When I Won't Take a Paycheck in Congress + Gratitude For Our Service Members.
Hey, it's Paul, and today's question is this. "Hey, Paul. What are your plans to ensure that our service members get the support services they need, especially during the times when government has a shutdown?"
Well, okay. First of all, I'm making a pledge right now that I will not take a paycheck. Never will I take a paycheck if I'm ever serving in Congress during a time when we as a collective shut down our government, and service members have to go without getting their paycheck. I won't take mine either.
I think it is an absolute and national disgrace when our service men and women go without paychecks as Congressional leaders who decided on the dang mess take time off their prime salaries and world-class benefits, and they get their paychecks. I think that's absolutely ridiculous. While I may not be able to change the law around Congressional leaders and Congressional members getting their paycheck, I can take a personal action, and I certainly won't be taking mine.
Now beyond this personal action, I believe we have to shift our priorities within this nation while also utilizing force as an absolutely last resort when all other options have been exhausted. I believe that we can drastically cut defense spending by working to achieve our desired outcomes through diplomatic actions and enforcing appropriate sanctions.
We have to be smart about the way that we spend in this country. We have to make sure that our defense spending reflects the best interest of our nation and not simply used as a way to line the pockets of big donors and defense contractors.
Now I think that there's a significant challenge around big money coming into politics, huge donors, and people safeguarding their next reelection. I think that as we begin to see more and more, or as more of that begins to be exposed, we need to take some responsibility on our shoulders as American citizens and be willing to vote those people out and be willing to take action against those people, because I think that the only way things change is when we as citizens of this great nation begin to take action.
I'm ready to take action. I'm ready to take action in such a significant way that I'm running for Congress, because there's only so long you can look in the mirror before you have to look at yourself and say, "What the heck are you doing about this? What are you doing to change this mess?" That's why I'm here.
But I believe that Congressional members need to look at our veterans and needs to increase the respect that we have for them, because the fact that service men and women go without when Congressmen take time off and get world-class benefits, I think that's antithetical to what our country was founded upon. I will have no part of that, and I will dedicate my time in Congress to ensuring that our veterans get the support services that they not only need, but more importantly, the ones that they deserve, because after all, the fact that I'm getting to make this video right now is not because of my own doing, but it's because of the freedoms I have as an American that were secured for me by men and women who fought for them.
If you are a member of our armed forces or a veteran watching this, I just simply want to say thank you. Thank you for putting your life on the line so our nation could be better. Thank you for believing in our country so much that you're willing to fight for our freedoms. Thank you for taking action to make the world a better place. I commend you. My hat's off to you.
How Will You Restore People's Confidence in Public Servants
Hey, it's Paul and today's question is, "Hey Paul. How will you restore people's confidence in public servants?"
I think this is a great question and it's a very timely question because the fact of the matter is, the great majority of people are disenfranchised and disconnected with politics. Not because they don't care about the issues but because they are sick and tired of career politicians and sick and tired of talking head politicos that don't keep their word. You know, for me, it was growing up on a farm here in central New Mexico where I learned that you shake somebody's hand, you look them in the eye, you give them your word and you keep it. My grandfather reminded me of this lesson many times and each time, he never failed to add in, because without integrity nothing else matters.
Well, much has changed since those early days growing up on the farm. What remains in my heart is still the same, a desire to serve those around me with integrity, commitment and mutual respect. My grandfather was a farmer who farmed alfalfa his entire life but the wisdom and strong character that he epitomized are what I believe is completely void in the world of politics today. Now, I want to make a point, and as a side note, I do believe that there are some amazing leaders in public service today. So, I want to be clear on that. But the problem is that all too often a significant percentage of politicians simply take both the words public and service out of public service. We not only need to restore the fundamentals of the position but we need to make sure that we can restore American's faith and trust in our public service. We need to inspire a new generation of leaders to enter public service and believe that they too can step up and make a profound difference in their communities.
Once I'm elected, I will work daily to pave the path to empower upcoming leaders with similar attributes to also step up and run for office. I believe that we need leaders who are able to self-evaluate their own performance and recognize when it's time to step back and empower the next generation of leaders who will carry the legacy forward. Right now the practice of putting country and constituents before party or self if far too rare. I hope that my time in office will inspire other leaders to step up and follow my footsteps to selflessly lead this country because that's what we need. Not more career politicians or talking head politicos but leaders. Community members who are already making a difference. We need more of us to step up and use that in the field of public service.
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Unequal Access to Education in America
Hey, It's Paul, and today's question is this. "How will you address the unequal access to quality education in America?" This is the one that hits me square in the gut, because, well, the dire needs of our states education system have always been apparent to me. It was at the heart of grad school of education where I learned the intersectionality of issues that impact a student's ability to learn.
I also learned the role that the federal government must play in addressing all of these areas. Quite frankly the unequal access to quality educational opportunities in this country is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time, and I'm prepared to work tirelessly to deliver on the responsibility of fostering excellence and equal access for public school students.
As the only candidate in this race with a masters degree in the field of education, I'm uniquely suited to identify our challenges and develop legislation that can fundamentally move our students and our school forward. Furthermore, as a member of congress, I'm ready to fight to ensure that we invest in early childhood program to make certain that every child in America has access to quality educational experiences that unleash their potential for success.
But the fact of the matter is, focusing only on early childhood education is only part of the broader picture, part of the broader fight to guarantee that our country is doing all that it can for every child. And we have to do ... We have a whole lot to do for the most vulnerable, to discrimination and disenfranchisement. These include groups of students like low income students, students of color, English language learners, and students with disabilities.
Right now, the funding for the individuals with disabilities education act is under attack, and I'll do everything I can to ensure that we provide full funding so that every student has the resources they need to succeed at the highest level. We also need to support policies that address other issues that are impacting student's learning, such as childhood hunger, poverty, and access to healthcare.
In order to address these issues, the federal government must increase funding for snap within the upcoming farm bill. They're already having discussions, if you've turned on the TV in the last couple of weeks, you've probably seen some of those conversations about the farm bill. We also need to fully fund the WIC program to ensure that expecting mothers, expecting women, mothers and infants, all have the nutrition they need during the most important and critically necessary years of cognitive development. And we also need to pass the paycheck fairness act, and expand the earned income tax credit to lift more hard working families out of poverty.
Now, I also want to mention that there's no other school based factor that has more of a significant impact on student learning than the quality of one's teachers. And I respect teachers as the hardworking professionals they are. My dad was a teacher for 27 years, and my life has been radically impacted by teachers, and I know that all of us are where we are because of great teachers that supported us along the way.
And so I respect teachers as the hardworking professionals they are, and I'll work to create support systems that foster professional growth and development for teachers. The good news is that nothing impacts a student's ability to learn more, during those eight hours in the classroom, than a highly qualified teacher. And the even better news is our teachers want to be as great as they can for our students, that's why they go into the profession, so they can make a difference for our students.
And we need to do a better job of fostering professional growth and career development. We need to spend times on hours working and creating education policy and economic development policy in Colorado, and spend a lot of time on career lattices to make sure that our teachers have upward mobility within the profession that's not simply based on the number of years they've been in the profession.
Now, finally, I think we need to embrace the challenge of preparing young people for the ever evolving economy in the workplace of the future. And because of that, in order to do that, and also support investments in high quality stem classes, arts education, and career and technical student organizations all across the country, we're also working to expand linked learning models and career pathways to ensure that we create opportunities for all students, because the fact of the matter is we have to end this dialogue around the idea that there's only one pathway to success.
Students could take many pathways, but our job, especially the job of the federal government, as a congressman my job will be to ensure that we create those opportunities and those pathways. So that whether a student wants to become an ASC certified mechanic, or they want to get a PHD in biology from Harvard, that they have gone through a school system, K through 12 educational experience, that has prepared them for success in that given endeavor regardless of which direction they choose to go.
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So thanks for joining us today, we'll see you tomorrow.
Looking Back on #MarchForOurLives One Week Later
Okay, if you're a young person right now and you were inspired this weekend to step up, to take action, to get out and march, and unite with your classmates and friends and stand up, then keep doing it because the world cannot wait any longer. The world needs your brilliance, your passion, your strength, your charisma, and your fortitude to continue moving forward. In the face of adversity, in the face of challenge, you are the one who keeps marching forward, you are the one who keeps fighting, you are the one that goes toe to toe. So don't wait to do it again, don't let this become a one off thing, don't let this become something you look back on and you tell your friends, and you look at the photos, and you talk about all the great speeches. Let this be just the beginning, let this be the inspiration that fuels you as you move forward because our country cannot wait any longer.
We have an entire generation of young people who have grown up doing active shooter drills, wondering, hoping, praying, that it would never have to be put into use. Praying that this would become a thing of the past, praying that when we say never again it was more than a slogan. But the only way we get there is you, the only way we get there is by you stepping up, the only way we move our country forward is for you to continue doing the things that you're doing.
So, when people tell you you're too young to make a difference, when people tell you that you need more years on this earth before your voice will matter, when people tell you that what you're doing right now is nice and cute but it's not going to make any difference, then prove them wrong. When they say that nobody can do it, prove them wrong. When they say that no matter how hard you try you won't make a difference, prove them wrong, because the world needs you now more than ever.
The world needs your passion, your brilliance, your energy, and your determination, our lives all depend on it. So don't let them tell you you're too young, don't let them tell you your time isn't yet, don't let them tell you one day around the corner. No, tell them now, now is the time to change our country. Now is the only time that we can change the world.
How to Keep Our Schools Safe
Hey. It's Paul. I want to talk about how to keep our schools safe. It's a big conversation in America right now and for good reason. We need to stop looking at this as simply a reactionary day of policy and instead begin to create comprehensive, holistic strategies that get to the heart of the issue to keep our students safe. It's not going to be easy, it's not going to be quick, and it's definitely not going to be cheap, but it's going to be worth it.
Here's a nine step plan that I believe can help us to ensure that our students stay safe in their place of learning. Number one, we’ve got to create physically and emotionally safe schools that are free from harassment, discrimination, bullying, and assault. That is fundamental and key to getting to the heart of the issue and keeping our students safe.
Second, we got to expand mental health care services. We all know that schools and communities don't have the adequate staffing they need to provide the resources and mental health care services for those who need it most. We need to address that. We need to expand these services.
Next, we need to reform school discipline to stop these exclusionary policies that all too often ostracize students from the school and from society, instead of reengaging them in the school and in the community through positive, social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success plans.
Next, we need better threat assessment. We need our law enforcement officials and school leaders to be able to work together to identify the threats and actually on them. In part with that, we need increased information sharing. Right now, there are legal barriers that prohibit law enforcement officials, school leaders, and mental health care professionals from sharing pertinent information when a threat is made. We need to lower that threshold to allow that information to be shared so, police officers can step in and intervene to address the issue before it turns violent.
Next, we need universal background checks. As it is right now, you can be on a TSA do not fly list because you're a known terrorist or a threat to our nation and still buy an AR15 in America. That is simply not okay. Our gun show loophole is a workaround for so many and we need to stop that and ensure that we have universal background checks across the board. Next, we need to repeal the Dickey Amendment. This is a public health crisis. We've had three out of the largest 11 mass shootings in United States history in the last five months. We need to be able to study this and address it as the public health crisis that it is and repeal the Dickey Amendment would finally allow the Center For Disease Control to research why this happening, how it's expanding, and be able to address solutions.
Next, we need time-limited restraining orders. When somebody makes a threat of violence to themselves or others in the community, we need laws that allow law enforcement officials to step in and to remove the firearms from those individuals. Finally, we need to take swift action on bump stocks, assault weapons, and high capacity magazines.
Look, this is a complex problem and I don't think that the fix is going to be quick or easy, but it's definitely worth doing. We need to do everything we can as community leaders to be able to step up for our students, but we can address this. We can take action. I believe that these nine steps will help keep our schools safe.
I'm Paul Moya and I'm committed to doing this because I care about our students, I care about our communities, and I think that it's time that we come together to find common sense solutions that can ensure that we as Americans can feel proud of our communities, but most importantly, we can feel safe in those communities. Every day when every child in America steps into a classroom, when they step into a school, they can go in knowing that that school is going to be safe. Let's make it happen.
What Conor Lamb Taught Us
You've heard me talk many times throughout this campaign about finding common sense solutions that move us all forward. I've thought for a long time that's exactly what people wanted and what people need. Conor Lamb and his success last night, I think proved to us that that's the case. He was a long shot in Western Pennsylvania, he went into a divided community, a community of constituents that Donald Trump won by 20 points less than two years ago and he was able to bridge the gap. He was able to find common sense solutions to bring people to the table. He made it clear that Pennsylvania was his first and foremost priority and his constituents where were his focus was at.
I'm trying to do the same thing here in New Mexico. We're 49th in education. Our economy is falling apart and we're number one in property crimes and we need leaders whose loyalty is right here in New Mexico.
The second thing I think Conor proved to all of us is that people are inspired by young energy. People are inspired by fresh faces, fresh ideas, fresh approaches because, let's face it, we know that more of the same isn't going to solve our problems in New Mexico or as a nation. We need new people to step in the ring to bring people together to inspire future generations to lead and we need people who are willing to get the job done and to put people before politics.
Conor, I think you've inspired a lot of us and I know speak for many New Mexicans who say congratulations on your great success. We look forward to the impact that you make at the national level and we look forward to more leaders stepping up, bridging the gap and moving us all forward. Let's get to work.
Our Students Deserve Better
Hey. It's Paul. If you haven't had a chance to watch Betsy DeVos's 60 Minutes interview, you probably should. Now, there are controversial elements of the entire interview, but the part that was most concerning to me is the part where she speaks about education. After all, she is the Secretary of Education for the United States of America.
Here's a little clip of that.
Leslie Stahl: Why take money away from that school that's not working, to bring them up to a level where that school is working?
Betsy DeVos: Well, we should be funding and investing in students, not in school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems. So it should be-
Leslie Stahl: Okay, but what about the kids who are back at the school that's not working? What about those kids.
Betsy DeVos: Well, in places where there have been, where there's a lot of choice that's been introduced, Florida for example, the studies show that when there's a large number of students that opt to go to a different school or different schools, the traditional public school's actually where the results get better as well.
Leslie Stahl: Now, has that happened in Michigan? We're in Michigan. This is your home state.
Betsy DeVos: Yes. Well, there's lots of great options and choices for students here in Michigan.
Leslie Stahl: Have the public schools in Michigan gotten better?
Betsy DeVos: I don't know overall. I can't say overall that they have all gotten better.
Paul Moya: What do you say to that? What do you say to this? This is the Secretary of Education of the United States of America, who doesn't even understand the intricacies around public schools, and charter schools, and privatizing our school system in her own state of Michigan. She has been pushing for this for years and Michigan public schools are doing worse even though she wants to say they're doing better. That the schools that you take the money away from, they also do better. If you're a little perplexed by this, then join the club because lots of us are.
It leaves me with a great sense of worry because look, New Mexico's 49th in the country. If she doesn't even understand the challenges, or what's going wrong with the bad schools in her own state of Michigan, what makes us think that she's going to care about little old New Mexico? Now there is no reason in the world that we should be 49th in the country in education, but the fact is we are. Until we have a voice, until we have a fighter in our corner, we're going to stay that way.
Now, my master's degree is in education. I understand the importance of early childhood education and I understand K through 12 education and that's what I'm bringing to the table. An understanding of how to fix our schools, an understanding of how to move our students forward, and as a result move our entire state forward. Now, I know many of you have comments as well and if you have an idea or a solution on how we can fix education in New Mexico, I would love to hear it. Just shoot me a message and let's have a conversation. It's time that we finally have a seat at the table. It's time that we finally put our students first. Let's get to work.
Will You Join Me?
Hey. It's Paul. I think I'm a lot like you. I want our leaders to be held accountable. I want them to move our country forward. I want them to care more about the constituents they serve than the corporate pacts that form their campaigns.
One of the reasons I got involved in this campaign in the first place is because I was sick and tired of politics as usual. I was sick and tired of career politicians sitting around fighting about who's right instead of fighting for what's right.
If you're watching this video right now, there's a good chance you've seen one or maybe many of my videos. You know where I stand on the key issues. And if you stand with me, then I ask you to join me.
I ask you to march forward with me. And today I ask for you to make a personal commitment to make a contribution to this campaign, to ensure that we can get our message out in front of more voters in New Mexico's 1st Congressional District, so we can be more successful in June and then be successful in November, and work together to create a more just America for all of us.
This is the most critically important fundraising deadline in the campaign and we're less than 48 hours away from our February deadline. So just hit the link associated with this video and make your personal commitment, and then share it with your friends and share the message to ensure that we can get in front of the people that we need, and that we can work together to create a stronger America for us all
Without Integrity Nothing Else Matters
Good evening, everyone. Tonight is a particularly special night for me to stand in front of the community that helped make me who I am. It was growing up here on a farm in Valencia County where I learned that you shake somebody's hand, you look them in the eye, you give them your word, and you mean it, because without integrity, nothing else matters. It was here that I learned that there's no quitting when you're staying up all night delivering a calf knowing that whether or not that calf makes it through the night will impact your family's ability to put food on the table and to provide for the community around them. It was here that I remember at five years old, sitting on my grandfather's lap that he told me, "Work hard, dream big, and never forget your roots." My family inspired me. Teachers in this community believed it me. It send me to Notre Dame. It sent me to Harvard, but it wasn't home.
People say, "What made you come back after you went to school out there?" I say, "The truth is I never left." My heart never left. My family never left, my deep pride and roots in this community never left, and now back here in New Mexico, I'm sick and tired of seeing New Mexico be the best at being the last. This is the mecca of underutilized potential, and I don't care if you want to talk about healthcare, I don't care if you want to talk about education, if you want to talk about all the issues around crime, it all leads back to a broken economy. As an entrepreneur, I know that we have to start thinking differently. I know that politics as usual is not going to cut it, that more of the same isn't going to solve the problems that we have here in New Mexico, and as a farm boy who's been incredibly blessed, I know I have the responsibility to change the community that I live in. I ask for your support, I ask for your trust, and most importantly, I ask for your vote moving forward. Thank you.
So You Want Your Voice to Be Heard
Hey it's Paul and over the last year I've experienced emotions that I didn't even realize I had. I've had moments of intense anger as I've seen as human lives have been disregarded and dehumanized, and I've had moments of incredible sadness as I've seen as people had their rights taken away from them. People who were attacked, as I see a country that is so divided and broken.
All of that led me to step up and to do something about it and if you're like me then you are sick and tired of the same and you want your voice to be heard. If that's the case then here's a public service announcement for you. Here's a really easy way that you can stand up and let your voice be heard.
Tomorrow Saturday February 24th, all throughout Bernalillo County, they'll be 58 ward meetings based on geographic areas and at those ward meetings they'll elect delegates. And those delegates will then go to the state convention in March and they'll decide who will represent our party, who will represent our voices. Who will be on the ballot at the primary in June and then from there we'll decide who's on the ballot in November.
If you want to have some skin in the game, if you want to have a seat at the table, if you want your voice to be heard, then click the link associated with this video and we'll help you figure out which ward you're in, what time your ward meeting is at, where is it located at and that way you can let your voice be heard. That way you can have a say in who gets to represent your voice come June in the primary. I look forward to seeing so many of you stand up and I look forward to working together to create a better New Mexico for all of us. Have a great day.
We Deserve Better
I don't even know where to start on this. I mean, how many times do we have to wake up where we have to turn on the news to another mass shooting before we realize something isn't working, before we realize we can't keep doing this. Enough of the finger-pointing. One side says it's the other side's fault. The other side says it's their fault. Enough with the nonsense. We need to bring people to the table, and we need to find common-sense gun solutions in America.
We need to ensure that people can go, that parents can send their kids to a place of learning with full confidence that they'll come home. We need to know that people can go to places of their worship, places of entertainment, to know that they'll be safe. If there's ever been an issue to come together on, to find common ground, and to sit down at the table as Republicans and Democrats and Independents and say, "Enough is enough. We need to do something here." then I believe that this is it because if we decide that it's not a gun issue, it's a mental health issue, then what are we doing about expanding access and treatment to mental health illness in America?
If we decide that it is a gun issue, then what are we doing to make sure that guns don't end up in the wrong hands, and maybe we decide that it's a bit of both. Maybe we decide that there's no panacea, that there's no easy fix here, but let's at least do something about it. Let's stop sitting back and saying it's too soon to talk about how to address this issue, because guess what, when we're waking up every single day to another mass shooting in America, when we're in a constant state of mourning for another event, another mass shooting some place in this country, we don't have the luxury of having a time of peace, a runway of peace, a period in between where we could then say, "Now is the time to start talking." We don't have the luxury.
It's time that we bring people together. It's time that we bridge this polarized gap, and it's time that we find common-sense gun legislation in America to ensure that people can live in safe communities. We can't keep doing it this way. People deserve better. Students deserve better. Those in a place of worship deserve better. People at a concert on Las Vegas Boulevard deserve better. We all deserve better.
Lies and Fear Mongering
Hey, it's Paul and if you're like me, and live in New Mexico, you probably read the Albuquerque Journal just about every day. And for me, this is today's paper, and if you take this first section and you go to the last page, you open up to a cartoon. And this is what the cartoon says. There's a group of guys mugging a husband and a wife. And if you look above the wife, she's cursing and she's cussing, and the husband says, "Now, honey, I believe they prefer to be called 'dreamers' ... Or future democrats." This is disgusting. This is absolutely disgusting. It's built on racism. It's built on fear mongering, and it has no part in America.
Because here's what's wrong with all of this. For anybody who actually realizes what Dreamer is, or what a DACA recipient is, and they understand the qualifications, inherent in the qualifications of being a DACA recipient is that you have no criminal record. That you have no felony. No serious misdemeanors, and you otherwise pose no threat to the security of the United States. And so instead of actually paying attention to that, we just have people printing this garbage. And it is a complete lie, and anybody who buys into this is simply not looking at the facts.
Yes. This may be a criminal. Yes, this may be a thief. But it's certainly not a Dreamer and it's not a DACA recipient, and connecting this criminal with future democrats is just foolish. We need to start looking at people for people, and at the fundamental level we need to start looking at the -
You want to talk about fake news, that's fake news. And it's pushing forward a narrative that is built on lies, on racism, and on fear mongering, and I will speak out every day against it.
I read a quote this morning and it simply said, "The world needs science and science needs women." And I couldn't agree more.
On this day of celebration of women in science, I believe that we all need to step up. We need to do everything we can to ensure that young girls have the support they need to believe in themselves to become the innovators, the creators, the inventors and the scientists of the future. And we need to ensure that women can have prosperous careers that are free of prejudice and bias.
So, if you're a young woman facing that bias and you feel like there's a glass ceiling or people are holding you back, keep pushing forth. Because the world needs your brilliance, your passion, your sense of discovery, and most importantly, the world needs you.
So, I'm proud to fight for you today and I'll never stop fighting for you.
Let's Talk DACA
Hey, it's Paul and I want to talk about DACA. You know, I don't even know where to start on this but look, I'll be the first to say that I believe that we need to protect our borders.
Just because I said I don't think an $18 billion wall is the best idea doesn't mean I don't want to have secure borders.
We absolutely need to create strong communities where people feel safe.
At the same time, as a business owner and somebody who understands the intricacies of what creates jobs and builds economies, I know how critical it is to expand our talent pipeline at a time when, according to people like Ray Perryman, who runs a Texas economic research firm called The Perryman Group, there are more job openings than at any point in history.
We desperately need workers in this country.
Stop and ask any business owner. Ask them their biggest challenges and I guarantee you that one of them will be finding and retaining qualified people who want to work.
Now, we can't find common ground and common-sense solutions if every time we hear something that's slightly different than the way we think about it, we shut it down and we attack the character of the person rather than focusing on the issues at hand.
We have to find the most effective way to secure our borders and open the gates of opportunity through effective immigration reform. A wall is just a Band-Aid solution on a problem that needs a comprehensive fix.
For anyone that says that they want to ensure that we use government funds more effectively and that we eliminate waste, then I think we really have to ask ourselves if spending $18 on a wall that, mind you, many experts as well as history conclude will be ineffective then we need to be asking ourselves, "Is that really the most physically responsible thing to do if there are other viable alternatives?"
Now, reading the comments on my last post, I came across a comment from Randy that really got my attention. Randy, you said something to the effect of when they have citizenship, a job, no government assistance, no criminal record, bring them on. Randy, I think you and me actually agree here more than you might initially think. I think that you just hit the nail on the head about why DACA just makes sense.
Let's start from the bottom. Number one, no criminal record. In order to qualify for DACA, recipients cannot have been convicted of a felony or a significant misdemeanor and they don't otherwise pose a threat to national security of public safety. According to research from the Cato Institute, Dreamers are less likely to be incarcerated than native born Americans with the same age and education level.
Check number one.
Number two, no government assistance. DACA individuals aren't eligible for federal financial aid, Medicare, welfare, food stamps or a series of other programs and because DACA does not provide a real legal status even though they'll pay $19.9 billion towards Social Security and 4.6 billion in taxes towards Medicare, they'll never be able to collect any of these benefits.
Check number two.
Number three, a job. The truth is the great majority of DACA eligible recipients do have jobs. This is an entire generation of some of the best and brightest that we have to offer. According to the Center for American Progress, DACA beneficiaries will contribute about 460 billion to the United States GDP over the next decade.
Check number three.
As far as check number four, that's the whole point. They cannot get citizenship until we create an effective pathway to citizenship. It's not that these 800,000 DACA recipients haven't wanted to try and become citizens. It's that the current model doesn't work.
Do you realize that as it is right now, to even be qualified for DACA, you have to currently be in school, have graduated, have obtained a GED, or you're an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States? What world are we living in when the men and women who've served in our military, who've risked their lives for our freedoms only to be told, "Okay, now, go back to a country you never knew"? If you've ever said in your life, "Support the troops," then by golly, now is your chance to do it. Don't we have a moral obligation to our highest achieving students and our troops to at least think about a meaningful solution here that's based on facts and not lies?
Randy, I appreciate your comment because it exposed the chance to explore what finding common ground looks like. I think that there's a common sense solution here if we keep focused on the facts and aiming towards an outcome where we strengthen our economy, keep families together and enrich our communities. DACA recipients are the best of the best of the best. They're 800,000 of our young people who aren't criminals, they aren't dependent on the government, and they're contributing members of society. Just like most things in the world, we need to continue finding ways to keep the good and get rid of the bad.
I believe that this is a step in the right direction.
To me, Trump is threatening the livelihoods of an entire generation of innocent people in an effort to build an $18 billion wall that we were promised we weren't going to pay for in the first place … Remember that? Remember when President Trump promised that Mexico is going to pay for it? Yeah, I haven't seen that yet but as your congressman, I'll fight for every Dreamer across the state of New Mexico and across the country, the ones that are here, citizens, and the ones that were brought here as children. I believe that it's time to find common ground on this issue and move forward on a comprehensive immigration reform plan. Let's get to work.
Is College The Only Way To Success?
Is College the only way?
I went to Notre Dame.
I went to Harvard.
I love that pathway, but I'll be the first to say that I don't believe that a four-year degree is the only path to success.
And telling kids in high school that if you want to be successful, you have to have a four-year degree is not always the best answer.
I'm not a fool, I have friends who graduated high school with me in Los Lunas, that while I was at Notre Dame-went to an HVAC apprenticeship program, did that for a year and while I'm staying in the library every night until 2 am, trying to finish up my freshman year and get going with my sophomore year-they're making sixty-five seventy thousand dollars a year with a company truck.
They do that for a couple years and then they say, "you know, I'm getting billed out at this but I'm getting paid this. What if I buy a truck and I do that?"
By the time I graduated college, some of them had thriving businesses.
in construction, in HVAC, in plumbing and heating.
In all of these areas that are so called "trades," that I call the life blood of our economy.
We can't outsource them-we can't send them off to China.
When there's a leak, guess what? Somebody in the Middle East can't do that job.
We need it done here, right now.
We need to get back to our roots. We need to focus on the things that make our economy strong?
I believe that in order to spark the economy. It's time that we start listening to people like you.
It's time that we start sitting down together and asking:
"What do you think?'
"How can we move this economy forward?
This past week on Facebook I've been asking this question:
"How can we move the economy forward?"
I've got some amazing answers.
I think what's wrong with politics, is that we have far too many leaders who think they have all the answers.
Far too many leaders who just spew their ideas and far too few that are actually sitting down with constituents and asking questions.
Hey, it's Paul, and I've been asking myself a lot lately, "What in the heck happened, and where did we go wrong?"
You know to me, the most important thing we need to do is to find common ground as a nation, as citizens, and as neighbors on the major issues, these threads that are the fabric of our society, but it seems to me like no matter where you turn, people are often too busy trying to win the argument that we've lost a willingness to listen and to compromise.
Without this, we've lost all hope in finding common sense solutions that benefit us all.
Now as your Congressman, I will not only fight for you, but I'll take time to listen to all New Mexicans, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, because a good idea, is a good idea, is a good idea. It shouldn't matter where it comes from, and I want to start that dialogue right here and right now, because I'm committed to this.
I believe that the answers are right here. We just need to take time to listen.
I want to work together to address the challenges that plague these desert lands.
So I'm starting a series on social media to connect with New Mexicans like you to share critical facts about our state and our nation that I hope will ignite serious conversations about how we can work together to get rid of the nonsense in politics and instead begin to create progress for our state and our country.
All I'm asking you to do is to donate 30 seconds of your time to share your comments, your stories, your ideas, and most importantly, to share your voice. Show this video to a friend. Get them engaged. Share it on social media. Add a comment below with your thoughts on how we can move New Mexico forward.
This week we're going to be focused on education, and I look forward to engaging in a dialogue with you about how we can end the status quo and move New Mexico to the top, because it's time to take action to address the educational inequalities and injustices here in New Mexico. Let's get to work.
Is There a Difference Between a Leader and a Politician?
I think anybody who is watching what’s going on in our country today knows that there is a vast difference between a leader and a politician.
Politicians tell their ideas. Politicians do all the talking. Politicians have 3 soundbites that they say a thousand times over.
Leaders ask questions. Leaders engage in the community. Leaders say “How can I help you?”, “How can we move this forward?”, “How can we change the community so your life is better — so your kids don't go to school or are educated in a state that’s 49th the country.”
“What can we do to change our economy, to lower our crime rate to impact the community?”
And those are the conversations that I've been having. Those are the questions that I’ve been asking.
And I think the leader is humble. A leader knows when they don't know, and they're OK with that. Politicians — too often — they’ll tell you an answer for every question no matter if they have a clue or not.
And that’s broken. And we need to change that and I think it’s time for more leadership in this country and it’s time for fewer politicians.
What's Wrong With Politics in America?
Lately I've engaged in quite a few conversations about what's wrong with
politics in America today?
After all I think it's a pretty easy topic for all of us to add at least a few things onto the list but what I see as the root of the issue what I see is the real problem is that there are far too many leaders doing the talking far too many leaders who think they have all the answers and far too few of those leaders asking the right questions, engaging with their constituents, engaging with American citizens.
So my goal here is really simple I want to start a conversation through a series of videos I want to talk about what's wrong with politics in America today and how we together can find solutions.
Just hit the comment button below and tell me your answer to the question what's wrong with politics in America today?
IT'S TIME - Paul Moya For Congress
This is where it all started.
This soil, these hay bales, the tractors and the lessons from a man who helped make me who I am.
My grandfather farmed alfalfa, volunteered in the community and sat in the front left pew in church his entire life.
After his father suddenly passed away, my grandfather, still a young man, stepped up to lead the farm, to care for those around him, knowing that age isn't a barrier to making a difference when there's a need to great to ignore.
He and my grandmother shared a dream, a hope that we could one day send our children to school knowing that they would be adequately prepared to succeed, that we could feel safe and proud of our communities and that our brothers and sisters would live in a more just world.
They prepared my father to set off to college at eighteen and there at New Mexico State he met my mother, a woman that taught me that my blessings are and always will be meant to be shared with others.
She too was raised by parents who were farmers right along the life blood of New Mexico, the Rio Grande.
After my grandfather passed away my grandmother took over the farm and she served as a living example, that even when we don't have much we can still be proud of what we do have.
My two older siblings always reminded me to never quit until the job gets done and that humility isn't thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.
My parents shared deep roots in this community and big dreams for the future, they instilled in me a belief that I should always be humble enough to deeply care about the needs of others and yet confident enough to know that all it takes is just one person to change the world.
Like so many of you who grew up here in New Mexico, I started each day in school standing up and proudly saying the words: "I salute the flag of the state of New Mexico, the ZIA symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures."
But this is not the New Mexico I know today.
We're 49th in education, crime continues to riddle our communities each and every day and our economy is failing hardworking families who only seek a good job to provide for those that they love.
At a time when we're more divided than ever I see a need for friendship, a need to bring people together.
We need one of us in Washington to find solutions that benefit all New Mexicans, we need a fair tax code for middle class families and not just the 1%, to invest in education and infrastructure, to strengthen our communities and create higher
paying jobs and to find a balanced solution to our debt burden so we're not paying for it for generations to come.
As a business owner and advisor to Fortune 500 leaders I have seen what builds economies and creates jobs and now I know I have a responsibility to bring those lessons back here to my home in New Mexico.
We could continue doing the same thing and expecting different results or we can stand up and use our voice.
There are too many lives that matter that are being disregarded, dehumanized and it's time that they too have a voice, it's time for people like you and I to finally have a say, it's time for us to have a seat at the table, it's time for us to find common ground and build on common sense, it's time to move New Mexico from the bottom of the list to the top, it's time for people like you and I to say enough is enough.
It's time for us to stop fighting about who is right and instead start fighting for what
It's time for us to demand more from our leaders, it's time that we do something that matters.
I hope you'll join me because it's time for a future that we all deserve.
Paul Moya for Congress - New Mexico representative 2018
Deeply proud of his New Mexico roots, Paul Moya is committed to providing New Mexicans with better schools, a fair tax plan that strengthens middle-class families, affordable healthcare, and more. Visit https://paulmoyaforcongress.com/ for more information.