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Why you should vote Libertarian this election
The crook and the con
Hillary Clinton is being investigated by the FBI for violating national security laws, information request laws, and has a host of scandals in her wake, both of her doing and her husband's.
Donald Trump is facing fraud charges related to Trump U, and has turned off all but his most rabid fan base. He is a publicity stunt waiting to happen, a reality star who can't seem to avoid the spotlight. He also has a track record for drawing the wrong kind of attention from the Department of Justice and the State Department regarding his actual successful businesses.
One of these two has to win right?
Fortunately, there are other options. One of which is former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party. I will go over the party's views on what Americans see as the most important issues, and how this party views each issue.
Gary Johnson and his VP Bill Weld
About Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson was a two-term Republican governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003. His record from that time could be summed up as follows:
In an interview in Reason magazine in January 2001, Johnson's accomplishments in office were described as follows: "no tax increases in six years, a major road building program, shifting Medicaid to managed care, constructing two new private prisons, canning 1,200 state employees, and vetoing a record number of bills". According to one New Mexico paper, "Johnson left the state fiscally solid", and was "arguably the most popular governor of the decade… leaving the state with a $1 billion budget surplus." The Washington Times reported that when Johnson left office, "the size of state government had been substantially reduced and New Mexico was enjoying a large budget surplus."
In 2008, he endorsed Ron Paul, and in 2012, ran as a Republican for President, but received little attention and was excluded from many of the debates. He did, however, have the best line of the September 22 debate, according to many outlets such as the Los Angeles Times and Time, stating:
"My next-door neighbor's two dogs have created shovel ready jobs than this administration."
Entertainment Weekly actually named him the winner.
He then joined the Libertarian Party, and won their nomination. He won more votes, though only 0.99%, than all the other candidates not named Romney or Obama combined.
former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld
About Bill Weld
William Weld was the Massachusetts governor from 1991-`1997. In 1994, he won re-election by the largest margin in storied Massachusetts' history. He ran in 1996 for the US Senate in 1996 but lost to incumbent John Kerry. He resigned in 1997 to focus on nomination by President Bill Clinton to be the Mexican ambassador. However, he wasn't a popular choice of Jesse Helms, then heading the Foreign Relations Committee, and removed his name from consideration.
He was also a US Attorney and in the Justice Department under President Reagan.
In eventually conceding the ambassadorship, he had this to say, "I asked President Clinton to withdraw my name from the Senate so I can go back to New England, where no one has to approach the government on bended knee to ask it to do its duty."
According to city-budget.org, "Ending the budgetary free fall bequeathed by Dukakis has been Weld’s signal achievement as governor. He has balanced each of his budgets without short-term borrowing and without raising taxes—in fact, the state has finished each year with a slight surplus, and some business taxes have been cut. In September 1995, Financial World ranked Massachusetts the 11th-best-managed state in the nation; four years earlier it had ranked the Bay State dead last."
Of course, being Governor in a die-hard blue state like Massachusetts did create issues with further government shrinking.
This sums up the general attitude of Libertarians on ISIS and terrorism
Libertarians on the economy & budget
"By the time Barack Obama leaves office, the national debt will be $20 TRILLION. That is not just obscene, it is unsustainable. Responsibility for the years of deficit spending that have created our debt crisis rests squarely with BOTH the Republicans and the Democrats. The debt doubled under President George W. Bush--and doubled again under President Obama. During that time, both parties enjoyed control of Congress, and the deficit spending just kept piling up.
It doesn't have to be that way, despite what the politicians say. Governor Johnson has pledged that his first major act as President will be to submit to Congress a truly balanced budget. No gimmicks, no imaginary cuts in the distant future. Real reductions to bring spending into line with revenues, without tax increases. No line in the budget will be immune from scrutiny and reduction. And he pledges to veto any legislation that will result in deficit spending. No excuses. No games. A REAL balanced budget." (source: 2016 presidential campaign website GaryJohnson2016.com , Jan 11, 2016)
"I suspect I am not the only American asking, if a trillion dollars' worth of stimulus didn't work, why will another $450 billion do the trick? Whether it be jobs created with borrowed and newly-printed dollars, temporary extensions of tax cuts, or sending money to the states to postpone layoffs, none of the President's proposals will remove the real obstacles to job creation. Government cannot create jobs. Businesses, entrepreneurs and investors can create jobs, and right now, they are simply afraid to do so. And they should be. They are looking at a national debt that is consuming the private economy, more deficit spending with no end in sight, and a regulatory environment that promises only new and costly surprises every day.
Government is absolutely a big part of the jobs problem, but it is not the solution--other than by getting out of the way. Congress and the Administration have almost helped us to death."
Source: Response to 2011 Jobs Speech, on www.garyjohnson2012.com , Sep 8, 2011
In short, we can balance the budget by cutting defense spending and bailouts. He also has proposed, as seen above, getting out of nation-building, and getting involved in the internal affairs of other countries. The belief is by strengthening the US dollar once more, consumer spending will increase, therefore increasing jobs, and the economy.
Johnson on healthcare
Immigration, taxes, trade deals, education, crime, abortion, and gay rights views
On immigration, open the border. 1 strike on violating visa and an illegal is gone, and let some, but not all, illegal immigrants stay.
As for taxes, Gary Johnson is on the record with abolishing the IRS and the corporate tax. The party on the whole supports the end of the income tax, and a 23% non-essential consumer (read luxury) tax.
As for trade deals, Johnson wants to end tariffs and corporatism.
As for education, Johnson supports school vouchers, end Department of Education as it wastes money, allow competition between schools.
When it comes to crime, Johnson supports an end to the War on Drugs, the death penalty, and states too many laws lead to too many prisoners.
On abortion, right to choose up until fetus is viable. The general party belief amounts to pro choice, no government funding.
On marriage, Johnson is on record with getting the government out of the marriage business all together.
He also supports an end to foreign aid and opposes gun control.
Another Johnson quote
I voted for him last election, and will vote for him again this time around.
Unlike Republican candidates, his record as the New Mexico governor shows that his rhetoric is matched by his actions.
Unlike Democrat candidates, he doesn't pander to any one group, and unlike Clinton herself, doesn't need an election cycle whose only goal was to hand her the nomination in order to get it. He fought a tough campaign to get the nomination.
He was quoted about describing his party as "We're fiscally conservative and socially, we don't give a damn." The quote actually belongs to one of his opponents, Austin Peterson. But what it amounts to is that what you do in your home and life, with your body, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else, is your business.
I can get behind that. Feel free to comment below. I do ask the comments be kept civil and not be hijacked by name-calling.
The next political hub I plan on doing will be on the Green Party and Dr. Jill Stein. Until then....