Dan Foley for Gov.

Former New Mexico state rep. Dan Foley has been getting a lot of ink lately. He’s the tall, handsome guy who has appeared every week for just about forever as a conservative policy wonk on Gene Grant’s KNME TV show, New Mexico in Focus. Because of his superior wisdom and insight, Dan Foley consistently hits the nail on the head, so I always prick up my ears when Big Dan lets another brilliant and poignant pearl of wisdom fall from his lips about the insider maneuvering in New Mexico’s amazingly great state legislature.

Dan has always stood for rescuing our public dollars that are about ready to be flushed down the legislative toilet by spendthrifts and ne’er-do-wells. He has staunchly bad mouthed that loutish bunch of union-patsy teachers and state employees who sit around on their butts in their plush offices all day. These clunkers are draining our state budget to pay for their suckish pensions.

Dan has always and forever wanted these crapola money wasters to pay for their own damn retirements. Dan wants to slash these benefits to the bone. Yay Dan!

Dan Foley knows the truth—that if everyone would only act solely on the basis of good old American self-interest, these weakling educators and state government types would become smaller and smaller until they could all be drowned in a bathtub. Dan Foley and I both look forward to that wondrous day.

Recently, however, this paragon of conservative virtue, our own Dan Foley, has come under some darned unfair criticism just because Liberal media such as the Washington Post and the Albuquerque Journal want to crucify Dan Foley.

It seems our buddy Dan has been collecting his own New Mexico legislative pension, even though he was voted out of office due to the sinister conspiracy worked on poor Dan by a bunch of folks with the capital letter “L” for Liberal branded on their foreheads. Darn it, when he was in the legislature, Dan paid into the pension fund. Okay, so it was only fifteen bucks, but get over it already. Stop picking on Dan! For gosh sakes, it will only cost New Mexico a measly $450,000 to support 39-year-old Dan Foley to live in the manner to which he is accustomed for the next forty years or so.  

These are the compelling reasons why I support Dan Foley for governor of New Mexico. Dan Foley has put his own actions through the acid bath of his self-examination, he has weathered the tiny voices of his own self-reflection, he has invariably acted with total integrity after some profound deep breathing , and, most important of all, he has come out a winner. We can always count on Dan Foley to do the right thing, to have the kind of upstanding value-laden judgment we here in New Mexico have come to expect from our great former legislators. Yay Dan!




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James Burbank

James Burbank has written and published over 200 articles for regional and national publications such as Reuters International News Service, The World & I Magazine, National Catholic Reporter, Farmer’s Almanac, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, La Opinion, New Mexico Magazine, Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Tribune. He is author of Retirement New Mexico, the best selling book published by New Mexico Magazine Press, now in its third edition. He is also author of Vanishing Lobo: the Mexican Wolf in the Southwest, published by Johnson Books.

As a professional writing consultant, he has written and edited publications, video and radio scripts, annual reports, and investment information for a wide variety of corporate clients. A Lecturer II for the Department of English, Burbank has specialized in teaching technical writing and professional writing. His interests extend from composition and writing theory to environmental and nature writing. He has played a leadership role in developing and implementing the English Department’s teaching mentorship program.


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