families.

Sen. Martin Heinrich has been the foremost proponent of turning New Mexico into an environmentalists’ Disneyland. He could care less about miners, loggers, and others who have lost their jobs to expanded federal land restrictions.

Mr. Heinrich’s message to rural New Mexicans is clear: the long tradition that has enabled hard-working New Mexicans to earn a living and support their families has come to a close. It has been replaced by the federal government acting as gatekeepers to our federal lands.

As your Senator, I will support Rural New Mexicans. I will oppose the federal government limiting our access to our lands.

Martin Heinrich is lost in the wilderness – but that does not mean we have to be. Keep the blueprint of success for rural New Mexicans. Send a Hard Hat to Washington.

Why I Support the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Ever wondered why Tax Day (April 15) is about as far away on the calendar as you can get from Election Day?

It’s no accident. Senators and Congressmen don’t want us to pay our taxes and vote at the same time, because if we remember that every dollar they spend comes from our pockets, we’d vote them out.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act doesn’t move Tax Day to November, but it will help New Mexico’s hardworking taxpayers and their families in several ways:

It lowers taxes for working people. An average American family of four that earns $59,000 a year will save $1,182. This alone should make the bill universally popular. Do you know anyone who begs to pay Uncle Sam more than they owe?

It’s simpler. America’s 75,000-page tax code is the biggest and most complex in the world. So a lot of us need help to figure out what we owe. That adds insult to injury. Wait, I have to pay someone to help me figure out how much to pay the government?

It’s fairer. Lobbyists pay millions of dollars every year to elected officials to win tax deductions for special interest groups. Hard-working taxpayers and small business owners can’t afford lobbyists, so we pay full sticker price. That’s not fair. This bill eliminates many special interest deductions.

It creates jobs. When we cut business taxes, businesses hire more workers. This is especially true for mom-and-pop business owners, who pay their workers before they pay themselves.

In the coming days, you will hear many arguments how this tax bill is not perfect. No bill is. Government is a blunt instrument. But for hard-working New Mexico taxpayers and small business owners, this bill brings needed relief.

Please join me in telling New Mexico’s Congressional Delegation to support the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Then watch how they vote. And on Election Day 2018, hold them accountable.

To that end, my opponent, Martin Heinrich, already has spoken out against the bill.