With campaign season revving up, its time to get to know the ones that want to be President. Going to look at their record if they have one, what positions they take if they don’t. Coupled with my thoughts on the said candidate. I’m not going to list the party, because that’s just a banner politicians hide behind, look at person, not the party. To set the stage, here’s the link to his campaign website here. This has his positions, but I prefer to look at his record first.
Entitlements: Reform Medicare, making it more efficient, block grants for Medicaid and Medicare state funds, so they’ll make it work better. Repeal ObamaCare and the Medicare Prescription Plan. Base Social Security on inflation. No federal mandates and regulations on schools, and give the control back to the states. School choice with a voucher program, and ending the Dept. of Education.
Internet: No regulations on the internet, he’s against subsidization, FCC setting price controls, and no “kill switch”. No access, service or global taxes on it. Crimes committed online treated the same as offline crimes, no censorship.
National Security: He wants to bring the troops home because Osama’s and Saddam are gone, and now a unjustified war in Libya. Wants to reevaluate our deployments in Europe since the the Cold War has ended. And make our allies pay more, no more U.S subsidizing NATO for an example. No torture, and if your incarcerated unjustly, you can sue. And if your detained by the U.S you have to have a speedy trial or tribunal.(This is for those we fight)
Civil Rights: He’s for the expiration of Patriot Act, reinstate habeas corpus(see above on speedy trial), no more searching everyone at the airports by the TSA, and the if an airport wants a different security screener, they can go into the private sector. His quote on abortion.
Life is precious and must be protected. A woman should be allowed to make her own decisions during pregnancy until the point of viability of a fetus.
No funding for stem cell research, let the private sector handle it. Government stays out of marriage, and the church. Believes we’re making the same mistakes with drugs that we did with alcohol during Prohibition. Legalize marijuana and treat the same as booze and cigarettes. Same rules would apply, age limit, and driving impaired. Harder drugs are treated as a health issue, not a criminal one. A drug-free society will never happen unless you build a intrusive police state that watches every move and he’s against that. He believes in the Bill of Rights and less government intrusion.
The Economy and Taxes: Cut spending by revising the terms of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Eliminate our military interventionism in Iraq and Afghanistan, limit defense spending to actions that really protect the U.S. Stop spending on the fiscal stimulus, transportation, energy, housing, and all other special interests. The U.S. must restrain spending across the board. End the capital gains, and corporate taxes and simplify the tax code where their is no loopholes and special treatment. No bailouts and corporate welfare for businesses, no cap and trade, card check, and getting rid of the regulations that benefit special interests. Restrict the Federal Reserve to price stability only. Eliminate government support of Fannie May and Freddie Mac, eliminate and reduce spending and let the states handle it. Eliminate free-trade barriers and make work-visa applications easier. Balance the Budget by ending excessive spending, stimulus, subsidies and earmarks. Reassess the role of the government and let the private sector handle it.
Government Transparency: Audit the Federal Reserve, establish Congressional Oversight and stopping the Fed from printing money and quantitative easing.
Immigration: Simplify LEGAL immigration, background check and issue social security cards along with the work visa. A two year grace period for illegal immigrants in the country now. And make the way to citizenship open to those here on work visas. For ILLEGAL immigrants, enforce a ‘one strike your out’ on those who don’t apply for a work visa. Streamline the legal immigration process, and impose and enforce sanctions on non-compliant businesses.
PROS: An actual small government politician, with every new piece of legislation he asked, “Should government be involved.” Either vetoed outright or use line-item vetoes(which a president doesn’t have). New Mexico’s budget was cut by 10% and he pushed a bunch of tax cuts though only the gas tax cut passed. When he was term-limited out he left a budget surplus without raising taxes. He’s for freedom, and I actually prefer him to Ron Paul due to his executive experience. If the vote was held today, Gary gets my vote.
CONS: Doesn’t push to eliminate the Fed, but does want to get it out of the regulation business. And a progressive tax system will exist, but simpler. I prefer a Fair or Flat Tax.
Do your own research, see if you can agree enough with his actions to vote for him or not to. It’s up to you ultimately.
UPDATE: Gary Johnson is now the Libertarian Presidential Contender after the Libertarian Party Convention on May 5, 2012