State of New Mexico Archives: on Government Reform


David Clements: Bureaucratic intervention distorts economy

As a former business attorney, I have extensively researched the effects of monetary policy on the economy. When bureaucrats promote certain activities and sectors of the economy through the Federal Reserve, subsidies, and bailouts, price signals are destroyed and market behavior is distorted. This creates a negative environment for people to engage in commerce, seek gainful employment and provide for themselves and loved ones.

The fundamental purpose of government is to protect each individual's inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If society is to be free, then government must not dictate how individuals spend the fruits of their time and labor. Our representatives should protect our right to pursue the American Dream.

Source: 2014 N.M. Senate campaign website, ClementsForNM.com Feb 18, 2014

Nels Mitchell: No junkets; no gridlock; promises one term only

Noting that Risch has held public office for almost 40 years, Mitchell said the Founding Fathers never envisioned career politicians running Washington.

"They conceived of a Senate in which citizen legislators would step forward to serve their country for a limited time before returning to their private lives." Mitchell said. "For that reason, I will run for one term and one term only."

"I am not a politician. I have had a successful career, and it is now my turn to step up," Mitchell said. "Six years is a long time. During that time, I will work as hard as I possibly can to represent Idaho and its people. I will be beholden to nobody but the people of Idaho."

Mitchell said the gridlock in Washington can be addressed. "I do not believe, as Sen. Risch does, that it's impossible to accomplish anything in the Senate," he said. "If that's the case, why do we pay him? I commit to you that I won't make excuses and I won't take junkets. No excuses, no junkets, period."

Source: 2014 N.M. Senate campaign website, NelsMitchellForIdaho.com Jan 14, 2014

Steve Pearce: Pay contractors on time; reforms to contract smaller firms

When asked by an audience member how the federal government could make it easier for small companies to do business with it, Pearce said there should be mechanisms in place to make sure the government pays its contractors on time, which he said is a big issue. That brought some applause from audience members. He also said bundling contracts hurts the ability of small firms to get government contracts.
Source: 2008 N.M. Senate debate report in N.M.Business Weekly Aug 22, 2008

Joe Carraro: Some campaign donation limits, plus spending limits

Q: Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative and gubernatorial candidates? Individual?

A: No.

Q: PAC?

A: Yes.

Q: Corporate?

A: Yes.

Q: Political Parties?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Source: 2004 N.M. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

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