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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.