Las Cruces Tea Party Event

Las Cruces Tea Party 3rd Annual Tax Day Event Friday, April 15, 2011 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Young Park. Live Music provided by local favorite, Fast Lane. Guest speakers include: Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, US Senate Candidate Greg Sowards and Reverand Mike Skidmore.

Albuquerque man claims police violated his rights

From - On Wednesday, a northeast Albuquerque man called KOB Eyewitness News 4 because he wanted some answers about why police busted down his door, handcuffed him, and ransacked a room. He says police did not have a warrant and they did not arrest anybody. Both Ramirez and his roommates have no idea what police were doing at their house. Tyler Ramirez does not have the money to fix the front door of his home near Eubank and Comanche. He says around 4 a.m. Wednesday five officers busted through the front door, ran into the house, and threw everybody into handcuffs. “The officer kicked me from behind and then threw my arm around and proceeded to handcuff me,” Ramirez tells. He says the officers said they had received a report of someone who had been shot in the house. Nobody was charged with anything, and the officers left. “When the police are in your house, you’re supposed to feel safe and secure knowing that they’re here,” he says. “I felt threatened, and scared.” read more

Obama's Budget Speech Shows his Unyielding Ideology

From - President Obama on Wednesday declared himself "honest about what's causing our deficit" and ready to face "tough choices." Yet he insisted on "protecting" his administration's "investments in the future." While "spending in the tax code" might sound odd, it actually exists. For instance, the "Investment Tax Credit" for renewable energy is available to corporations even if they owe no taxes, and is often paid in the form of a check from the U.S. Treasury to those companies that are doing what Obama wants them to do. The Earned Income Tax Credit is the poor-man's version of this -- a welfare payment from the Internal Revenue Service. But Obama wasn't talking about eliminating these "tax expenditures." When he spoke of lowering "spending in the tax code," it was in the context of his desire to raise rates for upper-income Americans. Under Bill Clinton, the top tax rate was 39.6 percent, but today it's 35 percent. That extra 4.6 percent of income that a successful American gets to keep -- to Obama that counts as "spending" by the government. More News New Mexico

Supreme Court Rules Against Gov. Martinez

From -The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against Gov. Susana Martinez in a dispute with labor unions over the Public Employee Labor Relations Board. The court said the governor does not have authority to remove members from board and ordered the immediate reinstatement of two members who were removed by the governor in March. More News New Mexico

"Deficit Attention Disorder"

Working on the Deficit at the White House
Newsmax - Republican political consultant and former White House counselor Ed Gillespie tells Newsmax that House Speaker John Boehner should be credited for getting President Obama to finally confront his “deficit attention disorder” and agree to spending cuts. Gillespie also says that by continuing to raise the federal debt ceiling the government is constantly asking the American people “to increase the max on our credit card.” Read full story here: News New Mexico

Williams: Eat the Rich

Walter Williams
Townhall- This year, Congress will spend $3.7 trillion dollars. That turns out to be about $10 billion per day. Can we prey upon the rich to cough up the money? According to IRS statistics, roughly 2 percent of U.S. households have an income of $250,000 and above. By the way, $250,000 per year hardly qualifies one as being rich. It's not even yacht and Learjet money. All told, households earning $250,000 and above account for 25 percent, or $1.97 trillion, of the nearly $8 trillion of total household income. If Congress imposed a 100 percent tax, taking all earnings above $250,000 per year, it would yield the princely sum of $1.4 trillion. That would keep the government running for 141 days, but there's a problem because there are 224 more days left in the year. How about corporate profits to fill the gap?
John D. Rockefeller
Fortune 500 companies earn nearly $400 billion in profits. Since leftists think profits are little less than theft and greed, Congress might confiscate these ill-gotten gains so that they can be returned to their rightful owners. Taking corporate profits would keep the government running for another 40 days, but that along with confiscating all income above $250,000 would only get us to the end of June. Congress must search elsewhere. According to Forbes 400, America has 400 billionaires with a combined net worth of $1.3 trillion. Congress could confiscate their stocks and bonds, and force them to sell their businesses, yachts, airplanes, mansions and jewelry. The problem is that after fleecing the rich of their income and net worth, and the Fortune 500 corporations of their profits, it would only get us to mid-August. The fact of the matter is there are not enough rich people to come anywhere close to satisfying Congress' voracious spending appetite. They're going to have to go after the non-rich. Read full column here: News New Mexico


No Specifics: Just More OBAMATALK on Debt

Washington Times - Seeking to reassert leadership on the deficit and reassure troubled financial markets, President Obama on Wednesday said $4 trillion can be cut from accumulated deficits by 2023, and he told Congress to pass a “debt fail-safe” trigger that would impose big cuts if the debt doesn’t begin to stabilize within three years. Essentially tossing aside the budget he submitted just two months ago, Mr. Obama called for much deeper defense and domestic spending cuts and said that while he will not trim payments from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, more money can be squeezed out of those programs in other ways. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Biden: We Could Lose the Senate (send money)

Joe Biden
Politics Daily - Democrats are only four seats away from losing control of the Senate to Republicans in 2012, Vice President Biden warned supporters in a online appeal for donations Tuesday. "I am writing to you today because at a moment when the stakes are highest, Democrats in the Senate face the toughest electoral climate we've seen in a long time," he said in his e-mail from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Politico reported. "Democrats are defending 23 seats in 2012, five of which are open. Republicans only need to pick up four to take control of the Senate," Biden wrote.
In late January, RealClearPolitics' Sean Trende identified 2012's most vulnerable Democrats as Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Jon Tester of Montana, Missouri's Claire McCaskill, Florida's Bill Nelson, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Virgina's James Webb (who has since announced he will not seek re-election). In North Dakota, Republicans have their sights on the seat now held by Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad, who after 24 years will not seek re-election. Read more here: News New Mexico


Summary of 2011 NM Legislative Session

From - Gov. Susana Martinez has until April 8 to sign or veto bills passed during the final stretch of the session. BUDGET-FINANCES(equals) Passed: $5.4 billion budget for education and general government programs in fiscal year starting July 1; higher pension contributions for public employees and drop in government payments to save $111 million next year; freeze payments from a fire equipment fund, freeing $1.3 million for budget. Failed: $240 million worth of capital improvements statewide, including nearly $18 million for prison upgrades; use permanent fund as a source of bonds to help plug budget shortfall. TAXES(equals) Passed: $128 million increase on businesses to shore up unemployment compensation program; limit film production tax rebates to $50 million a year; tax deduction on locomotive fuel as incentive for Union Pacific rail yard project in Santa Teresa. Failed: Revalue residential property to cope with property tax "lightning;" extend tax break for construction at Cannon Air Force Base; exempt military pensions from state income tax; surtax on higher-income New Mexicans. More News New Mexico

New NM Law Clears Way For Renewable Energy

From - New Mexico legislation signed by Gov. Susana Martinez clears the way for government entities to invest in their own renewable energy systems, rather than pay utilities to purchase renewable energy for them. The law creates a new development incentive by exempting certain entities from renewable energy procurement charges on their utility bills if they have their own generation systems, whether it's solar panels or a biogas plant. In return, the entities will spend 2.5 percent of their annual electricity charges to develop or reinvest in their own systems. They must also give up any renewable energy certificates, or RECs, related to the systems. More News New Mexico

Border Security and Congress

From - Pete Hoekstra, the former ranking member on the Intelligence Committee and Congressman Mike McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the Homeland Security Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, believe that Mexico and the United States must do more to curtail the violence and secure the border. Hoekstra would like to see a fence built with the latest technology possible and then to have "layers upon layers of security behind the fence." McCaul told American Thinker that he was informed that the technology piece would not be fully implemented until 2024. McCaul also introduced legislation that would designate the six Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations. The proposal would enable prosecutors to levy up to 15 additional years of prison time on each conviction for providing "material support or resources" to the six cartels, and a federal death sentence if deaths resulted from the cartels' actions. This is not without precedent since President Clinton designated the Columbian group, FARC, as a terrorist organization. More News New Mexico

EPA Pays to Upgrade Mexican Trucks

From -In the latest effort to accommodate its cherished trade partner in the south, the U.S. government is paying to upgrade outdated Mexican trucks that hemorrhage illegal amounts of exhaust on their trips north to deliver merchandise. The Mexican trucks enter the U.S. under a 17-year-old international trade pact known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and they’ve created an air pollution crisis. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is running the operation but the money is actually coming from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and how much is that costing? Each truck costs U.S. taxpayers about $1,600. More News New Mexico

Sanchez Still Thinking About Senate Run

John Sanchez
Capitol Report New Mexico - Lt. Governor John Sanchez says he hasn’t made up his mind whether to make a run for the Republican nomination for the US Senate seat that Jeff Bingaman is retiring from in 2012. “New Mexico has a history of having the two US Senate seats held by one Republican and one Democrat,” Sanchez told about 40 people at a Friends of Capitalism meeting in Santa Fe Tuesday (April 12). “And it’s causing a lot of heartburn among conservatives that there could be two liberal Democrats in the Senate [after the 2012 election].” Democrat Tom Udall holds one Senate seat and Rep. Martin Heinrich, a favorite of liberals and environmentalists, has declared his candiacy for Bingaman’s seat. “What people are looking for in New Mexico is a Republican who is fiscally conservative,” Sanchez said. “They’re looking for candidates who haven’t reinvented themselves.” That “reinvented themselves” line could be a swipe at former Congresswoman Heather Wilson, who has already announced that she will run for the GOP nomination to fill Bingaman’s seat. While Wilson has received support from such Republican stalwarts as Pete Domenici, some New Mexico conservatives think she is too squishy on fiscal and social issues. Read full story here: News New Mexico

Robert Knight: How Unions Wage War

Townhall - It seems like only yesterday that progressives were warning us about "politicizing the judiciary." That was after Iowa's voters declined last November to retain three Supreme Court justices who had ruled to overturn the state's marriage law. Today, after a feverish and expensive campaign by unions to remove conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, you'll hear no such talk. With the April 5 election between Judge Prosser and liberal JoAnne Kloppenburg possibly headed for a recount, the progressive view can be summarized as follows: "Take that, Walker!" That would be Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who signed a law on March 11 ending much of collective bargaining for the government employee unions that are bankrupting the state.
The fight over the bill was a media bonanza, with Senate Democrats storming out and holing up in Illinois, angry mobs occupying the capitol in Madison, a government school teacher walkout, and multiple threats for retribution against GOP lawmakers. After the law passed, the unions turned their attention to the April 5 Supreme Court election, throwing "judicial independence" to the winds. They reasoned, correctly, that flipping Justice Prosser's seat to the liberal Ms. Kloppenburg could create a 4-3 liberal majority that could undo what Mr. Walker and the GOP legislature had wrought. The unions pulled out all stops, holding rallies and pouring big bucks into TV and radio ads.
Local 882 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) ran an anti-Prosser TV ad on its Facebook site. Likewise, AFSCME Local 1942 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics ran anti-Prosser articles on its website and urged union members to vote for Ms. Kloppenburg. With conservative and business groups ponying up as well for a countercampaign supporting Justice Prosser, the normally boring judicial election brought out 1.5 million voters, or nearly double the usual tally. Ms. Kloppenburg originally appeared to win by a couple hundred votes. Now thousands of votes mistakenly left out of one county's total have given Justice Prosser a commanding lead. Read full column here: News New Mexico


Finally Pickens Plan Introduced

T. Boone Pickens
NY Times - On Wednesday, amid all the hullabaloo over the budget battles, a simple, discrete and largely overlooked bill was dropped into the Congressional hopper. Sponsored by two Democrats and two Republicans — that’s right: an actual bipartisan piece of legislation — its official title is the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act, or the Nat Gas Act, for short. People in the know, however, call it the Boone Pickens bill. News New Mexico

Dick Durbin is At It Again

Dick Durbin
CNET - A Democratic senator is preparing to introduce legislation that aims to end the golden era of tax-free Internet shopping. The proposal--expected to be made public soon after Tax Day--would rewrite the ground rules for Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the ability of Americans to shop at Web sites like and without paying state sales taxes. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second most senior Senate Democrat, will introduce the bill after the Easter recess, a Democratic aide told CNET. "Why should out-of-state companies that sell their products online have an unfair advantage over Main Street bricks-and-mortar businesses?" Durbin said in a speech in Collinsville, Ill., in February. "Out-of-state companies that aren't paying their fair share of taxes are sticking Illinois residents and businesses with the tab."
At the moment, Americans who shop over the Internet from out-of-state vendors aren't always required to pay sales taxes at the time of purchase. Californians buying books from or cameras from Manhattan's B&H Photo, for example, won't pay the sales taxes at checkout time that they would if shopping at a local mall--which is what Durbin means by giving online retailers an "unfair advantage." On the other hand, there are some 7,500 different taxing jurisdictions in the United States, each with a set of very precise rules describing what can and can't be taxed and at what rate. That makes it challenging terrain for retailers to navigate. Read full story: News New Mexico