While my opponent harps on abortion, I want to address the myriad issues currently impacting New Mexico. One of these is crime and the way the Radical Left has made it easier for criminals to operate in our state. For years, the Left has attacked law enforcement and the way it does its job and, more recently, the Left has tried to "defund the police" and has actually removed their qualified immunity. The result is fewer law enforcement professionals as officers retire early, leave for other jobs in other jurisdictions, or just quit. Albuquerque is left with 300 uniformed officers to respond to calls and the needs of 600,000 citizens and these few officers are hampered by onerous rules of engagement that stifle their initiative and negatively affect their ability to make an arrest. The Left (that's you, Tim Keller) further exacerbated the problem by giving criminal aliens a get out of jail free card. Now the Left has realized that their grip on power is in jeopardy and they say they want to pass some remedial legislation and hire more cops. Well, certain laws are needed and more cops are needed but the Left will not deliver. Passing more laws is useless if we don't have the officers to enforce them and we are not going to get those officers in the current anti-law enforcement environment created by the Left. Isn't it just like the Left to claim they will fix a problem they created?
We have to end "catch and release" and we have to let the law enforcement professionals do their jobs.
On May 14, 2022, the Albuquerque Journal endorsed Robert S. Godshall for the House District 27 Republican primary. The Journal opined that, "He believes sanctuary policies place unnecessary barriers between local and federal law enforcement agencies, and allow criminal foreign nationals to avoid investigation and prosecution. His voice is greatly needed in a Legislature that largely turns a blind eye to illegal immigration." The Journal further noted that I favor stiffer conditions for pre-trial release especially in cases involving violent crimes.
Not included in the endorsement but discussed with the editorial board were improvements that can be made in the state's tax structure by eliminating the gross receipts tax and going to a sales tax spread out to involve a larger base with a lower rate. We can also improve our access to usable water by desalinating some of the 16 billion acre feet of brackish water in our state. I also advocated more school choice and competition by attaching funding to the student to allow students more freedom in where they want to go to school.
One of the great things about knocking on the doors of voters is that I get to see so many of you that understand what is important. The other day I was talking to a woman that pointed out that we have such low expectations of people in this state. We have so many students that are not expected to read or do simple mathematics at grade level or do the academic work necessary to graduate. The lack of expectations for our children continues as they get older into adulthood. People should be expected to support themselves, do the right thing for their children, not live on the streets, and conduct themselves in a dignified manner. It is possible to do better if we expect to do better.
Thanks to the more than 160 registered Republican voters that signed my nominating petition, I am on the ballot for the June 7, 2022 primary. We have a unique opportunity this year to elect people that can actually do something about reducing crime instead of just flapping their gums. We can put qualified educators in charge that understand our children can, and should be expected to, do better. We can implement a tax system that will not punish business and we can streamline needless regulations that hamper business. We can take advantage of the 16 billion acre feet of brackish water (that's a lot of water) with an effective de-salination program. In other words, this state can be raised up from the poverty it knows now to the prosperity that can easily be in its future. Sign up now and be part of the movement to improve our future.
Finally, A Voice for Reason.
ABQ Journal: "Godshall is one of the most law-and-order candidates on this year’s ballot. A voice like his is needed in the Legislature to balance recent decriminalization and record expungement efforts."
After 2 terms in office, Governor Susanna Martinez left New Mexico with a 2 billion dollar surplus. She did this by stopping democrat efforts to spend, spend, spend. And who do democrats spend money on...their constituents.
In 2018, Michelle Lujan Grisham was elected governor and a host of democrat legislators came with her. Surplus? What surplus. That was gone in the first year as the new governor handed out raises in a very generous manner.
In the second year, more raises to government employees, teachers, and department heads and an explosion of government spending to 7.7 billion dollars. And then what happens? The bottom drops out of the oil market and tax revenues from the oil industry account for something like 40 percent of the state budget. And the Coronavirus.
Now the state is losing out on business related tax revenue because the governor shut down the economy. This is what happens when certain politicians gain control of the government and they are able to control the way resources are allocated. The resources go to their friends. When we need the flexibility to address a multitude of problems, the government imposes inflexibility, a one size fits all approach that does not make sense.
As President Reagan said so long ago, seems like yesterday to me, government can't fix the problem, government is the problem.
Candidate for NM House District 27, NE Albuquerque, Robert "Bob" Godshall is retired from Homeland Security. Most of Bob's career was spent protecting our nation's interior as an ICE and Border Patrol Agent. A long-time homeowner in the district, Bob is a former Vice Chairman of Ward 27 of the county Republican Party. He is recently a proud grandfather.