From the bailouts of TARP to job killing bureaucratic regulations to the failed stimulus, out of control spending, unconstitutional power grabs and a lack of Executive leadership these last four years have caused a colossal shift in the attitudes of thinking people from all political persuasions.
Meeting the people of New Mexico these past months, the shift in attitudes is remarkable. On my campaign trail I have spoken with registered Republicans, Independents and Democrats; all hard-working men and women who voice their frustrations with Washington and its lack of basic economic and social principles. The conversation often starts with “Yes, I am a registered Independent, but lately I have voted Republican” or with “Well, I'm a Democrat, but I vote the man not the party.” As a candidate for U.S. Senate determined to restore the promise of prosperity to America, leading with the consent of the governed will require a shift in culture in DC. That shift can begin right here in our home state.
The state Senate in Santa Fe shows a nearly 2 to 1 advantage for Democrats. This ratio does not reflect the consensus of the people. The leadership is determined to live on the welfare of the federal government rather than spur economic growth in the private sector. People of New Mexico are tired of being part of Washington's spending problem and are ready for leadership that focuses on creating an environment that encourages new businesses to start and grow while creating jobs for our children.
In short, it is time for optimism in the Republican Party. Our message of limited government, lower taxes and personal responsibility is winning. The advances of information technology and social media are revealing the Democratic and progressive agendas for what they are – the loss of generational opportunity and welfare checks rather than paychecks.
Greg Sowards is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.