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Bryan Preston


October 31, 2013 - 9:15 am

Wow. New Mexico Dem who wants to be governor wanted some jaw-dropping measures imposed to make it harder for people in his state to own and drive cars.

A memo that has surfaced on the Internet reveals that Alan Webber — a liberal Democrat who in challenging sitting Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez — once tried to rid the road of cars.

“Continue monitoring filling station construction to prevent unnecessary stations; inventory stations within the city and set an absolute limit on filling station construction,” Webber wrote in a 1971 memo.

Webber wrote the memo while living in Portland, Oregon in the 1970s and working as a staffer to a city commissioner. The six-page document — which was posted earlier this year on the website — suggested that the city take extraordinary steps to discourage people from using cars.

He called for “increases in gas tax and vehicle license fees” to stop people from wanting to drive. He also said the city should essentially institute another tax on people who commute to work in cars.

“Institute higher fees for people entering parking lots between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m.,” Webber wrote, “thus specifically discouraging commuters while encouraging midday shopping, in effect levying a commuter parking tax.”

New Mexico is a largely rural state with many ranches and open spaces, where outdoor activities are a way of life. These ideas just won’t fly there. New Mexicans need their cars and trucks. But progressive Democrat Alan Webber wanted to bend and twist the system to make it much harder to obtain a drivers license — a form of ID without which it’s now nearly impossible to board an aircraft, cash a check, enter government buildings, purchase many items including firearms, and many other ordinary acts of daily life. What he wanted, then, was to put people in a box and keep them there, to satisfy his own extreme wants. That’s not even soft tyranny, it’s just straight up tyranny.

Does Democrat Alan Webber still support such extreme ideas?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Weber, having participated in the progressive destruction of Oregon, then emigrated to New Mexico, where his particular psychosis drives him to recreate the conditions in his new state from which even he fled.

Along with being concerned with the illegal immigration of Mexicans, maybe the folks who live along our southern border should start thinking about deporting west coast noobs who start to exhibit progressive proclivities (as in California style fascism).
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Radicals like Alan Webber shows why it's important to push most functions of government down to the local level. When laws are local and people can vote with their feet, stupid restrictions imposed by either the left or the right eventually go away. If one city restricts gas stations, guaranteed that gas stations will grow just across the border in adjacent jurisdictions. I can now by liquor in my city because other adjacent cities allowed it. Competition between cities caused a chain of events that reduced regulation. A well written constitution disperses and limits government power, making it difficult for Progressives to successfully impose big government.
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Once upon a time such radicalism would have been laughed out of a state like New Mexico.

Now he's a lock for 45% of the vote as a baseline, and will have a decent shot at winning outright.
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Look at the bright side. If this man says he wants to treat guns the way we treat cars, there's a good chance he means it!
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