Steve Pearce for New Mexico Governor?

 

Here are some things to consider

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·  If you are an Independent or Republican with possible concerns:
Do you consider yourself a moderate Republican or an independent voter? Did you sign up for the Better for America Party of New Mexico?   Do you have any issues with the direction of the GOP and with the current State and Federal administration?  Now that Steve Pearce is running for Governor of New Mexico, it may be prudent to consider his past support for the policies of Donald Trump, Speaker Ryan and other far-right tea party GOP legislators (The Trump Party).  The goal of this website is to help you gather the necessary information to vote your true beliefs.

Before you vote a straight party line ticket, please consider and compare your values and positions on some of the most important issues facing New Mexico with the demonstrated positions and past positions of Steve Pearce while in the US Congress. What Mr. Pearce is now saying as a candidate for Governor may not (does not) reflect how he voted on issues and is finely tuned by his political advisors to win this election - not necessarily what he will really support as Governor.  Most of what candidates from both parties say may not match what they have done or what they will do. Your research is the only method to sort all that out!

If you support the tea party agenda or the far-right agenda of the current Administration without further research, then you will probably not see any point in continuing research, but if you are an Independent voter or moderate Republican who is concerned about the direction of the GOP (as driven by president  Trump) then please consider some of the following items before you vote.  If you think you support the GOP on some issues but do not want to continue with the recent trend to the far right, perhaps withholding your vote for Steve Pearce is appropriate.  Do not take for granted that Steve Pearce is of the old time GOP who, as Governor, will work for compromise between New Mexico Democratic and Republican Legislators. His record in the US Congress seems to indicate otherwise. stevepearceforgovernor.com

Steve is a ‘far-right’ ‘tea party’ person, NOT of the Grand Old Party.  Here are some considerations regarding the far-right versus the far-left and what might still be considered a compromise  Right Road, Left Road, High Road .

Way back when Steve had some ideas on the government shut down (see Chicago Now article).  More recently even the conservatives are questioning a recent hire by Mr. Pearce.  Steve Pearce recently hired Anissa Ford, apparently to be a part of both his congressional staff as well as his campaign staff.  This is not a good person. See New Mexico Political Journal Article.

Finally, here is another good reference about what Steve Pearce really stands for the-truth-about-steve-pearce.

·  The far-left:  

The current Democratic party has moved further left and is no longer the party of Kennedy or Truman.  And, there are more and more far-left politicians. The far-left agenda is also probably not what most of us want. Unfortunately, our system does not support or encourage a candidate ‘in the middle’ who will lead in the effort of compromise. So, we have Michell and Steve. Perhaps your decision can be aided by considering which candidate will support a more centrist policy and who will be the best person to show real leadership and work really hard to encourage real compromise  (see Right Road, Left Road, High Road)

·  Human Rights - LGBTQ and Religion:

Steve Pearce is an Evangelical Christian.  That, by itself, is not a bad thing - except he is on record being against Gay Marriage.  That is ‘his’ religious belief and should never be translated to votes to force his belief on all of us. 

-          He is not on record against POTUS executive action restricting entry to the USA by Muslims.

-          He did not speak out against the POTUS orders to eliminate Transgender persons from the military.

-          Check out these comments or votes: ( stevepearceforgovernor.com )

-          And this one polymorphism-same-sex-marriage-gay-marriage-aids

Our constitution does not allow discrimination based on religion and other laws specifically do not allow discrimination against LGBTQ.  Forget the laws – do you really hate LGBTQ persons to the point you will vote for a person who would like to restrict their rights as humans? 

·  Human Rights - Right to Life:
Steve Pearce supports the ultra-right position on Abortion and birth control.  Consider how this position based on religious beliefs compares with the constitution’s principle of separation of church and state. Should our government really legislate religious beliefs or should that be left up to the pregnant woman with her doctor’s advice. If a woman does not want an abortion or believes her church’s position that that is a crime against God, then that woman can CHOOSE to NOT have an abortion. However, Steve wants to pass laws that restrict abortions (eliminate choice) for almost all situations.  Would you want Steve to tell you that you, your daughter or wife cannot have an abortion when the child was conceived by a rape by an illegal immigrant drug dealer and has a birth defect that will result in a life in a wheelchair – or worse?  Regardless of what he says now, he may try to further restrict the rights of millions of New Mexico women!  If you believe women have the right to their bodies, or are even undecided about abortion rights, perhaps NOT voting for Congressman Pearce is appropriate.  In his recent book Just Fly the Plane, Stupid he made this comment "The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice".  Does not sound “loving” at all. 

·  President Trump and the Tea Party (now called Cult 45 or the Trump party):
We came to believe that the Grand Old Party stood for family values, Christian morals, and, being nice!  Remember the slogan 'passionate conservatives'? No longer true! Even the party leaders are concerned with the split in the GOP.  Steve is a tea party person, NOT of the Grand Old Party! Before running for Governor, Steve Pearce had not taken a public stand about Donald Trump’s indiscretions or multiple administrative actions or far-right appointments.  Instead he remained silent hoping we will assume that he disapproves of Donald Trump’s affairs with several mistresses and requiring them to sign NDAs; that he approved of killing the Dreamers Act and the ACA (Obama Care).  Before you decide to vote for Steve, consider what his values are – at least what he is willing to accept in the name of the tea party agenda and maintain support from the far-right. He may say he disapproves now but what about while he was in congress?  Will he allow such behavior from his staff or appointees?  And what about the un-truths (really just outright lies) that the President continues to put forth.  Some are just for show an impact, but some are really harmful to our nation and Steve has not criticized the POTUS to our knowledge. Do you think a Congressmen (or a Governor) should take a honest and public stand against persons who are un-truthful not to mention immoral?  Will he, as Governor, he let his administration partake of such small lies, or large lies and not take a stand?  

·  Immigration, Human Rights and Empathy for refugees:
Steve voted with republicans in congress on immigration legislation. Unfortunately, bills he voted for contained the condition to provide billions of dollars to build a massive border wall. Studies have shown that a massive wall is not really going to stop the rape and plunder that the GOP thinks are done by non-registered immigrants.  Only recently has the GOP even considered or proposed any immigration reform in real cooperation with the Democrats.  See NY Times article for his positions on immigration – he does not support a path to citizenship.  Steve has not stood up and proposed any compromises – leaving thousands or Dreamers in a state of panic.  He took no stand (except to vote for money for a border wall) when Donald Trump canceled the Dreamers Act.  No doubt he will take a more progressive stand now that he is running for Governor, but what is his real agenda?  He may have said he favored Immigration reform, but his votes indicate otherwise. Did you hear Steve Pearce take a stand when Sessions declared President Trump’s zero tolerance policy requiring removing children from their parents when applying for legal status as refugees?  Not to our knowledge - until public pressure forced him to do so.  Even as we go to print – his statements are vague and seem to echo the current administration – Congress needs to fix this – which means money for the border wall must be in the bill.  He has fallen victim to the President’s black mail.  Ask him what he would have happen to the children - or even the parents.  Send them back to Mexico (they come from many different countries)?  Leave them in jail? He might have a good answer today but remember how he voted or refused to take a stand until it became a big deal.  His past actions (or lack of) should speak louder that his current words and campaign slogans.  Will he vote for immigration legislation before he leaves Congress?  Seems he has stopped voting. Why?  He does not want us to know that he supports the border wall at the expense of refugees, children, and Dreamers.  The GOP congress (Steve) will continue to hold the Dreamers at ransom while they insist there be money for a grandiose wall!  We predict that Steve will go along with the crowd (if he even votes) then point out how great he and the GOP are.  Politics at its worse. Look at this proposal to have a secure AND more open border – at less cost.  HIRA proposal 

·  Health Care
Steve voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act multiple times. It seems that little thought went into the various votes to repeal and replace the ACA – most GOP bills in Congress were proposed by the far-right tea party and just for show - to point out how much the GOP and Steve Pearce dislike President Obama.  There were NO GOP bills to fix the issues with the current program.  Mr. Pearce has taken no initiative to work to fix the ACA.  Instead, Steve just votes with his republican buddies to do anything to discredit what was a fairly good first attempt to correct our really bad health care system. Pearce was one of the Republicans to sign the American Healthcare Act.  It would have been better if he worked with some of his Democratic Congressmen to propose reasonable change. That is what a leader would do.  Instead he took the hard stand to the right.  Is he afraid of compromise?  How will that work out as the Governor of our state?   

·  Oil and Gas:
Steve supports the oil and gas industry whole heartily and New Mexico does rely on and need the revenue from our oil and gas resources.  However, he has not seemed to support any type of reasonable restrictions on fracking, or private land owners’ rights to protect their water or air quality.  How would you feel if an oil company put a drilling rig in your 2 acres then they pump smelly oil or even put in a gas vent?  Ask him if supported the rights of Mora County residents when they asked for legislation to reasonably restrict fracking or at least require monitoring of water to prevent pollution. Never mind, do not ask him - check out how he voted related bills in Congress. Here are his recent statements on this topic.  NM Political Report   He talks a lot about balance and compromise and how we should work with the EPA. Compare this with his past votes in congress and support of the current GOP agenda. The EPA has been reduced to the point of being in-effective by the administration.  Has he pushed back?  No, he does not want to upset his far-right supporters.  If you got this far, perhaps you are not a far-right tea party type person. Perhaps you would prefer a more reasonable middle of the road, compromising Governor. That is NOT Steve Pearce.

·  Taxes:
Steve Pearce voted for large tax cuts for the very wealthy even though the economy was doing better than the last GOP administration and was still improving. Yes, that may improve the economy and create some jobs in the short run. We normal persons may see a small tax cut but remember, that goes away after a few years and only the huge corporate taxes and taxes on the very rich remain in effect.  Remember also that the tax cut left a huge deficit and is now growing the national debt at a fast rate. us debt clock So, we the people have taken out a huge loan we cannot pay back, and the corporations get all the real benefits. We doubt Steve will support any legislation as Governor to raise taxes on the very rich or New Mexico corporations even though they got massive cuts in federal taxes.  The GOP has for years claimed to support a balanced budget. So why did Steve vote for this deficit increase?  Will he want to cut taxes even more for New Mexico rich and corporations?  Doing so will require cuts in many important programs since New Mexico requires a balance budget. Ready for more cuts in education, state parks, law enforcement, and many other programs you probably support - and programs that help support you and the infrastructure you use daily.  Consider this when you vote or not vote for Mr. Pearce. 

·  Cannabis:
Steve Pearce has not taken a stand to support the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes and his support for medical cannabis is dubious.  You may be unfamiliar with the facts about cannabis because of years of fear creation and non-truths by those who gain by keeping cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, along with heroin and LSD. Cannabis has finally been studied enough to clearly indicate many uses for medical purposes. New Mexico does have a medical Marijuana program. That program however is very limited in what cannabis can be prescribed for.  In addition, to get a MM card costs more than some families can afford.  Legalizing cannabis would lower the cost for medical use.  Regarding the recreational use of cannabis, here are some facts to consider.  Many persons use cannabis which makes those many citizens of New Mexico criminals.  Albuquerque and Santa Fe have already de-criminalized cannabis but that does not stop the sale of illegal cannabis of unknown origin and by persons associated with drug cartels.  Purchasing cannabis on the street is dangerous and murders have been associated with those persons and purchases.  Many New Mexicans who do not want to associate with the drug dealers just go to Colorado and purchase their cannabis.  Here are two issues with that: It is still illegal making those normally law abiding productive citizens criminals; Colorado receives the revenue from those purchases - not New Mexico.   Colorado has increased tourist revenue (more taxes from hotels and other tourist activities) and the taxes on cannabis sales has increased their revenue without income tax increases.  Like cigarettes, users pay the taxes, not those who do elect to not partake. Recent studies have shown that most voters (read as more than 60%) approve of some legalization of cannabis for recreational use and that legalization has not created significant increases in crime.  Some studies even indicate a reduction in crime.  Yes, you can find a few studies that show an increase in traffic accidents but those studies did not mention the reduction in DWI from alcohol.  More importantly, multiple studies now show that easy and legal access to cannabis has reduced the number of Opioid deaths significantly. Some programs now recommend cannabis to help those addicted to opioids kick that addiction. Science has shown that cannabis use is LESS additive than coffee. There are no recorded deaths from cannabis overdose!  There are recorded deaths from caffeine overdose. Please educate yourself on cannabis.  Here is where Steve says that cannabis is addictive and dangerous. (He calls it marijuana because that creates fear for those who do not know the truth) Huffington Post Article . He is dead wrong!  And here are some sites that dispute that.    Healing Secrets   If you read about and learn about cannabis, you may not support the current fear mongering by the far-right. Their position is fully supported by the pharmaceutical industry.  Follow the money! Drug companies do not want the competition to their opioid products.

· Other things you should consider (fear?):

It seems the strategy of the current GOP (Tea Party) to win your vote is to create something to fear, then give you a solution to ease your fear. For instance, you should:
Fear rape: No, the GOP will stop immigration of Mexicans and build a big wall. (Fact: rape by illegal immigrants is far less than by white supremacists – who by the way praise the current tea party.
Fear death: No, Stop the immigration of Muslims.  Fact: The majority of mass killings are done by white citizens of the USA.  (And most of those were influenced by fear caused by far right, racist leaders)
Fear the progressives: They will legislate away all your freedom by legislation.  No matter that the GOP has already and will continue to legislate away the rights of women, the rights of refugees and children. 

Remember, Steve is a far-right GOP person (read that as ‘tea party’).  Watch his campaign ads carefully.  Are they just blabber diarrhea?  Do they try to make your fear the agenda of Democrats, fear illegal immigrants, fear restrictions on guns, Etc. or does he pretend to create hope?   

·  Gun Control:

As residents of a rural state we all have guns – well most of us do.  We use them safely for hunting or for fun – and perhaps because we are afraid that someone else will hurt us.  So, why is ‘gun control’ such a bad thing to discuss? The answer is the NRA the organization many of us joined as kids, who helped us learn gun safety and how hit the bull’s eye with our 22LR target rifle.  However, the NRA and Steve Pearce are not supporting any sort of effective gun control. Do you really want a person who suffers from extreme mental condition or who has demonstrated to be a danger to the public or to their family to have access to an AK-47 or AR-15 or even a colt 45 or 22 LR?  Steve is supported by the ‘new’ NRA!  Consider that when you vote else the next person killed by a crazy person with a gun may be you – or your child.  We believe gun control is only part of but is a necessary part to reducing deaths by guns.

·  Education:

All politicians always talk up their solutions to education and Steve Pearce is no exception. It is a hot public issue that can be used to get votes. This will probably be a wash in deciding how you should vote for Governor. There is lots of talks, lots of meetings, and lots of BS but our schools are still not up to par.  Be wary though of any strategy that supports private education over public schools. Private schools have their place but NOT at the expense of lowering the quality of or the access to public schools. Steve has supported vouchers for private schools while some private schools supported by our taxes have a blatant agenda of creating Christian (not Muslim) beliefs. That is great in the church of your choice, but should our tax dollars support that agenda?   Not according to our Constitution!  Good public schools require support from our legislators and Governor in the form of money.  Will Steve Pearce raise taxes to help our public schools or stick to his ‘no raises in taxes in New Mexico’ policy which would require cuts in funding for the department of Game and Fish, State Parks or the department he dislikes?    

How to decide:

Make a list of the top ten issues that effect your health, safety, wealth, and happiness. List things that personally effect you or your business or your very strong beliefs.  Avoid just listing the opinions of FOX, MSMBC, CNN, your church, or any other tribe. Compare what you would prefer our State Government do help you, your friends and relatives with how you think Steve or Michael will support and work to preserver or change those things.  Do as much research as you have time for (You will have to do your own research on Michael, we do not do that in this website.)  Pay attention to facts and avoid emotional far-left, far-right political ads and news coverage. Assign a number to each issue.  Give a ‘0’ (zero) if you do not know their position or past actions, a ‘+ 1’ if he or she has a record of supporting your needs, wants and desires. Assign ‘– 1’ if they will not.  Add the numbers, then vote according your score – not just your party.  If your score is zero, perhaps you should stay home – or get more involved.

You can help if you have information to share?

We obviously are not very supportive of Steve Pearce for Governor of New Mexico. That does not mean that we totally support his opponent. We support what is best for family values (not male dominated), balanced budgets, good jobs, everyone’s health, those who want a better life (read immigrants),  a reasonable income (read a job, at least a minimum wage), decency (read children not in jail), logic and the use of science, compromise, gun rights for normal people, the rights of LGBT persons, women to choose not to have an abortion, and even any of the positions of the Grand Old Party (real compassionate conservatism ) and many of the positions of the party of Kennedy.   
We would like your support.  Send us an e-mail at MoreInfo@StevePearce.info  If you submit information, especially references that support our claims and our cause ‘Never Pearce’, we will be happy to add that to this site.  If you see an outright lie in our website, feel free to point that out as we do not want to do big bad lies, but we may behave a little like Donald Trump from time to time just to get your attention and to get our point across.  Let us know if you are a registered Republican who just does not like the way the new GOP (tea party) is headed.  We will NOT share your email or other personal information unless you specifically request we do so. That is a promise we will keep.